On July 11, 2019, at the initiative of the Artsakh office of Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society and the state Service for the Protection of the Historical Environment, a reception was held to celebrate the release of a Yearbook of Artsakh Culture and Literature. The event was held at the Tigranakert State Historical-Cultural Reserve.
The minister of culture, youth affairs, and tourism of Artsakh, Lernik Hovhannisyan, attended the event, as did ARF Artsakh Central Committee member Sergei Shahverdyan, Artsakh National Assembly member Rita Mnatsakanyan, head of the Hamazkayin office in Artsakh, Hermine Avagyan, chairperson of the Hamazkayin Fund in Armenia, Spartak Karabakhtsian, trustee and public speaker Mikayel Hajyan, tourists, and other guests.
The yearbook, which represents different genres of culture and education in Artsakh, is full of articles about art and literary life in the republic.
Ms. Avagyan opened the event. She said the book was first released in Anjar, Lebanon, and in Beirut. The word Hamazkayin (“encompassing the entire nation”) in the book’s title represents not only the sponsoring organization but also the all-Armenian scope of Artsakh itself as a fountainhead of Armenian culture.
The yearbook starts with an article about Hamlet Martirosyan’s archeological team and its work in the ruins of the Tigranakert of Artsakh.