11 culture news headlines from 6 countries in July

The latest arts and culture news from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Armenia

–°ulture minister hopes for 40% increase in visitors of Armenian museums. Armen Amiryan, Armenia’s culture minister, stressed that the number of in Armenian museums may increase by 40% in 2017, news.am reports. Since the beginning of the year, 25-35 % growth has been observed, minister underlined. news.am

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10 French films to be screened at film festival in YerevanTen films of French production have been included in the competition and non-competition program of the 14th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, versia.am reports.Alex Bortolan, cultural advisor at the France’s Embassy in Armenia, stressed that noted that France “could not miss the opportunity to participate in this year’s festival.” versia.am

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Azerbaijan

Works by Azerbaijani composers presented in SwedenAzerbaijani musician Leyli Yekta has given a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, Azertag reports. She performed works by well-known composers Gara Garayev, Nazim Aliverdibayov, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willan in the concert. The concert aimed to familiarize local audience with the Azerbaijani music. Azertag

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UNESCO refers to add Shaki Khans’ Palace to World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee considered the nominations submitted to the World Heritage List of protected cultural and natural sites on its session in Poland’s Krakov, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism told APA. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee passed a “referral” decision in regard to Azerbaijan’s nomination “The Shaki Khans’ Palace and the historical part of Azerbaijan’s Shaki city”. This means that the exceptional universal value of the monument is recognized by the Committee in this stage and Azerbaijan is given time for solving certain issues. APA

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Belarus 

“Slavonic Bazaar” festival opened in Vitsebsk. The International Festival of Arts “Slavonic Bazaar” opened on 13 July,Euroradio informs. Singers form 36 states will participate in the festival this year. Alexand Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, attended the opening ceremony. Euroradio

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Yanka Kupala commemorative plaques to be installed in Slovakia. Yanka Kupala commemorative plaques will be installed in Slovakia, according to the Director of the Yanka Kupala State Literary Museum Yelena Leshkovich, BelTA has learned. Belarusian Culture Ministry and the Yanka Kupala museum are carrying out a number of activities on the occasion of the 135th anniversary of the poet. Among them are exhibitions in Serbia, Moldova, Latvia, Slovenia, and Georgia. BelTA

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Georgia

Berlin hosted Georgian culture festival. A festival dedicated to Georgian culture and literature under the title “Georgia Home Alone” took place in Germany’s capitalaspny.ge reports. The festival unites a series of events aimed at promoting Georgian culture from classical music concerts to jazz performances. Accompanied by music and poetry the guests could also become familiar with the traditional Georgian cuisine. Berlin’s “Capital Culture Fund” and Georgian Embassy in Germany supported the event. aspny.ge

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Gelati Monstery returned to the main World Heritage List. On July 10, taking into consideration great efforts of Georgian State in accomplishing all the recommendations, the World Heritage Committee took an unprecedented decision to return Gelati Monastery back to the main World Heritage List with independent status, Georgia’s Ministry of Culture reports. The respective decision was taken at 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland. Georgia’s Ministry of Culture

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Moldova

Moldova, Germany marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with a concert. Germany’s Embassy to Moldova organised a concert entitled “Twenty-five years together! A musical journey through Germany, Moldova and Europe,”Moldpres reports. The event was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of German-Moldovan diplomatic relations. The event was attended by Lilian Darii, Moldova’s deputy foreign minister, Ulrike Knotz, Germany’s Ambassador to Moldova, Head of the European Union Delegation, Pirkka Tapiola, the Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Moldova. Moldpres 

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Ukraine 

Culture journalist: Maidan boosted creative industries development in Ukraine. Anastasiya Platonova, Ukrainian cultural journalist, underlined in a conversation with the EU-EaP Culture and Creativity Programme that a noticeable wave of emerging creative clusters, hubs, spaces, which become the focal points for the creative class, and cultural events happened right after the Maidan in 2013. “Now is a very good time for Ukraine, since cultural managers have realised that there are opportunities, they know what to do, and if not, they know where to get the necessary knowledge,” Platonova emphasized.EU-EaP Culture and Creativity Programme

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Niche art journalism turns into cultural critics, expert says. In an interview with Platfor.ma, Kateryna Botanova, Ukrainian culture manager, curator and editor, stressed that there is a new trend in culture journalism. Namely, niche art journalism evolves into cultural critics which is more appealing to society as a whole. Moreover, storytelling has become an important trend, as people are always interested in another people’s stories. In this regard, Botanova underlined that culture should be perceived as society-changing factor. Platfor.ma

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