The International World of Mugham Festival is an annual music festival of Azerbaijani mugham music.
On March 7th, the Heydar Aliyev Palace will host the grand opening of the 5th International Festival ‘World of Mugham’, the press service of the palace reported. The event is organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Union of Composers and the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan. The concert program includes the Uzeyir Gadzhabeyli State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Honored Artist, conductor Fakhraddin Kerimov, the State Orchestra of Folk Instruments and the Kara Karayev State Chamber Orchestra . The soloists, Gyulaz Mammadova, Emil Afrasiyab, Firuz Sahavet, Afag Abbasova, Ilkin Akhmedov, Ryavana Gurbanova, Babek Shakirli and others will perform at the festival.
The first festival was held on Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative, on March 18–25, 2009, in Baku. Official opening ceremony of the festival was held on March 20, in International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan. International scientific symposium, international contest of mugham singers, multiple mugham operas, symphonic and classical mugham concerts were held during the festival. The festival was concluded by gala concert, which was held on March 25, 2009 in Heydar Aliyev Palace, in Baku.
Well-known musicians and researchers from various countries of the world participated also in the festivals held in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Within the framework of the festivals, concerts were held in a number of regions of the country with participation of musicians from Azerbaijan and foreign countries, and international mugham contest, international scientific symposium and master classes were arranged.