Event Tourism in Artsakh. Artsakh has a rich culture which is reflected not only in historical monuments but also in cultural events such as festivals, concerts, national dance performances etc. During recent years this events have become more popular both among the locals and tourists, visiting Artsakh. More tourists choose tours to Artsakh during those events. So what to see and mainly when is the best time to visit Artsakh? These are the questions that will be answered in this article. I have chosen several public events, which are of special interest and are organized every year.
Victory Day. The day of victory (or Yeraton) is celebrated on 9th of May for the Victory in World War II (Armenians of Artsakh took an immediate part in World War II), Liberation of Shoushi and for creation of Army of NKR. This day is widely celebrated all over the country. Festive events (military parade, festivals, concerts, exhibitions) are being organized on that day. During this period, it is difficult to find accommodation, because all hotels, tourist houses are full, so it would be better to plan a trip to Artsakh long before that holiday.
Mulberry Festival: Every year on the third Saturday of June Mulberry (Toot) festival is held near Amaras monastery (Martouni region of NKR). With more than 30 participants and 4000 guests, Mulberry festival is considered to be one of the most popular events in Karabakh. It is held only one day, and during the whole event guests have the opportunity to taste and buy homemade vodka, doshab, dried mulberry etc. Artsakh skillful cookers are presenting methods and traditions of preparing doshab and mulberry vodka.
The “TNJRE” international classical music festival of young performers gathers famous and young musicians from Karabakh and all over the world in June. During the festival famous musicians from Germany, Italy, Finland, Netherlands and other countries organize master classes of piano, violin and clarinet for the inhabitants and guests of Artsakh. Concerts are held in the capital city and regional centers during the festival.
The International Sculpture Symposium named after the famous sculptor from Shoushi Hakob Gyurjyan is organized in Shoushi in July. More than a dozen sculptors and artists from Italy, Switzerland, India, Belarus, Armenia and Artsakh take part in the International Sculpture Symposium.
The Independence Day is also widely celebrated in Artsakh. For example, in Stepanakert, on the Renaissance Square a big concert is held with a participation of the local and artists invited both from Armenia and foreign countries, different open air exhibitions and dance performances are organized on Shahumyan square (Pyatachok).
Harvest fair. The second Sunday of October is celebrated as the Day of Agriculture. Every year a Harvest Festival is organized this day in the Stepanakert Renaissance Square. More than 200 vendors from all the regions of Artsakh introduce their production to the thousands of visitors that attended the fair.
Artsakh Wine Festival is celebrated on the third Saturday of October and symbolizes the end of harvesting of grape. The fest is organized in the spirit of pastime, entertainment and rest. Festival guests are treated with famous Artsakh wine and delicious Artsakh cuisine. A harvest fair-exhibition, folk music concert, traditional games, handmade works exhibition are organized during the fest.
These events contribute to the development of event tourism in Artsakh. As already mentioned more tourists plan their trips to this region during popular festive events and more tour companies consider Artsakh as an “event tourism” destination, including in their tour packages Artsakh.
17:46 November 27, 2015