Cultural extravaganza to mark Armenia I-Day

ABU DHABI — The Armenian Embassy in Abu Dhabi will celebrate the country’s 16th Independence Day with a cultural extravaganza week in the capital and Ras Al Khaimah.


Silvia Radan

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Published: Sun 14 Oct 2007, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:49 AM

“Taste of Armenia” will be organised from October 20 to 25 under the patronage of Nani Oskanian, spouse of the Armenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vardan Oskanian.

The programme will include classical and jazz music, dance, art exhibition and traditional Armenian culinary delights.

The first day of the festivities will take place at the Ras Al Khaimah’s Cultural Centre and it will include concerts by Aramo and Emma Petrosian — jazz, folk and pop singers; Arman Hovhannisian – folk singer; Hakob Shirinian and Avetik Gevorgian – classic violinists; the “Barekamutyun” dance group, performing a mix of traditional Armenian and other dances, as well as interpretations of classical routines.

In Abu Dhabi, the celebrations will start on October 21, the official anniversary of Armenian Independence Day.

A reception will be held at the Millennium hotel here, followed by a violin concert performed by Hakob Shirinian.

Throughout the period, Armenian painter Zara Gasparian will exhibit some of her works at Millennium’s exhibition hall. Member of Professional Painters of Unesco and the Artists’ Union in Armenia, Gasparian’s modern style paintings depict mythical and fantastical images.

During October 21–24, the well-established Armenian jazz band “Time Report” will perform at Millennium’s Crystal Bar and all throughout the week the same musicians will entertain the public in Ras Al Khaimah.

Their performances will take place every night at the Millennium hotel, except for October 24, when they will be on stage at the Cultural Foundation.

Armenian food evenings will also be a part of the celebrations at the Marakesh restaurant (Millennium hotel) from 10 pm on October 22 and 23.

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