SHUSHI (Panorama)—The 4th Pan-Armenian Recitation Festival has begun in Shushi, the Nagorno Karabakh-Republic. Dedicated to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, the festival has brought together 61 participants from Armenia and the Diaspora, including the U.S., Ukraine, Belarus, Syria, Javakhk, and Iran, as well as 42 local reciters from Artsakh, according to the press service of the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.
The head of the Department for Armenian Communities of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Taron Shagoyan, read a welcoming speech on behalf of Minister of Diaspora Affairs Hranush Hakobyan.
“This year the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide has united the Armenians around the world, and we aim to continue our struggle also by preserving the Armenian language and culture in the name of restoring justice and fulfilling the national goals,” Hakobyan’s message said.
Master classes in recitation will be conducted during the festival. Participants will also have the opportunity to sight-see in both Armenia and Artsakh.