The Koktebel Jazz Party international music festival is growing in size and popularity, said Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky at a news conference in Koktebel.
"The festival is over 10 years old," Medinsky said. "This is a significant event in the jazz world, not just Crimea, and so we are very pleased that in spite of political changes, the festival continues, and moreover, it is expanding and becoming more popular."
He stressed the festival's importance as a draw for tourists.
Medinsky noted that a significant number of cultural events have been held over the past few months as part of the Year of Culture in Crimea. "Tomorrow, for example, a military historical festival opens near Sevastopol," he said. "Thousands of visitors from different countries, lovers of history and culture, will be there, too."
The Moscow Circus and the Russian State Circus are touring Crimea. There is a large touring theater program, and museum exhibitions have been organized. "It is impossible to enumerate all the events underway in Crimea," said the head of the Ministry of Culture.