The Ganjevi Institute for Azerbaijani Culture in Germany e.V. was established in 2003; at that time Azerbaijan was not well-known in Germany. Nowadays, people know more about the “Land of Fire”, but nonetheless, there is yet a lot more still unknown about Azerbaijan in the German society. For example, there is still little knowledge about the early history of the Caucasus and of the female warriors who had been living there from the third millennium BC on. Now together with presenting Azerbaijani artists and their works, we want to focus on this field of research. Here is a list of previous achievements of the Institute:
- Besides an information campaign about the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, the institute has also organized an international essay contest on this subject. The best article was published in 2006 by the Hitit Publishing House (Berlin) in a collection of poems of the Azerbaijani poet Yadigar Tengerudlu named “Veten mene ana dese” („If my homeland calls me „Mother“)
- During 2004-2006 the Institute has been publishing the German-Azerbaijani bilingual magazine “New Bridge”
- It has translated German classic poetry into Azerbaijani which was published in Baku in 2006 (Nurlan Publishing House, Baku 2006).
- In 2007 the Institute published the fact book “Fight for Nagorno-Karabakh” in German
- From 2003 to 2007 the institute invited several Azerbaijani artists for poetry readings, an Azerbaijani historian for a lecture, and it organized an exhibition in Berlin of an Azerbaijani painter living in Germany.
- For many years the institute has been supporting the research about the Azerbaijani-German writer Essad Bey. The studies were carried out in six countries; they resulted in the publication of a biography in Azerbaijani language in 2007. Our institute was also involved in the production of a film about Essad Bey. It has prompted the installation of a memorial plaque at one of the houses in Fasanenstraße 71, Berlin, where Essad Bey lived. It is also planned to install a memorial plaque for Essad Bey in Baku. The institute initiated that the orientation of his grave in the Italian city of Positano was changed to the direction of Mecca. The institute has achieved that he was included in Azerbaijani textbooks for schools and universities.
- In 2008 the works of Nizami Ganjavi (after whom our institute is named) and other Azerbaijani poets were published in original and in a German adaptation in the book “Butterfly and Flame- a millennium of Azerbaijani love poetry” edited by the institute and published by the Matthes&Seitz Publishing House. It contains Azerbaijani poetry dating from the beginning until the end of the last millennium. It was released in 2008 in a presentation at the German Bundestag.
- In May 2009, the institute organized a grand reception in Berlin on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Azerbaijani Journalists Union in which its chairman Elchin Shikhlinsky took part
- Since 2010 the focus of the work has been given to the exploration of the pre-and early history of the Caucasus, the female warriors and their place in the community from the third until the first millennium BC. The research on these subjects has been going on since 1997.
- By the end of 2011 the institute contributed to the publication of a book of Nourida Ateshi on the Caucasian Amazons in Germany by the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. It was published in four languages (German, English, Russian and Azerbaijani), giving an overview of her research results.
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