Armenia Culture News Digest for Friday, February 21, 2020

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This is the Daily Digest of culture news for Armenia for Friday, February 21, 2020. The important articles are the following (we hope you enjoy them):

‘Yerevan Biennial 2020’ Announced at Consulate General’s L.A. Event

GLENDALE—Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles held a reception at which the newly established Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation announced the upcoming, first-ever biennial of contemporary Armenian art. The biennial will take place in Yerevan from September 24 to December 31.

In his opening remarks, Ambassador Armen Baibourtian welcomed the idea of the Yerevan Biennial, noting that the project is unique in that it combines art, culture, and education. According to the Consul General, the biennial will be another marvelous opportunity to present Armenia and Armenian culture to the broader international community.

Co-founder of Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation Fabio Lenzi said that more than 30 works of contemporary art representing special value, authored by artists from Armenia and the Diaspora, will be displayed at the biennial. The foundation aims at making the Yerevan Biennial a spectacular, regional event that will ultimately put Armenia on the map as a hub for art and culture in the region.

During the biennial, dozens of events will be organized depicting various fields of art, including opera performances, music concerts, art exhibitions, and theater performances, presenting a broad spectrum of the Armenian art and culture. Caroline Tufenkian, board member of the foundation and director of the Tufenkian Art Gallery in Los Angeles noted that the Yerevan Biennial will attract a number of tourists to Armenia.

The event was attended by numerous representatives of the Armenian community and American art lovers. The evening featured Armenian dance and musical performances.

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Inaugural POMontreal Film Festival to Feature Ani Hovannisian’s ‘The Hidden Map’

Ani Hovannisian's "The Hidden Map" will be featured at the inaugural POMontreal Film Festival on Mar. 1

Ani Hovannisian’s “The Hidden Map” will be featured at the inaugural POMontreal Film Festival on Mar. 1

Filmmaker Ani Hovannisian’s documentary “The Hidden Map” will be featured at the first-ever POMontreal Film Festival. Organized by Hamazkayin Montreal and the popular Pomegranate Film Festival with roots in Toronto, POMontreal has handpicked 13 acclaimed films to kick off its inaugural festival. The festival will be held from February 28 to March 1.

The vibrant Armenian community of Montreal has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to gather under one roof to experience the cultural wealth offered by Armenian filmmakers from around the world. With the leadership of Hamazkayin Montreal’s President Tamar Chahinian, Pomegranate’s Sevag Yeghoyan, and their dedicated teams, an eventful weekend of films, camaraderie, and a red-carpet gala have been planned.

In addition to Hovannisian’s “The Hidden Map,” this year’s selections include films by celebrated directors including Robert Guediguian (“La Villa”), Gor KIrakosian (“Honest Thieves”), Anahit Dasseux Ter Mesropian and David Vital-Durand (“Les Temps des Artistes”), Ruben Giney (“Andin”) and Nataliya Belyauskene and Michael Poghosian (“If Only Everyone”) to name a few.

Over the span of her professional career as a broadcast journalist, Ani Hovannisian has produced and directed hundreds of inspiring true stories for television and other international audiences. Most recently, after four journeys deep into Historic Western Armenia, two with her father, Professor Richard Hovannisian, she has just completed her first feature documentary.

“The Hidden Map” depicts the gripping encounters of an American-Armenian traveling through Turkey in search of her forbidden ancestral home and a solitary Scottish explorer, Steven Sim, she meets along the way. He, it turns out, has been documenting the relics of the lost Armenian past for 30 years. Though Sim has always traveled alone, almost invisibly, he agrees to set out with the Armenian. Together, the duo digs beneath the surface of modern-day Turkey, discovering lonely relics, silenced voices, and stories of an ominous past, unearthing buried secrets and the hidden map.

Now beginning to debut in festivals, the film has already been recognized with an ImpactDocs Award, Independent Shorts Silver Award, Toronto Pomegranate Film Festival Best Documentary and Audience Choice Honorable Mention Awards, and Official Selection for Best Documentary at the ARPA International Film Festival.

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Active in the American-Armenian community since her youth, Hovannisian was an anchor and reporter at TeleNayiri and Horizon Armenian Television in Los Angeles for more than a decade. She has traveled to present-day Armenia since childhood, and seven years ago, rooted in the stories of her genocide-survivor grandparents and their entire generation, and shaped by the lifelong dedication of her own parents, Ani embarked on the first of several journeys into the historic Armenian homeland, where she continues to document living history through the stories of the land and people.

“The Hidden Map” will be featured at the POMontreal Film Festival at Pastermadjian Hall, L’Ecole Armenienne Sourp Hagop in Montreal on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Festival information and tickets are available online.

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Houri Berberian to Present ‘Roving Revolutionaries’ in Columbia Lecture

Houri Berberian's "Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds"

Houri Berberian’s “Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds”

NEW YORK—Professor Houri Berberian of the University of California, Irvine, will give a book talk entitled “Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds” at Columbia University. The talk will be held on Thursday, February 27 at 6:10 p.m. at the University’s Knox Hall, Conference Room 208, located at 606 West 122nd St., New York, NY 10027.

The program is co-sponsored by the Columbia University Armenian Center, Columbia University Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, and the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research.

Houri Berberian is Professor of History, Meghrouni Family Presidential Chair in Armenian Studies, and Director of the Armenian Studies Program at UCI. Her talk will be based on her new book, “Roving Revolutionaries: Armenians and the Connected Revolutions in the Russian, Iranian, and Ottoman Worlds” (Univ. of Calif. Press, 2019). The talk explores three of the formative revolutions that shook the early twentieth-century world, occuring almost simultaneously in regions bordering each other.

Though the Russian, Iranian, and Young Turk Revolutions all exploded between 1904 and 1911, they have never been studied through their linkages until now. “Roving Revolutionaries” probes the interconnected aspects of these three revolutions through the involvement of the Armenian revolutionaries – minorities in all of these empires – whose movements and participation within and across frontiers tell us a great deal about the global transformations that were taking shape. Exploring the geographical and ideological boundary crossings that occurred, Berberian’s archivally grounded analysis of the circulation of revolutionaries, ideas, and print tells the story of peoples and ideologies in upheaval and collaborating with each other, and, in doing so, it illuminates our understanding of revolutions and movements.

This event is open to the public and copies of “Roving Revolutionaries” will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact Professor Khatchig Mouradian at km3253@columbia.edu.

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Armenian composer honors Iran plane crash victims with new requiem

Armenian composer honors Iran plane crash victims with new requiem

February 20, 2020 – 12:32 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The legendary Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian has composed a piece of music in commemoration of the victims of a Ukrainian plane that was downed in Iran in January, IRNA reports.

The Ukrainian Boeing 737 was “unintentionally” shot down by Iran’s military near Tehran minutes after takeoff.

“Requiem for UIA Flight 752” has been written to lament over the demise of the passengers on board the plane.

Razmik Ohanian, Yarta Yaran, Ehsan Beiraghdar, Alireza Rad, Shahu Zandi, Naser Izadi as well as Bardia Sadr Nouri have collaborated on the project.

Commenting on the creation of the artwork, Tjeknavorian said that converting his deep sorrow over the incident into a piece of art in no time was “a miracle”.

Loris Tjeknavorian, born on 13 October 1937 in Borujerd, is an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor.

As one of the leading conductors of his generation, he has led international orchestras throughout the world such as in Austria, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark.

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Loris Tjeknavorian composes music in memory of Ukraine plane crash victims

The legendary Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian has composed a piece of music in commemoration of Ukraine plane crash victims, IRNA reports.

The song entitled “Requiem for UIA Flight 752” has been written to lament over the demise of the passengers of the plane.

Razmik Ohanian, Yarta Yaran, Ehsan Beiraghdar, Alireza Rad, Shahu Zandi, Naser Izadi as well as Bardia Sadr Nouri have collaborated on the project.

Commenting on the creation of the artwork, Tjeknavorian stated that converting his deep sorrow over the incident into a piece of art in no time was “a miracle.”

Loris Tjeknavorian, born on 13 October 1937 in Borujerd, is an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor.

As one of the leading conductors of his generation, he has led international orchestras throughout the world such as in Austria, the UK, the USA, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark.

The Ukrainian Boeing 737 was shot down near Tehran minutes after takeoff.

Iranian officials admitted that human error was the cause of downing the passenger plane and expressed regret and apologized for the tragedy.

Read original article here.

Actor Yervand Manaryan dies aged 95

Prominent Armenian actor Yervand Manaryan has passed away aged 95.

Manaryan was born in Arak, Iran in 1924 in a family from Agulis, Nakhichevan. In 1946 his family repatriated to Soviet Armenia along with thousands of other Iranian Armenians.

He studied at the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and Theater, and graduated from the Faculty of Directing in 1952.

He worked as an actor and director at the Paronyan Musical Comedy Theater and the Sundukyan Theater in Yerevan. In 1957-1959 he was the principal director of the Puppet Theater after Hovhannes Tumanyan, and from 1988 he was the artistic director of the Agulis Puppet Theater Studio.

In 1959-1961 he held the same position at the Goris Theater, and since 2007 he is the founding-artistic director of the Armenian Puppet Theater in Kiev. Later he worked at Yerevan Documentary Film Studio and Yerevan Cinema. He was one of the directors of the Yerevan State Puppet Theater.

He prouced a number of documentary and feature films, such as “Armenian Miniature”, “Michael Nalbandian”, “Kiosk”, “Light”, “The Birth of Drugs”, “The Summer Comes” and more.

He is best known for the roles in films such as “Bride from the North”, “Bride from Jermuk”, “Tzhvzik”, “Morgan’s Niece” and others.

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Today on Twitter

These are some of today’s tweets about Armenia. Contact us via Twitter if you want to be part of this Twitter list. We retweet occasionally.

Happy #MotherLanguageDay!
@armenia joins the @UNESCO initiative & wishes “peace-խաղաղություն” to the world.

Learned with sadness about the tragic incident in #Hanau city of #Germany. Wishing speedy recovery to the injured & patience to the relatives of the victims.

Welcoming H.E. Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio of @HolySeeUN to the Mission of #Armenia🇦🇲. Good conversation on priorities of #humanrights, #prevention, #CSW64 and 🇦🇲🇻🇦bilateral agenda. History, culture & shared values provide solid foundation for our friendship.

🇦🇿 Round two for the stink bug in the South Caucasus?
#stinkbug #azerbaijan

https://jam-news.net/stink-bug-making-moves-on-azerbaijan/

Thank you @GermanyNATO for hosting our colleagues from #Armenia and consistent engagement with @NATO partners.

✊32 years ago, these days, the #Karabakhmovement began. With mass demonstration the people of #Artsakh demanded from the Soviet Union the withdrawal of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (NKAO) from the #Azerbaijan SSR and its reunion with the Soviet #Armenia.
#selfdetermination

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On February 19, #Armenia celebrates #Book-Giving Day. On this occasion, the Human Rights Defender Mr. Arman Tatoyan @atatoyan gave an interview to #Armenpress correspondent. @armenpress
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1005384.html?fbclid=IwAR20z8u__Q3U6P_hM6BmRG7xwQDU466ioxqFqE-DKvKvuQm6IvmPdmR2fJc

#PODCAST: The #refugee as the ultimate modern person – Keith David Watenpaugh, prof. & dir. of #HumanRights Studies @UCDavis, studies the #MiddleEast & the role of displaced persons. He speaks to @SalpiGhazarian about being an activist scholar & more. https://apple.co/2v53aw0

Happy #MotherLanguageDay!

We say #խաղաղություն in our mother tongue!

@UN @UNESCO #peace

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