Within the framework of the cultural grant projects “Regional Cultural Projects and Events” of the RA Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, the regional development center “Region” implemented the program “Octave” (“Culture Starts from the Community”) in Vanadzor in 2019.

The "Octave" project was created to decentralize culture; overcome professional barriers between the capital and the regions.

The regional representatives of the cultural sphere - students, lecturers, novice artists, high school students held meetings with renowned celebrities of cinema, theatre, music, and dance.

During 8 meetings the students and intellectuals of Vanadzor had the opportunity to communicate, ask questions and get in touch with the intellectuals of the capital.

The meetings were held in a friendly and warm atmosphere, the discussions were professional in nature, during which the young participants asked questions to the speakers. During friendly conversations, the guests shared stories of their career path, the difficulties overcome, and success stories. This program is highly appreciated by both community artists and citizens. As they stated, before the launch of the project, they were only spectators of artworks, and now they can communicate directly with celebrated artists.