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Contributing to Azerbaijan’s global promotion

Release date:
30 September 2022

Heydar Aliyev Foundation and bp yesterday publicly presented a new film they have jointly supported to promote Azerbaijan’s ancient and rich history and culture. The premiere of the film "Treasures of the World– Azerbaijan" took place yesterday at the Heydar Aliyev Centre with about 1,000 people in audience. The film features the fabulous and remarkable treasures of Baku, Shusha, Gobustan and Sheki and represents yet another contribution to the global promotion of Azerbaijan’s fascinating cultural legacy.


Gary Jones, bp’s regional president for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Türkiye, said:


" This is a wonderful film made through the support of so many people to whom we are grateful for their tremendous efforts
to explore and present Azerbaijan so beautifully to the global audience. In our 30th year in Azerbaijan as we celebrate the amazing achievements we have made together with the government, SOCAR and our co-venturers, we are proud and honoured to make this great contribution to Azerbaijan’s global
promotion. We hope the film will be enjoyed by millions of people who will discover Azerbaijan as a pearl of the world's cultural treasury".


The author of the film is prof. Bettany Hughes, historian, broadcaster, the writer and presenter of the wonderful series of Treasures of the World. Prof. Hughes travelled to Azerbaijan in June to explore the country and make one of her fascinating historical and cultural discovery films about the treasures of Azerbaijan.


 The film has already been publicly aired on BBC World News in two parts - the Silk Road and the Land of Fire. For Azerbaijan, bp and the Heydar Aliyev Foundation have prepared its full 60-minute version in the Azerbaijani and English languages with the plans to present it to local TV channels for public airing. 


The film is made in partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and bp by Sandstone Global Productions with the support of Baku Media Centre. The total value of the project is £300,000.


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.


Our 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.


Our 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 $103 million on social investment projects in this country.


In Azerbaijan, bp directly employs around 2,268 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