On June 9, 2018, took place fourth annual "Sheep Shearing festival" in the territory of Syunik Animal Market which is located in Khot village(Syunik region). The festival was organized by “Strategic Development Agency” NGO with the financing from Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC).
The purpose of sheep shearing festival is to make traditions and culture, local products of the regions of Vayoc Dzor and Syunik more recognizable, also to promote the development of tourism in regions of Armenia.The festival embraces sheep shearing competition, national live music, dances,tiprope, sports activities, exhibition-sale where producers of Vayoc Dzor and Syunik present their products. During last year’s festival participants had an opportunity to help themselves from the placed stalls tasting Armenian traditional dishes.
The idea of the festival belonged to Timothy Strait who is an honorary consul of the Kingdom of Norway and the founder of “Motherland Development Initiatives” foundation.
According to organizers, Syunik is the best place for holding the festival because here sheep farming and animal husbandry are in advanced level. Sheep shearing festival gradually turns into a traditional holiday: it gives a good opportunity for entertaining the community, recalling forgotten traditions and introducing local products to tourists.
- Guest sheep shearers invited from Great Britain and Georgia will conduct master classes for festival participants and visitors
- Sheep Shearing Competition among best shearers from the regional communities
- Exhibition and Fair with produce from local manufacturers, homemade food and drinks from local communities of Syunik and Vayots Dzor
- Live music, DJ set, tournaments, contests and interactive games for children
All guests will also have access to Food Court, cafe playground.
12:00 – Opening Ceremony
12:20 – The Time Project band performance
13:00 – Shearing Contest 1st Round
13:20 – Music Break
13:40 – Master Class by Shearer from Great Britain
14:00 – Set by DJ Mish
14:15 – Public Competition
14:30 – Shearing Contest 2nd Round
14:50 – Music Break
15:10 – Rope Walker Performance
15:20 – The Time Project band performance
15:40 – Shearers from Georgia
16:00 – Shearing Contest 3rd Round
16:20 – Interactive Games, Contests
16:40 – Group Photo Ceremony
17:00 – Final Awarding Ceremony
17:20 – Shurjpar (Armenian Traditional Dance)