3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis

3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis held in Baku on July 5 and 6, 2011.  Approximately 1300 international delegates from state and government organizations, non-governmental organizations, cultural, educational and other creative institutions and political parties and guests with an affiliation with the Azerbaijan Diaspora attended the 3rd Congress of World Azerbaijanis held in Baku on July 5 and 6, 2011.  Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev who also participated in the congress gave an opening speech during which he mentioned the plans for Azerbaijan to open Cultural Centres worldwide.  Several members of Houston-Baku Sister City Association attended the congress which also provided a valuable opportunity to establish connections with representatives of other international organizations with an affiliation to Baku and Azerbaijan as well as meetings with the local media in which HBSCA’s mission and news about activities could be promoted to the Azerbaijani public.

media moments during azerbaijan visit


Houston-Baku Day

June 14, 2011 was declared Houston-Baku Day in Houston by Mayor Annise Parker
On the occasion of Houston-Baku Sister City Association, Council Member Jarvis Johnson presented a proclamation before council recognizing Houston-Baku Sister for fostering the continuous successful interchange of culture and ideas between Baku and the Houston Community through the diligent work of volunteers.   In honor of this, Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed June 14, 2011 as Houston-Baku Day.

Houston Grand Opera presents “Your Name Means the Sea”

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.

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18th Annual Sister Cities of Houston Children’s International Parade

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.

International Festival

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. 

Novruz Celebration in Houston

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!