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

  • Royal Asiatic Society

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)

VARDAN HOVANISSIAN & EMRE GÜLTEKIN
May
11
8:00 pm20:00

VARDAN HOVANISSIAN & EMRE GÜLTEKIN

  • Rich Mix

Haunting lyrical songs and music from across the cultural borderlands of Turkey and Armenia with Vardan on the Armenian flute, the duduk, and Emre on the saz, a Turkish version of the oud.

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.

Venue to be confirmed.


SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP  with Medz Bazar Musicians
Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP with Medz Bazar Musicians

  • Nevart Gulbenkian Hall

Vahan Kerovpyan and Sevana Tchakerian will lead a workshop aimed at inspiring and coaching all song-writers.  Hints and practice exercises on how to turn your ideas into music will be shared with Vahan and Sevana demonstrating and coaching.  Please bring your voice, your instrument (if it's portable!) and all your thoughts about that next hit song.  Participants will be asked to share their work.  Prepare to be inspired and to have a lot of fun. 

Please book ahead as we expect a crowd.

Admission: £10

Refreshments provided.

MEDZ BAZAR RETURNS TO LONDON!
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

MEDZ BAZAR RETURNS TO LONDON!

  • Bush Hall

For tickets please click the link:

 https://www.musicglue.com/bushhall/events/2017-04-29-collectif-medz-bazar-bush-hall

Almost two years after their sell-out debut concert in London, Collectif Medz Bazar returns on 29 April 2017 performing at Bush Hall (W12 7LJ). Watch this space for further details. The concert will feature songs from their new CD, Poshmanella, as well as old favourites. (https://www.facebook.com/CollectifMedzBazar/)

The Armenian Institute thanks the Arts Council England, St Sarkis CharityTrust, Richard M Anooshian and Panos & Diana Katsouris for their generous support.

Book launch: HISTORY OF ARMENIAN CARTOGRAPHY by Rouben Galichian
Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

Book launch: HISTORY OF ARMENIAN CARTOGRAPHY by Rouben Galichian

  • Nevart Gulbenkian Church Hall

The only serious study of cartography in Armenian appeared almost 60 years ago in 1957 by the Soviet scholar Hovhannes Stepanian, entitled Armenian Cartographic Publications of 260 Years (1695-1955). This study however contained only one low quality map and along with many other shortcomings it did not list many maps published by Armenians living outside the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union.

     In order to rectify this, Rouben Galichian offers in his latest book an almost complete study of the history of Armenian cartography from its inception up to 1918, including reproductions of as many maps as possible. Appearing in print for the first time are a number of maps, mainly from private collections, that have come to light through Galichian’s extensive research.

     The final chapter of the book also includes manuscript maps made between 1890-1968 which represent important contributions to the Armenian cartographic heritage. The author does not rule out other maps in Armenian that may exist in private collections inaccessible to the public.

Rouben Galichian (Galchian) was born in Tabriz, Iran and studied Electronic Engineering at University of Aston (Birmingham). His interest in geography and cartography started early in life and developed into a serious study in the 1970s. His first book Historic Maps of Armenia: The Cartographic Heritage was followed by several other volumes on historical cartography of Armenia and adjacent regions. For his services to Armenian cartography, Galichian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and has received the Vazgen I medal and in 2013 was awarded the Movses Khorenatsi medal for his achievements in Armenian culture.

ARMENIAN DANCE WORKSHOP FOR LANGUAGE STUDENTS
Apr
1
1:30 pm13:30

ARMENIAN DANCE WORKSHOP FOR LANGUAGE STUDENTS

  • Nevart Gulbenkian Armenian Church Hall

The Armenian Institute is organising a dance workshop for its current and former language students  on Saturday, 1 April 2017, from 1.30 to 3.30 pm at Nevart Gulbenkian Church Hall, Iverna Gardens , W8 6TP (Tube: High Street Kensington).

The workshop will be led by Shakeh Major Tchilingirian, an acclaimed solo dance artist and choreographer. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the symbolism and meanings encoded in Armenian folk dances.

No previous dance experience nor any prior knowledge is required. The single condition of participation is to communicate only in Armenian throughout the workshop;  when necessary miming, facial expressions and hand gestures are allowed!

Free admission.

Supported by the Armenian Communities Department of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

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Lecture and Book launch ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHEASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Musa Dagh – Dort Yol - Kessab With Prof Richard Hovannisian (University of California, Los Angeles)
Mar
18
7:30 pm19:30

Lecture and Book launch ARMENIAN COMMUNITIES OF THE NORTHEASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: Musa Dagh – Dort Yol - Kessab With Prof Richard Hovannisian (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Kensington Central Library Lecture Theatre

Armenian Communities of the Northeastern Mediterranean: Musa Dagh-Dort Yol-Kessab (Mazda Press, 2016) is the 14th volume in the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) conference series “Historic Armenian Cities and Provinces”. Earlier volumes include Armenian Van/Vaspurakan, Sebastia/Sivas and Constantinople. This volume focusses on communities on the southern edge of Armenian Cilicia, including cultural and historic information and analysis on Alexandretta, Antioch, Beylan and the Ruj Valley, as well as chapters on each community mentioned in the title, among them a chapter on Kessab by Armenian Institute’s Dr Susan Pattie. The current war in the area brings added importance to this subject and a recent article from Granta on the invasion of Kessab is also included.

Admission: £5 to include wine and nibbles.

Prof Richard G Hovannisian, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, was formerly the Armenian Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Armenian History there and is currently Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Southern California. He organised this important series beginning in 1999 and has served as editor of the subsequent volumes throughout. Best known for his publications on the history of the first Republic of Armenia, Prof Hovannisian has written numerous books and articles on a range of Armenian historical topics, most prominently, the Genocide and its aftermath.  The recipient of numerous awards, including the “I Witness Award” from the Jewish World Watch, Prof Hovannisian today is as active as ever, teaching and giving lectures around the world.

BOOK LAUNCH OF "KIM BU ERMENILER?" IN LONDON
Feb
26
3:00 pm15:00

BOOK LAUNCH OF "KIM BU ERMENILER?" IN LONDON

  • Hundred Flower Cultural Centre

The Armenian Institute is very happy to be invited by the Kurdish Cultural Centre in Edmonton to present Kim Bu Ermeniler? (Who Are the Armenians?), our children's book recently translated into Turkish.  Susan Pattie will speak about the creation of the book and afterwards, Nouritza Matossian will present her film about Hrant Dink.  Sunday, February 26 at 3:00.   4 Booker Road, London N18 2US.The Armenian Institute is very happy to be invited by the Kurdish Cultural Centre in Edmonton to present Kim Bu Ermeniler? (Who Are the Armenians?), our children's book recently translated into Turkish.  Susan Pattie will speak about the creation of the book and afterwards, Nouritza Matossian will present her film about Hrant Dink.  Sunday, February 26 at 3:00.   4 Booker Road, London N18 2US.

THE ARMENIANS OF ETHIOPIA  AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK OF B A SEVADJIAN By R P Sevadjian
Feb
23
7:30 pm19:30

THE ARMENIANS OF ETHIOPIA AND AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK OF B A SEVADJIAN By R P Sevadjian

  • Nevart Gulbenkian Armenian Church Hall
Armenian Community of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at St Mary's Church c1930. Photo by kind permission of Alain Marcerou

Armenian Community of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at St Mary's Church c1930.

Photo by kind permission of Alain Marcerou

Rubina Sevadjian will give an outline of the once-vibrant Armenian community of Ethiopia, who, having had a presence in that country for more than a century, dispersed after the Revolution of 1974. The Armenians of Ethiopia were influential in the modernising of the country after the defeat of the Italians at the Battle of Adwa and the unification of the country under Emperor Menelik II. They continued to thrive under Emperor Haile Selassie I.

B A Sevadjian was the jeweller and silversmith ‘By Appointment’ to Haile Selassie I. As court appointee he produced orders and medals, and made some of the most important commemorative medals and state gifts for the Emperor.

Admission: £5 (to include refreshments)

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R P Sevadjian is the author of In the Shadow of the Sultan, a historical coming of age novel set during the Hamidian Massacres of 1896. Sevadjian is a third-generation Diasporan Armenian whose family left Asia Minor in the 1800s and was scattered across the world, no members remaining in their ancestral homelands. Born and raised in Africa, she now lives in the UK.

ARMENIAN MUSIC DAY: CALLING ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS!
Feb
18
1:30 pm13:30

ARMENIAN MUSIC DAY: CALLING ALL YOUNG MUSICIANS!

  • N Gulbenkian Hall

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

Programme

1.30 Registration and set-up 

2.00 Introduction to Armenian music and the day's pieces.

2.30 Rehearsals with Levon Chilingirian and assistants (and snack break)

5.15 PIZZA

6.00 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 by composers such as Komitas/Aslamazyan and Khachaturian will be selected according to the instrumentalists who pre-register. 

Grade 4 and up.  All orchestral instruments welcome. Please register by February 16.  Parts will be emailed ahead.

IN PURSUIT OF THE ELUSIVE GOAT: Prehistoric Rock Art in the Syunik Mountains of Southern Armenia  By Tina Walkling
Feb
16
7:30 pm19:30

IN PURSUIT OF THE ELUSIVE GOAT: Prehistoric Rock Art in the Syunik Mountains of Southern Armenia By Tina Walkling

  • Nevart Gulbenkian Hall

Armenia is home to a rich and varied corpus of prehistoric rock art, many sites beinglocated high in the mountains at elevations above 2500 meters.  Recently the Ughtasar Rock Art Project set up by an Armenian-British team completed a systematic survey of nearly 1000 carved rocks within their landscape context, the spectacular caldera of Ughtasar in the Syunik Mountains of southern Armenia.  At a height of nearly 3300 metres the site is snowbound and inaccessible for nine months of the year. Here are thousands of figurative and abstract motifs pecked onto the dark reflective surfaces of glaciated basalt rocks and boulders.  Perhaps most striking are the wild mountain goats with massively exaggerated horns which make up 65% of the figurative motifs throughout the study area. Dating is problematic but a small number of wheeled transport motifs suggest a possible Bronze Age date for some of the carvings.

Admission: £5 (to include refreshments)

Tina Walkling, BA, MA, LRPS, art historian, archaeologist & photographer, has worked in fine art publishing and as a photographer before taking up archaeology and gaining her MA at the University of Reading.  She specialises mainly in rock art research.  With her co-director, Anna Khechoyan, she shares a passionate interest in Armenian rock art, a sense of adventure and a love of the mountains of Armenia. She also has a keen interest in zoo-archaeology, environmental archaeology and landscape archaeology. Tina is a founder and co-director of the Ughtasar Rock Art Project.

TASTES OF ARMENIA (AND ITS NEIGHBOURS)
Feb
11
6:00 pm18:00

TASTES OF ARMENIA (AND ITS NEIGHBOURS)

  • 10 Gwendolen Avenue London, England, SW15 6EH United Kingdom

The Armenian Institute presents an evening of food, wine and fundraising

  • Cocktails – using Churchill’s favourite Armenian brandy
  • Cooking demonstration – see Chef Natalie Griffith of Natalie’s Armenian Kitchen in action
  • Food tasting – indulge in a lavish multi-course tasting menu
  • Wine tasting – Zara Serobyan of Ginvino will present Armenian wines specifically selected to pair with Natalie’s dishes
  • Cookbook and wine sale  

This unique fundraising event will be held at 10 Gwendolen Ave, London SW15 6EH

On Saturday, 11th February 2017, 6 - 10pm - £45 p.p.

Places are limited so please contact info@armenianinstitute.org.uk to book.

Priority booking open now for Friends, Patrons and Benefactors of the Armenian Institute.

General booking from 10 January 2017.

ARMENIAN TOWN HALL MEETING:  THE CHALLENGES FACING  ARMENIA AND ARMENIANS  IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

ARMENIAN TOWN HALL MEETING: THE CHALLENGES FACING ARMENIA AND ARMENIANS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

  • London School of Economics

We invite you to participate in an open discussion about the challenges facing Armenians and Armenia today and the viable ways to come together and address those challenges. There are individuals and organisations already working on these challenges but not all are aware of these and often they are disconnected from each other. The Town Hall meeting is an opportunity to connect, consider possibilities and inspire action together.

 The objectives of the Town Hall meeting are:

·      To be an inclusive and participatory space for discussion  

·      To raise awareness of existing projects and initiatives

·      To share experiences, good practices, and lessons learned

·      To explore ways of connecting and harmonising existing and future approaches

Format:  The evening will begin with short introductions by Dr Armine Ishkanian and Dr Susan Pattie, followed by a moderated (for time) discussion.  Armine will lead and moderate the discussion on poverty & inequality in Armenia and Susan will focus on creating vibrant diaspora communities. A short report will be produced and made publicly available. 

 Members of the audience will be asked to discuss their experiences, knowledge of initiatives (successful and unsuccessful), share lessons learned, and think of ways to work more effectively. 

 All interventions will be strictly limited to 3 minutes in order to allow maximum participation.

Free admission.

Dr. Susan Pattie is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London and former Director of the Armenian Institute. In recent years she served as Director of the Armenian Museum of America and was Program Manager of the National Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorations in Washington, DC. Her many publications include the ethnography Faith in History:  Armenians Rebuilding Community (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997) and the children’s book, Who Are the Armenians?

 Dr. Armine Ishkanian is a Post-Major Review Tenured Assistant Professor and the Programme Director of the MSc in Social Policy & Development in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics (LSE). Her research examines the relationship between civil society, democracy, development 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 (2008).

 

UK PREMIERE OF TIGRAN MANSURIAN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO 2 In the Presence of the Composer (Soloist: Levon Chilingirian)
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

UK PREMIERE OF TIGRAN MANSURIAN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO 2 In the Presence of the Composer (Soloist: Levon Chilingirian)

  • Milton Court Music Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Guildhall String Ensemble directed by Levon Chilingirian

7:00pm Milton Court Concert Hall

Please book tickets directly with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

Janáček Suite for String Orchestra
Tigran Mansurian Violin Concerto No. 2
Beethoven String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 

Tigran Mansurian’s spiritual Violin Concerto – composed in 2006 for Levon Chilingirian himself – provides the centrepiece to this concert, bookended by Janáček’s charming suite and a late work by Beethoven which caused Schubert to famously remark, ‘After this, what is left for us to write?’

Born in Beirut (1939), Tigran Mansurian moved with his family to Armenia in 1947 where he received his education and musical training.  His work includes numerous pieces for chamber music, voice, orchestra and ballet as well as scores for film, including The Colour of Pomegranates (Parajanov) and We and Our Mountains (Malyan).  His works have been performed to great acclaim around the world and pieces recorded by well-known musicians such as violist Kim Kashkashian, saxophonist Jan Gabarek, the Hilliard Ensemble.  Traditional and classical Armenian music are combined in Mansurian’s expressive compositions, bringing a personal, impressionistic approach to melody and color.  Requiem, composed to commemorate the 1915 Genocide, received the Republic of Armenia State Award in 2013.

 Thursday | 26 January | 7.00 pm Guildhall String Ensemble directed by Levon Chilingirian
Milton Court | Silk Street | EC2Y 8DT | Tube | Barbican

Janáček Suite for String Orchestra
Mansurian Violin Concerto No 2
Beethoven String Quartet No 14, Op. 131

Booking through www.gsmd.ac.uk

Friday | 27 January | 1.05 pm Guildhall Chamber Orchestra directed by Levon Chilingirian
City Music Society Lunchtime Concerts
St Bartholomew the Great | West Smithfield | EC1A 7BE | Tube | Barbican
 

Mansurian Violin Concerto No 2
Beethoven String Quartet No 14, Op. 131

Free admission
www.citymusicsociety.org

 

ZABEL YESSAYAN
Jan
21
5:00 pm17:00

ZABEL YESSAYAN

  • Our Lady of the Victories Roman Catholic Church

5.00 pm THE HERITAGE OF ARMENIAN WOMEN: CHALLENGES AND HOPES FROM MKHITAR GOSH, ZABEL YESSAYAN TO MODERN DAY ARMENIA.

By Anna Arutshyan

6.00 – 7.00 pm Light Supper

7.00 pm TRANSLATING ZABEL YESSAYAN FOR A NEW AUDIENCE

With Judith Saryan and Danila Terpanjian, editors of recent English translations of 3 Yessayan books

£12  | £10 (concessions) | To include talks and light supper

£5 talks only

Inspired by the documentary Finding Zabel Yessayan, Judith Saryan and Danila Terpanjian partnered with the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) to commission and edit English  translations of her work: The Gardens of Silihdar (trans. Jennifer Manoukian), My Soul in Exile, and In the Ruins (both trans. G.M. Goshgarian). The editors write that “These three volumes contain arguably the best and most influential works of a gifted artist, human rights activist and pioneer. They provide a picture of the scope, breath and historical significance of her writing and bring the reader into a world delicately balanced between intense beauty and unpunished cruelty.” This evening provides an exciting opportunity to learn more about Yessayan as Judith and Danila read from the books and talk about the process of translation and their engagement with Yessayan’s work. Books will be available for sale.

After 37 years in finance, Judith Saryan changed direction and embarked on a career in publishing, editing and writing. In partnership with the Armenian International Women's Association, she helped to publish three works in English translation by Zabel Yessayan. Judith also recently started a blog: JudyinAmerica.wordpress.com.

Danila Jebejian Terpanjian is a librarian, retired from Harvard University’s Widener Library system where she held various collection management positions. Current interests are focus on activities to motivate the revival of interest in Western Armenian language and literature. Originally from Aleppo, she studied in Europe and now resides in the US.

Anna Arutshyan is an activist advocating for gender equality and long lasting peace.  In 2001 she founded ''Society Without Violence'' in Yerevan and works with global women's organisations. Editor or author of numerous publications,  she also spearheaded the Rapid Response Unit concept for effective reaction and prevention of domestic violence in Armenia.

Join us for a light supper between the talks, allowing more time for discussion with Anna, Judith and Danila.

THE MANY VOICES OF HRANT DINK : TEN YEARS ON
Jan
19
7:30 pm19:30

THE MANY VOICES OF HRANT DINK : TEN YEARS ON

  • Armenian Church of St Sarkis

The Armenian Institute invites you to commemorate the exceptional life and achievements of Hrant Dink, which ended in his cowardly murder ten years ago on 19 January 2007 in Istanbul. Hrant Dink spoke out in his weekly Agos and in the media worldwide for the oppressed, the minorities, the fearful and the forgotten and died for his courage. He was awarded numerous international prizes including the Henry Nannen and Bjørnson Prize for peace and freedom of press and is undoubtedly one of the most radiant figures in humanitarian world history.

 Please join us in the beautiful and intimate St Sarkis Church for an evening of words, music and image. We will be reading with many voices from the biography, Hrant Dink, An Armenian Voice of the Voiceless in Turkey, by Tuba Çandar, a collage of his words as well as recollections, reports and tributes of those closest to him with songs by soloists from Armenia, Turkey and Britain: Suna Alan, Aygul Erce, Anais Heghoyan and Aris Nadirian.

 We come together to give voice without formality and hope that you may wish to join in the reading even for a few minutes. Please get in touch on the evening. Texts will be available. 

Organised by the Armenian Institute.

Free admission.

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Book launch                 KIM BU ERMENILER?
Dec
2
6:00 pm18:00

Book launch KIM BU ERMENILER?

  • Home for Cooperation

Kim Bu Ermeniler (Who Are the Armenians?)

Presentation by authors Susan Pattie and Maral Kerovpyan with translator Lora Sari.  

The evening includes a discussion about the adaptation to a new audience and leads into activities found in the book. Prepare to learn some phrases in Armenian, draw “bird letters”, learn a song or a dance.  An event for all ages.  Copies of the book in Turkish and in English will be available for sale.

Kim Bu Ermeniler?, the Turkish translation of Who Are the Armenians?  was released in August 2016.  Created for children, this popular book is a colourful and lively introduction to Armenians for people of all ages. Published by the Armenian Institute (London) in partnership with Aras Publishing (Istanbul), the project received generous funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.  Author Susan Pattie and co-authors Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan worked with translator Lora Sari to adapt the text and images for Turkish language readers, adding a further eight pages to the already expanded 2nd edition of the original English version.  With pages on language, history, games, food, customs, music and much else, the book includes activities and audio supplement now found on the website.  Its Portuguese edition has been the best-selling book in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s bookstore for many months. 

Please visit www.whoarethearmenians.comto learn more about the book and find sample pages in Turkish as well as the English and Portuguese editions. 

Books can be ordered directly from www.arasyayincilik.com, through the book’s website (above) or from www.armenianinstitute.org.uk in London.

Workshop in Armenian  HOW TO TEACH ARMENIAN  by Jiraïr Tcholakian
Nov
24
7:30 pm19:30

Workshop in Armenian HOW TO TEACH ARMENIAN by Jiraïr Tcholakian

  • Armenian Institute, Lower Ground Floor of Armenian Church Hall,

The Armenian Institute invites all teachers of Armenian language (western and eastern variants) to come to its first workshop on language teaching methods.  Led by Jiraïr Tcholakian of Mgnig Workshop (Paris), teachers will participate in methods borrowed from theatre and the arts, focusing on giving students the confidence and desire to speak, joke and play in Armenian, making it more a part of their daily lives.  Whether your students are adults or children, this will be an inspiring workshop that will be both enjoyable and challenging.  

As well as a editing Nor Haratch, Jiraïr Tcholakian is active in the Mgnig Workshop, a weekly alternative school for bilingual children in Paris, has wide experience in Armenian theatre and is a regular member of ensemble Akn - Armenian liturgical chant.  

Admission free.

Talk in Armenian  NOR HARATCH AND ISSUES IN WEST ARMENIAN PUBLICATIONS  by Jiraïr Tcholakian
Nov
23
6:30 pm18:30

Talk in Armenian NOR HARATCH AND ISSUES IN WEST ARMENIAN PUBLICATIONS by Jiraïr Tcholakian

  • Armenian Institute

Jiraïr Tcholakian, editor of Nor Haratch (Paris) will speak about current issues in Western Armenian language publications and the challenges of revitalizing a "national treasure".  Nor Haratch is an Armenian-language newspaper published in Paris since 2009. A French-language supplement is also published weekly. A few months after Europe’s long-running Armenian newspaper Haratch (1925-2009) ceased publication, Nor Haratch was launched as a new and separate publication by a group of French-Armenian intellectuals. 

As well as a editing Nor Haratch, Jiraïr Tcholakian is active in the Mgnig Workshop, a weekly alternative school for bilingual children in Paris, has wide experience in Armenian theatre and is a regular member of ensemble Akn - Armenian liturgical chant.  

Admission | £5 (£3 students) to include wine and nibbles

Illustrated lecture  RELIGION, CONVERSION AND IDENTITY AMONG ARMENIANS AND GEORGIANS IN SAFAVID IRAN  Professor Edmund Herzig University of Oxford
Sep
29
7:30 pm19:30

Illustrated lecture RELIGION, CONVERSION AND IDENTITY AMONG ARMENIANS AND GEORGIANS IN SAFAVID IRAN Professor Edmund Herzig University of Oxford

  • Armenian House

 

 

In the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional empires of the medieval and early modern Middle East, religion was a defining characteristic of community identity, exemplified in the millet system of the Ottoman Empire. In Safavid Iran too, Christians enjoyed protected status and communal autonomy as zimmis (people of the book) in return for the payment of supplementary taxes. That, at least, was how it worked in theory.

This lecture will explore this question through the experiences of Safavid Armenians and Georgians, focusing on the several ways in which their case deviates from the norm. Prof. Herzig will argue that the novelty of Shiʿism as a state religion combined with the Safavid system of highly personalised royal power created new challenges and opportunities for the rulers, Muslim clerics, Armenians and Georgians alike. On the one hand Christians’ security and freedom of religion were frequently threatened, while on the other some Georgians and Armenians became members of the Safavid elite – trusted servants of the Shahs as officers, administrators, diplomats and merchants. Many converted to Islam, either voluntarily or involuntarily, but they retained, nevertheless, elements of their Georgian or Armenian identity and even, in some cases, reverted eventually to their Christian faith.

Edmund Herzig is Masoumeh and Fereydoon Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies at the University of Oxford. After a BA at Cambridge and a year’s graduate study at Princeton he studied for his doctorate at Oxford, with a year at Yerevan State University. He wrote his thesis on the New Julfa Armenian merchants of Safavid Isfahan, and has continued since to work on Safavid history, with a special interest in the Julfa Armenians and the relationship between history and identity in Iran, Armenia and the Caucasus.

ARMENIAN LANGUAGE TUITION  at the ARMENIAN INSTITUTE
Sep
12
Sep 21

ARMENIAN LANGUAGE TUITION at the ARMENIAN INSTITUTE

Join an evening class and learn to speak East or West variants of Armenian, find out more about the Armenian culture and make new friends.

West Armenian – Beginner                Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 6:30 pm

West Armenian – Intermediate          Monday, 12 September 2016, 6:30 pm

 

West Armenian – Advanced               Monday, 12 September 2016, 8:00 pm

East Armenian – Beginner                  Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 8:00 pm

East Armenian – Intermediate            Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 6:30 pm

GROUP CLASSES

Each term (Autumn, Winter, Spring) runs for ten weeks and will emphasise conversational skills alongside reading and writing simple texts with each session lasting 90 minutes. Each course will be offered subject to a minimum of four students registering per term. 

 From the Beginners' level, we recommend a minimum of 4 terms to acquire a basic working knowledge of the language and be able to communicate efficiently in an Armenian environment. If you are not sure about your level, please come to the class you believe is closest to your ability and you and the teacher will discuss and decide together.

BEGINNER COURSE

Introduction to the Armenian alphabet and essentials of modern East or West Armenian grammar. Students will be provided with basic conversational skills.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE

Students will improve and expand their vocabulary and will be encouraged to participate in conversations on a range of selected topics.

ADVANCED COURSE

The course consists of listening and reading exercises followed by in-class discussions involving specialised vocabulary on a wide range of current affairs and literary topics.

ONE-TO-ONE TUITION

A bespoke syllabus can be tailored to suit your needs, whether you are learning Armenian for pleasure, travel or work. The timetable (dates and times) for one-to-one tuition is more flexible and can be rescheduled provided notice is given 24 hours in advance.

FEES AND LOCATION

Courses cost £150 per 10-week term. Fees may be paid by bank transfer, cheque or through PayPal on registration or in the second week of the course the latest. To register please contact the Armenian Institute to obtain a registration form. Please contact us for more information.

 Classes take place in the Armenian Institute Library, Iverna Gardens, W8 6TP (Tube: High Street Kensington)

 

Book Launch: Like Water on Stone
Aug
1
7:30 pm19:30

Book Launch: Like Water on Stone

  • Armenian House

Dana Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories and art to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia where she completed her first book, Like Water on Stone a verse novel about the Armenian genocide of 1915.  Loosely based on the story of her grandmother, Like Water on Stone is a Notable Book for a Global Society Award Winner, a Bank Street Best Book of 2015, a Vermont Book Award Finalist, and more. Her just released graphic memoir, Aliceheimer’s blends the story of life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia, with stories from Armenia.  She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia including TEDx talks. She has also shown her artwork in a variety of venues throughout North America and Eurasia. Her recent essays have appeared in Slate and Foreign Policy.

Dana Walrath’s BA is from Barnard College, Columbia University, MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and PhD in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania.

COMICS AND MEDICINE, COMICS AS MEDICINE. Workshop with Dr Dana Walrath
Jul
16
2:00 pm14:00

COMICS AND MEDICINE, COMICS AS MEDICINE. Workshop with Dr Dana Walrath

  • Armenian Institute

When Dana Walrath’s Armenian mother, Alice, came down with dementia and moved in with her, little did she know that this would lead her to start making comics. Creative writing, visual art, medical anthropology and comics? Who knew that they were connected? But through watching Alice devour every graphic narrative that came into the house, Dr Walrath discovered the healing power of this visual storytelling form and put it to work in her just released graphic memoir Aliceheimer’s (Penn State University Press 2016). Coming to us straight from the 7th International Comics and Medicine Conference in Dundee Scotland, she will lead participants through a series of hands–on interactive exercises that explore how visual storytelling works, and how healing works, and most importantly how to combine them in order to start your own graphic medicine journey.

Dana Walrath will be signing her books Aliceheimer’s and Like Water on Stone at the Armenian Institute stall during the Armenian Street Festival, Iverna Gardens W8, this Sunday, 17 July, between 3 and 4 pm. 

Dana Walrath’s BA is from Barnard College, Columbia University, MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and PhD in Anthropology from University of Pennsylvania.

WORKING WITH SYRIAN REFUGEES IN ARMENIA AND LEBANON. With  Khachatur Gasparyan and Mike Ayvazian
Jun
23
7:30 pm19:30

WORKING WITH SYRIAN REFUGEES IN ARMENIA AND LEBANON. With Khachatur Gasparyan and Mike Ayvazian

  • Armenian House

In this time of great difficulty for refugees around the world, the Armenian Institute is proud to present the work of two men dedicated to helping people displaced and traumatised by war.  Join us to hear short presentations by psychologist Prof Khachatur Gasparyan (Yerevan, Armenia) and artist Mike Haroutiun Ayvazian (Beirut, Lebanon). Khachatur Gasparyan and Mike Ayvazian are in London to speak at Engaging Refugee Narratives:  Perspectives from Academia and the Arts, June 20 and 21.  Their presence at the conference and this evening is made possible by the generous donations made to the Armenian Institute.

 

 

Dr Khachatur Gasparyan is Chair of Medical Psychology Department at M. Heratsi Yerevan State Medical University, Chief Psychologist at Intra Mental Health Centre and Advisor at the Armenian Ministry of Defense. Since 2000 he has been a director of the Mental Health Care Centre (funded by the British charity CAFOD for 5 years) focusing on developing a training model for culturally appropriate mental health work. He also conducts a situational analysis on the mental health care system, with a focus on persons affected by conflicts. Dr Gasparyan has extensive experience working with soldiers, their families and displaced refugees from the Nagorno–Karabakh conflict, with survivors of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia and currently with refugees from Syria.  

Mike Ayvazian, actor, director and therapist, has studied theatre arts including clown, mime and commedia dell'arte.  Having also studied expressive arts therapy, Mike has worked with people from underprivileged and minority backgrounds, including refugees, for 30 years. More recently he was part of the project “Better Together” aiming at integration and development of normal communication between Syrian and Lebanese youth.  Teaching theatre arts in schools, training youths, teachers and social workers in the use of expressive arts therapy in Lebanon and Armenia, Mike also teaches acting and art direction in two Lebanese universities.

ENGAGING REFUGEE NARRATIVES Perspectives from Academia and the Arts
Jun
21
9:30 am09:30

ENGAGING REFUGEE NARRATIVES Perspectives from Academia and the Arts

  • Institute of Advanced Studies

Workshops, seminars and performances by researchers, arts-based NGOs and artists working with refugees.

 

June 20 – 9:30 am to 5:00 pmInstitute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Wilkins Building, South Wing, Common Ground      Room, Gower StreetWX1E 6BT

June 20 – 8:00 pm RADA, Studio Theatre, 16 Chenies Street, WC1E 7EX (Tickets £12, concessions £10)

June 21 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Department of Anthropology, UCL, 14 Taviton Street, WC1H 0BW

The personal narratives of refugees reveal problems faced as well as sources of resilience and strength. These stories become an essential part of the work of researchers, NGOs and artists as they collaborate with refugees and each other.  Join us in exploring how the arts are taking integral roles in projects with goals such as conflict transformation, psychological healing, community building, and social integration.

Workshops and Seminars free and open to the public – Register on website www.refugeenarratives.com

Evening Performance – Tickets from RADA box office (020 7636 7076)

University College London in partnership with the ArtEZ, Organization for Identity and Cultural Development and the Armenian Institute.

Photo credits (clockwise from top): Helge Hansen, Mike Ayvazian, Ice & Fire, Phospho.

 

 

PERFORMING REFUGEE NARRATIVES  by artists working with refugees
Jun
20
8:00 pm20:00

PERFORMING REFUGEE NARRATIVES by artists working with refugees

 

 

Phosphorus Theatre Dear Home Office. An Applied Theatre project with unaccompanied minor young men, developed in partnership with Afghan Association Paiwand.

Dina Mousawi, Director

Terrestrial Journeys film excerpt

Ice and Fire 

Asylum Monologues

Verbatim Theatre

Helen East and Rick Wilson

Universal to Personal: the story circle

Folktales and music provide a doorway to connecting with refugee narratives as Helen and Rick perform an excerpt from a musical storytelling presentation created for a refugee camp as part of the Hakaya Al Balad Festival and British Council, Jordan, storytelling project

Fargespill with Ole Hamre and Sissel Saue

Fargespill is an intimate, musical meeting with young peoples’ stories about who they are and where they come from, told through music and dance from their respective cultures.

University College London Department of Anthropology in partnership with the Institute of Advanced Studies (UCL), Organization for Identity and Cultural Development, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (Netherlands) and the Armenian Institute.

Funded by University College London Knowledge Exchange Programme

Photo credit: Fargespill by Helge Hansen

PLANET ARMENIA  POEMS ABOUT ARMENIANS AND ARMENIA  FROM AROUND THE WORLD
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

PLANET ARMENIA POEMS ABOUT ARMENIANS AND ARMENIA FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  • Armenian Church of St Sarkis

Join us for a stimulating and moving evening of poetry in the beautiful atmosphere of St Sarkis Armenian Church.  Poems will be read and recited in many languages, including a special presentation by the Pushkin Club of London.  Translations into English will be provided as poems are read in Arabic, Armenian, French, Persian, Turkish. Poems in original English will include an excerpt from 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poetry Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian.

RESTORING ARMENIAN RUINS, MEMORIES AND COMMUNITIES IN PRESENT-DAY EASTERN TURKEY   Illustrated talk by Dr Laurent Dissard
May
5
7:30 pm19:30

RESTORING ARMENIAN RUINS, MEMORIES AND COMMUNITIES IN PRESENT-DAY EASTERN TURKEY Illustrated talk by Dr Laurent Dissard

  • Armenian House

This talk first examines the state of Armenian cultural heritage in present-day Eastern Turkey. It navigates from a recently renovated Armenian church in Tigranakert/Diyarbakır to a community centre in the Armenian village of Vak’if/Vakıflı Köyü, and from a newly restored Armenian fountain in Habap/Ekinözü to an Armenian cemetery just outside Arapgir. By using such examples, the talk demonstrates how restoring Armenian ruins can also work to rebuild memories, communities and identities. In the end, it contextualises these attempts to “restore” within: 1. present-day Turkey’s contested political and social landscapes, and 2. recent attempts by its Ministry of Culture and Tourism, among other public and private actors, to “sell" its past.

Dr Laurent Dissard is a Junior Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Advanced Studies. After completing his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at University of California at Berkeley, he received a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania to work on his book manuscript Submerged Stories: Dams and Cultural Erasure in Eastern Turkey, forthcoming with MIT Press. The book takes dams as symbols of Turkey’s "modernisation" and their associated reservoirs - artificial lakes inundating river valleys and their cultural heritage - as metaphors for the country’s "submerged stories."

ՍՈՒՐԲ ԽԱՉ ԵԿԵՂԵՑՒՈՅ ՎԵՐԱՆՈՐՈԳՄԱՆ ԵՒ ՃԱՄԲՈՐԴՈՒԹԻՒՆՆԵՐ ԴԷՊԻ ԹՈՒՐՔԻՈՅ ՀԱՅԿԱԿԱՆ ՄՇԱԿՈՅԹԱՅԻՆ ՅՈՒՇԱՐՁԱՆՆԵՐԸ - THE RESTORATION OF THE CHURCH OF HOLY CROSS AND JOURNEYS TO ARMENIAN CULTURAL REMAINS IN TURKEY
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

ՍՈՒՐԲ ԽԱՉ ԵԿԵՂԵՑՒՈՅ ՎԵՐԱՆՈՐՈԳՄԱՆ ԵՒ ՃԱՄԲՈՐԴՈՒԹԻՒՆՆԵՐ ԴԷՊԻ ԹՈՒՐՔԻՈՅ ՀԱՅԿԱԿԱՆ ՄՇԱԿՈՅԹԱՅԻՆ ՅՈՒՇԱՐՁԱՆՆԵՐԸ - THE RESTORATION OF THE CHURCH OF HOLY CROSS AND JOURNEYS TO ARMENIAN CULTURAL REMAINS IN TURKEY

  • Armenian House

Հանդիպում մը Պատմական Յուշարձաններու Պահպանութեան Ճարտարապետ եւ «Ակօս»ի Սիւնակագիր` Զաքարիա Միլտանօղլուի հետ

Զաքարիա Միլտանօղլու, Պոլսահայ ճարտարապետ, հսկեց Աղթամար Կղզիի Ս. Խաչ եկեղեցւոյ վերանորոգման աշխատութեան, որպէս Թուրքիոյ Հայոց Պատրիարքարանի ներկայացուցիչը։ Հակառակ բազմաթիւ բողոքներու, ներկայիս եկեղեցին թանգարան է եւ անուանափոխուած «Ագտամար»ի։ Միլտանօղլու հեղինակն է բազմաթիւ շինութիւններու եւ վերանորոգութիւններու նախագիծերուն:  Նշելի են Գուզկոնճուք թաղի կազի արտադրութեան սարքի վերանորոգումը որ կառուցուած էր Պէյլէրպէյի Պալատին համար ըլլալով Թուրքիոյ առաջինը եւ Օրթագիւղ թաղի Հայ Կաթողիկէ Անտոնեան Միաբանութեան շէնքի վերանորոգումը։ Միլտանօղլու «Ակօս» թերթի յօդուածագիր է։  Հրատարակած է «Սկիզբէն մինչեւ այսօր հայ պարբերական մամուլը» ուսումնասիրութիւնը։

Միլտանօղլուի դասախօսութիւնը պիտի ներառէ «Հայճար» (Հայ Ճարտարապետ  եւ Ճարտարագետներու Միութիւն) խումբի բազմաթիւ լուսանկարները, որոնք մաս կը կազմեն հայկական գիւղերու եւ քաղաքներու մէջ վաւերագրելու, վերահսկելու եւ ուսումնասիրելու ապագայ վերանորոգութիւններու նախագիծերը։

Meet Conservation Architect and Agos Columnist Zakarya Mildanoğlu

Zakarya Mildanoğlu, the Istanbul-based architect represented the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey during the restoration of Sourp Khatch Church, Akhtamar now a museum renamed 'Akdamar' despite protests. A columnist for AGOS, he has also published History of the Armenian Periodical Press from Its Inception to the Present Day.