"Maiden Tower. To be a Woman Festival"

"Maiden Tower. To be a Woman Festival"

"MAIDEN TOWER. To Be a Woman Festival"

17-27 September 2019


The European Union Delegation to the Republic of Azerbaijan is organizing the International Festival of Contemporary Art MAIDEN TOWER. To Be a Woman", which will be held on 17-27 September in Baku and in the regions of Azerbaijan. 

At the beginning of 20th century in the context of important historical and political events, the first women liberation movement was launched in Azerbaijan and with the establishment of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918 the women acquired suffrage rights becoming the first Muslim country, ahead of many European countries.

The Festival topic is linked with the 100th anniversary of the liberation of Azerbaijani women and emphasizes the role of women in the Azerbaijani society and around the world. Festival program includes several exhibitions, public art events, visual poetry evening, discussion panel, thematic film shows and workshops in the context of contemporary art. The guests- participants of Festival are film directors and museums specialists, curators and art critics, artists and cultural activists, not only from the EU member states such as Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, Latvia but also from the Eastern Partnership countries such as Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and from non-member countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Switzerland. International and local participants of the Festival, activists and State institutions will debate gender issues on the basis of their personal and professional experiences.

In format of cultural dialogue and in close partnership the international and local participants of the Festival will present and demonstrate their professional experiences and reflections on the subject of gender equality to the wide public. 

The common aim of the organizers and participants of the "International Festival “Maiden Tower. To Be a Woman” is to use contemporary art and other forms of art to emphasize women empowerment in Azerbaijani society as well as over the world.

The project initiated and curated by Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan Sabina Shikhlinskaya. "Maiden Tower. To Be a Woman" festival is organized and implemented in partnership with several diplomatic missions in Baku and government institutions and cultural and art organizations.

All cultural events in frame of Festival will be open for public - local residents and foreign guests.

This Festival is the third large Festival sponsored by the European Union Delegation, following "IMAGINE-Euro Tolerance Festival" and "FANTAZIA-Cultural heritage festival", promoting European values and principles. The season's next big EU-sponsored Festival, FANTAZIA, is scheduled for November 1-15.