YEREVAN — Prominent Armenian-American rock musician and political activist Serj Tankian visited the Ministry of Culture today and met with new Armenian Minister of Culture Lilit Makunts to discuss future cultural initiatives.
Makunts said that, two months ago, she could not have imagined discussing cultural programs with Tankian.
“I am extremely happy for this, and I would like to ask you about your plans in Armenia,” Makunts said to Tankian.
Serj Tankian, frontman of System Of A Down, responded that he has many plans.
“We have ideas about several movies together with the Creative Armenia cultural foundation, one of which, my film, will be dedicated to the velvet revolution that took place in Armenia,” Tankian said. “The idea of founding an international music festival in Armenia is being mulled for a long time. In 2017, I met several young people here, who had reached an agreement with the former minister on creating a professional recording studio. I believe that this project must be initiated because the professional recording studio intended for an orchestra, namely in terms of development of filmmaking, is a necessity today in Armenia. I am personally ready to support this idea.”
Minister Makunts stressed that development of Armenia’s creative industry is a priority for her office’s cooperation with Creative Armenia — the ministry provides for the economic development of the creative sector.
Makunts added that she expects Tankian’s support, as well as that of other prominent diaspora Armenians who are members of Creative Armenia, for discovering Armenian talents and presenting them in the global arena.
“I am sure that we will have great achievements with these new ideas, open minds, hearts, honest and sincere intentions,” Makunts said.
Makunts also invited Tankian to take part in the opening of the “Goris CIS Cultural Capital 2018” event on July 7.