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Azerbaijan Day Celebrated at Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival
  • By Sara Rai
  • September 2, 2015, 08:15
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Azerbaijani dancers perform at the 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival opening ceremony.
Azerbaijani dancers perform at the 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival opening ceremony.

 

Representatives from Azerbaijan participated in the Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival in Gyeongju, a culturally rich region in the southeast of Korea, on Aug. 22. 

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The program started with the national anthems of both Korea and Azerbaijan, which were followed by speeches from the Mayor Choi and Ambassador Teymurov. Ambassador Teymurov expressed his gratitude to Kim Kwan-yong, governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do; Mehriban Aliyeva, first lady of Azerbaijan; the President of the Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation; the Seoul-Baku Azerbaijan-Korean Cultural Exchange Association; and the Mayor of Gyeongju City for their support in organizing “Azerbaijan Day.”

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The Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival 2015 will last until Oct. 18. Thirty different nations, including Azerbaijan, are participating in the festival that aims to promote Gyeongju internationally through cultural exchanges with Silk Road countries. For more information, check out the Silk Road Cultural Festival web site.