Arts Digest

EIGHTH AT EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: Armenia’s Andre, singing his country’s entered song “Without your Love” finished eighth in the Eurovision song competition that was won by a band from Finland. The Fins were participating in their 40th Eurovision, while this was the first for Armenia.

10 POINTS FROM TURKEY: Azg daily reported, Azerbaijanis upset by the “elder brother”. Armenia’s debut at the Eurovision song contest turned into a target of interesting comments on the part of Turkish and Azerbaijani media. "The 10 points that Turkey gave to the Armenian singer threw me into a fit of laughter. The presenters who were distinctively favoring Turkey were at a loss when our ‘brothers’, as they are called in masses, gave Armenians 10 points. Turks merely confused us by this decision especially in the view of recent opposition to ‘genocide’ allegations. The presenters did not even try to find a justification for ‘our elder brother’s’ deed. They sadly kept silent," this was the "hopeless" conclusion of a day.az correspondent on May 22. "We were silently listening to our tunes in Andre’s song, to the music of our tar."

Azg daily brings another example from Azerbaijanis publication. "The Armenians again presented themselves as a nation with high culture. Many TV viewers in our country hoped deep in their hearts that Armenia’s representative Andre will give a bad performance but he performed greatly taking a very high place for a debutant and leaving behind Turkey, France, Great Britain and other states."

AGAIN NEW MINISTER: Armenian government has changed its Minister of Culture four times in four years. Two days ago Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan presented the newly appointed Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs, Hasmik Poghosyan, stressing, “she does not affiliate with any party…”

Panorama online daily writes, there comes a question whether the former minister Gevorg Gevorgyan was a member of any party. Even more questions arise when we hear the Prime Minister praising the former minister. “A favorable atmosphere was created around the former minister and there will not be considerable changes.” According to the prime minister, the former minister supported him and could make considerable achievement during his short term. So, what was the reason to dismiss a person who was doing his job well?

APACHES TO COME TO ARMENIA: On the invitation of US Embassy “Yellow Bird” apache dance group arrived in Yerevan. The group will stage dances in Ararat on May 26, in Yerevan on May 27 (Cascade) and in Gyumri on May 29 (Theater Square).

According to US Embassy press services, “Yellow Bird” has a good name to continue the old cultural heritages in America. Accompanied by history long stories and elements of North American Indian art, their dances present the art and culture of Native Americans to the present and future generations.

CODE DA VINCI IS AN ANTI-CHRISTIAN PROPAGANDA: “Holy See Echmiadzin warns its followers that the book and the film “The DaVinci Code” contradict the postulates of the orthodox teachings of the Church as well as the Bible. Armenian Apostolic Church condemns that big disgrace against Christian belief and sanctity which violates the religious feelings of believers and their human dignity” Vahram Melikyan, the information system head of Holy See and the press secretary of Catholicos of All Armenians said in reply to Panorama.am. The premier of the film took place in cinema Nairi May 19. Priest Hakob Khachatryan mentioned in a film discussion that such films are supported by anti-Christian forces. “Such phenomena are not new. They are after two aims. They try to detail the earthly life of Jesus Christ. Second, they try to distort the truth,” the priest said.

NEW ARMENIAN FILM: Ruben Kochar’s Armenian-American “Path” film will be screened in Yerevan on May 25, 26 and 27. The film tells about one of the most painful issues in Armenia – emigration, Armradio reported.

The film has already been presented at a festival. On February 14 the international festival in San Francisco started with “Path”. October 30 it will be presented at a festival in Brazil. It will certainly participate also in the Armenian “Golden Apricot.”

FILM FESTIVAL SOON: "Golden Apricot 2006" international film festival will launch in Yerevan on July 10-15. Moris de Hadeln, Godfrey Regio and Arsine Khanjian will lead the competitions for the fiction films, documentary and "Armenian Panorama" competitions respectively. The organizers of the festival informed that 257 films from 56 countries will participate in the festival. Besides the competition program, the festival also has 4 out of contest programs. Best 10 European films shot in 2005-2006 will be represented within the framework of "One Day in Europe" program. The organizers of the festival informed that Artavazd Peleshian, one of the most contemporary prominent directors, will attend the festival as an honored guest.

ON YEREVAN STAGES…

May 28, 29 A.Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Academic Theatre, Nune Esayan “Live Concert” Ticket price: 3000-10000 AMD

May 26. National Gallery, “National Gallery” music festival, Piano Recital, Vardan Mamikonian (France).

June 03. National Gallery, “National Gallery” music festival, Vocal Recital, Barsegh Tumanyan, bass. Ticket price: 5000- 8000 AMD

Stop Club

May 26 “Cats” folk- jazz
May 27 “Cats” folk- jazz
May 31 Vahagn Hayrapetyan (piano), trio, jazz
Ticket price:1000-2000 AMD

Avantgarde Folk Music Club

June 2-5 Armenian Navy Band
, Entrance fee: 5000 AMD
June 3,4 Armenian Navy Band, Special concert for students, Entrance fee: 1000 AMD