12 culture news headlines from 6 countries in June

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


Creative Armenia Forum outlined prospects of creative sector in Armenia. On 9 June, the Creative Armenia Forum was held within the framework of the EU-EaP Culture and Creativity Programme. During the forum experts outlined how Armenia can ensure the development of creative industry. First of all, various sectors of creative industry must intersect. Moreover, creative communities must cooperate with each other, instead of competing. The focus should be on diversity, not only on one or a few creative sectors. Mapping is important to define Armenia’s strong sectors, and artists must acquire business skills to be able to earn money by creativity. Many small organization are preferred, instead of a few large enterprises. The last but not least: specialists of the creative sector in Armenia must acquire global experience and network at the international level—this will help to generate ideas. Culture and Creativity

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First session of Armenian-Italian intergovernmental commission was held in Rome. The first session of intergovernmental commission was held in Rome on 7 June. During the meeting Arev Samuelian, Armenia’s deputy culture minister, and Benedetto Della Vedova, Italy’s  deputy foreign minister, signed a 2017-2020 executive programme of cultural, educational, and scientific cooperation between the Governments of Armenia and Italy. Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia

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Baku is jazz capital, according to France’s and Belgium’s ambassadors. International Mugham Center of Azerbaijan hosted a concert of international trio of three jazz musicians from France, Belgium, and Azerbaijan. Aurelia Bouchez and Bert Shufs – ambassadors of France and of Belgium – were present at opening. They admitted, Baku had demonstrated the potential to be a jazz capital. Trend News Agency

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Azerbaijani artists’ works are on display at Carrousel de Louvre gallery. The next edition of the international contemporary art exhibitionArt Shopping has kicked off at the Carrousel du Louvre, France, on 12 June. Azerbaijani artists Maryam Alakbarli, Asmar Narimanbekova and Irradiyyat Mirzoyeva presented their works at the exhibition. Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Elchin Amirbeyov, Head of the Permanent Delegation of Azerbaijan to UNESCO Anar Karimov, Chairperson of the Azerbaijani House in Paris, Secretary General of the French Association of Friends of Azerbaijan Mirvari Fataliyeva attended the opening of the exhibition. Azernews

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British military orchestra performed in Baku. A joint musical performance of UK’s Salamanca Band and Bugles of the Rifles and the Special Exemplary Military Orchestra of the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry took place in Baku on 12 June. Britain’s ambassador Carole Crofts, Defense Attaché of the UK, Lieutenant Colonel David Ethell of the Royal Marines, the military personnel of the Training and Educational Center and the Military Lyceum named after Jamshid Nakhchivansky watched the orchestras’ performance. Azernews

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Days of Moldovan culture were held in Belarus. The event was held on 5-8 June in Belarus. On its opening, Andrei Kobiakov, Belarus’ prime minister, told about signing of a 2017-2019 culture executive programme. This is an evidence of two countries’ desire to further cultural cooperation. Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, BELTA

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France’s Princess visited charity call in Brest. A charity ball was held in Brest on 2 June to support partially sighted children. France’s Princess Tania de Bourbon Parme was a special guest. BELTA

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25th anniversary of Bulgarian-Georgian diplomatic relations marked by the exhibition. On June 5, on the occasion of the anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Georgia, the Bulgarian Embassy hosted the exhibition on the premises of the Georgian National Museum. The paintings of Marina Mavrova, a Bulgarian artist living in Georgia, Pavla Platonova, the youngest participant and partly of Georgian origin, and Vera Kikodze, Georgian painter, were exhibited. Dessislava Ivanova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Georgia, opened the celebration.Georgia Today

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Tbilisi’s Aghmashenebeli Ave renovation honoured by Europa Nostra Special Mention. The project for renovating Tbilisi’s historical Aghmashenebeli Avenue has a Special Mention within this year’s European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, also known as Europa Nostra,Agenda.ge reports on 8 June. Europa Nostra Special Mention is given for outstanding contributions to the conservation and enhancement of Europe’s cultural heritage”. Agenda.ge

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Days of Moldovan culture were held in Belarus. Days of Moldovan culture were held in Minsk on 5-8 June. On the opening Pavel Filip, Moldova’s prime minister, expressed gratitude to Belarus for an opportunity to show people of Belarus Moldovan cultural values. He is confident that signing a cooperation programme between ministries of culture of Moldova and Belarus, Moldovan carpets exhibition opening, and the performance of Fluerash, an ensemble of folk music and dance, on Belorussian stage will bring two nations closer. All Moldova, Point.md

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Kyiv Art Fort was placed to celebrate Europe Days. Last day of Kyiv Art Fort 2017 in May was a day to celebrate Europe Days, Cultprostir.uareports on 2 June. Hugues Mingarelli, Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine, and some diplomats from EU member states participated in the event. During the event, the issue of integration to Europe through art was vibrant, the source continues. Cultprostir.

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Platfor.ma reveals why foreign museums are attractive and how they are financed. The article of Platfor.ma tells about some world museums. For example, Copernicus Science Centre of Warsaw has interactive exhibits a visitor can make experiments with. Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź as well as Swedish Moderna Museet educate people. Tallinn has Estonian Maritime Museum which hosted two Vikings exhibitions. KUMU is another Tallinn’s museum. The latter is active in collection exchanges with other museums. And visitors of Kröller-Müller Museum (the Netherlands) can have a walk in a garden and enjoy art. Funding of these museums comes often from tickets as well as governmental support and sponsorships. Platfor.ma

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