Book launch: FEAST OF ASHES: THE LIFE AND ART OF DAVID OHANNESSIAN By Sato Moughalian
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Book launch: FEAST OF ASHES: THE LIFE AND ART OF DAVID OHANNESSIAN By Sato Moughalian

Feast of Ashes is the life story of Armenian ceramicist David Ohannessian, whose work changed the face of Jerusalem—and a granddaughter's search for his legacy.

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Along the cobbled streets and golden walls of Jerusalem, brilliantly glazed tiles catch the eye. These colourful wares—known as Armenian ceramics—are iconic features of the Holy City. Silently, these works of ceramic art—art that graces homes and museums around the world—also represent a riveting story of resilience and survival. In the final years of the Ottoman Empire, as hundreds of thousands of Armenians were forcibly marched to their deaths, one man carried the secrets of this age-old art with him into exile toward Syria.

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Young men drawing designs on pottery, c. 1922. (Library of Congress, Matson Collection)

In 1919 David Ohannessian founded the art of Armenian pottery in Jerusalem, where his work and that of his followers is now celebrated as a local treasure. Born in an isolated Anatolian mountain village, Ohannessian mastered a centuries-old art form in Kütahya, witnessed the rise of violent nationalism in the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, endured arrest and deportation in the Armenian Genocide, founded a new ceramics tradition in Jerusalem under the British Mandate, and spent his final years, uprooted, in Cairo and Beirut. Feast of Ashes weaves together family narratives with newly unearthed archival findings into a detailed account of the transfer of an Anatolian art to Jerusalem and the survival of one family.

Sato Moughalian is an award-winning flutist in New York City and Artistic Director of Perspectives Ensemble, founded in 1993 to explore and contextualize works of composers and visual artists. Since 2007, Ms. Moughalian has also traveled to Turkey, England, Israel, Palestine, and France to uncover the traces of her grandfather's life and work, has published articles, and gives talks on the genesis of Jerusalem's Armenian ceramic art.

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ARMENIAN TOWN HALL MEETING
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

ARMENIAN TOWN HALL MEETING

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Join us on Thursday, 20th June for a discussion on the Velvet Revolution where we will be assessing the impact the new administration has had since they came to power. We will be exploring their economic, foreign and social policies; where have they been making great strides, what areas need more attention, what does the future of Armenia look like, has the momentum of the revolution lost its steam? Featuring panelists from across different sectors we will be exploring these topics and more.

Featured speakers:
Lilit Gevorgyan - Russia and CIS principal economist at IHS Markit
Andre Simonian - Singer/songwriter/producer
Arthur Poghosyan - Associate Director, Financial Institutions at EBRD
Tatevik Muradyan - Broker at Lockton Companies

Wine and nibbles reception to follow.

Photo courtesy of Raffi Youredjian

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THE CANTORELLI CHOIR: SACRED MUSIC, FOLKSONGS, MOTETS AND MADRIGALS
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

THE CANTORELLI CHOIR: SACRED MUSIC, FOLKSONGS, MOTETS AND MADRIGALS

A CONCERT with arrangements of Armenian folksongs by Komitas, excerpts from the Divine Liturgy by Yekmalian along with music from England, Italy and Spain 

The Cantorelli Choir

A Vocal Octet

Admission £10, students £5, children under 12 free. Wine reception to follow

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In association with the Armenian Institute and St Sarkis Parish Council.

The Cantorelli, a vocal octet based in West Yorkshire, have an extensive repertoire of European choral music from medieval times to the present day. Formed 30 years ago, the group performs a capella. 

In this 150th anniversary year of the birth of Komitas, this concert features his arrangements of traditional songs. Members of Cantorelli fell in love with Armenian singing when listening to a capella choirs during their visit to Yerevan, Tatev and Dilijan. They undertook the challenge of sourcing the sheet music and learning the religious and secular songs in a new language, determined to add Armenian pieces to their repertoire. The concert includes well-loved pieces from around Europe and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception in the nearby Nevarte Gulbenkian Hall. 

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PRESENCING AN ABSENCE: ACCOUNTABILITY AND MEMORY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE By Dr Armen Marsoobian
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

PRESENCING AN ABSENCE: ACCOUNTABILITY AND MEMORY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE By Dr Armen Marsoobian

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The erasure of most signs of the Armenian presence in its historic homeland was particularly pronounced during and after the genocide. Tentative steps of redress have taken place in the last decade, both within and outside of Turkey. A number of memory projects employing a variety of media to repair this cultural loss have taken place. These along with my own decade-long memory project employing family memoir and photography will be described. These projects both personalize the trauma and highlight the resilience of Armenians. My project is based upon an historic archive of Ottoman-era photographs, glass negatives, drawings, and original documents preserved by the Dildilian family, many of whose members were professional photographers. Based upon extensive memoirs, a richly illustrated narrative of this extended family was recreated.

Admission: £5 to include reception with wine and refreshments.

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Armen T. Marsoobianis Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University and editor of the journal Metaphilosophy.He publishes in American Philosophy, aesthetics, moral philosophy and genocide studies, co-editing seven books, most recently,Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Memory. His award-winning book, Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia, is based upon extensive research about his family. A companion volume, Reimagining a Lost Armenian Home: The Dildilian Photography Collectionwas recently published. Exhibitions based on the collection were mounted in Turkey, Armenia, Great Britain and the United States. 

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ANJAR 1939-2019: A FILM, A BOOK by Hossep Baboyan and Vartivar Jaklian
Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

ANJAR 1939-2019: A FILM, A BOOK by Hossep Baboyan and Vartivar Jaklian

Anjar, a town of several thousand inhabitants, is located Lebanon’s Bekaa valley.  It was conceived, designed and initial construction begun between the end of the 1930s and the early1940s. Anjar was built from scratch by its majority Armenian population, survivors of the Armenian Genocide, originally from Musa Dagh in present-day Turkey.   

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In collaboration with Anjar City Municipality, Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society, the Centro Studi e Documentazione della Cultura Armena, Hossep Baboyan and Vartivar Jaklian are developing a documentary project on Anjar. They are creating a documentary film and a book about its urban planning and architectural heritage. The film includes footage of interviews with Anjar residents as well as the cityscape taken over the past few years. One hundred photographs, documenting the  architecture of Anjar along with essays and drawings will make up the book. 

 This ambitious and unique project represents groundbreaking multidisciplinary work.  The presentation will include a preview of the photographs to be exhibited in Anjar in September 2019 as well as an excerpt from the film. 

Admission: £5 to include a wine reception

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Architect and film-maker, Hossep Baboyan trained in Architecture and Fine Arts at the Institut des Beaux Arts in Beirut, continuing his studies in architecture in Venice  at IUAV Università where he specialised in documentary film-making.  He has collaborated with Latcol Associates on several urban projects.

Architect and architectural photographer, Vartivar Jaklian trained at IUAV Università in Venice. In 2005 he started his practice with Professor M Carapetian, co-founding Latcol Associates and in 2012 founded the architectural practice vartivar jaklian AAP. His interests include studies of urban analysis and architecture, among these, Oscar Niemeyer’s International Fair in Tripoli, and Karm el Zeitoun Quarter in Beirut.

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SWALLOWS AND ARMENIANS by Karen Babayan
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

SWALLOWS AND ARMENIANS by Karen Babayan

The fictional Walker children are much-loved characters in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, a quintessentially English family in an archetypal English children’s classic. But it was an Anglo-Armenian family that provided the inspiration for the Walkers, and now with a new book of short stories, fellow Anglo-Armenian artist Karen Babayan has embarked on a mission to firmly re-establish the connection using newly-appraised correspondence and diaries.

Taqui, Susan, Mavis (known to her family as Titty), Roger and Brigit Altounyan lived in Aleppo in Syria. They met Ransome during a summer holiday of sailing, fishing and camping in the Lake District in 1928. Their experiences of learning to sail on Coniston Water inspired the author and journalist to write his first book of fiction for children.

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Karen Babayan, Here are the Swallows!,model boat with digital print 2017

Dr Karen Babayan was born in Iran to Armenian/British parents, moving to Leeds in November 1978 just prior to the Islamic Revolution of January 1979. Babayan is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work engages with audiences through the visual and performing arts and creative writing. In 2016 she gained a PhD in Contemporary Art Practice from Leeds Beckett University, and was awarded C-Art Cumbria Artist of the Year.

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Book launch: SECRET NATION: THE HIDDEN ARMENIANS OF TURKEY by Avedis Hadjian
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Book launch: SECRET NATION: THE HIDDEN ARMENIANS OF TURKEY by Avedis Hadjian

It has long been assumed that no Armenian presence remained in eastern Turkey after the 1915 massacres. As a result of what has come to be called the Armenian Genocide, those who survived in Anatolia were assimilated as Muslims, with most losing all traces of their Christian identity.

In fact, some did survive and together with their children managed during the last century to conceal their origins. Many of these survivors were orphans, adopted by Turks, only discovering their `true' identity late into their adult lives. Outwardly, they are Turks or Kurds and while some are practising Muslims, others continue to uphold Christian and Armenian traditions behind closed doors.

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In recent years, a growing number of `secret Armenians' have begun to emerge from the shadows. Spurred by the bold voices of journalists like Hrant Dink, the Armenian newspaper editor murdered in Istanbul in 2007, the pull towards freedom of speech and soul-searching are taking hold across the region. Avedis Hadjian has travelled to the towns and villages once densely populated by Armenians, recording stories of survival and discovery from those who remain in a region that is deemed unsafe for the people who once lived there.

This book takes the reader to the heart of these hidden communities for the first time, unearthing their unique heritage and identity. Revealing the lives of a peoples that have been trapped in a history of denial for more than a century, Secret Nation is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide in the very places where the events occurred.


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Avedis Hadjian is a journalist and writer based in Venice. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other international news outlets. His work as a correspondent has taken him to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, China, the Caucasus, Turkey, and Latin America. He was educated in Buenos Aires and Cambridge.

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Film screening: WE ARE EGYPTIAN ARMENIANS
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Film screening: WE ARE EGYPTIAN ARMENIANS

We Are Egyptian Armenians is a message of tolerance and acceptance of the others. It outlines Egypt during the time when it opened its doors to people from all over the world to live, work and share their culture with the society they live in.

Through the Armenians who came to Egypt after the Massacres of 1915 we follow the stories that were shared and transmitted from generation to generation.

This documentary shows (90 min) how Egypt gave the Armenians equal rights as citizens and allowed them to preserve their language, culture and heritage by building their own schools, sporting clubs and churches. Furthermore it demonstrates how the Armenians contributed to the Egyptian social and economic life by giving their best to their new homeland.

Production: Waheed Sobhi

Director: Waheed Sobhi, Hanan Ezzat

Script: , Eva Dadrian

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Admission £10 to include refreshments

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In Conversation: AN EVENING WITH DR RAZMIK PANOSSIAN & DR ARMINE ISHKANIAN
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

In Conversation: AN EVENING WITH DR RAZMIK PANOSSIAN & DR ARMINE ISHKANIAN

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Join us to hear Dr. Razmik Panossian in conversation with Dr. Armine Ishkanian, talking about the first five years of Dr. Panossian's work directing the Armenian Communities Department (ACD) at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Beginning with a world-wide tour, getting to know Armenian communities, Dr. Panossian initiated a number of projects himself and has supported many more in response to what he learned. These are spread around the world and include a focus on Western Armenian teaching but also on music and the arts, research by students and academics, scholarships, collaborations and other projects. The conversation will explore these, their impacts, and future direction of the ACD.

Admission £5 to include a wine and refreshments reception.

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Razmik Panossian is Director of the Armenian Communities Department at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, since 2013. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Armenians: From Kings and Priests to Merchants and Commissars, and various other academic publications on Armenian identity, diaspora and politics. He was the Director of Programmes at a Canadian governmental agency in Montreal devoted to international human rights promotion and democratic development, and has been a consultant for UNDP in NY. He obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. He has taught courses on nationalism, ethnic conflict, post-Soviet transition and democratisation at LSE and at SOAS.

Armine Ishkanian is Associate Professor and the Programme Director of the MSc in International Social and Public Policy in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics (LSE).  She has also just been appointed to serve from September 2019 as Associate Professor in Social and Economic Equity and as academic director of the Atlantic Fellows Programme, based at  the International Inequalities Institute, LSE.  Her research examines the relationship between civil society, activism, and social transformation.  She has published numerous peer reviewed academic articles on Armenia and is the author of two books, including Democracy Building and Civil Society in Armenia.  

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Book launch: MR FIVE PER CENT: THE MANY LIVES OF CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN, THE WORLD'S RICHEST MAN By Jonathan Conlin
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

Book launch: MR FIVE PER CENT: THE MANY LIVES OF CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN, THE WORLD'S RICHEST MAN By Jonathan Conlin

When Calouste Gulbenkian died in 1955 at the age of 86, he was the richest man in the world, known as ‘Mr Five Per Cent’ for his share of Middle East oil production. For half a century and through two world wars he brokered top-level oil deals, convincing governments and oil barons alike of his impartiality as an ‘honest broker’, and his advice was sought by Ottoman Sultans and Joseph Stalin alike. The latter recompensed him with Rembrandts from the Hermitage.  Today the companies Gulbenkian created, including Royal Dutch Shell and Total, are household names. Less well known is the lasting impact the international accords he negotiated had on the subsequent fortunes of Iraq, Venezuela, and many other oil producing countries. Gulbenkian's secrecy has meant that this remarkable legacy has remained hidden - until now. 

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Gulbenkian was no oilman; he saw an oilfield only once, aged nineteen. The son of a wealthy Armenian merchant in Istanbul, he was an investor, a deal-maker and a buccaneering entrepreneur. He thrived in the west, prospering in spite of popular anti-immigrant prejudice.  He never forgot his Armenian roots and endowed St Sarkis Church in London and the Gulbenkian Library in Jerusalem as well as donating to many other Armenian institutions and causes.  He became a British citizen and lived most of his life in England and France. He went to Portugal during the Second World War, remaining there for most of his last 13 years. However, a Foundation named after him was created in Lisbon, based on his wealth, and his art collection is currently displayed magnificently there, a lasting monument to his taste and determination.

 Jonathan Conlin’s compelling new biography is a fascinating examination of Calouste Gulbenkian’s complex and many-sided existence. Impeccably researched, it reveals the extraordinary story of the man who more than anyone else helped shape the modern oil industry. 

After his talk, the author will sign copies which will be available at a reduced price, with all proceeds going to the Armenian Institute.


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ARMENIAN INSTITUTE PRESENTS: HISTORY OF "BEAST ON THE MOON"
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

ARMENIAN INSTITUTE PRESENTS: HISTORY OF "BEAST ON THE MOON"

Hosted by Nouritza Matossian in association with the Armenian Institute

Join Nouritza Matossian in conversation with the cast and director for a post-show discussion and Q&A. This post-show discussion touches on the history of the play from its very beginnings in London and explores with the director and cast the cultural and emotional phantoms which threaten to break apart the immigrant couple.

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Nouritza Matossian is a writer, actor, film-maker, broadcaster and human rights activist. She supported the first ever production of Beast on the Moon at the Battersea Arts Centre in 1996.

Post-show discussions and are free to ticketholders for that evening's performance.

Ticket bookingshttps://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/beast-on-the-moon.php
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6ajxNzPMA

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WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JELENA BUDIMIR (Director of Beast on the Moon)
Feb
2
1:00 PM13:00

WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JELENA BUDIMIR (Director of Beast on the Moon)

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Jelena Budimir is Director at All Ignite Theatre and currently, of Beast on the Moon. She runs writing workshops for ArtsDepot’s Creative Circle and ran the writing programme at Chickenshed Theatre including an annual week of new writing "Write Here, Write Now".  Jelena will lead a writing workshop to explore, in a fun way, a range of memories and stories through exercises, with the participants. No previous experience needed.  Beast on the Moon, the story of a young Armenian couple starting a new life in the US after the genocide. Writer Richard Kalinoski has captured the stories of many and distilled them in this dramatic tale. Memories and stories are the root of so many plays and everybody has stories.

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Admission | £15 includes a voucher to see Beast on the Moon (can be used for any performance before 10 February 2019)

Beast on the Moon

29 January - 23 February 2019

Finborough Theatre | 118 Finborough Road | SW10 9ED

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6ajxNzPMA

Ticket bookingshttps://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/beast-on-the-moon.php

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TALK BY RICHARD KALINOSKI, AUTHOR OF BEAST ON THE MOON
Jan
31
3:00 PM15:00

TALK BY RICHARD KALINOSKI, AUTHOR OF BEAST ON THE MOON

We are very happy to announce that playwright Richard Kalinoskiwill be visiting the Armenian Institute to talk with those interested in hearing about the creation of his play Beast on the Moon, now showing at the Finborough Theatre.  Beast on the Moon won the 2001 Best Play for the Repertory prize at the Molière Awards and four other Molières.  The play has been translated into 20 languages and produced all over the world including Athens, Brussels, London, Moscow, New York, Prague, and others. A native of Wisconsin, USA, Mr Kalinoski has written other plays, including Men and CattleMy Soldiers, and more recently, The Boy Insidewhich earned Second Place in the Kennedy Center's Mark David Cohen National Playwriting Contest (2016).  

Many will have seen Beast on the Moonon its premiere in London at Battersea Arts Centre.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear the author talk about his work and also the chance to see this important play once more.  If you have not seen it, don't miss it this time!

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Admission 5 to include refreshments.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6ajxNzPMA

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AFTER CHRISTOPHER WALKER: NEW APPROACHES TO MODERN ARMENIAN HISTORY AND THE GENOCIDE by Dr Rebecca Jinks
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

AFTER CHRISTOPHER WALKER: NEW APPROACHES TO MODERN ARMENIAN HISTORY AND THE GENOCIDE by Dr Rebecca Jinks

This lecture will discuss the work of the late historian of Armenia, Christopher J. Walker, before offering an overview of how the field of Armenian history has changed since Walker’s landmark works. In particular, the lecture will focus on the different approaches that historians have more recently been applying to the study of the Armenian genocide (and other genocides), and the different types of sources used in this work. These range from privileging survivor testimonies (both written and oral) as never before, using photography and other visual sources, to studying gender and childhood during the genocide. Together, these new approaches are contributing to a more comprehensive and multi-layered understanding of the Armenian genocide.

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Rebecca Jinks is a historian of comparative genocide and humanitarianism. Her first book, Representing Genocide: The Holocaust as Paradigm? (Bloomsbury, 2016)examines the ways in which representations of the Holocaust have influenced how other genocides are understood and represented, focusing on the ‘canonical’ cases of genocide – Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her current research project exploresgender, humanitarianism, and photography in the aftermath of the Armenian genocide, focusing on the fate of Armenian women genocide survivors and their treatment by American and European humanitarians. 

Admission | £5 to include refreshments

In association with King’s College London Armenian Society

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Film screening: AN EVENING WITH HRANT DINK - Hrant Dink 2005
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Film screening: AN EVENING WITH HRANT DINK - Hrant Dink 2005

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Nouritza Matossian presents the first screening of the filmed chronicle of Hrant Dink's only public appearance in London.  At the invitation of the Armenian Institute, Dink spoke to a packed house at the Kensington Central Library on April 5, 2005, on the 10th anniversary of the founding of his bilingual weekly Agos and the day after he had addressed the Turkish Parliament in Ankara. In upbeat tones, Dink gave his views on Armenians in Turkey and the Diaspora, his account of the Parliament meeting, his analysis of the politics of the day, his work for reconciliation based on an understanding of genocide history, his hopes for a peaceful resolution and the future of Armenia. The film enables a rare encounter with this extraordinary person. After the screening, Dr Hratch Tchilingirian, Associate Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, will comment on “Context and Challenges in Turkey Today”.

Join us to recall the bright spirit of our most cherished world-class peace activist and courageous human rights champion, Hrant Dink. (15 September 1954 - 19 January 2007)

 Drinks and refreshments to be shared.

Admission free with prior booking. Please click on the Eventbrite link below to book a seat. Seats will be guaranteed until 7.30 pm after which they will be made available to the waiting list.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hrant-dink-2005-tickets-54646990620

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SINGING IN EXILE a film by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro
Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

SINGING IN EXILE a film by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro

Aram and Virginia, an Armenian couple from the diaspora, transmit an ancestral tradition of chant which is in danger of disappearing to a troupe of European actors. During the process of creating a new play, the couple takes the company on a trip to Anatolia where the Armenian civilization has been destroyed. Along the way, the questioning of the actors brings to the forefront the wealth of this culture:  the chant becomes a language of creation and sharing, the breath of life.

An initiatory journey where the sounds, the music, the words, the bodies and the cries impart a memory and a future.

Admission: £10 to include a wine reception.

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Turi Finocchiaro and Nathalie Rossetti are independent filmmakers. Turi Finocchiaro directs a small production company, Borak Films, and Nathalie Rossetti has participated in the Jungle Film of Basile Sallustion since 2005. Turi is from the documentary film world while Nathalie is more from the world of fiction. As documentary filmmakers, their interest is in artistic, historic and anthropological subjects. They have made many films, including Yiddish Soul and Luce's Besa: Against Blood Justice.

Akn, the Centre for Armenian Modal Chant Studies was founded in 1998 in Paris, as the continuation of the Akn choir’s experimental work since 1990. The Centre teaches traditional Armenian modal chant, by means of oral transmission. Akn publishes also CDs and books on these topics.

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Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to Paris in the 1970's. She has performed and recorded with various early music ensembles, as well as contemporary music. Soloist of the Kotchnak and Akn ensembles, she has specialized in Armenian song since 1980. Her interpretation brings to the forefront the essence of this music making its discovery and transmission more accessible.

Aram Kerovpyan was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He learned to play the kanoun and studied the Near Eastern music system with Master musician Saadeddin Öktenay. Moving to Paris, he joined the Kotchnak ensemble, performing Armenian folk and troubadour music and in 1985, established the Akn ensemble specializing in Armenian liturgical chant. He is the master-singer of the Armenian cathedral in Paris since 1990. He is active in the world of theater as musician, teacher and composer. He holds a PhD in musicology and publishes about modal theory and history of Armenian liturgical music.

To watch the trailer with English subtitles, please click on the link below:

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UNRAVELLING PARAJANOV'S MASTERPIECE: THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES.  Screening and talk by Nouritza Matossian
Nov
29
6:45 PM18:45

UNRAVELLING PARAJANOV'S MASTERPIECE: THE COLOUR OF POMEGRANATES. Screening and talk by Nouritza Matossian

This event is held in partnership with the Armenian Institute. We are immensely grateful to the Embassy of Georgia and Embassy of Armenia for their support.

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Please click on the link for Nouritza Matossian’s interview at Asia House.

https://asiahousearts.org/author-nouritza-matossian-provides-us-insight-sergei-parajanovs-colour-pomegranates/

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ARMENIAN DIASPORA SURVEY: REFLECTIONS ON FINDINGS with Khachig Tölölyan
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

ARMENIAN DIASPORA SURVEY: REFLECTIONS ON FINDINGS with Khachig Tölölyan

The Armenian Diaspora Survey Pilot Project is affiliated with the Armenian Institute and funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Over 18 months, the team has developed quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about communities in the diaspora. Teams were sent to Cairo, Boston, Marseilles and Pasadena where questionnaires, interviews and photographs were gathered. For more information, please go to www.armenianinstitute.org.uk and in upper menu, click on Armenian Diaspora Survey.

Professor Khachig Tölölyan will be in conversation with Dr Susan Pattie, leader of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Armenian Diaspora Survey (ADS), Dr Hratch Tchilingirian of the Advisory Committee, and other members of the team, reflecting on the findings of the recently completed Pilot Project of the ADS. Prof. Tölölyan will also share his thoughts about the evolution of concepts and lived realities of diaspora since he founded the journal Diaspora in 1991.

Admission: £5 to include refreshments.

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Khachig Tölölyan is Professor of the Humanities in the College of Letters at Wesleyan University, where he teaches literature, history and philosophy. In 1991 he founded, and now co-edits, Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Studies, the leading publication in the field of diaspora studies. Tölölyan is the author of over 100 articles in Armenian, some collected in Spyurki Mech (Haratch Press, Paris, 1980), is the co-editor of Diaspora, Identity and Religion (Routledge, 2004), and of scholarly articles on topics ranging from American literature and literary theory to Armenian terrorism and the Armenian diaspora.

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Book launch: ARMENIAN BANKERS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE by M H Bouldoukian
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Book launch: ARMENIAN BANKERS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE by M H Bouldoukian

The Armenian Institute invites you to the book presentation ofArmenian Bankers in the Ottoman Empire, a historical perspective by M H Bouldoukian, the former Deputy Governor of Banque du Liban. 

The book tracks and reports on Armenian bankers during the Ottoman Empire from the 15thcentury onwards, providing an overview of the large role Armenians played in the Empire’s economy and their eventual fate after its collapse.

Bouldoukian has extensively researched the history of many of the leading bankers in the Armenian community at the time including those of Greek and Jewish descent.

The evening will open with a short talk on the role Armenians play in the Turkish and wider global economy today. It will close with a networking reception.

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M H Bouldoukian is the author of a number of books, award winning academic papers on international banking, correspondent banking and banking systems of Lebanon and Armenia. He has worked in banking for over 58 years for some of the largest international banking institutions in the world.

 

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Book launch: THE ARMENIAN LEGIONNAIRES: SACRIFICE AND BETRAYAL IN WORLD WAR I By Susan Paul Pattie
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Book launch: THE ARMENIAN LEGIONNAIRES: SACRIFICE AND BETRAYAL IN WORLD WAR I By Susan Paul Pattie

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Following the devastation resulting from the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1915, the survivors of the massacres were dispersed across the Middle East, Europe and North and South America. Not content with watching World War I silently from the sidelines, a large number of Armenian volunteers joined the Legion d'Orient. They were trained in Cyprus and fought courageously in Palestine and Cilicia alongside Allied commander General Allenby, eventually playing a crucial role in defeating German and Ottoman forces in Palestine at the Battle of Arara in September 1918.

The Armenian Legionnaires signed up on the understanding that they would be fighting in Syria and Turkey, and, should the Allies be successful, they would be part of an occupying army in their old homelands, laying the foundation for a self-governing Armenian state.

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Susan Paul Pattie is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London and former Director of the Armenian Institute. In recent years she has served as Director of the Armenian Museum of America and was Program Manager of the National Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration in Washington , DC. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is the author of an ethnography, Faith in History: Armenians Rebuilding Community (1997).

The Armenian Institute is grateful to the Wiener Library for generously making the venue available for this event. 

 

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ARMENIAN LANGUAGE TUITION AT THE INSTITUTE: New tuition year (September 2018 - June 2019) starting this month
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

ARMENIAN LANGUAGE TUITION AT THE INSTITUTE: New tuition year (September 2018 - June 2019) starting this month

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OUR COURSES

We offer a wide choice of East and West Armenian language courses and levels, both in group classes and through bespoke one-to-one sessions. Classes meet at our Kensington space either on weekday evening or on Saturdays.

Our teachers are all highly experienced native Armenian speakers. We offer a friendly and stimulating environment to help you gain confidence. The emphasis is mainly on oral communication with active student participation. 

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SEAMSTRESS OF OURFA By Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

SEAMSTRESS OF OURFA By Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss

1895, Ourfa, a cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire. Khatoun meets her husband, Iskender, twice her age, a poet and a dreamer who adores her but cannot express it in words. Around them, the Ottoman Empire is crumbling, the world heading towards war and the Armenian minority subjected to increasing repression, culminating in the genocide of 1915. As Iskender retreats into his books and alcohol, losing land, money and business, Khatoun holds their family together by sewing for the wives of the men who persecute them; her creations inciting lust, love and fertility. The family evades the death marches to the Syrian Desert only to lose everything when exiled by Mustafa Kemal and the birth of the Turkish Republic. What follows is a tale of love, loss and redemption in the diaspora told by four generations of women, each becoming the guardian angel of the next. 

Book launch followed by book-signing and refreshments. Wines generously supplied by Makkas Winery, Cyprus.

Admission: £5

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Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss is Armenian English from Cyprus. She moved to London at eighteen, began as a dancer at the Raymond Revuebar and followed that by playing a slew of exotic foreigners on British television. She trained at RADA and spent twenty years as an actress in London and Europe. She married, moved to LA, started a family, continued to work in voiceovers, and wrote her first book, Seamstress of Ourfa.

Directions:

22 Bus from Sloane Sq/Oxford Circus tube station
C3 Bus from Clapham Junction train station or Earls Court tube station

Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss is Armenian English from Cyprus. She moved to London at eighteen, began as a dancer at the Raymond Revuebar and followed that by playing a slew of exotic foreigners on British television. She trained at RADA and spent twenty years as an actress in London and Europe. She married, moved to LA, started a family, continued to work in voiceovers, and wrote her first book, Seamstress of Ourfa.

Directions:

22 Bus from Sloane Sq/Oxford Circus tube station
C3 Bus from Clapham Junction train station or Earls Court tube station

Tube | Fulham Boradway

Overground | Imperial Wharf

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A POETRY EVENING WITH GEVORG EMIN
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

A POETRY EVENING WITH GEVORG EMIN

This poetry evening is dedicated to the work of Gevorg Emin (1919-1998), a hydraulic engineer turned poet. He was one of the most popular Soviet Armenian poets of the 20th century whose work was translated into many languages. Perhaps as a result of his training in science Emin wrote in a simple, straight forward language. He was considered to be one of the few who freed Armenian poetry from the restrictions of the Stalin era and reinvigorated it after a long period of stagnation during which experimentalism was discouraged.

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Sossi Yerissian leads a presentation of Emin’s life and work to be followed by readings of his poetry, in Armenian and English. Assadour Guzelian will conclude the evening with his reminiscences of spending time with Gevorg Emin in Armenia and London.

The poet and writer Assadour Guzelian was born in Cilicia and moved to Aleppo when the Sanjak of Alexandretta was ceded to Turkey in 1939. He graduated from the Seminary of the Armenian Catholicate of Cilicia in Lebanon and taught Armenian literature and history in Calcutta before settling in London in 1964. His published work include the epic poem Hamo and Fadileh and a compendium of articles published in the Armenian press over several decades.

Admission £5 to include a wine & nibbles reception.

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THE DARKER SHADOW by R P Sevadjian
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

THE DARKER SHADOW by R P Sevadjian

The Darker Shadow by R. P. Sevadjian is the sequel to In the Shadow of the Sultan published in 2014. The Darker Shadow tells of a long journey during the first months of the Armenian Genocide; twins Bedros and Dzovinar are compelled to leave their home town together with their uncle and his American friends. They travel over difficult terrain and through remote and devastated villages, and form an understanding of the treatment of Armenians throughout the Ottoman Empire.

Book launch followed by book signing and refreshments

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R P Sevadjian was raised and educated in Ethiopia before she left for the UK for her further education. She remained in the UK after the Derg Revolution of 1974. Rubina is the author of In the Shadow of the Sultan, the first part of her Armenian Genocide trilogy. As well as writing the final part of her trilogy, she is researching the work of her father, Bedros A Sevadjian who was jeweller By Appointment to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

 

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TRUTHS AND BETRAYALS: THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND WHY IT MATTERS With Antonia Arslan and Siobhan Nash-Marshall
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

TRUTHS AND BETRAYALS: THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE AND WHY IT MATTERS With Antonia Arslan and Siobhan Nash-Marshall

Antonia Arslan and Siobhan Nash Marshall, in conversation with each other, will present and discuss new perspectives on the denial of the Armenian Genocide, a devastating example of what we now call “a post-truth” phenomenon.  Their focus will be on the relevance of this poignant example to today’s seeming tidal wave of “historical engineering.”

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Professor Antonia Arslan (Università di Padova) is the acclaimed author of international best-seller Skylark Farm (La masseria delle allodole) which was made into a stunning film, The Lark Farm, directed by the Taviani brothers.  Professor Siobhan Nash Marshall (Mary T Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College, New York City), is the author of The Sins of the Fathers: Turkish Denialism and the Armenian Genocide

The joint lecture will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.  Books by both authors will be available for purchase.

The Armenian Institute is grateful to our generous sponsors, Alice and Raffi Tanielian, for making this event possible. 

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SAVING SIGHT IN ARMENIAN BABIES with Dr S Chien Wong
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

SAVING SIGHT IN ARMENIAN BABIES with Dr S Chien Wong

Join us to hear and honour Dr S Chien Wong, foremost international ophthalmologist surgeon who has revolutionised eye care in Armenia saving the sight of 1 million or more premature infants and children in the region with his innovative expert surgery.

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Dr S Chien Wong, is one of the world's leading consultant ophthalmologists at Moorfields Eye, Royal Free and Great Ormond Street (GOSH) Hospitals. A super-specialist in complex paediatric vitreoretinal surgery and retinovascular diseases, he is one of only two surgeons in the world in endoscopic vitrectomy for premature infants and young children with complex paediatric vitreoretinal diseases. Dr Wong’s department at GOSH is now the national surgical centre in UK. In 2014 he joined the Armenian Eye Project and flies every three months to the Armenian Centre of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness to perform surgery on new-born babies and adults. He trains new doctors and introduces novel methods of gene therapy and surgery.

Dr. Chien Wong's Story - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG_GwuT3pr0)

Admission £5

Organised by the Armenian Institute in collaboration with the Armenian Medical Association. 

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HONOURING TANER AKÇAM Wine reception and book launch
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

HONOURING TANER AKÇAM Wine reception and book launch

Taner Akçam was one of the first Turkish scholars to go public with original work on the Armenian Genocide.  Since then, now two decades ago, he has persisted in uncovering new and important material about the period.  

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The Armenian Institute invites you to join in celebrating the work of Taner Akcam and take the opportunity to meet and speak with him.  A presentation of his latest book, Killing Orders: Talat Pasha's Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide will begin the evening, followed by a wine reception.

Join us in honouring Taner Akcam at the N Gulbenkian Hall on March 24 at 7:00.

Donations of £5 welcomed at the door.

Copies of Killing Orders will be available for purchase.

We are grateful to our generous supporters for making these events possible:  Diana & Panos Katsouris, Raffy Manoukian, Richard Anooshian, Violet & Razmik Tatevossian, Gagik & Nairi Stepan-Sarkissian, Arda Eghiayan, Hrant & Vera Margossian.

Supported by University College London Armenian Society.

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KILLING ORDERS: TALAT PASHA'S TELEGRAMS AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Lecture by Professor Taner Akçam
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

KILLING ORDERS: TALAT PASHA'S TELEGRAMS AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Lecture by Professor Taner Akçam

Taner Akcam’s groundbreaking new book, Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and the Armenian Genocide, destroys the Turkish government’s denial strategy. Akçam includes a recently discovered document — a "smoking gun" — that points to the Ottoman government’s central role in planning the elimination of its Armenian population. He successfully demonstrates that the killing orders signed by Ottoman Interior Minister Talat Pasha, which the Turkish government has long discredited, are authentic. Akçam calls the discovery, which he found in a private archive, ‘an earthquake in the field of genocide studies.’  

This evening's event is introduced by Dr Hratch Tchilingirian of University of Oxford.

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Taner Akçam holds the Robert Aram and Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University. An internationally recognized human rights activist, Akçam was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the Armenian Genocide. He has lectured widely and published numerous articles and books, translated into many languages. His 2012 book, The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire was co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Book Award and one of ForeignAffairs.com’s “Best Books on the Middle East.”  His many awards include the Outstanding Upstander Award from the World Without Genocide Organization which he will receive in May, 2018.

Professor Akçam will also speak on Saturday, 24 March 2018. 

We are grateful to our generous supporters for making these events possible:  Diana & Panos Katsouris, Raffy Manoukian, Richard Anooshian, Violet & Razmik Tatevossian, Gagik & Nairi Stepan-Sarkissian, Arda Eghiayan, Hrant & Vera Margossian.

Supported by University College London Armenian Society

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THE TRANSCAUCASIAN TRAIL
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

THE TRANSCAUCASIAN TRAIL

  • University College London Ricardo Lecture Theatre B03 (map)
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The Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) will be a world-class, long-distance hiking trail more than 3,000km in length, following the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains and connecting roughly two dozen national parks and protected areas in the region. It is currently being built by a small team of hiking enthusiasts with the support of international volunteers and the local people in Armenia and Georgia. 

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Come to this event organised by the Armenian Institute to meet some of the TCT team members, learn more how the project started, what has been achieved so far and what is planned for 2018 and 2019. Find out more how you can get involved in building the TCT this summer, or supporting the project in other ways. As a bonus, the first guy who through-hiked the whole southern part of the TCT (from the south of Armenia to the Black Sea in Georgia) in 2017 will also share his experience from his epic, eight-week-long hike. 

Admission | £5 to include refreshments

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IN MEMORIAM: HRANT DINK
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

IN MEMORIAM: HRANT DINK

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Keynote speaker: Professor Maureen Freely

 Guest singer: Suna Alan

 Free admission. Please book ahead to secure a seat as space is limited. Registration opens at 6.30. Reception to follow event until 9 pm.

 Event organised by the Armenian Institute in association with Article 19 and English PEN.

The Armenian Institute is proud to commemorate the exceptional life and achievements of Hrant Dink murdered on 19 January 2007 in Istanbul and to affirm his stance against discrimination. Editor of the Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, Dink was the outspoken champion of human and civil rights in Turkey. His lingua franca in free expression opened the floodgates for repressed people seeking out and declaring their true ethnic history and identity. The term "Armenian Genocide", officially taboo, became current usage. He was punished by death.

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Maureen Freely is a novelist, journalist and translator. Well known as a translator of the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, Fetiye Çetin and Tuba Çandar's book on Dink, she has also written about literature, social justice and human rights.  As chair of the Translators Association and as President of English PEN, she has campaigned for writers and freedom of expression internationally.  She teaches at the University of Warwick where she is currently the Head of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.

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