Celebration | Cultural evening dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the death of the poet and philosopher Nassimi

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from Thursday 18 May, 2017
to Thursday 18 May, 2017

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UNESCO Headquarters / Siège de l'UNESCO, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

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The tribute evening to this reknown character of the oriental poetry and philosophy, Imad-ad-din Nassimi, will be marked by a concert-ballet, conceived around two major works by the Azerbaijani composer and pianist Firangiz Alizadeh, UNESCO Artist for Peace.
By invitation: dl.azerbaidjan@unesco-delegations.org

Nazimi (Imad-ad-Din) was born in Shamakha, Shirvan khanate (part of modern-day Republic of Azerbaijan). The great poet has left vast and precious poetic legacy in Azerbaijani, Persian and Arabic languages. His poetry has made a significant impact on the development of Azerbaijani as well as Ottoman Turkish poetic languages over the centuries. The ideas of free spiritual choice and principle of universal love guided the poet towards tolerance, looking above the boundaries, seeking the image of God hidden in every single human being. In this sense his perseverance, moral fortitude, along with intricate interplay of crystal clear language and most abstract and hermetic metaphors has made this personality one of the prominent figures in the Islamic poetry and worldwide literature. Nasimi’s death stands for many centuries for a symbol of suffering for the humanistic ideals.
Considering that Nasimi’s life and poetry had a significant impact on development of whole set of humanistic values in the region, the commemoration events will contribute to UNESCO's mission on promotion of mutual understanding, tolerance and culture of peace.