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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.

Armenia hosts the most delicious festival

The initiators of the barbecue fest promise a better organization next year.

September 22, 2010
The second barbecue festival was held in Akhtala, Lori region of Armenia, on Sunday, September 12. It was dated to two other events: re-consecration of Surb Mariam Astvatsatsin Church and inauguration of a monument to wedding rings.

Hollywood animators reveal secrets in Armenia

Young Armenian animators had a chance to gain experience from Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks professionals.

September 14, 2010
Did you know that the authors of Shrek, the beloved animated comedy, could not bind two plot lines for a long time, that the script was written for over 3 years and that the 90-minute film was created on the basis of thin book with uninteresting plot?

Desire to be an Armenian seized Gérard Depardieu in Yerevan

The renowned actor revealed something Armenian in himself and proposed to an Armenian beauty.

September 8, 2010
Desire to be an Armenian seized Gérard Depardieu in Yerevan
Thousands of fans could not believe the news that the legendary Gérard Depardieu will visit Yerevan unless they saw this man, great in all senses, on the Armenian land.

Stars of Armenian show business expected Sona Shahgeldyan’s to cause furore

Almost all representatives of Armenia were notable for their powerful vocal at New Wave contest in different years, but all of them lacked just a little to win it.

August 5, 2010
An Armenian singer won New Wave song contest for the first time in nine years of its existence. Armenia was represented by Sona Shahgeldyan this year, as she passed through a selection round in April 2010. People had been talking about wonderful vocal of Sona and her unusual timbre for a long time. However, almost all representatives of Armenia were notable for their powerful vocal at the contest. Jury was traditionally delighted with Armenian artists, but each time they lacked several or even one point to win the contest. This refers also to Razmik Amyan, who participated in the contest in 2006, when everyone was speaking with admiration about the singer’s unique voice, but a representative of the U.S. won the contest. Almost the same thing happened to Mher, who participated in New Wave in 2008. He received the People’s Choice Award, but has not won the contest.

Gerald Papasian: it took me 9 months to translate Anoush opera text

It’s hard to imagine Anoush in English; it was even harder to stage it on American scene.

July 27, 2010
The phrase “Armen Tigranian’s Anoush opera in English” may puzzle those who’ve ever seen it. However Gerald Papasian’s translation quite fit into the complicated music of Armen Tigranian. Michigan Opera Theatre was the first to feature English version of the opera in 1981.