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2015-09-23 13:01:00 | News
Press conference devoted to the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival was held

On September 23, the RA Ministry of Diaspora hosted a press conference devoted to the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.


The speakers were RA Deputy Ministers of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan and Vahagn Melikyan, Istanbul-Armenian composer Mazhak Toshikian, choirmaster of Istanbul’s Lusavorich Choir Hagop Mamikonian and artistic director and choirmaster of Yerevan Choir of Jordan’s Amman Vartuhi Toroian.


RA Deputy Minister of Diaspora Vahagn Melikyan presented the program for the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival, mentioning that the festival will be held by the RA Ministry of Diaspora from September 24 to 27 and is part of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The festival will include Days of Culture of the Armenian Community of Istanbul in Armenia Program and the “We Sing Komitas” Festival, which will bring together choirs, dance groups and individual performers from Armenia, Artsakh and 12 other countries around the world. The events will bring together 13 soloists from 9 countries and 10 choirs from 6 countries. There will also be foreign performers, including the National Orchestra of Jordan led by Director of Jordan State Conservatory Muhammad Otman, Ulala Inouen from Japan and Villund Ann-Christine Otilia from Stockholm. Melikyan emphasized that the goal of the program is to expand Armenia-Diaspora relations, as well as preserve and reinforce Armenian songs and cultural identity in the Diaspora.


Touching upon the importance of the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival, Deputy Minister of Diaspora Serzh Srapionyan mentioned the following: “The organizing of the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival contributed to the unprecedented popularization of Armenian song and culture around the world. In essence, the world not only knows Komitas as the king of Armenian national music, but also knows us Armenians, our problems and the challenges facing us. I believe it is not by chance that foreign musicians will also be performing with Diaspora Armenian musicians. Director of Jordan State Conservatory Muhammad Otman is also in Armenia, and his participation in the festival goes to show how important this festival is for foreigners.”


Srapionyan attached importance to the Days of Culture of the Armenian Community of Istanbul in Armenia Program, which will be held as part of the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival. Srapionyan mentioned that the event is becoming of great significance on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and unique evidence of the reawakening of the Armenian nation.


The deputy minister also attached importance to the activities of composer Mazhak Toshikian and choirmaster of Lusavorich Choir Hagop Mamikonian who continue to preserve their Armenian identity amid the tense political conditions.


Choirmaster of Lusavorich Choir Hagop Mamikonian presented the activities of the choir and mentioned that the choir would be performing Mazhak Toshikian’s songs during the grand opening ceremony of the Pan-Armenian Cultural Festival and particularly the oratory devoted to Hrant Dink, which will be performed in Armenia for the first time ever.


Merited Armenian composer of Istanbul Mazhak Toshikian expressed gratitude to the RA Ministry of Diaspora for its ongoing support and expressed certainty that all the choirs and individual performers would perform well.


The guest of honor at the concert will be Hrant Dink’s widow, Raquel Dink.


After the press conference, the speakers answered questions from journalists.

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