Baku is hosting IMAGINE Euro Tolerance Festival on October 12-20, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Opening of the Festival was marked by a concert of classical music, performed by local artists, which were prepared by foreign art directors.
"Music has a great power, it can change the world. The festival will not only host the concerts of European musicians, the performances of Peruvian and Venetian musicians are also expected,” Paola Casagrande, director of the United Cultures Organization told CBC.
On the first day of the festival, the Italian documentary "Sea in Fire" was screened. The film tells about migrants, people fleeing to Europe in search of a better life.
"In total, we will present over 40 films. 30 of them will be European films and 10 films of other countries. All of these films tell about tolerance, diversification, different cultures, different concepts and different people. These films also tell about mutual coexistence. We invite everybody not only to films but also to debates and Baku is chosen because this city, this country has a long tradition of tolerance,” Kestutis Yankauskas, head of EU delegation to Azerbaijan told CBC.
“This is the first festival of tolerance sponsored by the EU in third countries and this is the first international documentary film festival in Baku. This is not only a documentary film festival, there will also be a theatre and dance photography. From October 12 to October 20 Baku becomes the capital of tolerance,” Denis Daniilidis first adviser to the head of the EU Mission to Azerbaijan told CBC.
Particularly relevant is the cinema section. 20 European documentary films on the theme of tolerance and diversity will be presented in the framework of DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival.
Organizers hope that the festival will become traditional. In the framework of IMAGINE Euro Tolerance Festival there will also be master classes, exhibitions and a lot of concert programs.