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On 24th of April, Sona Hovhannisyan, the General Manager of "Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival" had an online briefing with one of the greatest musicians of our time, pianist Evgeny Kissin.

You are invited to watch the briefing (in Russian). 

2020 APRIL 24


President Armen Sarkissian continues a distant conversation series with the heads of Armenia’s cultural, educational, scientific, and academic establishments, representatives of culture and arts.

President Sarkissian had a phone conversation with a Composer, the Founding President and Artistic Director of the "Yerevan Perspectives" International Music Festival, Stepan Rostomyan.

The President of Armenia inquired about the activities of the composer under the existing condition, programs planned before the epidemic of the coronavirus and their future, and the forthcoming projects.

The President and composer spoke about issues related to the Yerevan Perspectives international musical festival, opportunities of cooperation with renowned artists and musicians.

President Sarkissian expressed hope that after the situation has settled down, it would be possible to carry out all the envisaged projects and programs, at the same time to use this pause to create new pieces and outline new programs.

2020 APRIL 10


Dear friends and followers,

The new initiative of the Festival will bring you joy and happiness: from now on, the Facebok page will give you the unique chance to watch online the video recordings of a number of stunning concerts of different years hosted by the “Yerevan Perspectives” Festival.

Check our page every day and enjoy ! 

2020 MARCH 27


The General Assembly of the European Festivals Association and Arts Festival Summit took place in Wiesbaden, Germany on May 3-6, 2017. Armenia was represented by Sona Hovhannisyan, General Manager of the “Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival. Sona Hovhannisyan was elected from 250 members to be one of the 25 trusted members to run the session of the discussions. During the Assembly five minutes length video about the ''Yerevan Perspectives'' Festival was appreciated highly.


2017 MAY 07


On 23 February, 2017 the annual round table took place with the EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics, in Brussels, Belgium. The managers and representatives of the EU leading festivals in the field of arts and culture participated in the meeting. It has been the fourth meeting since the “Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival was invited to take part in this key event.

In his address Mr. Navracsics pointed out that Europe’s most powerful potential is culture, therefore it has to be looked at as the focal point of the EU foreign policy. To bring this approach to fruition it is deemed important to consider the creative approaches and opinion of the artistic directors of the leading festivals. Festivals bring stability, mutual understanding, economic growth, increase the quality of life and education in the host countries. Festivals’ diplomatic mission and contribution to the development of the tourism are of particular significance. 

Joanna Baker, the Managing Director of the 70-year-history Edinburgh International Festival, Darko Brlek, the Director of the 65th Ljubljana Festival and the European Festivals Association, Paul Dujardin, Chief Executive Officer and the Artistic Director of BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Barbara Gessler, Executive Member of the “Creative Europe” and many more honorable guests were present at the round table with the EU Commissioner.

Being a non-EU country, Armenia has received its podium in the EU Government house, thanks to “Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival, sitting equally at the same round table with the other EU member states. The Festival has turned Armenia into an absolute leader of music not only in the whole region, as well as amongst other CIS countries.

As a result of the meetings convened in Brussels a number of arrangements were made with regard to organization of concerts for those who perform in the genres of Armenian jazz, spiritual and classical contemporary music, as well as Armenians participation in the concerts being held during the summits of the Eastern Partnership countries.

Moreover, some arrangements were made with regard to the prospects of exhibiting Pablo Picasso’s work in Armenia.

It is noteworthy that on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the “Yerevan Perspectives” Festival EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics came up with congratulatory address: “Yerevan Perspectives has established itself as one of the leading music festivals in Europe and puts Armenia firmly on the cultural and artistic map of Europe”, was mentioned in his address.

Composer Stepan Rostomyan is the Founding President and the Artistic Director of “Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival.


2017 FEBRUARY 23


Dear Friends,

The “Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival is celebrating its 15th jubilee. The first festival of the modern era of our country became one of its visit cards, by which Armenia is recognized and loved all over the world.

It is a festival that has been established for a mission, an occasion, which has endless dedication and unconditional service to the motherland at its foundations, a notion, which sees the Perspective of humanity and of our nation in solidarity, unity and mutual understanding, which is symbolized by the logo of the Festival.

“The Perspectives” changed the lives of Armenian musicians, opened doors, created opportunities for cooperation and molded a new environment. The extensive audience of music-lovers, which formed around the distinguished concerts of the festival, is also an achievement to take pride in.

The prominent cultural level of the Festival and the unceasing quality-led policy of the founder raised “Yerevan Perspectives” to be one of the leading festivals of Europe and the world, and our country became the absolute leader of musical life in the region, as well as among the CIS and post-Soviet countries. The orchestras and soloists, who visited Armenia, were stepping on the continent for the very first time, in its widest regional sense.

The activity of “Yerevan Perspectives” has vital impact on almost all the spheres of life in the country - culture and politics, society and education, diplomacy, as well as economy, being one the most influential promoters of cultural tourism.

The congratulatory messages sent to the “Perspectives” will be posted on the social media pages of the Festival, the first of which was received from Brussels: Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, has sent a video message. The followers of the “Perspectives” and other music-lovers can leave their messages on the Festival’s social media pages as well.

We would also like to take this opportunity to heartfully thank you all for being with us all these years!

2016 NOVEMBER 02


For his notable contribution in popularization of the Armenian music abroad, as well as for his contribution to the strengthening of the Armenian-Estonian cultural ties Andres Mustonen was awarded a gold medal, the highest award of the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Armenia.
Let us note that within the framework of the "With You, Armenia" project in 2015, Andres Mustonen had valuable participation and contribution in the establishment of the aforementioned concerts in Tallinn and Jerusalem. 



On the 18 February 2016 the European Festivals Association (EFA) had its second round table with the new EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Tibor Navracsics with the participation of Armel Opera Festival, ARS Electronica, Association of Irish Festival Events, BOZAR, Budapest Spring Festival and CAFe Budapest, Europalia, Festival Trayectos Danza en Paisajes Urbanos, Ljubljana Festival, Malta Festival Poznań, Music Biennale Zagreb, Ravenna Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Romaeuropa Festival, Serralves em Festa, Tanz im August and Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival.

Darko Brlek (EFA President and General and Artistic Director of the Ljubljana Festival) pointed out that the situation is Europe is quite different from when EFA first met the Commissioner. EFA continues its work of crossing them as it always did even in a tragic time where borders are being rebuilt. Everything is done by initiating projects that engage a wider group of festivals, like EFFE – Europe for Festivals | Festivals for Europe and through the collaboration in other continents with training programmes in Korea, Lebanon and Thailand. Darko Brlek reminded that Culture needs nonetheless the support from the National Governments and the European Commission if it is to continue to bring benefits to society.

The Commissioner congratulated EFA on the success of the EFFE pilot project, which has reached out to almost 900 festivals that have applied for the EFFE Label. EFFE can become a reference of quality, innovation and impact in Europe. The Commissioner confirmed that the EC and the EP are ready to engage in future developments, to be announced very soon.

The Commissioner welcomed EFA’s initiative of extending the Atelier for Young Festival and commended EFA on its selection of third countries. Implementing the EFA training programme in China in the frame of the EU-China People-to-people Dialogue is of high importance. The Commissioner is engaged in looking for possibilities so this opportunity is not wasted.

The responsibility of the festivals in today’s society is acknowledged and agreed upon by both parties. As the Commissioner stated “Intercultural dialogue helps us to identify both what distinguishes us from each other and what we have in common. It is essential in overcoming mistrust and prejudice, and critical in handling and preventing conflict within and between cultures. This is how, ultimately, intercultural dialogue allows us to build a community in Europe.”

Furthermore, “In supporting intercultural dialogue, the Commission relies on the ideas, networks and capacities of many partners. Bringing this diverse range of policies and projects to life would not be possible without the European Parliament, authorities and cultural institutes in the Member States as well as organisations like the European House of Culture and the European Festivals Association. We will need to continue to work together.”

EFA appreciates the magnificent group of festivals that brought important and relevant arguments to each of the topics in the agenda and shall follow up on these topics and expressions of engagement from the part of the Commissioner and take them up again from now until the next round table in 2017.

2016 FEBRUARY 18