For the first time, Armenian State Pedagogical University has been invited to participate in the Arts and Crafts Festival held annually in Dilijan, a city in Armenia’s Tavush region.
A number of professors and students of the Faculty of Art Education and Faculty of Culture took part in the festival. During the event, ASPU was awarded a certificate for years of experience and fruitful activity in making national and cultural values and traditions the property of generations.
Within the framework of the festival, all marzes presented exceptional samples of decorative and applied arts, carpeting, embroidery, woodworking, blacksmithing, Taraz (Armenian traditional clothing), fine arts, jewelry, music, etc. The most interesting part was that in almost all pavillions the national culture was represented by ASPU graduates of different years.
In a conversation with aspu.am, Dean of the Faculty of Art Education Ara Hakobyan, emphasized the university's participation in the festival. "The festival was a kind of cooperation and exchange of experience between ASPU professors, our graduates, and cultural representatives of the marzes. We walked around the pavilions and got acquainted with the culture of the regions. The event was even more important for today's students from the point of view of preserving the national culture everywhere," he said.
Anush Yeghiazaryan, Professor of the Chair of Fine Arts, is glad that the Pedagogical University, as an educational center that preserves the national culture and transmits it to the generations, was also invited to the annual festival. She is proud that during the festival she had an opportunity to meet her students and admire their success and achievements.
The participants and attendees of the Arts and Crafts Festival also participated in master classes, got acquainted with the rich variety of national crafts, cuisine and culture of different countries, tasted wine and were present in lavash (traditional Armenian thin bread) making.
Throughout the festival, folklore dance and music groups performed songs and dances.