Expansion of cooperation of the Republic of Armenia with international organisations (UN, UNSECO, European Union, Council of Europe, BSEC, CIS, International Organisation of Francophonie and others)

Key objectives of the measure:
Over 50 co-financed and joint programmes have been implemented; the programmes covered almost all directions of culture within the scope of their content and focus – ensuring the right to free mobility and direct cooperation of art critics, the right to communicate with culture of Armenia and of peoples of the world. “Culture policy and policy for Culture” traditional forums were held in Armenia in 2009, 2012 in the framework of cooperation with UNESCO. International Mother Language Day, International Day of Poetry, World Day of Book and Copyright, International Jazz Day, World Day for Culture Diversity for Dialogue and Development, International Literature Day, Audiovisual Heritage International Day declared by UNESCO are widely celebrated in Armenia and contribute to development of intercultural dialogue greatly. Conferral of “Yerevan World Book Capital 2012” honorary title by UNESCO may be mentioned as the best example of ensuring literary diversity. The programme started in April 2012, when city-wide events were organised in Yerevan, ArmBookExpo and Eternity of Writing exhibitions, monuments devoted to writing and books were opened – one of the monuments was “Man of the World” – consisting of one letter of all living alphabets of the world and so on. The exhibition of hero-books’ sculptures by sculptor Davit Minasyan was devoted to jubilee books nominated by UNESCO. Forums, symposiums and exhibitions organised were devoted to issues of copyright, translation, freedom of speech, contemporary literature and application of new technologies.
Main feature of the measure:
Armenia always participates in significant humanitarian and cultural events of Commonwealth of Independent States, particularly Youth Delphian Games of CIS countries, Forum of Creative and Scientific Intellectuals of CIS countries, etc. In 2010, the Youth Delphian Games of CIS countries took place in Armenia in an open format, which enabled the representatives from Baltic countries, Georgia, Bulgaria, France to take part in the Games. In total, there were around 650 participants. One of the best examples of the co-operation with CIS and Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Co-operation is the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, which was established in 2007. The Orchestra is composed of young musicians from CIS member states (including Armenians from Armenia), which have given concerts on the best stages in not only CIS countries, but also Europe. The Orchestra has also given concerts at the UNESCO headquarters. Armenia, as an associated member in 2009, and as a full-fledged member in 2012, participated in Francophone international organisation projects. Thus, in 2009, the 25-member Armenian delegation participated in the 6th Francophone games organised in Lebanon. “Francophone days” are organised annually jointly with the Embassy of France to the Republic of Armenia , within the framework of which in 2010-2011 Garu, Lara Fabian gave concerts, the “L'histoire du soldat rose” musical was presented, and Armenian stars participated in the gala concert of French chanson Francophone movement currently expands to the Armenian regions – Shirak, Vayots Dzor and Tavush. Within the framework of cooperation with BSEC, specifically active co-operation was noticed in 2007 when an international conference, round table, screening of films were organised on conservation and restoration of historical and cultural monuments in the Black Sea region, exhibition titled “Cultural Mosaic of Black Sea Countries” and child exhibition of the countries of the region entitled “Sunny Sky of the Black Sea” were held.
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