24 January 2014, Friday, 12:30
author: Olga Murtazina
On the day of the official launch of the Year of Culture in Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov met with leaders of various spheres of the Bashkir art. The meeting took place at the National Museum of the republic.
Rustem Khamitov underlined that he meant by "culture" not only the development of arts, but also universal human culture, corporate culture, social culture. Especially it concerns bodies of authority and management.
“The Year of Culture is surely the responsibility of the authorities, not only because of financial resources. In the Year of Culture the duty of all authorities — to show the best samples of their work.”
As for money means, then this is "quite a complicated issue" the President said.
“But even in our fairly small budget we manage to allocate the funds to finance the grant policy, to assist in the construction of housing, facilities, to repair our crumbling palaces, and generally to spend scale and useful work. In the Year of Culture, of course, we are to fulfill all our obligations regarding grants, and allocating funds for cultural activities. But, I repeat, this is not the main thing. The main thing is that our society should perceive culture as a necessity, as something no-one can live without. Let us think about how to make every year the year of culture.”
The meeting was attended by the Rector of Ufa State Academy of Arts Amin Asfandyarov, composer Leyla Ismagilova, art director of the Bashkir Choreographic College and Ballet Troupe of Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre Leonora Kuvatova, the head of the Russian Drama Theatre Michael Rabinovich, art director of Bashkir Drama Theatre Oleg Khanov, the director of "Bashkortostan" studio Azamat Huzhahmetov, filmmaker Bulat Yusupov, teacher and storyteller from Sibay Asiya Gaynullina, the representative of Gaskarov’s Folk Dance Ensemble Alsu Shafigullina and other artists.
The President assured the attendees that the people of creative occupations would not remain without state assistance.