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A decision to initiate a tender for creating a TV channel specializing in cultural programmes was initiated during a session of the Azerbaijani National Council, reports Trend. The realities of television and radio broadcasting were discussed at the session. It was pointed out that lots of entertainment programmes exist, but there is a lack of intellectual programmes. The tender will be held from the 4th of August to the 4th of September to create a cultural channel on the territory of Baku and Apsheron on the 44 frequency.

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Atwo week festival of Armenian culture ‘The Black Sea dances and sings’ opens on July 30th in the Tuapsinskiy region of Russia's Krasnodar Territory, Yuga.ru reports. The event is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 90th anniversary of the Tuapsinskiy region. It was organized by a charity cultural society ‘Amshen’. On July 30th the celebration events will start in the Cultural House of Tuapsa. There will be forums and exhibitions of national dance, among other events..

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Georgian opposition figure Goga Haindrava has announced he is quitting politics. He said the decision was made after the dissolution of the National Council, Georgia Online reports.Haindrava, who is also a film director, is working on several projects and plans to devote himself to the world of cinema.

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The filming of the remake of the famous Soviet movie "Sluzhebnii Roman" has been completed in Turky, Vesti.az reports.The film took 45 days to complete. Neither the names of the actors nor the director have yet been released so as not to attract snap judgements of a remake of a much-loved Soviet film

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Yerevan hosted the all-Armenian performance art forum within the fourth all-Armenian festival ‘Single nation, single culture’, News Armenia reports, citing the press-service of the Ministry of Communities. Minister Granush Akopyan spoke in her speech about the importance of preserving national identity. She offered the organization of dancing and singing contests for individual performers and the establishment of a coordination group to work with the problems of dancing groups.

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A plaque commemorating the White Army and civilians who had to leave Russia during the Civil War of 1918-1920, was unveiled today on the territory of the Russian ambassador’s residence in Turkey,

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Iran plans on becoming a space power. The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared that Tehran intends to launch its first manned spacecraft by 2019.

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Archaeological work will start in the autonomous republic of Nakhichivan near the villages of Kengerli and Shahtahti, where the historical complex of Maidantepe is located, reports Trend, citing the ministry for culture of Azerbaijan.

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The traditional festival of Armenian culture "The Black Sea dances and sings", dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 90th anniversary of the Tuapsinskiy region of Krasnodar Territory, will be held on July 30-31, News Armenia reports.

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The first UNESCO-Custo department in Russia has been opened in the university of Rostov-on-Don, Yuga.ru reports. The department unites research work in the spheres of ecology, technology and public sciences.Today only 12 departments of this kind exist in the world. The department will carry out research work in the sphere of preserving natural eco systems.

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Young dancers from the Dagestani “Hasavyurt” dance company have participated in the traditional annual festival “Young Russian culture in Italy”, reports RIA-Dagestan. The company opened the festival in Villa Abamelek. Among the guests were the president of the Biennial in Venice, Paolo Baratta, and the art director of the Venice Film Festival, Marco Muller. The festival was initiated in 2001 by the Social and Cultural Initiative Fund and is under patronage of Svetlana Medvedev, wife of the Russian president.

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Armenia is participating in the 57th international industrial smelting exhibition in Damascus, the press-service of the Armenian Foreign Ministry reports. According to the statement, the Armenian stand is popular among the visitors of the exhibition. Syrian Premier Muhammad Naji al-Otari, members of the government and diplomats visited the stand. In his conversation with Armenian ambassador Arshak Poladyan, the premier expressed satisfaction with the Armenian participation in the exhibition, Armenia Today reports.

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The Iranian authorities care about the historical heritage of Armenia in Iran, historian Samvel Karapetyan said at a news conference, Armenia Today reports.According to him, Iran , unlike Georgia which tries to appropriate Armenian Churches, pays respect and attention to the churches located on its territory. Karapetyan carried out research work on the state of Armenian cultural monuments in some 100 Iranian villages, leading his team to the conclusion that Iranians respect Armenian churches and religious sites.

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Cinematographers of Armenian origin from all over the world will create an association, director of the "Golden Apricot" film festival Arutun Hachatryan announced today, RIA Novosti reports.The initiative was proposed by famous French producer and moviemaker of Armenian origin?Alen Terzyan. The main aim of the association is to help younger generations succeed in the cinema industry. It is expected that the issue will be discussed at a meeting with the Armenian premier, and the minister for diasporas and culture.

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Azerbaijan will use a new system to list names, Trend reports, citing the director of the Institute of Information Technologies of Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences, Rasim Aliguliyev. He told that names corresponding to the national, cultural and ideological values of Azerbaijan will be added to the ‘green list’ and there will be no limitations to these names. The second category is the ‘yellow list’ - names that sound bad in other languages or could become the subject of taunts.

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The 7th Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival got underway on July 11th. "Mayrig" (Mother) by Henry Verneuil marked the opening of the festival, Panarmenian reports.A traditional apricot-blessing ceremony took place in St. Zoravor's Church on Sunday, prior to the official opening ceremony of the festival.

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