The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia and Hovhannes Sharambeyan Museum of Folk Arts organize the International Crafts Festival, which is scheduled to be held in Dilijan, Armenia from September 30 to October 1, 2023, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention.
Masters of folk art from different countries of the world are invited to participate in the festival, present their works in Dilijan and conduct master classes. On September 30 and on October 1 Dilijan will become a center of crafts, national songs and dances, fairy tales, folk tales, delicious dishes, and unforgettable impressions. In the pavilions located in several zones, local residents and tourists will be able to be acquainted with the rich variety of national crafts of Armenia and the invited countries and take part in master classes.
Organizers cover the travel expenses, the costs of accommodation, food, pavilion rental, and internal transfer for 10 invited participants from different countries.
Due to geographical and financial factors, priority is given to masters from the following countries: the Islamic Republic of Iran, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
The purpose of the festival is the foundation of new platforms for establishing creative connections between interested structures and organizations, communities, as well as individuals to exchange experience, and to form an intercultural dialogue within the framework of safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage.
The contact person for the International Crafts Festival is the director of the Hovhannes Sharambeyan Museum of Folk Arts-Lusine Toroyan (tel. +374 91 721 207, e-mail –[email protected], [email protected]).