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Culture Check: October 2018

We mourn Charles Aznavour and Ara Güler, but there's also a lot to celebrate in this month's very Armenian Culture Check!

November 1, 2018  |  by Creative Armenia

1. The Francophonie summit opens this very Armenian culture check. The annual celebration was hosted this year in Yerevan, where presidents and prime ministers were treated to song, dance, rug-making, and a robot named Sophia.

2. The iconic French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour was laid to rest in Paris. France's Frank Sinatra was also Armenia's most beloved entertainer, and both countries remembered Charles' legacy in music, film, and life.

3. Armenians also mourned the loss of Ara Güler, the Armenian photographer from Istanbul. Guler's vast body of work includes includes some of the most iconic photographs of the past century.

4. China will build a moon. Seriously. Set for a 2020 launch, the artificial moon will light an area with a diameter of 10 to 80 kilometers.

5. The anonymous artist Banksy is no stranger to practical jokes. But the collapse of his latest artwork, a moment after it sold at auction, is now considered the greatest creative prank of all time.

6. Finally, Creative Armenia, the Boghossian Foundation, and Armenia's Ministry of Culture launched the East-West Residency in Brussels. If you're an artist living in Armenia, check out the details at

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