Kazakhstan's Astana and Turkmenistan's Mary to become CIS cultural capitals in 2012
Kazakhstan's capital Astana and Turkmen city Mary were declared the cultural capitals of the CIS in 2012. It was announced Tuesday during the informal meeting of the CIS heads of states, RIA Novosti reports.
These cities will continue implementing a pilot project of the Cultural Capitals of the Commonwealth program taking it over from Belarusian city of Gomel and Russian city of Ulyanovsk.
The programme's main goals include encouraging intercultural dialogue as a basis for trust and mutual understanding, joining together cultural resources of the CIS countries and increasing the international authority of the CIS.
Two cities are supposed to be declared annually as cultural capitals of the CIS - one city per member-state.