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bp supports promotion of Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage

Release date:
22 November 2022

bp today publicly presented a book and opened an exhibition dedicated to one of the amazing national art trends of Azerbaijan - the art of patchwork. The event was held in the Complex of Shirvanshahs’ Palace at Icherisheher (Old City) as part of the National Gurama (patchwork) Festival. 


The book is the publication of research material about the beautiful art of patchwork, translated from various languages into Azerbaijani and English. The material was developed based on previously existing photos and information about the patchwork compositions of the 18th–19th centuries stored in Baku and regional museums, as well as in private collections.


The exhibition features the works of well-known national patchwork artists and is open to public, with a month-long free access as a courtesy of bp. 


bp sponsored the book and the exhibition to help provide wider access to information about the national patchwork art and further promote Azerbaijan’s rich cultural legacy. 


Addressing the event, Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, bp's vice president for the Caspian region, communications and external affairs, said:


“We are pleased to contribute to the promotion of this fascinating national art trend, which has a special place in the culture of craftsmanship in Azerbaijan. The patchwork art exists in all the regions of the country and its history goes back centuries. We hope this book and the exhibition will help the wider audience learn more about this ancient art pattern of Azerbaijan.”


The total cost of the project is around 72,000 AZN. This includes the editorial review and translation of the research material, publication of the book and sponsorship of the exhibition.


The project was implemented by the Icherisheher Museum Center.


Notes to editors


bp has been present in Azerbaijan for 30 years safely, efficiently and reliably operating major oil and gas exploration, development and transportation projects. To date, together with its co-venturers, bp has invested around $84 billion into projects it operates in the country. In Azerbaijan, we are committed to supporting sustainability efforts focusing on the areas where we believe we can make the most difference.


bp`s extensive social investment activities and capacity-building efforts in the country have had a positive impact and brought tangible benefits to people, improving their lives and making a difference.


The company`s social investments cover such areas as building local capabilities, education, development of communities, local enterprises, the environment, sporting potential as well as research and promotion of the country’s rich cultural heritage. Overall, since the start, bp itself and together with its co-venturers in the joint ventures that bp operates in Azerbaijan, has spent around $105 million on social investment projects in this country.


In Azerbaijan, bp directly employs around 2,300 Azerbaijani citizens who make over 90 per cent of the company’s professional staff.


For more information about bp and its co-venturers’ social investment projects please visit the bp Azerbaijan site at www.bp.com/azerbaijan


Further information


Tamam Bayatly at bp’s press office in Baku. 

Telephone: (+994 12) 525 58 95