Last Friday a program of cooperation between the ministries of culture of Armenia and the Russian Federation was penned at Armenia’s Ministry of Culture in Yerevan. Armenia’s Minister of Culture, Hasmik Poghosyan (at left) and Russian Federation Minister Andrei Busygin appeared for the press at the announcement.
According to the news, the eighteen articles of the cooperation set in motion a collaborative effort between the two countries across cinema, museum, library arts from between 2012 and 2015. Also last week, Poghosyan met with Kuwaiti Ambassador to Armenia Bassam Mohammed Al Qabandi to discuss cultural cooperation between the two nations.
As early as late last month, Poghosyan announced renovation projects for some of Armenia’s regional centers. Also, ancient stone pictures in Armenia are to be listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, news last month reflecting an archaeological cooperation between Germany and Armenia at Jermuk and Sisian. That project, led by Saxony-Anhalt state Professor Harald Meller and Director of Archeology and Ethnography Institute, illuminates what many believe is is the Armenian “Stonehenge”, a place of extraordinary interest.
Meller’s work, including his study of the so called Nebra Sky Disc in Saxony, is well known to be of paramount importance to the world of archaeology and ethnology, not to mention Germany and Armenia culture. As for the Armenia, Meller and other archaeologists have made breaking discoveries there.
For visitors to Armenia, many of these wonderful cultural and archaeological sites are in remote areas, for all intents and purposes inaccessible to visitors. This is, in part, one of the big initiatives of Poghosyan’s minsitry, to promote and help facilitate the building of roads and infrastructures to allow for tourism to Armenia.