Gyumri officially declared CIS cultural capital in 2013

Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri is now the cultural capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States. And that’s official…

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan on Sunday evening attended festive events organized in the city on the occasion, reports the government’s official website. The decision that Gyumri will be given the status was made late last year.

A concert took place in Gyumri’s Vardanants Square on June 30 during which the 2013 CIS Cultural Capital certificate was handed to the city mayor, Samvel Balasanyan.

A total of 45 events are planned within the framework of the program, which is due for official closing on November 2.

Also attending the event were Armenian Minister of Culture Hasmik Poghosyan, CIS Executive Committee Chairman, Executive Secretary Toktasyn Buzubaev, other officials and high-ranking guests.