A new art initiative launching on 22 August aims to develop a road map for the cultural and economic development of the country.
The major international art event to take place in Armenia organised by the Dilijan Art Initiative, this experimental interdisciplinary think tank curated by Clémentine Deliss brings together an international group of artists, cultural historians and environmental scientists to Armenia for the first Dilijan Arts Obser- vatory from 22 August – 11 September 2016. This new initiative is supported by philanthropists Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend, Founders of the UWC Dilijan College, RVVZ and IDeA charitable foundations, and Co-Founders of Dilijan Development Foundation (DDF), as well as another DDF Co- Founder Gagik Adibekyan who is also the Founder of Adibekyan Foundation.
The Dilijan Arts Observatory will see artists, designers, cultural historians and environmental scientists convene for three weeks in and around the ancient spa town of Dilijan, once a favourite with the composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. The observatory will have its headquarters in the former Soviet Impuls electronics factory, which formerly employed 4,000 people.
The Dilijan Art Initiative is designed to be a framework for the cultural development of the city of Dilijan and Armenia as a whole. Its mission is to help Dilijan serve as a cultural centre and to promote global understanding through the diverse mediums of art, research and debate among progressive thinkers and leaders from around the world. While principally focused on contemporary art, the initiative will pursue the larger aim of changing people’s lives locally and enriching the image of Armenia internationally.
Participants will present their research on local craft, astronomy and Soviet architecture, among a myriad of other subjects, in a public event on 10 and 11 September, which will feature an all-night symphony, food tasting, performances and exhibitions.
- Clémentine Deliss, curator