By Laman Ismayilova
The music festival "Two worlds", dedicated to Azerbaijani music, has kicked off in eastern city of France, Mulhouse.
The magnificent festival was opened by the event organizer, President of the Association of XANADU Association Greta Komur, Azertac reported.
Addressing the event, Komur thanked the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France, the mayor of Mulhouse and other structures for the help in the organization of the event, conducted for the third time.
Speaking next, the festival's artistic director, composer and author of the work "Khojaly 613" Pierre Tila shared his impressions about Azerbaijan and informed the audience about national Azerbaijani music and culture.
The composer stressed his acquainted with Azerbaijan more than 15 years and expressed his pride to represent such rich music in France.
The representative of Azerbaijani Embassy in France, Ayaz Gojayev spoke about the diversity of Azerbaijani culture, multiculturalism and tolerance.
He said that 2016 was declared in Azerbaijan the Year of Multiculturalism.
Gojayev also stressed the great contribution of President Ilham Aliyev the First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva in the transformation of Azerbaijan into international and intercultural space.
The first day of the festival featured folk dances performed by national ensemble "Stars of Baku" under the artistic direction of people's artist Yusif Gasimov.
The performance was greeted with long applause by many guests.
A great deal of interest was generated by performance of young jazzman Etibar Asadli who synthesized the folk music into ethno-jazz.
The festival ended with a concert of Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra led by the young and talented Azerbaijani conductor Fuad Ibrahimov.
Accompanied by Azerbaijani violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva, the festival featured the works of famous Western composers and "Concerto grosso" by Azerbaijani composer Khayyam Mirzazade.
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