Posts Tagged ‘Armenian Life’


[Armenian Life]:

January 8, 2011

A new take on folk.

Ruben Sasunci feat. Aratta – Sasna Par


[Armenian Life]

December 19, 2010

Another Hayastan montage to check out.



[Armenian Life]

December 18, 2010

Live from the Cascades!

Gor Mkhitarian & Reincarnation – “Sasuntsiner”


[Armenian Landscapes]: Yeraz im Erkir HAYASTAN!

September 22, 2010

[Web Wrap]: Salute on Independence Day.

September 21, 2010

Via ArmeniaNow


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[Armenian Life]: One Nation, One Culture. An All-Armenian Festival.

July 29, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

Armenia is a nation with a large diaspora. Armenians living abroad triple the country’s population. The reasons for this, of course, are different. The main reason is the Armenian Genocide of 1915, when hundreds of thousands of Armenians fled to Lebanon, Syria, Russia, Europe, America, and Australia as a result of Turkish massacres. Unfortunately, the migration continues today due to social hardships.

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The 4th annual All-Armenian Festival “One Nation, One Culture,” recently opened in Yerevan. It aims to tie together the Armenian Diaspora, offer Armenians an opportunity to relate to each other, and also promote Armenian culture. The festival is organized by the Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora, which approved the program at the end of last year. Within the frameworks of the festival, cultural events were initially held in different regions of the country and in all Diaspora communities to select the best participants.

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Fifteen hundred participants from 13 countries are visiting Armenia for this event. Half of them are from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 131 are from the Middle East, 103 come from Europe, 42 are from the Northern America, and 80 are from Karabagh.

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In addition to the concerts, special classes for dance teachers from the Diaspora will be organized and the All-Armenian Conference of Representatives of Performance Art will take place.

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[Armenian Life]

July 27, 2010



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[Armenian Life]: Flashmobs in Armenia – New Culture with Youth in Action.

July 26, 2010

By Hasmik Manukyan

An unpredictable, sudden, and surprising movement of people who assemble in public suddenly and perform an action in silent agreement for a brief time before dispersing.

Perhaps many of you guessed the above description, which refers to something known as the “Flashmob.” The term Flashmob is generally applied only to gatherings organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails. In Armenian, the term Flashmob is translated as a combination of two words: flash “kaitsak” and mob “ambokh.”

For me, a Flashmob is a very refreshing, enthusiastic event inspired by childhood spirit. As Friedrich Nietzsche stated, “In the true man there is a child concealed — who wants to play.” For instance, Worldwide Pillow Fight Day (or International Pillow Fight Day) was a pillow fight flashmob that occurred on March 22, 2008. More than 25 cities around the globe participated in the first international Flashmob, the world’s largest to date.

In Yerevan, Flashmob history started in March 2007 when Sksel e, an informal group of civil society activists aiming to bring youth to action in time for the May parliamentary election, organized Armenia’s first Flashmob ever, aimed at encouraging the population to read newspapers.

Near Yerevan’s Opera House, each participant stood with a paper as they read separate articles of their choice aloud. They also wore hats made out of newspapers and stood under banners that asked “Shall We Read?” The sight and sound of that alone was surreal and unexpected for Armenia even in this day and age.

Later in Armenia, various Flashmobs were initiated by groups of youth activists. One newly formed youth movement is the Armenian Flashmob Division. In February 2010, they opened a Flashmob social group on Facebook, with the goal of creating a resource for available information on all previous and current Flashmobs organized in the country. Their website soon followed. So far the group has organized three Flashmobs — one dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, another dedicated to reading, and a third on the environmental future of Lake Sevan.

For some, these Flashmobs serve a very important purpose. Hayk Melkonyan, one of the co-founders of Armenian Flashmob Division, summed up the purpose: “Though Flashmobs are [thought] to be pointless, absurd, with the aim of surprising, we try to convey some sense through our Flashmobs, as the Armenian youth tends to discover meaning in any action. Thus, we may invite more and more participants to join.”

The group also has a fourth flashmob planned. Titled “Applause,” this event aims to invite people to pay tribute to their life’s achievements. The meaning does inspire hope.

“Armenians, in fact, really have many achievements worth applauding,” Hayk proudly said.


[Armenian Life]: Golden Apricot’s Harvest.

July 23, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

The Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan lasted for seven days. Initially, about 500 applications were submitted, but only 120 winning films were selected and screened for audiences. The films represented 45 different countries and 150 cinematography representatives visited Armenia during the festival.

The Moscow Cinema in Yerevan

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The festival also featured the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Canadian-Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan and 85th anniversary of prominent Armenian film director Henrik Malian.

The Festival’s closing ceremony took place on July 16 at Moscow Cinema. All invitees, who were members of the five international juries, walked the red carpet path into the cinema. I was invited to the ceremony as an art critic, during which the winners’ names were announced.

The Golden Apricot Red Carpet

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The Golden Apricot’s main prize for Best Feature Film was awarded to Cosmos by Turkish film director Reha Erdem. The prize for Best Armenian Panorama went to Arman Yeritsyan and Inna Sahakyan for The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia. Prizes were also awarded for Best Documentary Film, Ecumenical Jury Award, and the FPRESCI Jury Award, which went to Jasmila Zbanic for the film On the Path.

Golden Apricot International Festival Founder and Director Harutyun Khachatryan expressed his sadness that the festival had drawn to a close. But Ralph Yirikian, executive director of the Film Festival’s General Sponsor Viva Cell, asked everyone to cheer up — the 8th International Festival Golden Apricot lies right ahead!

The Closing Ceremony

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan


[Armenian Life]: Aram Khachaturian & The Rolling Stones.

July 22, 2010

By Celine Kaladjian

For years I’ve known that our personal interests have paths that will often never cross. Sometimes, however, they do. I admit it. I am and will always be a rock ’n’ roll fan. I am talking about real rock ’n’ roll here — not popish-californian pseudo punk rock. As Keith Richards put it, “Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.”

Aram Khachaturian


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To my greatest surprise, during my stay in Armenia last year, I discovered that I have a real enthusiasm for this type of music. Let me just say that the wonderful Beatles bar on Pushkin Street and the Irish Pub on Parapetsi Street in Yerevan became my nightly headquarters.

The Rolling Stone Mobile Studio


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But what would you say if I told you The Rolling Stones and Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian have something in common? Believe it or not, they do. In 1968, The Rolling Stones, tired of not being able to record tracks whenever and wherever they wished, conceived their own Rolling Stone Mobile Studio. Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, The Who, among others, recorded albums in this high-tech facility.

The Rolling Stone Mobile Studio


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Initially brought to Europe in 1971 for the Montreux Festival, eight years later this studio was transported to the USSR (now Latvia). The purpose of this trip was to record Khatchaturian’s ballet Gayaneh, performed by the Latvian ballet company Riga. And this was one year after Aram Khachaturian had passed away. This ballet became famous worldwide when it was used for the soundtrack to “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

So now if you hear this live record, think of The Rolling Stones. Or vice-versa.

The Rolling Stone Mobile Studio


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