YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I think the level of our people’s cultural development is much higher than the things with which our people are now dosed," the newly appointed head of the Department for Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports–Yerevan Municipality–Artavazd Torossian told Noyan Tapan. He said his main goal is to coordinate the activities of all the cultural–youth and sport organizations in Yerevan irrespective of their subordination.
Among "important and long-term" cultural programs–Torossian singled out the establishment of the "Yerevan" cultural center. Workers of culture will be able to present–record–shoot their works and demonstrate them on television. The center will have a conference hall–television and recording studios. According to Torossian–a legal framework for the center’s activities will be prepared in about 15 days; in another six months–a television and recording studio will be established. Torossian reported that all the work will be carried out with the assistance of one of the local television companies. "In any case we will try to improve the situation be means of extrabudgetary funds," he added.
Addressing sport problems–Torossian pointed out that the tradition of holding large sporting events will be re-established. An active and healthy way of life must be advocated–he said.