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FAMOUS ACTOR IN HOMELAND: Armenian President Robert Kocharyan received actor Armen Jigarkhanyan, Head of Moscow Dramatic Theatre.

The presidential press-service informs that at the meeting Kocharyan said that he highly appreciated the colossal contribution of Jigarkhanyan to development of movie art. The actor has appeared in more than 200 movies.

POEMS IN PAINTINGS: An exhibition dedicated to 70th birthday of writer Hrant Matevosyan will continue until September 20. Three artists Khachik Gharabekyan, Hrant Tadevosyan and Nikol Aghababyan inspired by the picturesque views of Ahnidzor in Lori- beloved by the writer – spent all of August there and during this exhibition represented picturesque views of Ahnidzor. "We tried to combine our own feelings with the image of Hrant Matevosyan’s Ahnidzor. He created his works as a true artist. We were looking for Hrant in today’s Ahnidzor," Nikol Aghababyan said.

THEATRICAL FESTIVAL: ARMMONO international theatrical festival of mono performances will be held in Yerevan on September 12th to 17th. Hakob Ghazanchyan, director of “Scenic Crossroad” cultural center and ARMMONO Festival during the press conference organized yesterday told that despite the decrease of the number of performances for two times – there will be 14, instead of 29 staged last year – the quality and the requirements have been increased for several times. This year theatrical personas from Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Poland, the USA, Iran and Russia will participate in the festival.