Cultural cooperation with UNESCO
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An exhibition devoted to International Women’s Day was held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 8-20 March 2013 within the framework of which sculptor Nina Khemchyan represented Armenia. A concert was held at the Great Hall of the UNESCO Headquarters on 18 March 2013 at the initiative of the group of francophone countries of the Organisation, during which Armenia, Lithuania and Bulgaria presented their national cultural values included in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Armenia was represented by renowned Armenian French musician, duduk player Levon Minassian. “The World of Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends of My Motherland” drawing competition for children and youth was held under the auspices of UNESCO at the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Sofia on 10 October 2014. 126 works from 6 countries were presented at the competition. Participants from Armenia, 12-year-old Lili Manyan took the second place with her “Ara the Beautiful and Shamiram” drawing, 8-year-old Monika Melkonyan took the third place with her “David of Sassoun”, and 13-year-old Zaruhi Gevorgyan received а recognition award for her work “Time”. Children, who took the first, second and third places participated in a separate exhibition held in Sofia on 1 December 2014.
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“Puppets for Peace” programme Under the auspices of the First Lady of Armenia Rita Sargsyan and on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UNESCO, Armenia initiated the World March “Puppets for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue” in 2015, which launched in Yerevan on 1 June, the International Day for the Protection of Children, and continued until 7 June. During those days the International Festival of Puppet Theatre was also held in the capital of Armenia, where representatives of 11 countries (Iran, Israel, Italy, Georgia, Russia, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and others) took part, and a peace tree was planted in a piece of soil brought from 5 continents. The Secretary General of UNIMA, Jacques Trudeau and UNESCO representatives arrived in Armenia. UNIMA national centres of 95 countries joined Armenia’s initiative. The World March ended on 21 September, the International Day of Peace and the Independence Day of Armenia, near the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. “Youth for Peace” concert programme and campaign The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia presented the concert programme entitled “Youth for Peace” in the Ségur hall of UNESCO on 3 June 2015. Using the power of music, young artists sent messages of peace to the world. The State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Armenian renowned young performers presented pieces from the works of Aram Khachaturian, Sayat-Nova, Aleksandr Harutyunyan, Mikael Tariverdiev and others. Conference on “Cultural Policy. Policy for Culture. The role of culture in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” From 10 to 13 July 2015, the Third International Conference entitled “Cultural Policy. Policy for Culture. The role of culture in sustainable development after 2015” and implemented through the combined efforts of the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia, was held in Yerevan, after which the Yerevan Declaration was adopted. The Conference, which was attended by 85 people from 30 countries, was held in the format of thematic discussions (3) and plenary sessions (2). It was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO. Armenia is consistently carrying out activities aimed at complementing the UNESCO Calendar of Celebrities and Major Events. The 150th birth anniversary of T. Toramanyan and the 400th birth anniversary of Voskan Yerevantsi (2014) and the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages (2015) were included in the calendar for 2014-2015. Within this context, from 4 to 6 June, the international scientific conference entitled “Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage” dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of famous architect T. Toramanyan was held in Yerevan. It was held within the framework of the Armenian-Italian technical agreement on “Support to Armenian Institutions for the Preservation and Reinforcement of the Local Cultural Heritage”. In October 2015, within the framework of the Third International Forum of Graduates of Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the ceremony of cancellation of the stamp dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Lazarev Institute, the presentation of the publications dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Lazarev Institute and to the Moscow Institute of Oriental Studies and of the illustrated book of the reserve fund of the museum of books of the MSIIR were held, the exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Lazarev Institute of Eastern Languages was opened at Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan. In December 2015, a seminar entitled “Voskan Yerevantsi: A Journey through the History of Armenian Typography” and dedicated to the 400th birth anniversary of Voskan Yerevantsi was held at the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran).
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