- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 December 19 , 2003 

Arts: A look at culture and entertainment


Rock in Any Language: Rare concert fills puppet theater with rockers

What do rock music and a puppet theater have in common? In Yerevan last Monday "Mind Power" rock festival gave an answer to that question. Simply, the hall was free for use, so rockers took the place of puppets.

Six Armenian groups sought to slake the thirst of their young rock music addicts, who rarely get live concerts. Since independence, few Western rock groups have visited Yerevan and only occasionally have there been concerts by Armenian rock bands.

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Film Future?: Movie studio resumes action after years of silence

Since 1976 Hayfilm movie studio (named after Hamo Beknazaryan) has maintained its place on 33.4 hectares just outside Yerevan.

But since 1990, little has gone on there. This year, though, six films have been shot at the studio and are now being edited.

"If during the past 12 years we've been in the abyss then today we've reached the surface and now are climbing up," says director of the film studio Gevorg Gevorgyan.

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History in Decline: Home of writer Abovyan suffers wrath of bad weather and bad neighbors

With the Lincy Foundation-funded renovation of Armenia's major houses of culture coming to an end, the neglect of those places not fortunate enough to be included in the $17.5 million project becomes more obvious.

The miserable condition of the home of writer Khachatur Abovyan, located in Yerevan's Qanaqer district, is an example. Relics of the founder of Modern Armenian literature, the pioneer of educating people in Ashkharhabar (New Armenian) are on the edge of extinction.

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  Photo of the week
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Snow flakes the size of light bulbs?

No. In fact Yerevan's first snow Monday only lasted about as long as it took to shoot this photo.





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