Collecting money Armenian Public Television
had a two-hour long telethon on November 11, to
raise funds for establishment of a pan-Armenian
Literary Fund. The first donation to the Fund
was made by the Union of Russian Armenians in
the amount of $100,000. The Union of Moscow Writers
During the press conference Levon Ananyan, the
chairman of the Union of Armenia's Writers, told
that the money will be used for publication of
Armenian writers' work , translation of foreign
authors' books into Armenian, as well as to help
resolve part of problems faced by elderly writers.
Another part of the money will be paid to them
as monthly supplements to their pensions.
Similar funds raising campaigns will soon be
held in Iran, France, Canada and other countries
with strong Armenian communities.
Khachatryan' s year Among the events
devoted to composer Aram Khachatryan, were the
performances of violinist Eward Tadevosian in
Uruguay. PanArmenian network reported that together
with the local philharmonic orchestra the violinist
introduced Khachatrian's "Violin concerto."
The concert, which was held through promotion
of the First Lady of Southern Republic of Uruguay,
Mercedes Menatra de Butly, hosted many foreign
diplomats, musical critics, governmental officials.
The mass media called the concert "great
Another anniversary-related event was the concert
tour of Armenian state dancing ensemble "Barekamutyun"
(friendship) in Lebanon.
According to Asparez (USA) newspaper the concerts
took place through promotion of Minister of Culture
of Lebanon Ghazi Ariti in UNESCO hall with capacity
of over 2,000 spectators. For three days the "Barekamutyn"
ensemble led by Norayr Mehrabian presented dances
based on Khachatrian's "Spring Yerevan,"
"Highlanders," Pink Girls," "Lezginka".
The tour of piano player Armen Babakhanyan, who
is a winner of nine international contests, in
Syria and Lebanon was also devoted to the anniversary.
The celebrated piano player introduced Khachatrian's
pieces for piano: piano interpretation of "Spartak"
ballet, which was a premier in its presentation.
His tour has been continued in Argentina as well,
where with the State symphonic orchestra conducted
by Piedro Ignasio Kalderona he performed fragments
from ballets "Masquerade" and "Gayane"
and " the Concert for a piano with an orchestra"
at Colon theater of Buenos Aires. Among 3,000
spectators there were numerous representatives
of the government of Argentina and different officials.
Friendly visit A team of Georgian and
Abkhaz journalists and film-makers, a rare union
of representatives from two rival sides, visited
Nagorno Karabagh last week to shoot their film
about the conflict of Armenians and Azeris over
this territory Armenpress reported November 10.
The joint team has already done five films, telling
about the disagreement between Georgians and Abkhazians
and the problem of Northern Ireland. They also
visited Azerbaijan and Armenia and met with government
officials, refugees and analysts.
During a meeting with representatives of non-governmental
organizations of Karabagh they demonstrated a
film about the plight of Georgian refugees living
in the Gali region, effectively controlled by
Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia.
Festival for Children The third Children's
Theatrical Festival "Pomegranate grain"
is under way in the Puppet theater named after
Hovhannes Tumanyan, in Yerevan. The 10-day festival
brings together theatrical troupes from Yerevan,
Taush, Aragatsotn, Gegharkunik, Armavir and Stepanakert,
plus grammar school students from the Torosyan
school in Beirut.
The festival opened with the performance "
Mesrop Mashtots", staged by Levon Ivanyan
and dedicated to the 1600th anniversary of the
Young Poets work A presentation of the
collection of poetry entitled "Egyptian love
affair" by Gagik Kilikyan has been held at
the Moscow cinema in Yerevan, on November 11,
Literary critic Hrach Bayadyan mentioned that
despite his short-term creative activities, Gagik
Kilikyan has proved to be a talented and promising
poet. During a few years he has published two
collections - "Ellipse" and "Metaphors".
According to critics, his poetry is a synthesis
of antique, eastern and medieval Armenian traditions
and is characterized by new forms of self-expression.
The book was published with the assistance of
the "Paradis" company.
Region Tour Planet abide writes that Armenian
pop singer Arsen Safarian had concerts in the
region of Syunik from the 9th of November till
the 13th. Right after returning he'll take up
the preparations of his first solo concert, which
will take place in the hall of American University
of Armenia in the beginning of December.
On Yerevan Stages
November 14-16; 19, 21, 22: Yerevan Chamber
Theatre presents " 7 Jokes from Armenia".
The performance is staged by Ara Yernjakyan, the
artistic director of the Chamber Theatre.
November 16, 19, 21: "Broadway"
will be presented at the Musical Chamber Theatre.
November 15: As part of "Brittens days"
festival, a round-table will take place a round
table on the theme "Benjamin Britten and
Armenia" will be held at the Armenian Composers
November 21 Concert-show "Awakening,
Love and Union" will present Armenian pop
singers performances at the American University