Azerbaijan‘s First Lady and President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva, attended meetings and a joint dinner with head of the Greek delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Dora Bakoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO Marianna Vardinoyannis and President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee Spyros Kapralos, as the Days of Azerbaijani Culture are underway in Athens, AzerTAc state agency reported.
A charitable concert was organized at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in collaboration with Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Greece and the Marianna V. Vardinoyiannis Foundation.
Aliyeva and Vardinoyannis were among the audience, which also included political and cultural figures, Athenian residents and tourists.
The concert host highlighted the activities of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the First Lady, saying that the foundation has gained international acclaim thanks to its projects, covering many areas and particularly culture.
Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Greece Rahman Mustafayev praised the two countries’ relations. He said culture was a highlight of Azeri-Greek cooperation and hailed the event as “a good opportunity” to further promote Azerbaijan in Greece, thanking Aliyeva for her support.
The concert featured performance of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble and the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fakhraddin Karimov.
The audience enjoyed a unique performance that combined the long dancing tradition of Azerbaijan with the timber of the State Symphony Orchestra, which balances between classic and contemporary, traditional and cosmopolitan sounds.