A contemporary Arts Festival is Bringing Creativity Back to War Torn Artsakh


A new contemporary arts festival in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, is providing a platform for local youth in the war-torn town to heal through creativity.Sunrise Stepanakert is the first offline event organised by the Artsakh Art Initiative, a digital platform conceived during the Armenian-Azerbaijani war in October 2020. It showcases artworks created by Armenian artists in response to the conflict, which saw Azerbaijani and Armenian troops fight for territory in the region.The festival’s aim, as the name emphasises, is to show that “the dawn begins after every sunset”.
Taking place at the House of Paul Éluard, a French cultural institute, between late June until mid July, the festival’s programme seeks to help the local population heal through music, film, photography, and art.Across town, local bands, ranging from Armenian folk ensembles to experimental pop duos, will be performing for free, while the venue will also host film screenings, photo and art exhibitions, and workshops by leading Armenian creatives.To read the full story, check out the link below to the article on the Calvert Journal.



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