Folk Theatre named after Jalil Mammadguluzadeh operates in Cultural Center of Gabala Region. The theatre was established in 1961.In 1962 the theatre was given the name of national theatre. In the past the theatre participated actively in of cultural ten -day events held in Moscow and Volgagarad. The theatre took an active part in a review competition of national theatres by zone held in Shaki city on March 27-28 2008 and in a review competition of national people’s theatres held in Shaki city in 2009.
The following performances are included in the theatre’s repertory.
I.B. Gutgashinli “Rashid bay and Saadat khanum”, A. Guliyev “Story of the walnut” , A.Kuprin “Olesya”, F.Mustafa “I have something to tell you”, K.Nemat “New servant”. Currently there are 6 members of the theatre. Sarkarov Fuzuli Khalil oglu is director of the theatre. “Zopu-zopu” ethnographic folklore dance ensemble operates at Cultural House of Bum settlement. Ensemble was founded in 1980. In 1989 the ensemble was given a name of people's collective. Since its creation the ensemble gained popularity in the republic and beyond its borders. In was a participant of All-Union festival held in Moscow city in 1982 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the USSR and was awarded with the diploma of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR. It was awarded with a diploma of USSR State Academic Dance Ensemble for its exemplary performance at amateur art holiday held in Moscow city in 1985 on the occasion of 40th anniversary of victory in World War II. In 1987, it became the participant of All-Union Folk Art Festival II and won the title of festival laureate. In 1988 it took part in all-union folklore collectives review competition at the invitation of Composers Union of the USSR and was awarded a diploma. In 1988 it performed in a worldwide folklore festival held in Konfalan and Djon cities of France in the composition of “Gulustan” folklore theatre and awarded a bronze medal. In 1989 it was invited to the 400-year anniversary festival of Volgograd city and awarded an honorary diploma for exemplary performance. In 1990 the ensemble took an active part in Azerbaijani ten-day events held in Ufa city. Ensemble takes an active part in district-wide events and Novruz holiday held in Azerbaijan every year.
The following performances are included in the theatre’s repertory.
Zopu play(chain movement, anzali play, triple rotation and rapid dances), Camel play ( Turkish folk dance course, child’s play, urn play, Play with Bone), Dance of brave men (pigsty rhythms, dance course, battle with bludgeons, dance on the disc).There are currently 10 members of the ensemble. Artistic director of the ensemble is Abulov Sakhavat Sadiya oglu. There are 93 immovable historical and cultural monuments in Gabala region which certified by the Decision No 132 of The Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan Republic dated August 02, 2011. There are 61 monuments of local and 31 monuments of country importance. 1 monument is of world importance. 17 monuments belongs to architectural, 69 monuments to archeological, 4 monuments to decorative and applied art example, 2 monuments garden-park, monumental and memorial monuments. These monuments are the followings.
Central Library of Gabala region has started to operate since 1930. Since 1976 it has continued its activity as CLS (Centralized Library System). For the first time, the library began to operate as a reading cabin and then operated as the library. CLS of Gabala region which unites 1 central library, 3 city branches, 3 settlement branches and 20 village branches around has been operating as the central library since 1930 and as CLS since 1976. Until 1976 45 libraries were operating in the Gabala region: In 1976 the libraries in the region were centralized and CLS (Centralized Library System) were established. 5 Departments and 45 libraries were operating under the CLS. In 1978-1981, 73 libraries were operating in the region. But in 1982-1986 the activity of 3 libraries were suspended due to unknown reasons. 69 Libraries acted in the region until June 2009. The consolidation of library branches city and regional library branches, their more effective activity were provided in 2.1/5 item of the State Program “On the development of library and information fields of Azerbaijan for the period 2008-2013 approved by the Order dated October 06, 2008 of the President of Azerbaijan Republic. For providing the execution of the State Program the Department of Culture and Tourism of Gabala region offered to join 42 libraries out of 68 to 26 main libraries. By the Order No 77, dated June 01.2009 of the Head of Gabala Region Executive Power maintenance of 26 city, settlement and rural library branches that meeting modern standards in the region was considered expedient. Thus, CLS of Gabala region consisted of 69 library branches but 26 libraries remained after the consolidation of branches in June 2009. 1 central, 3 city and 20 rural libraries. General fund consists of 163303 example of literature. Monographic works- consists of 478 examples. It has 30045 readers. Access to the Internet is available. Number of records in electronic catalogue- Books printed in Latin-1700, books in English -361 examples, Retro catalogue ( books published in Cyrillic script)-700. Reader formular: 2541. «2009 was declared as the year of Automation of Libraries» by the Ministry in order to execute the State Program “On the development of library and information fields of Azerbaijan for the period 2008-2013” approved by the Order dated October 06, 2008 of President of the Azerbaijan Republic. At the same time, according to the Letter No 1641/03 dated on 24.06.2009 of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic the website of Gabala CLS was prepared and put at the Internet users’ disposal to provide the execution of «State Program on the development of library and information fields of Azerbaijan for the period 2008-2013».
Historical Ethnography Museum of Gabala.
Gabala Historical-Ethnographic Museum was established in 1980. 13000 exhibits are preserved at museum’s main fund which reflects 2500 years’ history of Gabala-Azerbaijan. Archaeological, numismatic materials, folk art examples, ancient manuscripts and print books draw particular attention. Doctoral and candidate dissertations on the basis of these materials. Memorial house-museum of I.B. Gutgashinli and Martyrs museum branches were established. There are 13 exhibition halls, fund, Heydar Aliyev memorial halls, photo gallery, rich scientific library and exhibition space made from the old ancient stone monuments under the open sky. The pleasant words of the president of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev, academicians Ziya Bunyadov, Gara Ahmadov, Budag Budagov, Jahangir Gahramanov, artists Rashid Behbudov, Habil Aliyev, deputies Fattah Heydarov, Zalimkhan Yagub, foreign guests Tur Heyerdal, Oljas Suleymanov, Ahmad Shmide were written in the comment books of the museum.