ARTsakh Fest 2018 is the pilot edition of the annual contemporary art festival in Stepanakert that will take place on 5-7 October, 2018. ARTsakh Fest is an event of creative interactivity encompassing all aspects of contemporary art, such as contemporary dance, audio-visual installations, interactive public art, performances and much more. Alongside the public events there would be several open workshops including documentary photography, experimental music and contemporary dance. In collaboration with the local community and the theatre troop, we want to revitalise the old theatre building and bring life to it by making this space the heartbeat of creativity in Stepanakert.
The multidisciplinary art event aims to showcase the glorious past of the theatre and to draw attention of the local and international community. In case of the success of the pilot edition of the festival, we intend to host annual events to follow up the first one.
The Stepanakert Drama Theatre after Vahram Papazian was established in 1932 and played a significant part in the cultural development of the city and Artsakh as well as contributed to the preservation of national identity and education of the Armenian people during Soviet Union. Many significant actors and troops have been invited to stage performances there, among others Vahram Papazyan, Isahak Alikhanyan, Arus Voskanyan, Karp Khachvankyan and Hrachya Nersisyan.