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Nikol Pashinyan meets with cultural figures


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Nikol Pashinyan met with representatives of different branches of culture at Aram Khachaturian Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Welcoming those present, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of similar events held with cultural figures and noted that meetings like this will be held on a regular basis.

“The recent political events in Armenia, the velvet revolution, had a well-pronounced cultural component. In our view, culture has a key role to play in terms of consistently and continuously raising the standard of communication between any two arbitrary citizens and in order to solve this problem, we need to keep people in close touch with culture and the cultural environment,” Nikol Pashinyan said, noting that the half-empty halls that we can often see even during key cultural events speak of a crisis. The Prime Minister stressed that the government’s role is not to interfere with cultural content, but to keep people in close touch with cultural life.

“We want to make life impossible without communicating with culture. Our task is to ensure that our children communicate with culture from early school age. We can see numerous manifestations of high culture in Armenia; in fact, there are many valuable exhibits on display in our museums; valuable books and artworks are being created in our country, and eventually what happened in Armenia this April-May might already have been silently formulated in cultural life.

A short while ago, I came to be asked whether there would be a cultural revolution in Armenia. I responded that what had happened was a cultural revolution as I believe that the greatest authors of that revolution were the country’s cultural figures who had managed to introduce in a subtle way and trigger off a mechanism in people’s minds that eventually grew into a revolution of love and solidarity,” Nikol Pashinyan said.

During the nearly two-hour meeting, the Head of Government answered numerous questions of interest to cultural figures relating to the activities of creative associations and cultural centers, the provision of easily accessible facilities for people with disabilities in cultural institutions, the conservation of cultural-historical monuments, etc.

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