On November 25 the first meeting of the Organizing Committee established in connection with Islamic Culture Capital Nakhchivan-2018 was held .
Vasif Talibov, the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, the chairman of the Organizing Committee made a speech at the meeting an: Today we gather in connection with the status of Nakhchivan as the capital of Islamic Culture for 2018. It is already 15 years that the “Capital of Islamic Culture” concept is on agenda. The first official document was adopted by the proposal of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) at the third conference of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation in November, 2001. At the fifth conference of ISESCO which was held in November, 2007, Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan was declared the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2009. And at the sixth conference of the culture ministers of member states of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in October, 2009, a decision was adopted to declare the city of Nakhchivan the capital of Islamic culture for 2018. This decision is justified. Because, Nakhchivan, the 5 thousand years old city of Azerbaijan, is rich with examples of Islamic culture and has made valuable contributions to the world civilization. The mentioned, as well as the experience gained during Baku-2009 the Capital of Islamic Culture makes confidence in the conduct of activities in Nakhchivan in 2018.
On February 28, selection of the logo “Nakhchivan Capital of Islamic Culture-2018” was held at the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
In his remarks at the event, Vasif Talibov, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, said the decision to grant the status of Islamic Culture Capital to Nakhchivan was made at the sixth meeting of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in 2009. On the basis of the Decreeof the President of the Azerbaijan Republic dated June 2, 2016, Organizing Committee was established in for holding events of capital of Islamic culture. The first meeting of the Organizing Committee was held in November, in Nakhchivan, and Events Plan was approved. One of the measures of the Events Plan was the preparation of logo in connection of the status of Islamic Culture Capital to Nakhchivan. For this purpose on the basis of the Decree dated January 23,2017 of the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic “On preparation of logo “Nakhchivan Capital of Islamic Culture-2018”, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Artists’ Union announced the creativity competition. We must note that over 70 entries were received by the jury of the competition to choose the logo.
The presentation of the logo of “Nakhchivan –Capital of Islamic Culture 2018” was held in the exhibition hall the named of Bahruz Kangarli of the Artists’ Union of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
In the presentation seremony, Ulviyya Hamzayeva, the chairman of the Union of Artist, Honored Artist of the Republic of Azerbaijan noted that, at the VI conference of culture ministers of member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held in Baku in 2009, Nakhchvan city was proclaimed Islamic culture capital for 2018 .The President of Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev signed an order dated June 2, 2016 and on the basis of the Order Organizing Committee was established. The Organizing Committee that deals with preparations for the events to be hosted by Nakhchivan in the capacity of the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2018 held its first meeting on November 25, 2016,in which the questions connected with preparation were discussed. On January 23, 2017 the Chairman of the Supreme Majlis of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic signed a Decree “On the preparation of logo “Nakhchivan-Capital of Islamic Culture 2018”. According to the Decree, the creativity competition was announced for the preparation of the logo.
As it is known, with the decision at the sixth conference of culture ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in October 2009 in Baku, Nakhchivan was declared the capital of Islamic culture for 2018.
According to the Order signed by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on March 2, 2016, at its first meeting of the Organization Committee held on 25th of September, the direction of the preparations was determined in connection with the declaration of Nakhchivan City as the capital of the Islamic Culture for 2018, and the project of action plans were discussed.