3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
Direct professional relations operate in different fields (cinematography, dramatic art, exhibition exchanges, exchanges of students and experts in the culture field), both at the level of state, non-governmental organisations and creative unions. Annually, Armenia hosts a number of internationally recognised festivals in different areas of art, with a large geographic inclusion: conceptual art (Gyumri biennale); dramatic art ("Armmono", "Shakespeare Festival", "Hay Fest"); cinematography and animation ("Golden Apricot", "Woman", “Reanimania”, "It's Me"); musical art (Aram Khachaturyan International Competition of Cellists and Violinists, "National Gallery Festival", "XXI Perspectives" Festival), etc. In 2010 and 2011, the number of professional cooperation and joint programmes increased. The Armenian regions have started to become actively involved in those programmes and initiatives, thus marking implementation of important strategic priorities regarding regional cultural development.
Direct cultural and professional cooperation is becoming more active through different projects initiated within the Pan-Armenian cultural initiatives (see chapter 3.4.6).