State Program "The theatre of Azerbaijan in 2009-2019"

Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
This State Program outlines the development prospects of Azerbaijani theatre and theatre artists and aims to sustain and multiply the rich artistic creativity of Azerbaijani theatre artists, to encourage artistic exchanges and mobility of theatre artists nationally and internationally, as well as to ensure the effective use of information and financial resources, enrich theatres' artistic repertoire. More concretely the Program has the following objectives: 1) developing a new more comprehensive and results-based theatre policy and optimization of theater management process, undertaking a theatre reform; 2) development of theatre creativity in Azerbaijan by ensuring the preservation of universal and national cultural values and promotion theatre-related creative exchanges; 3) supporting young artists in all the theatre genres and professions; 4) improvement of theatre training and professional development system of theatre artists, while conducting and promoting joint initiatives and projects in the field of theatre creativity with other countries; 5) renovation of the theatre premises, bringing them to contemporary standards and strengthening their facilities to support creativity of artists; 6) undertaking measures to improve substantially information and communication technologies in the field of theatre creativity; 7) promoting theatre culture locally, nationally and internationally.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The measure has been making an attempt to provide a large approach to sustain and promote theatre creativity and widen the creative opportunities of the artists. It resulted in organization of publishing and advertising products, decor and costume-making, as well as the creation of a Theatre Training Centre, to supplement university studies in the field of theatre creativity and wider the range of arts education possibilities in this field. The measure also allowed for creation of studios in State Russian Drama Theatre, State Puppet Theatre, Nakhchivan State Musical Drama Theatre, Ganja State Drama Theatre, Lankaran State Drama Theatre, as well as Sheki State Drama Theatre. The measure has also been strong in reinforcing the visibility of theatre creativity among the general public in Azerbaijan by multiplying and supporting the creation of visibility and awareness raising products, as well as digital platforms for knowledge and creativity exchange. In the field of puppet theatre creativity, it also included holding regularly a Puppet Theatre Week with the participation of UNIMA (International Puppet Theaters Association). Finally, the measure resulted in a number of repair and restoration works in theatres in Baku, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and other regions.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Union of Theatre Artists of Azerbaijan
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The Program evaluation has shown that its has : 1) contributed to the preservation of the national theater art; 2) created a better enabling environment for artistic performances ; 3) allowed improving normative-legal bases in the field of theater creativity; 4) strengthen the material-technical base of theater institutions; 5) created conditions for the theater network to meet the modern requirements and meet the theater needs of local communities; 6) involve more young, talented and professional artists in the theater creativity; 7) strengthen interregional, international and international cultural relations in the field of theater; 8) created opportunities to represent and promote Azerbaijan's theater creativity worldwide.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Performing Arts
Transversal Priority(ies)