MINSK, 2 November (BelTA) – An exhibition dedicated to the CIS Capitals of Culture project kicked off at the CIS headquarters in Minsk. The exhibition is organized by the Presidential Library of the Republic of Belarus jointly with the Information and Analysis Department of the CIS Executive Committee, BelTA learned from the press service of the CIS Executive Committee.
The exhibition features books, photo collections and exhibits of the CIS History Museum dedicated to the cities that had the status of the CIS Capitals of Culture. The CIS Capitals of Culture project was initiated at the Minsk meeting of the CIS agencies responsible for humanitarian cooperation in 2010.
The project is designed to promote cultural contacts, to create an enabling environment for economic and political cooperation between the CIS member states, to facilitate humanitarian, social, economic and infrastructure development, to give more spotlight to certain territories and cities, and to improve the international standing of the Commonwealth.
The CIS Capitals of Culture status is usually granted to non-capital cities of the CIS member states. The project is known for an extensive, exciting and diverse program of cultural and humanitarian events.
The project has already been implemented in 17 cities of the Commonwealth. This year it was held in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.
By the decision of the CIS Council of Heads of State dated 14 October 2022, the list of the CIS Capitals of Culture was revised to add one more city. This honorary title was given to St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities of the world, which is famous for its history, architecture, monuments and other attractions.