Support to individual artists according to fields
The support provided to individual artists is first of all related to ensuring their participation in international festivals, competitions, teaching and training courses. During 2013-2015, more than 50 professionals of the field of culture, in total, underwent trainings abroad (Italy, Poland, Romania, India, China, England, Russian Federation, Japan, Georgia, Iran, Belarus). In particular:
In the field of theatre arts: during the reporting period, 4 young directors underwent training abroad — in Germany (Berlin, within the scope of the seminar for theatre professors) and in the Russian Federation (in Moscow, within the scope of Moscow International Film Festival and at the Armenian Theatre of Moscow), participation of 295 individuals in an international theatre festival was ensured.
In the field of music arts: participation of 113 individual performers in 145 international music festivals and projects was ensured, support was provided to improvement of the professional abilities of young musicians through master classes organised abroad and in Armenia. Thus, for instance, in just 2013, 22 young professionals underwent training abroad. With the aim to continue with the vocational education, each year, 1-2 gifted musicians from Armenia leave for the Russian Federation to continue education at the conservatories of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Participation was ensured in the “I Culture” project, within the scope of which each year 6 young performers from Armenia took master classes from renowned European musicians. 126 gifted children and teenagers from Armenia participated in 52 international festivals and competitions.
In the field of cinema art: support was provided to the scriptwriting projects of individual cinematographers, to ensuring the participation of films of Armenian production and individual artists in international film festivals and film markets. With the aim to continue with the vocational education, each year, 3-4 students or Masters leave for the Russian Federation to continue education at the All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after Gerasimov and at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television.
During the reporting period, support was provided to 7 scriptwriting projects of individual cinematographers, as well as to the participation of films of Armenian production and individual artists in 36 international film festivals and film markets, in total. In the field of fine arts: support was provided to organisation of 17 individual exhibitions, to participation of young artists in 35 international biennials, exhibitions and innovative projects. During the last 2 years, 1-2 students or Masters leave for the Russian Federation to continue education at the academies of fine arts of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In the field of dance art: support was provided to the implementation of orders for creative work, to raising the quality of knowledge of modern, ethnographic and folk dance art, of the dance creator and performer, re-establishment of choreographic staging, renovation of folk costumes, organisation and review of international and republican festivals. During the reporting period, 2 young and promising dance art alumni from Yerevan left for the Russian Federation to continue their vocational education at the dance academies of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Vocational trainings were held in Armenia as well. Thus for instance: In the field of music art: master classes were organised in Armenia as well — by renowned musician performers arriving from abroad, for the students of Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, gifted children of Armenia. Master classes were implemented within the scope of both the “I Culture” project and of other targeted programmes, particularly the programmes “Arts Education Week” and “Organising of master classes by foreign professionals in Armenia and support to the participation of gifted musician performers in master classes and creative camps organised abroad”. In the field of cinema art: trainings and master classes were organised within the scope of the regional centre of the international film festival “Golden Apricot”, the students of Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography took master classes from renowned cinema and theatre figures arriving from the Russian Federation and Europe (Emir Kusturica, Roman Balayan, Artavazd Peleshyan, Sergei Solovyov, Krzysztof Zanussi). For the replenishment of specialists in the field of cinema art, the activities of the fund “Hay Art Cinema” were ensured, including: four professionals — Pavel Finn, Sergei Solovyov, Krzysztof Zanussi, Roman Balayan arrived in Armenia, who trained 10 students of “High school of Film Directing”, and around 90 students of various higher vocational institutions as class auditors. In the field of book publishing: during the reporting period support was provided — under the programmes “Publication of Literature”, “Support to Publication of Literature”, “Elaboration and Publication of new syllabi, textbooks, methodological manuals for music, art and artistic schools” — to 407 individual artists — writers, literary critics, translators, musicians, music critics; the participation of around 20 writers, translators or literary critics in international literary festivals, competitions or book fairs was ensured each year, various presentations were held. Under the training programme in the field of preservation of cultural values, in just 2013, training of 57 museum workers was held by the History Museum of Armenia. In 2014, 39 more workers underwent training under the mentioned programme. In 2015, the number of trainees reached 68. In the field of libraries, during the reporting period, 277 librarians underwent training within the scope of the Training Programme for Community Librarians held by the National Library of Armenia.