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Czech Minister of Culture participated in the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku

(This article expired 31.12.2013.)

From 30 May to 1 June 2013, a Czech delegation led by Minister of Culture Alena Hanáková participated in the second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue (called “Living together peacefully in a diverse world”) held in Baku.

Opened by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, the Forum hosted representatives of ninety seven countries and fourteen international organizations.

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The Czech Minister of Culture further attended the first ministerial meeting of the World Forum and discussed issues in relation to the importance of culture and creativity in the process of building intercultural confidence as well as questions of heritage and cultural tourism as a common ground for intercultural dialogue.

On top of the Forum, Minister Hanáková held a bilateral meeting with Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev about Czech-Azerbaijani relations and cooperation in the field of culture. Both of them appreciated the development of cultural cooperation between the two countries as intensive, successful and extraordinary.

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Together with her Azerbaijani counterpart, Minister Hanáková on 1 June 2013 inaugurated in Baku an exhibition called “Czech Garnet” which was prepared by the Czech National Museum.

As a part of her cultural programme, Minister Hanáková also visited Baku Slavic University. She met University representatives and held an informal discussion with students of Czech language (Bohemian studies and translation) in the Centre of Czech language and culture.

Furthermore, Minister Hanáková briefly visited a Visegrad Group stand in the historical centre of Baku. Jointly organized by the embassies of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, the stand was a part of a two-day event called “European Village”.

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