SINGING IN EXILE a film by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro
Jan
8
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.

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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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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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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.

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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

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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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ARMENIAN PUBLIC RADIO - THE ARMENIAN BBC OR GOVERNMENT MOUTHPIECE By Mark Grigorian
Jan
8
7:30 PM19:30

ARMENIAN PUBLIC RADIO - THE ARMENIAN BBC OR GOVERNMENT MOUTHPIECE By Mark Grigorian

Mark Grigorian, Executive Director of Public Radio of Armenia, will discuss difficulties facing the institution, exploring opposing approaches.  Is it a real public service or a mouthpiece of the government?  

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Born in Yerevan, Grigorian graduated from Yerevan State University and later earned a PhD in Philology. He has worked as a journalist since 1993 in a variety of media, including as editor of Svoboda (Freedom) Russian language newspaper, AIM (Armenian International Magazine), and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in London where he went following an assassination attempt in Yerevan.  He then worked with the BBC World Service before returning to Armenia in 2014, hosting programmes on Armenia TV and ATV.  The author of many books, Grigorian is also a cofounder of the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan.

Admission: £5 to include a wine reception.

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IN MEMORIAM: CHRISTOPHER J WALKER
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

IN MEMORIAM: CHRISTOPHER J WALKER

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The Armenian Institute is proud to host an evening honouring the trail-blazing historian and writer, Christopher J. Walker (1942—2017). His widely-read and admired book, Armenia: Survival of a Nation, led the way in presenting a scholarly, broad sweep of Armenian history to the wider public.  

Christopher Walker continued writing and speaking about Armenians, taking every opportunity to raise issues of minority rights and concern about Genocide denial. 

This evening is dedicated to Christopher Walker and his work, featuring a lecture by historian Dr Rebecca Jinks and additional short words of appreciation by fellow writers and friends, followed by a reception. Please join us in remembering this important member of our community.

Free admission.

Photo credit: Paulina & Anna van Nugteren.

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CHILINGIRIAN-CHAUSHIAN-HAKOBYAN Concert  In Honour of the Sixteenth Anniversary of the Armenian Institute
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

CHILINGIRIAN-CHAUSHIAN-HAKOBYAN Concert In Honour of the Sixteenth Anniversary of the Armenian Institute

Trios by Haydn, Babajanyan and Beethoven.

Three exciting artists join together to play masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.  Levon Chilingirian (violin), Alexander Chaushian (cello) and Karén Hakobyan (piano) last played together at the Strathmore Hall in Washington DC at a national commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.  Their rare appearances together inspire sparkling and vivid performances and display sheer enjoyment of the music and the collaboration. 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear the trio playing Haydn, Babajanyan and Beethoven.

For tickets please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chilingirian-chaushian-hakobyan-concert-tickets-38278648468
 

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Arno Babajanyan  Piano Trio

Ludwig van Beethoven  Archduke Trio

LEVON CHILINGIRIAN, OBE

Levon Chilingirian launched his chamber music career with Clifford Benson, winning first prizes in the 1969 BBC Beethoven Competition and 1971 ARD Munich Duo International Competition. The Chilingirian Quartet, founded in 1971, is today one of the most celebrated string quartets on the international scene, its highly regarded repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary.  Chilingirian also performs as a soloist and with other chamber music partners. Co-artistic director of the Pharos Festival (Cyprus), Chilingirian is also Professor of Violin and Chamber Music Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

ALEXANDER CHAUSHIAN

One of the finest cellists of the younger generation, Alexander Chaushian has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world. He performs regularly in international festivals and is the Artistic Director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival (Cyprus) and the Yerevan Music Festival.  A laureate prizewinner of many international competitions including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Germany, Chaushian is an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York. Performing with many distinguished musicians, Chaushian’s regular chamber music partner is Yevgeny Sudbin who also partnered him on several highly acclaimed CDs.  His recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, received rave reviews and was selected ‘Album of the Week’ by the Independent.

KARÉN HAKOBYAN

Described as “a musician of abundant gifts and bountiful ideas” by New York Concert Review, and “an immensely talented and dynamic performer” by Deseret Morning News, Armenian-American pianist and composer Karén Hakobyan has emerged as a versatile force on the international musical scene. Since his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17, he has performed in major concert halls around the world and is a top prizewinner of multiple international piano and composition competitions. Hakobyan has appeared as a soloist with orchestras across several continents and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pegasus: The Orchestra based in New York.

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MILITARY CONFLICTS AND RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM: CHALLENGES FACING CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY By Dr Hratch Tchilingirian
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

MILITARY CONFLICTS AND RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM: CHALLENGES FACING CHRISTIANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST TODAY By Dr Hratch Tchilingirian

Christian communities in the Middle East are on the verge of virtual disappearance in the very lands where their faith was born, even as they have deep historical, theological, cultural and social roots in the region.  Against the background of the deep history and rich religious roots of these communities, Dr Hratch Tchilingirian will discuss the critical challenges facing Christianity in the Middle East today, in the face of wars, religious extremism, sectarian conflicts, socio-economic decline and migration.

Admission: £5

Talk followed by Q&A and a wine reception.

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Dr Hratch Tchilingirian is an activist scholar. In recent years he has drawn attention to the plight of minorities and Christian communities in the Middle East, especially in academic and policy-making circles. Following his PhD at the London School of Economics, he was director of research on Eurasia at Cambridge University’s business school for ten years. Since 2012, he is Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at University of Oxford, focusing on Middle Eastern and Armenian studies. Dr Tchilingirian has lectured internationally and is the author of numerous studies and articles (www.hratch.info). He remains deeply engaged in civic causes and professional projects.

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VIGEN HOVSEPYAN IN CONCERT IN LONDON
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

VIGEN HOVSEPYAN IN CONCERT IN LONDON

Armenian Institute (London) Presents:

ECHOES : REVIVED ARMENIAN FOLK SONGS

The London debut of contemporary Armenian folk singer Vigen Hovsepyan. Direct from Armenia. Produced by Pomegranate Music (Gor Mkhitarian/Bambir/Lav Eli/Iakovos Kolanian/Hover Choir/Harutyun Chkolyan/Arsen Petrosyan/SoloDuo) in association with Dayl'ayl Production (Miqayel Voskanyan).

Born and raised in Armenia and Spain, Vigen Hovsepyan brings to life Armenian folk songs with a fresh contemporary approach. Vigen will be accompanied by noted Norwegian cellist/pianist Håvard Enstad and Armenian duduk master Harutyun Chkolyan, along with a bassist and percussionist. This concert and tour are in support of his debut critically acclaimed album entited, "Echoes: Revived Armenian Folk Songs" (Pomegranate Music, 2017).

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Tickets: General admission £23. Student standing room £19.

Available from www.eventbrite.com; keyword: Vigen Hovsepyan

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About the Artist

Vigen Hovsepyan is a singer and multi-instrumentalist of Armenian descent. A self-taught musician, he performs on the guitar, duduk, darbuka, bendir, and cajón. Born in 1987, Hovsepyan grew up in the Erebuni district of Yerevan, Armenia. His interest in music was immediately sparked when he moved to Barcelona, Spain at the age of 14. By the age of 17, he was proficient in the above referenced instruments.
In addition to his current solo career, Hovsepyan was a member of both the HAV Folk Trio and Barcelona Ethnic Band, both based on Barcelona, Spain. He has also collaborated with Norwegian composer/pianist/cellist Håvard Enstad. Vigen Hovsepyan currently resides in Yerevan, Armenia, where he maintains an active recording and touring schedule.

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GRAPHIC NOVEL YOUR LIFE: CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM MEMOIRS. Workshop led by Rachael Ball
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

GRAPHIC NOVEL YOUR LIFE: CREATING A GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM MEMOIRS. Workshop led by Rachael Ball

Participants will use poetic and literary sources to create their own individual, emotive and creative cartoon strips. Cartoonist Rachael Ball will use her own and other cartoonist's work to explore the devices artists use to connect with their audience and to convey feelings of connections, relationships, loss and alienation.

Admission: £10 to include refreshments.

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Rachael Ball started her cartooning career in 1988, initially doing strips for Manchester’s City Life and for '90s cult comic ‘Deadline.’ Her first graphic novel The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) was one of the Guardian's Best Graphic Novels 2015 and was shortlisted for British Book Design Awards 2016.  The Inflatable Woman is a surreal, poetic and comedic response to her experiences with breast cancer. She is currently completing her second graphic novel The Wolf Man which will be published by Self Made Hero and is a fictional retelling of the loss of her father as a child.  You can see more of the Wolf Man on the last day of each month on her website at http://rachaelball.tumblr.com.

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AN EVENING OF POETRY: "WHEN RUINS SPEAK" By Nare Garibyan
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

AN EVENING OF POETRY: "WHEN RUINS SPEAK" By Nare Garibyan

Nare Garibyan, an Armenian-American poet joins us for one evening to talk about her latest collection of 11 poems which capture her journey through Western Armenia (present-day Eastern Turkey) with 11 friends, in 11 days, in 2005.

These poems bring together the group's attempt to discover their ancestral land and understand their heritage. Nare wrote her poems in the hope that it will encourage others to explore their own cultural elements, including the truths hidden in the dark corners.

The evening will include readings from her inaugural collection of poetry When Ruins Speak, followed by a Q&A. Nare will also share a slideshow of photos taken from her trip.

Copies of Nare’s book will be available on the night (£15 each). 

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Admission free.

Blossoming Consulting & Strategic Communications and Armenian Institute

Supported by Arts Council England

Nare was born in Yerevan, Armenia and lived in Tallinn, Estonia as a young child. Growing up in Glendale, California, Nare became an active member of the Armenian community from an early age. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in college counselling from USC. She is currently an academic counsellor in the California Community College system. She also has an extensive publishing résumé as an editor and arts writer for Yerevan Magazine.

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WORKSHOP ON WRITING POETRY with Peter Sutton
Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

WORKSHOP ON WRITING POETRY with Peter Sutton

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We shall look briefly at a range of formal poetry – sonnet, roundel, blank verse, villanelle, ballad, etc. – from different cultural backgrounds, and then at contemporary free verse. Participants will be asked to pick out features that they like and dislike, in order to establish what we expect from a poem. They will then be asked to write short poems (in English or Armenian), on both a given topic and a topic of their choosing, and to share some of what they have written, whether completed or not. This is immaterial, since the aim is to gain an insight into the nature of poetry and the process of writing rather than to produce finished work. No knowledge or experience is therefore necessary, although participants who have written poetry may wish to bring an example of their work.

Fee: £10 to include refreshments

Places are limited. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Peter Sutton is an experienced translator and editor, poet and playwright, and a former Head of Publications at the Unesco Institute for Education. His alliterative verse translation of the medieval masterpiece Piers Plowman appeared in 2014 (mcfarlandpub.com), and he has given readings from this and his own poems at festivals, conferences and poetry events in the UK and the US. He has a long association with Armenia, having taught English at Yerevan State University in 1979-80. For more see www.petersutton.eu

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ARMENIAN MERCHANTS AND KÜTAHYA POTTERS IN THE 18TH CENTURY by Dr Yolande Crowe
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

ARMENIAN MERCHANTS AND KÜTAHYA POTTERS IN THE 18TH CENTURY by Dr Yolande Crowe

The sudden blossoming of a new decorative style on ceramic shapes in early 18th c. Kütahya needs some explaining. An attempt will be made at showing origins of designs by looking into Chinese, Persian, Indian and European influences. The presence of Armenian merchants on the Eurasian scene is not foreign to such influences on Kütahya potters a number of whom were certainly Armenian.

Dr. Yolande Crowe is an independent scholar and lecturer on the ceramics and architecture of the world of Islam. For a number of years she has concentrated on cross-cultural exchanges across Eurasia. She is a regular contributor to international congresses and publications on Persian, Turkish and South Asian arts. The author of Les arts de l’Islam, Brussels 1976 and Persia and China, the blue and white Safavid ceramics in the V&A, Geneva 2002, she has almost completed work on an important private collection of Kütahya ceramics.

Admission: £10

Book early to avoid disappointment. RSVP to Amy Riach at ar@royalasiaticsociety.org

 

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Book launch  THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND  THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE  by  Professor Michelle Tusan University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Book launch THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE by Professor Michelle Tusan University of Nevada, Las Vegas

This talk explores the British Empire’s response to the 1915 Armenian genocide in which an estimated one million Armenians were killed. A leading power in the region and the world at the time, Britain and its Empire played a key role in determining the global response to these events as they unfolded in the Ottoman Empire. Newly uncovered archival material on imperial policy dating back to the 19th century and war crimes trial held after WWI to punish perpetrators show why it proved impossible to stop the violence and prosecute those responsible for the atrocities despite the emergence at the timeof the category of ‘crimes against humanity’ and one of the first ever international humanitarian campaigns. From Gladstonian idealism to Churchill’s imperial realpolitik, the British response to the Armenian genocide reveals the high stakes and legacies of the failure of a global hegemonic power to lead the prosecution of the architects of one of the classic cases of genocide in the modern period.

Michelle Tusan is Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the author of Smyrna’s Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide and the Birth of the Middle East. She has published widely on the history of humanitarianism and human rights.

This talk explores the British Empire’s response to the 1915 Armenian genocide in which an estimated one million Armenians were killed. A leading power in the region and the world at the time, Britain and its Empire played a key role in determining the global response to these events as they unfolded in the Ottoman Empire. Newly uncovered archival material on imperial policy dating back to the 19th century and war crimes trial held after WWI to punish perpetrators show why it proved impossible to stop the violence and prosecute those responsible for the atrocities despite the emergence at the timeof the category of ‘crimes against humanity’ and one of the first ever international humanitarian campaigns. From Gladstonian idealism to Churchill’s imperial realpolitik, the British response to the Armenian genocide reveals the high stakes and legacies of the failure of a global hegemonic power to lead the prosecution of the architects of one of the classic cases of genocide in the modern period.

Michelle Tusan is Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the author of Smyrna’s Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide and the Birth of the Middle East. She has published widely on the history of humanitarianism and human rights.

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COLLECTION OF OBJECTS OF MEMORY
Jun
4
12:30 PM12:30

COLLECTION OF OBJECTS OF MEMORY

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Houshamadyan is co-organising an event with the Programme of Armenian Studies, the Centre for Armenian Information and Advice and the Armenian Institute where we will be collecting old family archives in order to digitise them. All are invited to come and take part. 
 
Please bring old family photographs, memoirs, religious objects, household items of all kinds from dowry items to cooking utensils, and materials pertaining to Ottoman Armenians inherited from your ancestors to Hayashen / CAIA. By sharing your family archives and family micro-histories with us, you will be helping us to reconstruct the life of all our ancestors.
 
We also appeal to those who have materials related to World War One and Armenian literary productions such as books, letter, pictures, and oral histories from the 19th Century to the early 20th Century, to bring them in for documentation. All items will be returned immediately after digitisation.

Refreshments will be provided.


Vahe Tachjian earned his PhD in History and Civilisation at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He is now the chief editor of the Berlin based Houshamadyan website. His main publications are: La France en Cilicie et en Haute-Mésopotamie. Paris, 2004; Les Arméniens, 1917-1939; La quête d’un refuge, Paris, 2007 (co-editor); and Ottoman Armenians: Life, Culture, Society, Vol 1, Berlin, 2014 (editor). His new book, Daily life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918, will be published by Berghahn Books (NY).

Dr. Elke Hartmann is a senior researcher at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, specialising in Modern Ottoman and Armenian history. Her doctoral thesis on Ottoman military conscription and modern statehood, Die Reichweite des Staates. Wehrpflicht und moderne Staatlichkeit im Osmanischen Reich 1869-1910, Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag, was published in 2016. She co-founded the Chair of Modern Armenian Studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest in 2016 and the Houshamadyan project in 2010.

Dr Vahe Tachjian and Dr Elke Hartmann have been invited by the Programme of Armenian Studies to talk about the Houshamadyan project on Saturday 3 June at 5:00pm in room B104, SOAS, University of London.

For details please contact Raphael Gregorian at r.gregorian@progarmstud.org.uk

About Houshamadyan

The Houshamadyan website (www.houshamadyan.org) has existed since 2011. It is the property of the Berlin-based Houshamadyan non-profit Association.

The aim of the Houshamadyan project and the website is to reconstruct the daily lives of the Ottoman Armenians and their social environment in all its facets.

Alongside written articles, the Houshamadyan website utilises a great variety of multi-media tools, such as musical recordings of historic value, oral history testimonies, old photographs, pictures, old film footage, maps, podcasts and so on.

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Յուշամատեանը, համագործակցաբար Հայագիտական Ուսմանց Ծրագիրի, Հայկական Տեղեկութեան եւ Խորհուրդի Կենդրոնի եւ Հայ Հիմնարկի կը հրաւիրէ լոնտոնահայերը իրենց կազմակերպած ձեռնարկին, որուն ընթացքին պիտի հաւաքուին եւ թուայնացուին ընտանեկան հաւաքածոներէ նիւթեր։
 
Բոլոր անոնք, որոնք Օսմանեան կայսրութեան իրենց նախնիներէն ժառանգած են հին լուսանկարներ, յուշեր, կրօնական կամ տնային առարկաներ, ձեռագործներ եւ այլ նիւթեր, հրաւիրուած են իրենց հետ բերելու այս յուշիրերը Հայաշէն տեղի ունենալիք ձեռնարկին։ Ներկայացնելով ձեր ընտանեկան հաւաքածոները եւ մեզի փոխանցելով ձեր ընտանեկան պատմութիւնը, նպաստած պիտի ըլլաք մեր նախնիներուն կեանքը վերականգնելու ճիգերուն։ 
 
Հրաւէրը ուղղուած է նաեւ բոլոր անոնց, որոնք իրենց քով կը պահեն Առաջին Համաշխարհային պատերազմին վերաբերող նիւթեր, ինչպէս նաեւ 19-րդէն մինչեւ 20-րդ դարու սկիզբը արտադրուած հայ գրականութեան պատմութեան համար արժէք ներկայացնող իրեր (գիրք, նամակ, լուսանկար, բանաւոր պատմութիւն, եւ այլն)։ Բոլոր իրերը թուայնացումէն ետք պիտի վերադարձուին:

Հիւրասիրութիւն տեղի պիտի ունենայ:


Տոքթ. Վահէ Թաշճեան տոքթորական տիտղոսին տիրացած է Փարիզ՝ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Socialesի (EHESS) մէջ։ Ներկայիս Յուշամատեան կայքէջին (Պերլինի մէջ) գլխաւոր խմբագիրն է։ Գլխաւոր հրատարակութիւններէն են՝ La France en Cilicie et en Haute-Mésopotamie. Փարիզ, 2004, Les Arméniens, 1917-1939. La quête d’un refuge, Փարիզ, 2007 (համախմբագիր), Ottoman Armenians: Life, Culture, Society, Vol 1, Պերլին, 2014 (խմբագիր)։ Իր նոր գիրքը՝ Daily life in the Abyss: Genocide Diaries, 1915-1918, ներկայիս մամուլի տակ է եւ պիտի հրատարակուի Berghahn Books-ի կողմէ (Նիւ Եորք)։

Տոքթ. Էլքը Հարթմանն գիտաշխատող է Միւնիխի Լուտվիկ Մաքսիմիլիանս համալսարանին մէջ: Մասնագիտացած է օսմանեան եւ հայկական արդի պատմութիւններուն մէջ։ Իր տոքթորական աւարտաճառը, Die Reichweite des Staates. Wehrpflicht und moderne Staatlichkeit im Osmanischen Reich 1869-1910 (Փատէրպորն, Ֆերտինանտ Շէօնինկ հրատարակչատուն, 2016), կը վերաբերի օսմանեան բանակին մէջ զինուորագրութեան եւ արդի պետականութեան։ Համահիմնադիրն է Պուտափէշթի Փեթեր Փազմանի համալսարանի հայագիտական ամպիոնին (2016) եւ Յուշամատեան ծրագիրին (2010)։

Տոքթ. Վահէ Թաշճեան եւ Տոքթ. Էլքը Հարթմանն հրաւիրուած են Հայագիտական Ուսմանց Ծրագիրի կողմէ, զեկուցելու Յուշամատեան ծրագիրի մասին։ Սոյն ձեռնարկը տեղի պիտի ունենայ շաբաթ, 3 յունիս, ժամը 5-ին, B104, SOAS, University of London:

Յաւելեալ տեղեկութիւններու համար դիմել Ռաֆայէլ Կրէկորեանին r.gregorian@progarmstud.org.uk

Յուշամատեանին մասին

Յուշամատեան կայքէջը (www.houshamadyan.org) հիմնուած է 2011-ին եւ սեփականութիւնն է Պերլինի մէջ հաստատուած «Յուշամատեան» ոչ-շահութաբեր միութեան։

Յուշամատեան ծրագիրին եւ կայքէջին նպատակն է վերականգնել Օսմանեան հայերուն առօրեայ կեանքը, ինչպէս նաեւ անոնց ընկերային միջավայրին զանազան երեսները։

Յօդուածներու կողքին, Յուշամատեան կայքէջը իր էջերուն մէջ կը գործածէ բազմամետիա մեծաթիւ գործիքներ, ինչպէս պատմական արժէք ներկայացնող երաժշտական ձայնագրութիւններ, բանաւոր պատմութեան վկայութիւններ, հին լուսանկարներ, պատկերներ, հին ֆիլմեր, քարտէսներ, վիտէօներ, եւ այլն:

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ARMENIAN MUSIC DAY FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

ARMENIAN MUSIC DAY FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS

Calling all young musicians! 

Join us for a day of making music together. And sharing pizza!

Nevart Gulbenkian Hall | Iverna Gardens | W8 6TP

Tube | High Street Kensington | Admission: £10

Please register by May 20.

Programme

3.00 pm Introduction to the day’s pieces 

3.15 pm Rehearsal with Levon Chilingirian and assistants (and snack break)

5.00 pm PIZZA!

5.30 pm Parents and friends are invited to attend the concert.

Levon Chilingirian, violinist and leader of the Chilingirian Quartet will direct the Ensemble, assisted by young professionals.

Pieces will be selected according to the instrumentalists who pre-register.

Grade 4 and up.  All orchestral instruments welcome. Parts will be emailed ahead.

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PERFORMING THE POST-SOVIET: MUSIC, FOLKLORE AND CITIZENSHIP IN YEREVAN by Rik Adriaans
May
25
7:30 PM19:30

PERFORMING THE POST-SOVIET: MUSIC, FOLKLORE AND CITIZENSHIP IN YEREVAN by Rik Adriaans

The fall of the Soviet Union has transformed musical culture in Armenia.  Rabiz, an underground phenomenon in Soviet times, has become a soundtrack for pro-government rallies. For opposition-minded intelligentsia and young activists, it can be a symbol of failed transition and moral corruption, while folk dance is often believed to empower the active, engaged and patriotic citizen. The lecture examines the role of music and dance in shaping new forms of identity and citizenship by discussing: 1.) the militant-patriotic youth culture of the Karin dance network, 2.) the revival of pre-genocide folklore in Sassoun-themed music videos, and 3.) the use of rabiz music in mobilizations in support of the controversial oligarch Samvel Aleksanyan.

Rik Adriaans is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a visiting researcher at UCLA and a teaching fellow at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Currently writing his PhD dissertation on the Armenian diaspora of Los Angeles, his research interests include the anthropology of music, media and diaspora studies. His publications include an article on music video as a means of reviving pre-genocide Armenian culture in Social Analysis and a study of the role of music performances in Armenian civic activism forthcoming in Caucasus Survey.

Admission: £5 to include wine reception

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THE MAGIC OF WRITING: A SURVEY FROM STONE INSCRIPTIONS, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS TO PRINTING by Dr Claude Mutafian
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

THE MAGIC OF WRITING: A SURVEY FROM STONE INSCRIPTIONS, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS TO PRINTING by Dr Claude Mutafian

The first language spoken by the ancestors of the Armenian people was Urartian, written with cuneiform characters. Many stone inscriptions have survived, but the creation of an alphabet for the Armenian language in early 5th century led to a real revolution: this very 5th century is known as “the golden age of Armenian literature”. Thousands of manuscripts were copied during the following centuries. They are precious not only for the text, calligraphy and illuminations, but also for the important information given by the scribes in their colophons. Later on, printing was quickly adopted, with the first book published in 1512. This “passion of writing” may be partially explained by the course of history: constantly threatened by annihilation, the Armenians felt they should leave a witness of their existence.

Dr Claude Armen Mutafian, son of survivors of the Armenian Genocide was born in Paris. He taught mathematics in French universities for 40 years. Simultaneously he studied Armenian history of the mediaeval period, particularly the relations of Armenians with Crusaders and Mongols. He curated major exhibitions in Paris, the Vatican and Marseilles, published prolifically, and, at the age of 60 received his PhD in history.

Admission: £10 (RSVP to ar@royalasiaticsociety.org)

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