Artistic and cultural programme - Arts Festivals Summit 2022

The Arts Festivals Summit is coming on: we meet from 11 to 15 September 2022 in Yerevan. Yerevan is our spot to discover the Armenian culture and community. Together with our host, the Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival, we have set up an artistic and cultural programme for you.

Walk and Talk - Sunday 11 September, 15.00-18.00

For those of you who are already in Yerevan on Sunday 11 September, you are invited to join the Walk and Talk, during which you discover Yerevan’s arts and civil society community in small groups. These cultural visits include museums, galleries, monuments, markets, research centres, and creation spaces. Among them are the worldwide known Aram Khachaturian House-Museum and Sergei Paradjanov Museum, the Cafesjian Center For The Arts, and the National Gallery.

The Aram Khachaturian House-Museum

Guided tour in Matenadaran Museum - Monday 12 September, 12.00-13.00

This activity is only for EFA Members and Cities & Regions delegates. After the morning's activities, you are offered a guided tour in Matenadaran Museum, which contains one of the most important collections of manuscripts in the world and houses a research institute.

The Matenadaran has consolidated about 23,000 manuscripts, including almost all areas of ancient and medieval Armenian cultural and sciences – history, geography, grammar, philosophy, law, medicine, mathematics, cosmology, chronology, divination literature, translated and national literature, miniature painting, music and theater. The Matenadaran also holds manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Greek, Ethiopian, Syrian, Latin, Tamil, and other languages. Many originals, lost in their mother languages and known only by their Armenian translations, have been saved from loss by medieval translations.

The Matenadaran Museum is the world's largest repository of Armenian manuscripts

Official opening - Monday 12 September, 19.00

The official opening gathers all delegates at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, one of the architectural pearls of Yerevan. It is the occasion to 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 is performed in solidarity with the victims of the war in Ukraine.

The Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

Performances by young Armenian artists - Tuesday 13 September, 18.00

This evening focuses on youth and emerging artists and is accessible only to EFA members.

The launch of scholarship programmes for young musicians and artists takes place in the Byurakan Art Academy, where you enjoy performances by young talented Armenian performers. It is followed by a reception in the garden of the Byurakan Art Academy accompanied by jazz music concert.

The Byurakan Art Academy

Visit Yerevan's Genocide Memorial complex - Wednesday 14 September

On Wednesday 14 September, we will leave the Marriott Hotel all together at 16:30 to visit Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan's Genocide Memorial complex.

This visit includes a moment of reflection and support for Ukraine. The piece 'Drop after drop' by Maxim Shalygin will be performed, in the presence of the composer, and will be followed by a concert.

Closing Evening of Arts Festivals Summit - Wednesday 14 September, 20.00

Open to all, the closing evening will take place in a marvelous location a bit outside of the city. The programme includes live music, traditional Armenian dance, and a farewell dinner.

The Arno Babajanyan Concert Hall is the house of the State Philarmonia of Armenia

Sightseeing tour of Yerevan and its surroundings - 14 & 15 September

On Wednesday 14 September, a sightseeing tour of Yerevan and its surroundings is planned from 15.30 till 18.30 for all those who are present.

For those wishing to stay longer, we offer a sightseeing outside of Yerevan to explore the region on Thursday 15 September in the morning and afternoon. During this tour, you visit the Lake Sevan and Sevanavank. The Lake Sevan is one of the largest freshwaters, high-altitude lakes in Eurasia, that  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.

The Lake Sevan

Culinary discovery throughout the whole week

Culinary culture is not outdone during the Summit as every day you have the occasion to savour traditional Armenian cuisine and taste local wines. On Thursday 15 September, you are also offered to visit Eastern markets of Eastern spices, dried fruits, sweets, etc.

Armenian cuisine