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DANCE WORLD: By the initiation of British Council in Armenia the British modern ballet group “Akram Khan” had a performance in National Academy Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

ROBERT STURUA IN YEREVAN: Robert Sturua, stage director of Shota Rustaveli Academic Theatre of Tbilisi, arrived in Armenia after a 10 year break to stage a play within the frameworks of Shakespearean mono performances at Armmono-3 International Theatre Festival. Sturua's staging of Shakespearean "Hamlet" in London was included in 10 best performances of last 50 years.

BIG PRESENT: 22 paintings of modern St. Petersburg artists were gifted to Armenia's National Picture Gallery. Saint Petersburg mayor Valentina Matvienko participated at exhibition's opening ceremony, reported Arminfo on September 14.

In her words, works of Russian artists having a great contribution to the development of Russian culture are represented at the exhibition. The exhibition has been organized within the framework of St. Petersburg's Days in Yerevan.

FATE OF THE SPORT & CONCERT COMPLEX: Murad Muradyan, the owner of the Moscow-based construction group BAMO, said he will pay $5.7 million to the government in return for ownership of Karen Demirchyan Sport and Cultural Complex, the largest sport and concert hall in Armenia. The Armenian government gave a green light to the deal late last month, reported Armenpress. Speaking to a news conference today Murad Muradyan said under the deal he will invest around $10 million in the structure to upgrade and reshape it. The Sport and Cultural Complex was built at Demirchian's initiative in 1983.