Eva Maria Naher:
Eva Maria Naher:
“Creative industries inspire hearts and minds”

Eva Maria Naher on what SMEDA has already done, what are the next plans and why everything is the other way around with Armenian startups.

Raffi Niziblian:
Raffi Niziblian:
“Twelve years ago there was more raw talent”

Raffi Niziblian repatriated to Armenia from Canada in early 2000’s and soon became one of the pioneers of the local creative industries. In 2006 he founded Deem Communications, a full service agency that is now one of the leaders of the sector. Regional Post talked to Raffi about different aspects of the creative industries in Armenia, including marketing campaigning, films and visual arts.

Efficiency, Transparency, Democracy
Efficiency, Transparency, Democracy

In January 2014, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, along with other partners and in cooperation with the government of Armenia, started the project of improvement of the local self-governance system in Armenia. The goals of the project are precise: efficiency, transparency, democracy.

Repat Start Up Mentorship Program was launched in Yerevan
Repat Start Up Mentorship Program was launched in Yerevan

The new initiative is launched to help innovative individuals to take part in Armenia’s development.

President of Azerbaijan calls for snap election
President of Azerbaijan calls for snap election

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev called for snap presidential election on Monday, February 5.

Prime Minister Karapetyan highlighted Armenia’s reforms agenda in World Economic Forum
Prime Minister Karapetyan highlighted Armenia’s reforms agenda in World Economic Forum

2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) ended in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, January 26. The forum was attended by Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, who met with major business leaders to highlight the county’s agenda for reforms to built better business environment and attract investments.

The Criterion Collection is to release The Color of Pomegranates
The Criterion Collection is to release The Color of Pomegranates

Soviet Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov's 1969 masterpiece will be available for home video in whole new quality.

Amnesty International Reports the Rise of Homophobia in Armenia
Amnesty International Reports the Rise of Homophobia in Armenia

In December 2017, Amnesty International published a new report on significant rise of homophobia in post-soviet countries.

Sharing knowledge is cool
Sharing knowledge is cool
Hartak Workshop Festival to Set Gyumri Alight the Second Time

The team behind Hartak explains why it's an event to attend.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want:
You Can’t Always Get What You Want:
Lessons from the Referendums in Catalonia and Kurdistan

Тwo referendums on the issue of independence took place this autumn, within a week from each other: in Iraqi Kurdistan on September 25 and in Catalonia on October 1. Obviously, there are as many differences between the two cases as there are differences between the current political situation in the Middle East and in Western Europe. And yet, it is hard to ignore some striking similarities between the two cases.

Armenian Mount Analogue
Armenian Mount Analogue

Swiss Artist Felice Varini's amazing installation in Yerevan railway station.

Yeva
Yeva
Armenia’s Oscar selection

Armenian-Iranian film "Yeva" didn't appear in Oscar foreign language category short list, but it's still a good film.

Gyumri City Brand Was Presented
Gyumri City Brand Was Presented

Armenia's second largest city, Gyumri, got its official logo and branding.

Good Bolsheviks and Bad Bolsheviks
Good Bolsheviks and Bad Bolsheviks
is the Soviet Past still a Matter of Controversy in Armenia?

26 years after gaining independence, there is still room in Armenia for a heated debate on how to deal with the Soviet heritage.