Arts Festivals Summit 2022 - Festivals programme

The annual Get-Together of festival makers in Yerevan, Armenia hosted by the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival will take place from 12 to 15 September 2022. At a glimpse, the draft programme looks as follows (times shown are according to Armenian time GMT+4 / UCT+4):

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Arrival of EFA members & EFFE Hubs

15.00-18.00 | Walk and Talk 

Discover Yerevan’s arts and civil society community in small groups. These cultural visits include museums, galleries, monuments, markets, research centres, and creation spaces.

19.00-20.00 | EFA Board meeting

20.00 | Festival Cities inauguration dinner (by invitation only)

Monday, 12 September 2022

Arrival of delegates 

Throughout the day: Meet-and-Greet at Marriott Hotel Armenia

9.00-17.00 | Registration (Marriott Hotel Armenia)

9.00-12.00 | EFA General Assembly at Matenadaran Museum (for EFA Members only) 

The EFA members General Assembly including the Catch up inviting new members.

12.00-13.00 | Guided tour in Matenadaran Museum (for EFA Members, TFA Board Members & Cities Delegates only) 

Visit of the museum, repository of manuscripts, and research institute.

13.30-14.30 | Lunch, Traditional Armenian Cuisine at the Yerevan Tavern (for EFA Members & Cities Delegates only)

13.30-15.00 | The Festival Academy's Board meeting

15.00-17.00 Denis de Rougemont Forum at Marriott Hotel


* * * 19.00 | Official Opening of the Arts Festivals Summit * * *  

At Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall 

Welcome speeches and Keynote

  • Mr Vahram Dumanyan, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia 
  • Mr Stepan Rostomyan, President and Artistic Director of the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival 
  • Mr Jan Briers, President of the European Festivals Association 

Evening Concerts 

You will listen to Premiers of two pieces of the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra commissioned by EFA and Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of EFA. A special composition will also be performed in solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine.

Welcome Reception with Armenian National Cuisine and keynote speech to be confirmed

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

* * * Start Day of the Arts Festivals Summit * * * 

Marriott Hotel Armenia

9.00-17.00 | Registration (Marriott Hotel Armenia)

9.30-11.00 | Launch of EFA’s 70-Years-On Agenda & the EFFE Seal for Festival Cities and Regions

The 70-Years-On Agenda will look ahead at pertinent issues for the sector formulated at the occasion of EFA’s 70th anniversary, including the International Festivals Declare Emergency campaign: Which positions could festivals adopt within the societies they are working in? 

The EFFE Seal for Festival Cities and Regions will be launched in the presence of different cities from across Europe. The EFFE Seal is part of the project (a)Live Now that will conclude in Yerevan.

11.30-13.30 | 70 Years-On Conversations: The unknown ideal territory under continual construction 

The dialogue amongst festivals and with festival stakeholders is essential becomes urgent: to facilitate conversations and constructive energy to create an effective intellectual and artistic capacity to look at the world’s challenges in a nuanced way.

The 4-hour 70-Years-On Conversations are our joint collective launch of the European Festivals Alliance. It brings the voice of 4 dialogue partners around and in festivals to the forefront: 1. Cities: 2. Business; 3. Europe; 4. artists.

1. The unknown Mayor
2. The unknown Europe

13.30-14.30 | Lunch at La Cucina and screening EFA Honorary Members film (Marriott Hotel Armenia) 

During the lunch you will be able to screen the EFA Honorary Members film that was specially made for the 70 years of EFA.

14.30-16.30 | 70 Years-On Conversations: The unknown business leader and unknown artist

3. The unknown business man
4. The unknown artist

16.45-21.00 | Bus to Byurakan Art Academy of the Yerevan Perspectives Festival Welcome (for EFA Members only) 

Launch of scholarship programmes for young musicians and artists, an initiative of Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival and European Festivals Association.

You will enjoy performances by young talented Armenian performers.

It will be followed by a reception in the garden of the Byurakan Art Academy accompanied by jazz music concert.

16.45-21.00 | Free time for non EFA Members delegates

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Marriott Hotel Armenia

8.00-10.00 | EFA Collective and Affiliate Members and EFFE Hubs meeting (by invitation only)

10.00-12.00 | EFA meets festivals from the region: Armenia, Caucasus, Arab countries

12.00-13.00 | Lunch

13.00-15.00 | Workshop "Festivals & environmental sustainability: what's out there?" in collaboration with Pearle*

15.30-18:30 | Sightseeing Tour of Yerevan and its surroundings


* * * 20.00 | Closing Evening of the Arts Festivals Summit * * * 

20.00-21.00 | Gala Concert (Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall) 

You will listen to world-famous orchestra and musicians. 

21.00 | Farewell Dinner & EFA other activities

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Sightseeing outside of Yerevan

During this tour, you will visit the Lake Sevan and Sevanavank. The Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwaters, high-altitude lakes in Eurasia, that will immerse you in scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Sevanavank houses the Geghard Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 4th century.

Free time in Yerevan

You will be offered to visit Eastern markets of Eastern spices, dried fruits, sweets, etc.