On May 21, 2011, a newly commissioned chamber opera “Your Name Means the Sea” with music and libretto by famous Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Alizadeh premiered at the Cullen Theater in the Wortham Center. This production by the Houston Grand Opera was developed in close collaboration with the Houston-Baku Sister City Association.
In preparation for the opening ceremony of the Houston 2011 Ifest, HBSCA adopted a class at Poe’s Elementary School in Houston to represent Baku in the 18th annual Sister Cities of Houston Children’s International parade. HBSCA volunteers visited the kids in their class room to give a presentation about Baku and Azerbaijan and teach the children a few words of Azeri language which was received with great enthusiasm by the kids and their teacher Ms. Donna Williams. The school children and their teacher also represented HBSCA at the official opening ceremony of the 2011 IFest by Mayor Annise Parker.
During the last weekend of April and first weekend of May 2011, Houston International Festival celebrated the culture and traditions of the Silk Road countries. In collaboration with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the IFEST hosts, HBSCA proudly presented unforgettable performances at the festival delivered by the Azerbaijan State Folk Dance Ensemble during the weekend of May 7/8.
Happy Novruz! Novruz Bayramı is the Azeri holiday that celebrates the new year and coming of spring. On March 19, 2011 the Houston-Baku Sister City Association hosted a wonderful reception to celebrate the holiday. A fabulous time was had by all!
Check out the exciting Novruz Spring Festival in Azerbaijan.