Azerbaijan will hold the Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts, and
Spirituality for the first time on September 27-30.
The festival, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the
support of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, is dedicated to
the work of Imadaddin Nasimi (1369-1417), one of the brilliant
poets and thinkers of the East.
The festival will be held under the slogans “Beyond the limited
self”, reflecting the philosophical views of the poet, and “I am a
particle, I am the sun” which are the poet’s lines.
The program of the large-scale event covers various types of art
and knowledge fields. During the festival, programs will be
organized in various places in Baku, as well as in Shamakhi, the
native city of the poet.
One of the events will take place on September 29 at the Magsud
Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center. The fragments of the immersion play
"Immolatio" ("Sacrifice", the authors are poetess Leyla Begim,
filmmaker and screenwriter Yefim Abramov) directed by People's
Artist of Azerbaijan Vagif Asadov will be demonstrated to the
audience in the Azerbaijani and Russian languages.
The "İmmolatio" ("Sacrifice") play is dedicated to two great
thinkers - enlighteners born in one year, who lived during one
period in different parts of the world - in the East and the West,
in Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic.
Imadeddin Nasimi (1369-1417) and Jan Hus (1369-1415) had
identical views, ideas, attitude to the preservation and
development of the native language. The play is written in Russian
language and translated into the Azerbaijani and English
Presently, rehearsals of an extraordinary and very interesting
performance are being conducted. The creative team, in which the
actors of the Samad Vurgun Azerbaijan State Russian Drama Theatre
are involved, shared their thoughts about the festival and the
performance with Trend.
“This play is primarily a story about the unification of two
cultures, views of representatives of the East and the West,”
director of the play Vagif Asadov said. "The Nasimi Festival on
such a grand scale will be held for the first time in Azerbaijan,
with the participation of famous actors, artists, philosophers from
“The "Sacrifice" play was created by our compatriots Leyla Begim
and Yefim Abramov, who now live in the Czech Republic and Israel,”
Asadov added. “Azerbaijani poet Nasimi and Czech poet Jan Hus have
very similar and tragic fates, but the main thing that unites them
is the struggle for the ideology of mankind, high moral principles,
loyalty to the Creator!
“Although they did not know each other, but the dramatic space
allows bringing together those historical periods,” he said. “We
give the opportunity to our heroes to hear each other. The dialogs
of Nasimi and Jan Hus are the search for the way of the East to the
West, and the West to the East. First of all, this is a desire to
hear each other.”
“According to the plot of the play, this desire arises also
among young people in the 21st century - students of the Prague
University,” Asadov said. “Young people are also representatives of
the East and the West. They are sure that both Nasimi and Jan Hus
left some sort of a message to the future generations."
"The festival is dedicated to great poet Nasimi and this is a
significant cultural event in the life of Azerbaijan," Anna
Ibrahimbayova, director of the Maqsud Ibrahimbayov Creativity
Center, said. “We are very pleased that the excerpts from the
remarkable play "İmmolatio", which tells about Nasimi and Jan Hus,
the parallels between the cultures of the East and the West are
shown, will be demonstrated at the Maqsud Ibrahimbayov Creativity
"A very interesting job allows me, as an actor, to disclose a
very complex image of Nasimi, the great Azerbaijani poet and
philosopher," said Oleg Amirbekov, who plays Nasimi. “The
performance will be presented for the first time in Azerbaijan and
it will be demonstrated at all floors and rooms of the Maqsud
Ibrahimbayov Creativity Center, which is a very surprising and
unique spectacle. During the performance the audience will move
together with the actors. This has not happened in Azerbaijan
"Nasimi's creativity is an inexhaustible bag of knowledge and
high philosophical views for the sake of human perfection," said
Honored Artist Fuad Osmanov, who plays the Angel and the Ruler.
“Nasimi was the first poet in the history of Azerbaijani
literature, writing lyric love poems - ghazals in the Azerbaijani
language. Thanks to the play, not only spectators but also the
actors themselves make a kind of excursion into the past to find
the truth of human existence."
"My image of the Blind Angel is one of the unique images in the
play as his blindness is superior over sighted people," said
Honored Artist Maqsud Mammadov. “Through his dark glasses he sees
many things that others can not, or some people simply do not want
to see. Since the time of the creation of mankind, the struggle
between good and evil is so intertwined that it is sometimes
difficult to distinguish the truth. For example, there are a person
and his shadow, and they are inseparable from each other. That is,
to know the good, it is necessary to know what is evil.”
"In ancient Roman mythology, Janus was depicted with two faces
turned in opposite directions, to the past and the future," says
Teymur Rahimov, who plays Janus. “One was the face of a young,
beardless man looking to the future, the other - the face of a
bearded old man turned to the past. The two-faced Janus is an
insincere, hypocritical man. In this play he is a peculiar jester,
a negative character who is trying to knock people out of the
For the first time such a grandiose festival will be held for
spectators through registration on the official www.nasimifestival.live website rather than via
tickets and invitations.