Life in Nagorno-Karabakh 2019

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Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus. Stepanakert is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Artsakh (better known as Nagorno-Karabakh). Public at Vahram Papazyan State Drama Theater. ARTsakh Fest 2019 is the second edition of the annual contemporary art festival taking place on 4-6 October, 2019, an event of creative interactivity encompassing all aspects of contemporary arts, such as  audio-visual installations, interactive public art and performances. The theme of Artsakh Fest‘19 dubbed “Nakhshun Baji” (Definition: beautiful sister) is about women and conflict. The post-war syndrome deals with bringing in conflict realities into peaceful living and the adaptation to it. The painting with text on the wall is part of the installation of Iranian artist Ali Ansari. The text says: " During the years of war in Artsakh, only 5 actors were left in the theatre. They decided to perform a comedy play (The girl is looking for a groom). There was hunger and death, but the theatre was filled with spectators. Soldiers would come with their guns and then go to war. " Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but most of the region is governed by the Republic of Artsakh (formerly named Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), a de facto independent state with Armenian ethnic population. Since 1994, regular peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group have failed to result in a peace treaty. 6.10.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef