Baku disagrees to hold a concert featuring Armenian composers’ works

Overview of cultural events in Armenia: March 29-April 4.

April 8, 2010
Yerevan’s National Academic Theater theaters resumed “Musa Ler” performance. It was attended by over 900 school students in one day and over 3000 in a month, proving students’ increased interest to the theater.

With centuries-old culture, Armenia is spiritual homeland for world famous art workers

Review of March 22-28 cultural events

April 1, 2010
The legend of rock, Deep Purple soloist Ian Gillan gave two charity concerts in Yerevan with the State Philharmonic Orchestra on March 26 and 27. The concerts proceeds will be spent on reconstruction of a music school in Gyumri.

Turkish students shot film about Armenian family

Review of March 15-21 cultural events.

March 25, 2010
Yerevan hosted two major events last week: the opening of Armmono Festival of Mono Performances and Day of Francophonie in Armenia. The former offered an opportunity to watch the performance of 18 theater stars from 7 countries while the latter featured a concert of Armenian pop stars singing in French.

Not building but vital city atmosphere will be destroyed

On the Moscow Cinema Open-Air Hall and Surb Poghos-Petros Church.

March 22, 2010
The government of Armenia accepted the proposal of Moscow Cinema LLC directorate on the gratuitous alienation of the land area on Abovyan 18 str., Yerevan, a public property occupied by Moscow Cinema Open-Air Hall, for the benefit of Holy Etchmiadzin, thus conferring it a property right to construct a new church on the site of former Surb Poghos-Petros Church, dismantled by Soviet authorities. Such a hasty governmental decision caused unrest among Armenian civil society, who now use every chance to express their disagreement on the issue. The fact is rather surprising, for Armenians’ passion for church-building is famous worldwide. It is the choice of the construction site that causes people’s discontent.

Another center for Armenian culture studies to be opened in Europe

Overview of cultural events: March 8-14

March 16, 2010
The first sitting of the Board of trustees at Venetian center for Armenian culture studies was scheduled for Saturday, March 13. Armenian Minister of Culture, Hasmik Poghosyan left on a working visit to Italy to participate in a sitting. The sitting focused on further activities of the center, RA Ministry of Culture press service reported.

Armenia takes active part in cultural life of West

February 22-28: main cultural events of the week.

March 5, 2010
The Sergei Paradjanov Festival in London and Bristol was opened with Yuri Mechitov’s photographic exhibition at the National Theatre Monday, February 22. The exhibition was composed of rarely seen photographs taken by Georgian photographer Yuri Mechitov during his 11 year friendship with the director. The Sergei Paradjanov Festival in London and Bristol was the first major celebration of the legendary artist and filmmaker whose talent transcends religious and political boarders, drawing on the cultural traditions of Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Russia. The Festival aimed to present the life and works of Sergei Paradjanov to UK audiences through a series of diverse events that include: a film season; a moving image installation; a symposium and a workshop at the BFI Southbank; a photographic exhibition at the National Theatre; screenings and talks at Pushkin House; a concert at St. Yeghiche Armenian Church; a film retrospective at Arnolfini (Bristol); and a photographic exhibition at The Bristol Gallery.

Highlight of the week: Eurovision stirs up passions

February 15-22: main cultural events

February 27, 2010
Armenian entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest was selected in a national final Sunday, February 14. The winner, Eva Rivas, was picked by a combined vote of the TV public (SMS voting) and an expert jury.

SMS-scandal overshadows Eurovision victory for Rivas

Review of telecommunications and information technogy events from February 13 to 20.

February 22, 2010
SMS vote-rigging was the hot topic this week, as Armenian music stars and fans traded scandalous accusations of fraud in a live singing contest held on Sunday night which selected Russian-born singer of Armenian descent Eva Rivas to represent Armenia in the annual Eurovision International Song Contest. The designated jury selected the Emmy and Mihran duo as their prime choice for the contest, but SMS voting of the audience during the live show played a decisive role and Eva Rivas came on top instead. Emmi and Mihran supporters claimed their SMS votes were prevented from going through, staging a small-scale protest action in capital Yerevan and claiming unfair treatment.

ART-EXPO exhibition may open abroad in several years

February 8-15 overview of cultural events.

February 18, 2010
ART-EXPO 2010 second annual exhibition was held in Artists' Union of Armenia on February 12. Over 50 cultural organizations and NGOs presented their achievements of the previous year. According to the organizers, the exhibition is a chance to introduce the achievements of Armenian art to public, to establish new links with International partners and to strengthen cultural cooperation between Armenian and international organizations.

Armenia will join the world culture and introduce its culture to the world

Review of main cultural events for 1-7 February 2010

February 11, 2010
Last week it became known that world-famous filmmaker and musician Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra are to give a concert in the concert hall Aram Khachaturian of Yerevan on March 5. And if the news of this concert, initiated by Avangard Folk Club and the Ministry of Culture of Armenia, was a pleasant surprise to the Armenian public, people have known about the forthcoming concert of legendary rock band “Deep Purple” due in Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex on May 25 since the end of last year. However, the organizers - the company Vibrographus and ArmRosgazprom CJSC - found it important to note that the price for tickets would be rising since February 9, which probably will not become an obstacle for the Armenian audience to get in touch with world culture.