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New presidential Council on Culture and Art to hold first meeting

September 24, 2012, 20:05 UTC+3
The Council has been enlarged from 45 to 58 members to include authoritative art and cultural figures such as film directors, actors and show business performers
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MOSCOW, September 24 (Itar-Tass) —— The new presidential Council on Culture and Art will hold first meeting on September 25 to discuss key aspects of modern cultural policy in Russia.

In accordance with the presidential decree of September 19, 2012, the Council has been enlarged from 45 to 58 members to include authoritative art and cultural figures such as film directors, actors and show business performers.

For the first time, representatives of public and non-commercial organisations and mass media have been included in the Council.

The presidential decree also amended the Council’s functions to enable it to form inter-agency commissions on such matters as modern cultural policy and development of creative initiatives; humanitarian development, artistic education and creative upbringing of young people; preservation, use and popularisation of the historical and cultural heritage, development of cultural and educational tourism; international cultural cooperation.

At its first meeting, the Council plans to discuss “questions related to key aspects of modern cultural policy and support to creative initiatives, preservation, use and popularisation of the historical and cultural heritage (including the problems of historical cities and development of cultural and educational tourism), humanitarian development, artistic education and creative upbringing of young people, as well as international cultural cooperation, the presidential press service said.

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