Day 7: The free Artsakh welcomes the participants of the 2nd “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival

The free Artsakh welcomes the participants of the 2nd “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival. This is how the people of Artsakh greeted the participants of the 2nd “My Armenia” Pan-Armenian Festival during the concert held at the Culture Home in Stepanakert. Among those attending the event was NKR Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Narine Aghabalyan.

The audience was packed, and the soldiers serving in the NKR Defense Army cordially greeted the participants.

The “Menk Enk Mer Sarere” Song-Dance Ensemble greeted the participants as the “landlords”.

The nearly two-hour concert included performances by Kuwait’s Shakeh, Akhalkalak’s Vachyan, Volgograd’s Artuyt, Krasnodar’s Armavir, Ukraine’s Armenia, Sochi’s Nairi, Pyatigorsk’s Ani, Rostov’s Arpi and Lipeck’s Krunk Dance Ensembles, which were followed by endless rounds of applause.

In the end, NKR Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Narine Aghabalyan gave a speech in which she expressed her gratitude to the Diaspora Armenian dance ensembles that had traveled from different countries, danced with spirit and set the mood. The minister asked the audience to give another round of applause.

“We thank you for coming to Artsakh and bringing good tidings. You came to show us that the spirit of Armenians is alive and that the struggle for the liberation of Artsakh wasn’t in vain. You also showed that the blood that thousands of brave Armenians shed wasn’t in vain and that the Armenians abroad also have the spirit of the people of Artsakh. That spirit has awakened the national identity and has given us the right to take pride in our national identity,” the minister mentioned, adding that even though fate, wars and horrors have split the Armenians apart, the Armenians’ faith, language and culture have kept them united as one.

“Thank you for staying clung to your roots and keeping Armenian culture alive. The nation will be invincible as long as Diaspora Armenians play Armenian music and as long as our youth dance Armenian folk and ethnographic dances. This is the best response and message ahead of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide,” Narine Aghabalyan said in closing.

In the end, the members of the dance ensembles were awarded the letters of gratitude and small gifts of the NKR Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs.

The beautiful concert and another day of the festival ended with a visit to the “We and Our Mountains” (Menk Enk Mer Lernere) monument, which is considered one of the major emblems of Artsakh.

Lusine Abrahamyan

Artsakh

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