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117th birth anniv. of great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents

A victim of Stalinism, Charents was charged for "counterrevolutionary and nationalist activity" and imprisoned during the 1937 Great Purge.

March 13, 2014
117th birth anniv. of great Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents
Armenia marks the 117th birth anniversary of great poet Yeghishe Charents March 13. Charents was born Yeghishe Abgari Soghomonyan in Kars in 1897 to a family involved in the rug trade. His family hailed from the Armenian diaspora of Maku, Persia. He first attended an Armenian elementary school, but later transferred to a Russian technical secondary school in Kars from 1908 to 1912. He spent much of his time in reading. In 1912, he had his first poem published in the Armenian periodical Patani (Tiflis). Amid the upheavals of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, he volunteered to fight in a detachment in 1915 for the Caucasian Front.

145th birth anniversary of 'All-Armenian poet' Hovhannes Tumanyan

For many years, Yerevan has been honoring the great poet with Tumanyan days, with the festive events annually lasting from April 4 to 11.

February 19, 2014
145th birth anniversary of 'All-Armenian poet' Hovhannes Tumanyan
Armenia marks the 145th birth anniversary of the master of Armenian literature, great poet Hovhannes Tumanyan, who played a special role not only in the history of his country’s literature but also in the spiritual life of his nation. “The art should be clear and transparent as an eye and as complicated as one,” the poet said. And, true to his beliefs, the language of Tumanyan’s works is wonderfully simple and natural, but lively and picturesque. Even during his lifetime, Tumanyan was called the “All-Armenian poet.”

Golden Apricot: festivities for Yerevan and its guests

7-day festival in brief

July 18, 2012
Golden Apricot:  festivities for Yerevan and its guests
A major event in Armenia’s cultural life, the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival is taking place in the first half of July in Yerevan.

The temple of Zvartnots is a masterpiece of architecture and must be restored

The new technologies enable using the old understructure for reconstituting a full-fledged new temple of Zvartnots.

May 19, 2012
The temple of Zvartnots is a masterpiece of architecture and must be restored
The temple of Zvartnots is an asset of enormous value as a unique piece of architecture. The composition of the temple is exclusive. Its semantic content is extremely substantial: references to the constellation of Orion, to the Universal Hierarchy, as well as to the Holy Patriarchs, the Founders of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The holiness of the temple location is corroborated by authoritative references incorporated into architectural elements of structures for public worship in other parts of the world.

Almost all museums in Yerevan lack funds and attention

Local residents almost ceased going to museums, with exception for schoolchildren and students.

March 3, 2011
Almost all museums in Yerevan lack funds and attention
There are over 30 museums in Yerevan, most of them being under guardianship of the Armenian Ministry of Culture and National Academy of Sciences and almost all of them lacking funds and attention. Low salaries force employees quit.

Some find oldest winery in Areni, some turn wine press site in Ashtarak into dump

The ancient wine press site in the Armenian town of Ashtarak resembles a junkyard.

February 28, 2011
Some find oldest winery in Areni, some turn wine press site in Ashtarak into dump
The Armenian town of Ashtarak is known as the old center of wine-making. There are plenty of monuments evidencing this throughout the place.

National self-consciousness, “Azerbaijani” music and revelation of an Armenian composer

Vardan Petrosyan: this music sounded when Armenians were being killed, but now many of our compatriots are enjoying these songs.

February 19, 2011
The confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is not only political. What is going on now is a all-out information and cultural war, which started back in the soviet time.

Valentine’s Day: lovers celebrate, church opposes

Armenians have beautiful national holidays recognized by the Church and there is no need to look for new ones, a clergyman says.

February 12, 2011
Saint Valentine’s Day, although not an Armenian national holiday, takes root in Armenia. The romantic tradition to present ‘heart’ gifts is gaining popularity among young people, although majority of them do not have any idea of who Valentine was and why the holiday is celebrated.

“Here” movie screened at Sundance Fest, Kohar Carpet on display at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Review of January 17-23 cultural events.

January 23, 2011
Over the past week, cultural life in Armenia and abroad featured a number spectacular events.

Baku myths about ‘Albanian crosses’ or Azerbaijani Culture Minister’s lies

Armenian khachkars can be seen in any corner of the world where Armenians used to live. Azerbaijan is not an exception.

November 25, 2010
As a “worthy” representative of Azerbaijani leadership, Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev disseminated lies about the meetings of the Intergovernmental Committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO, in Nairobi Nov 15-19.
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