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Baku is to host an international hard rock music festival on October 16th. According to Vesti.Az the event will take place in the ‘Vatan’ cinema theater. Musicians from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Georgia will participate. The Azerbaijani groups Fatal Nation, Edem, Death Is Just The Beginning and The Midnight will take part. The festival is dedicated to peoples’ friendship and the memory of the bass-guitar player of Death Is Just The Beginning – Jim.

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The festival "Kinoshok-2010" will take place in Anapa from the 11th to the 19th of September. The traditional children's cinema festival "KinoMalyShok" will also take place during it, reports ITAR-TASS, referring to the press service of the festival. It is the only festival that unites participants from all over the former USSR and helps improve friendly relations between them.

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The CNN International TV channel has broadcast a report about the Azerbaijani journalist Chingiz Mustafaev and his investigation of the Khojaly Massacre, containing video filmed by the reporter himself, reports the ANS channel, founded by Mustafaev. The Armenian Assembly of America started an internet campaign to ban the report, broadcast on the “World View” program five times in four days, but the campaign failed.

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 In spite of the economic crisis, the cultural life in the Republic of Chechnya is developing quite successfully. Theatrical art is no exception. According to the republic's minister of culture, Dikalu Musakaeva, local authorities are trying to support talented artists.

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An international youth song contest “20th century Idols” took place at the “Solnechny” resort in the town of Kislovodsk. Singers from 17 to 25 years old from all parts of the Russian south and former Soviet republics were participating in the contest. Khirindu Sultanova, award winner of many Russian contests and grand prix of the “Crystal Magnolia” festival in Las Vegas, won the contest. The contest had two programs: “Dear Land” - patriotic or folk songs and “My Idol” - any pop song.

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The international art festival "Alanika" is being held in Vladikavkaz. The festival is being attended by 29 painters and 7 sculptors from Italy, Austria, Rumania, Hungary, Belarus and Russia. The opening ceremony took place in the park in front of the "Irtex" center, RIA Novosti reports.The work of the artists who attended the festival will be exhibited publically in the National Museum of North Ossetia.

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After the recognition of Norwuz celebration by UN, the OSCE declared March, the 21st an international holiday, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to OSCE, Fuad Ismaylov. The UN resolution was initiated by the Azerbaijani side.

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The Fifth Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) will take place from the 12th to the 19th of September, the festival’s director Georgy Gogiberalidze told Georgia News. Films from 23 countries of the world will be screened at the festival. Georgian films will participate in the competition program of young directors. The movie by Georgian director Dmitry Mamulia, filmed in Russia, will represent Russia. Famous Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will be the festival’s honoured guest.

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The Russian director of the Alexandrinsky Theater of St. Petersburg, Iskender Sakayev, will stage Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Azerbaijani State Russian Drama Theater of Samed Vurgun.According to AzerTag, citing the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the director will arrive in late August.

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Thousands of historical artifacts have been found during the archeological excavations that have been taking place on the construction sites of Olympic facilities in Sochi, Interfax reports. The relics date from the bronze age all the way up to medieval times.The last excavations to take place in Sochi were in the 1840s.

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The exhibition “Treasures of the Ottoman Sultans”, which is set to continue for two more days in the Kremlin, has been visited by 95,500 people, reports RIA-Novosti, citing the head of the Kremlin exhibition office, Victoria Pavlenko. Several Moscow museums have changed their schedules due to the weather and smog, unlike the Kremlin museums. The museums have good air conditioning systems and the most favourable conditions for exhibition items and visitors are created, said Pavlenko. A huge interest in the exhibition was mentioned.

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The government of Armenia has decided to repair the roof of the Spendiaryan National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. It will issue the Ministry of Culture 9.630 million drams. 600 sq m of roof will be repaired, Armenia Today reports. At a session of the government it was decided to repair the educational building at the address 96 Vardanash, as well as the Vanadzor State College of Art of Tavrizyan. The State Institute of Theater and Cinema of Yerevan will also be under control of the Vanadzor branch.

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The union of Turkish tourist companies will invite Armenia to participate in the tourist exhibition in Van after the opening of the church of Surb Khach Akhtamara and religious services. The Turkish Ministry of Tourism and the union of Turkish tourist companies plan to demonstrate the renewal of religious ceremonies in the church as a tourist PR action, News.am reports.

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