The 7th Leonid Yengibarian International Mime Festival has kicked off in the Armenian resort town of Tsakhkadzor in Kotayk Province.
Artists from Russia, Iran, Argentina, France, Japan, Poland and Armenia are participating in the festival this year.
“Theater groups from different parts of the world bring their performances here. With this, a new culture is being developed, where we interact with theaters of this genre from different countries,” Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Arayig Harutyunian said, attaching importance to the organization of the festival.
According to Jirayr Dadasian, Director of the Festival and Artistic Director of the Yerevan State Mime Theater, interest for the event is growing every year.
He said that more than 20 theater groups from different countries have submitted bids for this year’s festival, and they chose 6 of them.
“The audience which is gathered here doesn’t have to be a theater fan, but it has the chance to become one, by watching the performances. At least that’s what we want to promote,” Dadasian said.
The August 13 afternoon program of the festival will take place in Dilijan at 15:00, while the evening performances will take place in Tsakhkadzor at 20:30. The closing ceremony will take place on August 14th, again in Tsakhkadzor.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharian