Posts Tagged ‘Levon Lachikyan’

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[Armenian Landscapes]

November 17, 2010

Sunset in the Shirak region

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[Armenian Archeology]: Karahunj.

September 20, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

With a history stretching back farther than the pyramids, the stones of Karahunj near the town of Sisian in Southern Armenia, is considered by both Armenian and foreign archeologists alike to be one of the ancient astronomy centers of the world. For years, parallels have been drawn between Karahunj and England’s Stonehenge.

Recently, Vachagan Vahradyan, biologist, adviser and chief scientist of the 2010 Armenian-British “Stones and Stars” expedition, summarized his latest research, reporting that Karahunj is older than its previously thought 3,800 years, and that it is in fact 7,000 years old.

During a recent press conference he quoted Heinrich Schliemann, an excavator of ruins of the famed city of Troy by saying, “For Europe, the tragedy was to choose as the basis of its civilization the ancient Greek culture and not the ancient culture of Armenia.”

One of the brilliant examples of Armenia’s leadership as an ancient civilization is its ancient religious complex Portasar, located in Turkey. By drawing parallels between photos, stone shapes and galaxies, Vahradyan believes that the stones of these monuments appear to be a continuation of each other.

Months ago, Vahradyan presented these studies to Oxford University professors. They were received with great enthusiasm and interest. This September, a delegation of scientists from Oxford visits Armenia for a two-week expedition.

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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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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[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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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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

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[FAR Scholarships]: From “Our Home” To Husband’s Home: Mer Doon Celebrates Another Wedding.

July 8, 2010

Another article about FAR’s Gulamerian Scholar Lusine Hunanyan…

By Gayane Mkrtchyan via ArmeniaNow

Twenty-year-old Lusine Hunanyan carefully puts on her wedding dress, trying to not spoil the festive hairdressing that has been elaborately crafted. Lusine’s friends help, and the wedding white dress finally the excited bride.

“We must prove to society that we also can become as good brides, wives and mothers as other girls brought up in common families,” the bride says.

Lusine lived at the orphanage in Gavar, Gegharkunik province, since she was 11 years old. After becoming adult, she moved to ‘Mer Doon’ (Our Home) organization in Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin), Armavir province. Here she studied at the Faculty of Law of Echmiadzin Grigor Lusavorich University.

Now Lusine is getting married.

Please continue reading here.

FAR’s Gulamerian Scholar Lusine Hunanyan

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Copyright: Nazik Armenakyan via ArmeniaNow

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[Armenian Life]: Yerevan Hosts This Year’s Delphian Games.

July 1, 2010

By Levon Lachikyan

From June 26 until July 2, Armenia will be hosting the 6th Youth Delphian Games. Much like the Olympic Games, the Greeks organized the Delphian Games every four years and held them near the Temple of Apollo of Delphi. The games date back to 582 B.C. but were eventually forgotten; Greece revived the tradition about 30 years ago. Then in 2000, 1st World Delphian Games were organized and 27 countries participated. Since 2002, the games have been held exclusively in former Soviet nations now members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The purpose of the organizing the Delphian Games is to maintain and develop the cultural heritage of world nations, as well as to promote cultural communication. Armenia now proudly hosts 327 representatives from 12 countries. Two hundred Armenian participants have joined the games, too. Compared to previous times the only difference is in the prizes: the laurel wreaths to be awarded to the winners, are replaced with golden, silver and bronze medals with picture of Armenian goddess Anahit.

Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Youth Delphian Games

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan

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[FAR Scholarships]: A FAR Gulamerian Scholar and an Armenian Wedding.

June 21, 2010

Twenty-year-old Lusine Hunanyan spent her childhood in the Gavar Orphanage. Through the support of FAR’s Gulamerian Scholarship Program, which provides older orphans access to education through tuition coverage and monthly living stipends, Lusine was able to attend Etchmiadzin University. During her studies she lived with “Mer Dun” or “Our Home,” an NGO that provides shelter and support to older orphans who continue their education at the university level.

Last Friday, Lusine married Artavazd, the director of a local taxi company. Dozens of people attended the beautiful wedding. Lusine’s Mer Dune “family” came, as did the mayor of Etchmiadzin, the director of Gavar Orphanage, representatives of various ministries, non-profit organizations, and the groom’s entire family. FAR’s Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan also went. He presented a wedding gift to the couple and passed on his good wishes.

After the wedding, the bride and groom were blessed at Etchmiadzin St. Shoghakat Church and left on a honeymoon cruise. FAR sends all the best to this happy couple!

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Credit: Levon Lachikyan