Culture Minister Marks 70 Days in Office

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports Roland Sharoyan held a news conference early this week to cover his 70 days in office. Among other issues–the minister addressed problems of cinematography in Armenia.

Many Armenian films remain incomplete mainly because of lack of funds–he said. The minister said that only a competent specialist can tackle and finally resolve the numerous problems Armenian cinematography is currently facing. For that reason–Sharoyan explained–film director Vigen Chaldranian was appointed Deputy Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports.

Sharoyan also attached high importance to the making of animated films and moved on to problem of Armenian theaters. "If the audience doesn’t go to the theater–then the theater should find its audience itself," said Sharoyan.

He also outlined the need for changing the structure of theaters which are not private properties.

"We want an Armenian to have his own face in the variety of cultures of the world," said Sharoyan–adding that there is still no legislation on culture in Armenia today.

Speaking of his party affiliation–Minister Sharoyan maintained that being a member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation only helps him in his work–as the ARF ideology helps him understand national values and the need to protect them.

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