Another pioneer was Rashid Behbudov, also the winner of People's Artist of the USSR, who participated in every festival. The Mugam Festival was founded and is traditionally celebrated in the Azerbaijani city Shusha.The last Shusha Festival, shown here, was in 1988. Because of the conflict in the Karabakh region, Shusha has been occupied by Armenian forces since 1992 and all Azeris have fled. Today the festival lives on and has been held in Shaki since November 1994. Every year thousands of people participate in this festival.
The Children's Mugham Festival, which is also held in Shaki, has emerged from the Mugham Festival. During the Children's Mugham Festival, many talented children, mainly refugees from the occupied regions of Azerbaijan, get the chance to share their music and sing to a large crowd.