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BRICS Ministers of Culture discuss current cooperation issues

3 September 2020
Министры культуры стран БРИКС обсудили актуальные вопросы профильного сотрудничества

On 3 September 2020, BRICS Ministers of Culture held their fifth meeting via videoconference. The event was chaired by Deputy Culture Minister of Russia Alla Manilova.

The meeting was attended by Brazil’s Special Secretary for Culture Mario Frias, Indian Minister of Culture Prahlad Singh Patel, China’s Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism Zhang Xu, and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Sports and Recreation, Arts and Culture Nocawe Noncedo Mafu.

Experts discussed current aspects of cultural cooperation among BRICS nations, including collaboration in the fields of museum, library, music, theatre, circus and folk arts, as well as the preservation of their nations’ cultural heritage.

«Russia is holding the BRICS chairmanship five years after the first meeting of the BRICS Culture Ministers and the signing of the five nations’ agreement on cultural cooperation, the founding document of our relations. We have covered a long path together. Over this period, cooperation within the BRICS framework has changed considerably and has acquired a number of new forms,» Alla Manilova noted in her opening remarks.

The participants recalled the most interesting projects they had carried out, discussed the implementation of the intergovernmental Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Culture (2017-2021) signed in Tianjin, China in 2017, and announced their plans for BRICS events in the field of culture in 2020.

«There will be changes in the film festival of the BRICS countries, scheduled to be held between 1 and 7 October. The traditional film forum will be held online on 7 October. But BRICS films will be shown directly in cinema halls within the framework of the Moscow International Film Festival,» Alla Manilova pointed out.

The sides have also reaffirmed their readiness to strengthen and broaden cooperation within the BRICS framework. With this aim in mind, they will create a working group on culture, whose participants will annually exchange information about multilateral cultural cooperation and will update each other on the upcoming large events to be held in their countries.

Following their fifth meeting, the parties adopted a declaration.

The Roscongress Foundation, a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organiser of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events, is in charge of organising events as part of the Russian Federation’s chairmanship in the BRICS association.

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