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

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

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

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

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

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

SACRED MUSIC, FOLKSONGS, MOTETS AND MADRIGALS

With arrangements of Armenian folksongs and excerpts from the Mass by Komitas along with music from England, Italy and Spain.

The Cantorelli Choir

A Vocal Octet

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

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

The Cantorelli are eight singers based in West Yorkshire with an extensive repertoire of European choral music from medieval times to the present day. Formed 30 years ago the group performs a capella.

In this 150th anniversary year of the birth of Komitas, this concert features his arrangements of traditional songs as well as part of the llittle-heard Komitas Divine Liturgy. Members of Cantorelli discovered the beauty of Armenian music while visiting Yerevan, Tatev and Dilijan and returned to Yorkshire determined to add Armenian pieces to their repertoire. The concert includes well-loved pieces from around Europe and will be followed by an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception in the nearby Gulbenkian Hall.

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

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

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

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

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

Admission: £5 to include a wine reception

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

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

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

SWALLOWS AND ARMENIANS by Karen Babayan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Film screening: WE ARE EGYPTIAN ARMENIANS

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

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

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

Production: Waheed Sobhi

Director: Waheed Sobhi, Hanan Ezzat

Script: , Eva Dadrian

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Admission £10 to include refreshments

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

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

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

Admission £5 to include a wine and refreshments reception.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Hosted by Nouritza Matossian in association with the Armenian Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beast on the Moon

29 January - 23 February 2019

Finborough Theatre | 118 Finborough Road | SW10 9ED

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

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

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

TALK BY RICHARD KALINOSKI, AUTHOR OF BEAST ON THE MOON

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

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

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Admission 5 to include refreshments.

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

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

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

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

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

Admission | £5 to include refreshments

In association with King’s College London Armenian Society

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

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

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

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

 Drinks and refreshments to be shared.

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

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

SINGING IN EXILE a film by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro

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

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

Admission: £10 to include a wine reception.

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

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

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

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

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

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