An exhibition in London marks the diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom

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A new exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the UK was opened at the London branch of the Yunus Emre Institute (YEE) on July 4. “The Art of Diplomacy: A Collective Exhibition of Young Azerbaijani Artists” will remain open until July 8.

The exhibition, launched by Dirchelish – The Center for Social and Psychological Youth Rehabilitation, features 56 paintings. The exhibition brings together 22 artists of different ages and abilities, ranging from aspiring 12-year-old painters drawing their self-portraits and talented artists with disabilities to well-known experienced artists in their home country of Azerbaijan.

Dedicated to show the rich culture of Azerbaijan through the creative talents of its young people, the preparation of the exhibition “The Art of Diplomacy” began in 2019. The organizer of the exhibition, Dirchelish, who was established in 1999, implements various measures and projects to help reintegrate young people with limited financial resources and displaced by war into society. A member of the Council of Europe Youth Directorate since 2006, the center also promotes Azerbaijani culture abroad with its exhibitions organized around the world. Since 2010, the centre’s exhibitions have been presented across the continents and have hosted a total of 1,701 works by 345 young artists.

The exhibition is supported by YEE, which also pays special attention to promoting the culture of Turkish-speaking peoples as well as raising awareness of Turkish culture and language.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, which was held with the participation of artists and art lovers from Azerbaijan and the UK, Mehmet Karakuş, director of YEE London; Islam Bakhshaliyev, director of the Center for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation of Youth; and Rashad Vahabzade, Counselor at the Embassy of Azerbaijan, all echoed a common message that emphasized the importance of art and unity between Turkey and Azerbaijan. The speeches were quickly followed by a graduation ceremony for the artists in the exhibition.

For more information on the event, visit YEE official website London.

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