The Republic of Armenia supports the development of international and intra-national cultural cooperation, encourages independent and direct participation of citizens and organizations in international and intra-national cultural exchanges.
The policy of international cultural exchanges of the Republic of Armenia, its primary directions are defined by the interstate agreements of the Republic of Armenia and the state programmes of preservation, dissemination and development of culture.
Intra-regional cultural cooperation is supported by different local and state programmes such as support to festivals, community tourism, cultural and educational visits and exchanges between communities. Such projects are funded with local budget or donor organizations and coordinated by local authorities, educational institutions or local NGOs. The organization of festivals and regional cultural events is backed by several legal acts and decisions. Among regional festivals the most known are: the barbecue festival organized in Akhtala in Lori province, the Blueberry Festival in Lori in Margahovit village, “Tavush Wine Days”, Tolma Festival in Armavir, Pumpkin Festival in Hovk village of Tavush, Areni Wine Festival, Harvest Festival in Dzoraghbyur, Gata Festival in Vayots Dzor – Khachik village, Arts and Crafts Festival in Dilijan, Honey and Berry Festival in Tavush – Berd village, Beerday in Gyumri, etc. The festivals often include performances and fairs with participants from different regions.