Azerbaijani Film Festival in Yerevan Still On, Location Changed
The Azerbaijani film festival will not be taking place at the Media Center of Yerevan’s Mkhitar Sebastatsy educational complex, said school principal Ashot Bleyan to Epress.am.
According to Bleyan, since the entire educational complex and the building owner, in accordance with RA law, belongs to the Government of the Republic of Armenia, the government can thus allow or prohibit events to take place in the building.
“We are simply considered the user of public buildings; the owner is the Government of Armenia,” he said.
At the same time, the school principal informed Epress.am that, knowing the state body’s opinion, he personally didn’t consider it appropriate to hold this event at the school.
However, Bleyan, said that he doesn’t see anything wrong with holding an Azerbaijani film festival, since various films — Turkish, Georgian, Italian and so on — are screened occasionally at the school’s Media Center.
Speaking to Epress.am, the public affairs department at the RA Ministry of Education and Science today said that the festival organizer officially hasn’t appealed to them on securing the space and the matter of choosing a location is up to the festival organizers.
Festival organizer Georgy Vanyan, however, told Epress.am that in any case the festival will go on and the public will be informed soon about the festival date and location.
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