A new multimedia art festival in Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, provides a platform for local youth in the war-torn city to heal through creativity.
Sunrise Stepanakert is the first offline event organized by the Artsakh Art Initiative, a digital platform designed during the Armenian-Azerbaijani war in October 2020. It features works of art created by Armenian artists in response to the conflict, which saw Azerbaijani and Armenian troops fighting for territory in the region. The aim of the festival, as the name suggests, is to show that “dawn begins after every sunset”.
“We believe that the rebirth of Stepanakert will be through art, as [culture] is one of the best avenues for development ”, explain the organizers.
Taking place at the Maison de Paul Éluard, a French cultural institute, between late June and mid-July, the festival program seeks to help the local population heal through music, cinema, photography and art. Across the city, local groups ranging from Armenian folklore ensembles to experimental pop duets will perform for free, while the venue will also host film screenings, photo and art exhibitions, and workshops by Armenian creators. leading.