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About the Festival

About the Festival


International Festival of Modern Art and Spiritual Films

FRESCO festival is an annual event which is a great opportunity for the reassessment of the spiritual and cultural heritage; for cultural dialogue with people of other countries; for self-knowledge and raising the national consciousness in this context. The realization of festival's idea may become one of the visiting-cards of Armenia.

FRESCO: A New Formula of a Film Festival

Fresco is an international initiative that represents a thoroughly new format, distinct from the notions typical to the society. A festival that aims at the presentation of international spiritual works and cultural pieces combined with the organization of free and healthy social discussions concerning the issues raised by them.

Many festivals demonstrate films on global problems in the frameworks of their program. As a rule, after such films the audience needs to discuss and adopt what they have seen, however, the film remains the only source for an answer to the questions arisen. “FRESCO” film reviews come to fill in this gap.

FRESCO: An Informal Approach

"FRESCO" offers an informal approach to the participants of the film festival along all the stages of the festival starting from the film review up to the places the events are held, from the seat up to the prize.

The wonderful films, photo exhibitions, and shows brought to Armenia go out from cinemas and literally “enter the streets”.

Round-the-clock open air demonstrations and film reviews “with no ticket” literally become part of the Armenians’ everyday life 10 days on.

FRESCO Film-Program: Let’s Speak the Language of Humanism

The festival contains both competitive and non-competitive programs. Fiction and documentary, full-length and short-length films and video materials of different formats, in which wars, violence, national, religious and any other types of discrimination, ecological disasters of human origin are denounced, and where peace, tolerance, humanism and global values are advocated.

Cinema figures of world-wide fame and other guests corresponding to the subjects of the films shown, that is - church clerks, the intellectuals, musicians, psychologists, etc., are invited to Armenia from different countries to participate in the festival.

About the Global problems in a Comprehensible/Simple Language

Not only the creators of the film strip take part in the discussions following, but also church clerks, psychologists and specialists directly concerning the issues arisen in the film and people responsible for the field. Any conceptual and technical detail concerning the film review is to contribute to the active and unconstrained participation in the discussions. The specialists become the part of the film watchers, professional orations are replaced by unconstrained communication and active discussions. The films and direct communication with their creators enable to “notice” the claimed issues in our country, observe them in the context of other countries’ experience, and the discussion with the people specialized and responsible for the field will become one of the most effective ways of developing versions for the solution to those issues.

FRESCO is Open to Anyone

The festival also gives a special importance to the employment of special social groups and especially individuals with limited abilities. Due to the cooperation with the institutes specialized in the field individuals with a disablement not only participate in all the measures of the festival, but also are actively involved in all the organizational works of "FRESCO".

The goals of the festival are:

-To promote the spreading of human and spiritual values through the cultural dialogues

-To create and promote the development of spiritual and moral films and increase their public demand.

-To promote the communication among cultural representatives of different countries and the creation of mutually beneficial field for their collaboration.

-To promote the development of spiritual tourism in Armenia

Festival includes following programs:

  • Film screenings and discussions
  • Concerts
  • Movie camping
  • Exhibitions
  • Pilgrimages
  • Master classes
  • Conferences

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