During this cultural week I was trying to remember everything as to write later, but now, when I eventually reached my computer, it feels as if I’m wordless, whether it’s because of so many impressions I got or now I’m too tired to remember those events. But one thing for sure: everything was just great and well organized. Certainly I don’t exclude that there were many things regarding management which could be done more properly, but this is how we study on our mistakes. They assured to improve those unsatisfying points by the next festival, which will take place after 2 years.The geography of participants was very ample. Most participants were from Russia, Georgia, Karabakh,then United States, Iran, Australia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Great Britain, Switzerland, Chekhov, Syria, Rumania, Javakhq, Ukraine, France. Special delegations made of some of those groups had concerts in different Armenian regions and Karabakh as well.
I was at Goris, Stepanakert, Gavar and Ashtarak concerts where I was accompanying my group from Kasakhstan. I must say that in all these places “One nation, one culture” festival was an expected event and it was greeted warmly and with joy. Even in Goris where the concert was supposed to start at 7pm and we arrived only at 9pm because our bus suddenly decided to break down, people were still waiting for us full of expectations and the concert was a great success.
One exciting thing , at least for me, was that all the theatres, museums, operas, cinemas, concerts were out of any charge each in concrete appointed days. This meant that the festival was for everyone not dependant on people’s═ social state. But, surely, I wish such days were more then once a year or two.
In the whole I think this festival is a great idea which aims at unifying creative Armenians all over the world. New friends, new acquaintances, new ideas, new hopes┘Though within one nation and one culture every participant brings the influence of the country they live in and it was more then evident in their dances, songs and works. In this respect this also implies an exchange of one and the same culture. And I still stand my ground stating that culture has that power to keep nation united provided that not a circle is absent from that cultural chain.
Well, there are people who will always complain and find faults and the others who will try to improve or approve, and the rest who never ever even care. I wanted to find the golden middle, I guess I managed 😉