My visit to Armenia 2014: Big Event on the 1st Day!!!

I talked about that I was heading to Armenia in my last blog post. Actually, on the first day of my arrival this time, I had a huge event planned.

After I arrived in Yerevan at 1:30am, I went to my wife’s parents’ house straight away to take a rest in order to prepare my busy day on the first day there.

Due to the time gap between Japan and Armenia (5 hours), I woke up very early on that day (at 5:30 am!!!). I tried to go to bed again but couldn’t so that I gave up and started watching youtube, killing time by reading all news feed on my facebook and did a little bit research on banks in Armenia.

After almost 4 hour passed since then, my brother in law and the sister woke up and then I had Armenian breakfast (actually, the main dish was fried eggs and Armenia bread so it was nothing really particular to mention as Armenian). Since I still had time until the big even on that day, I asked them to take out for somewhere so that we decided to go to the center of Yerevan by car for taking a walk there.

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The center of Yerevan was not really changed since I had visited there in this March. Maybe a couple of things to mention were that the number of people walking on the street was less than last time because October was not really a season for many tourists to visit and the Northern Avenue, the main street to reach Opera House from Abovyan Street was under construction in many parts also because it was off season for travel. But actually at the same time, it may be a very good time to explore Yerevan at your own pace since there are lots of spaces on the street as well as no place is crowded.

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Then, at 2am, I caught up with my friends to discuss several things and then went to the big event.

The event was… WEDDING PARTY!!!

Have you ever experienced wedding party in Armenian style??? Well, there are many different styles in different countries but probably Armenian wedding is very unique in some respects.

We went to a church nearby the international airport first for the couple to be baptized. The ceremony continued for approximately 15-20 minutes, joined by some priests there. The couple under Armenian style were required to wear crowns during the ceremony. Then, they touched each other on their forehead for some time. It was very beautiful moment. (Unfortunately, the cameramen stood in front of them and we could not really see the faces of the couple always). Then, after the ceremony inside the church, the audience moved outside waiting for the couple by grabbing flowers of rose.

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Then, after 15 minutes, finally the couple came out of the church as the audience threw the roses to them celebrating the newly married couple. Probably, until this part, the wedding in Armenian style is not so different from weddings in other styles.

Probably, the most particular part is the wedding reception.

So, after that, we went to the reception and I was overwhelmed by seeing the volume of dishes on the table and of course a lot of “Mis” (Meat)!!! – Armenians love meat and I love meat. On the table, Armenian cognac, wine and vodka were prepared in many bottles too to get Armenians who are very strong at alcohol drunk.

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There were approximately 400-500 people (?) invited to the party. I was sitting to my friends and also other random people who are friends of the groom but I did not know. These people turned to be quite friendly and got somehow so happy that I am Japanese guy attending the party after they found out me Japanese.

At first, the words from the relatives and some people were given to the couple and we started eating while some music were played. Maybe after 40 minutes or so, they started dancing with other people. Well, it was very fun to see other people dancing and actually they were enjoying a lot. But it was also very nervous moment for me because I do not like dancing myself… Yes, I was asked by different people to join the dance but I refused them all totally and completely. One guy was seeing that and came to sit next to me saying “if you do not dance, you must drink more”. So, actually I ended up drinking more and more alcohol eventually although a friend of mine helped me by taking the guy somewhere for dancing.

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It was very enjoyable time for me and I participated in a wedding party in Armenian style for the first time. If you have any chance to come to Armenia, I recommend you to attend a wedding party if there is a chance. See some photos from the wedding party.

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Visit to Armenia

Actually, today, I am in Yerevan! I came to Armenia by myself today from Japan for some reasons this time, arriving at almost 2am on 18th so that I am writing this entry almost right after my arrival (although I have already taken a nap of 4 hours or so).

Armenia today is not as cold as I imagined but I feel it is obviously colder than Japan at the moment (the weather forecast says it is around 20 C in Tokyo while it is 11 C in Yerevan as of 8am Armenia time). This cool temperature makes me feel kind of refreshed after my long journey from Japan (though my family here asked me what I am wearing only T-shirt in this weather… I feel fine with that).

Narita Airport is always busy with many travelers.

Narita Airport is always busy with many travelers.

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Since it was Friday when I left the airport and still in the morning, there are less people than usual.

From Japan, probably, most typical route to reach Armenia is by using Aeroflot (Russian airplane), first arriving in Moscow and changing airplane there to Yerevan. By including the time for transit, it usually takes about 21 hours. It sounds very long, doesn’t it??? The secret is that people usually have to wait for another airplane in Sheremetyevo International Airport for almost 8 hours while it only takes 10 hours and 3 hours from Japan to Moscow and Moscow to Yerevan respectively.

 

It was rainy in Moscow. Actually, it turned to be snowy when I left the airport.

It was rainy in Moscow. Actually, it turned to be snowy when I left the airport.

There are many shops and restaurants but obviously 8 hours are too much to explore the place.

There are many shops and restaurants but obviously 8 hours are too much to explore the place.

Actually, last time when I visited here with my father, he said that it was almost killing him who is almost 65 years old. Can you imagine yourself spending 8 hours in the airport?

But this time, luckily I was able to find another airplane leaving Moscow for Yerevan earlier than that so I just needed to spend 5 hours which was much better than 8 hours. (You may think that 5 hours is still too long but obviously I felt it was a lot better than doing nothing for 8 hours).

For some foreigners, after arrival to Yerevan, there is another obstacle making you tired actually. It is visa application! Depending on how many people are in line waiting for their turn, it would take another 30 minutes. So, it is highly recommended for you to apply to visa online if you can. Also, please do not forget exchanging your money into the Armenian currency (DRAM) before applying to visa. They do not accept other currencies for the purpose!

View of Yerevan from my family place here.

Today, I will attend a wedding party and tomorrow visiting some tourists’ sites in Armenia.

Caravan inside the needle

      A caravan of camels made of precious stones, placed in the eye of a sewing needle by Edward Ter Ghazarian the founder of miniature art.] The world renowned Armenian micro miniaturist Edward Ghazaryan is considered the founder of the unique art of micro miniature. In the 1950s the European press was abuzz about an Armenian man who claimed to create tiny works of art smaller than the eye of a needle. One German newspaper reader had his doubts and sent a letter of disbelief to the artist. Weeks later came the reply, hand-written on a human hair. Edward Ghazaryan has exposed his first invisible by the naked eye micro miniature works in Yerevan more than half a century ago. He created about 600 of such miniatures and granted many as tokens of friendship to prominent figures of foreign countries like Honaker, Queen of England Elizabeth II, Chrushev, Stalin, Janise Khaddar, Ho Shi Min, Rockefeller and many others.

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    His exhibitions have been shown around the world. In 1977 Eduard Kazaryan showed his work in Armenian pavilion of Soviet exhibition in Los-Angeles (USA). American visitors of exhibition called his works “the 8th world wonder”(Los Angeles Times Mon., Nov.21, 1977). As if this wasn’t enough, Edward also managed to create asynchronously moving micro sculptures that to date (over 30 years) have not been replicated. He demonstrated this for the first time in Moscow where a set of figures where performing a play inside a human hair. 

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    Edward is a man of many phenomenal talents. Born in Yerevan he has received higher musical education and for many years was one of the leading musicians of the Philharmonic orchestra of Armenia. In addition to his micro-art and musical talents, Edward is an eminent violinist innovator, talented musical sculptor and an excellent caricaturist. His violins are owned by many prominent musicians. Each aspect of his life separately may serve as a biography of an outstanding artist, musician, doctor, ophthalmologist, cardiologist and a scientist. These are the many sides of Edward Ghazarian. The Camel Caravan inside the needle by Edward Ghazarian has been sold for €460000 at an auction in Cannes, France. 

 

Famous People of Armenian Origin Vol.1

It is interesting how we sometime don’t know names of people who have been working on some very famous movies, maybe even on the ones that we like.One of them is Mardik Martin, whose name maybe you haven’t heard before. He was born on September 16, 1936. He is an American screenwriter of Armenian descent. He was born in Iran and raised in Iraq. Mardik Martin is in the elite group of screenwriters on WGA’s list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.  He immigrated to the United States from Iraq to attend New York University. Although his family in Iraq was wealthy, he fled the country to avoid the draft and arrived in New York in a penniless state. In his book on the New Hollywood, Peter Biskind states that Martin had to wash dishes to pay his way through NYU, where he met fellow student Martin Scorsese in 1961. The two formed a close friendship and worked together on Scorsese’s early projects such as It’s Not Just You, Murray! and the semi-autobiographical Season of the Witch which ultimately became Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. According to Biskind, “The two young men sat in Martin’s Valiant and wrote. In the winter, in the cold and snow.”

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Mardik won the Mahler award and graduated with a Master’s degree in 1968 and then went on to teach screen-writing at NYU from 1968 to 1973. Mardik moved to Hollywood that year (1973) after Mean Streets (1973), which he co-wrote with Martin Scorsese, became a huge hit. He worked for Chartoff-Winkler Productions in the years following, writing screenplays like Valentino (1977) and collaborating with Scorcese, again, on The Last Waltz (1978), before writing the first three drafts of Raging Bull (1980). Now semi-retired, Martin works as a Senior Lecturer at the prestigious USC film school, having mentored and taught thousands of the brightest young luminaries in the movie business.

Birthday of Yerevan (2769)

We all know that last weekend there was a great celebration in Yerevan: The City Day.  On 10th of October there was an international conference on Yerevan’s development prospects. The day was very interesting with its various events going on in different parts of the city. In front of the City Hall of Yerevan a huge event took place. There were kids from Schools, Universities partaking in this event. Many dance groups performed traditional Armenian dances and a lot of flash mobs took place.

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Yard of the Yerevan City Hall

In the early morning the street washing trucks went around the city washing the streets for the upcoming event, and didn’t miss the monuments as well, as they represent some part of the Yerevan culture.

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Pahlevan; This is a traditional Armenian entertainer who used to be invited to every wedding and event in Armenia back in the day. What he does is mainly walking on a string balancing. 

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Pahlevan

Even though it might sound strange, but there was a windsurfing event in the heart of Yerevan, in the Swan Lake, near the Opera House. And though the weather wasn’t really windy, the participants still managed to windsurf. WINDSURFING FOREVER!

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Windsurfing in Swan Lake

How strange would have been a celebration without a Farmers’ Market? So there was one organized in special for the City Day (even though there is always a Farmers’ Market every weekend in Yerevan). So, the guests of our capital were able to try out the pure and fresh fruits and vegetables of Armenian farmers.

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And the Final chord of the celebration and basically the culmination of the day was the great Fireworks’ Show after the big concert with the participation of famous Armenian stars. The Firework Show was a really huge one as it was heard in all parts of the city. Literally, one could hear it from anywhere in Yerevan.

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Fireworks – Republic Square

 

 

Being Awesome and Creative in Armenia

Armenia is a home for smart and creative ideas, the source of motivation and action, a place which naturally inspires for better circumstances and developments….

We always criticize our conditions, but if we look from a side , we might notice a lot of opportunities, new horizons. Our history is the the greatest witness of this. Just look back and see what we have passed through : Kingdoms’ destruction, loss of territories,revolutions, wars, genocide, earthquake..and thanks to God now we live in Independent Armenia . Isn’t it awesome?

 

But let me tell you about the other awesomeness 😉

Many of us know and are aware of international social projects, founds/ foundations which promote mutual support, autonomy, creative approaches in helping. There are so many beautiful initiatives which are also actively working in Armenia. One of these creative initiatives is the Awesome Foundation.

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Since its  beginnings on 2009 in Boston, the Awesome Foundation has promoted sustainable worldwide ecosystem of awesomeness. Projects of the Foundation have included efforts in areas of technology, arts, social good, and beyond.

The awesomeness of Awesome Foundation is real in Armenia too. There is a group of brilliant change-makers who support the idea and activities in our land. It’s already a year that Armenian brench provides 1000 $ for the realisation of new and creative ideas in support of better changes in our society. Among these initiatives, supported by Yerevan brench, are the projects of ” Kite day”, “The mini festival of graffiti in Artsakh”, “Garbage yesterday – a souvenir today!”, “Guerrilla Gardening”, “Kind Refrigerator for Leftovers”, “ticcson bikes”, “Notable Science”, “Who Bought Yerevan in 1264?”, “Manufactory “,”Girls basketball team in Nerkin Karmiraghbyur”, “Public piano under the open sky”,  ”Before I die”‘ Wall, “public display / promotion of Ye Symbol  ”  /to know more about these projects you can visit : http://www.awesomefoundation.am/   /

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But my favorite on from these projects is the Kind Refrigerator for Leftovers”.

By the help of Foundation’s support the initiator of the project Marine Petrosyan obtained a fridge, which is installed at AEON anticafe. The refrigerator is placed there for collecting leftovers from big restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, supermarkets and individuals for later delivery to the needy families . The logos of the supporting restaurants, supermarkets, cafes and pubs are also placed on the refrigerator showing the support and willingness of being a part of this awesome project. As says Marine “By doing this we will reduce the amount of quite normal food that is usually being recycled, we will create a new food culture in Yerevan and help people in need.” 

The idea is really very nice, it’s eco-friendly and aims to support people in need. So if you feel close to this idea, just feel free to join it and become a light for many people. A country is unique not because of it nature , but mostly for it’s people. It’s the people who create a culture, architecture, who keep the nature, make the stay there interesting: make it alive. And is in our culture it is used to be shoulder to shoulder in difficult situations, supporting and helping each other. It would be very exciting even for a foreigner to become a part of this big family where every member cares for the other family members.

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Armenia is not just a beautiful place to visit, but a way of feeling, there is something special in the air here.

Armenian Rock-Art (petroglyphs)

if you are looking for a new fascinating country to visit which is full of surprises be sure that Armenia will prove to be more than a wise choice. Armenia can offer more than you can imagine, rich history, wonderful modern and antique art and what not?

As I have already mentioned there is much to see here, and so much more to write about, I guess you can imagine what  a difficult choice of topic I make every time I write.

Today I want to introduce you to the Armenian Rock Art the scientific term for which is Petroglyphs. There are more than 100 countries around the world where scientists have found petroglyphs, that is images carved into rocks using stone tools. The prehistoric man depicted all kinds of different images in the rock which tell us a lot about people 4000 years ago, their life, myths, origins, stories of past societies, beliefs and a lot more..

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There are numerous Rock-Art sites in Armenia all set high in the mountains. Five large Rock-Art areas are well known and nearly 20 thousand carved rock-pieces have been discovered so far. Almost all aspects of human life are depicted in those petroglyphs, ranging from human activities like dancing, hunting and fighting to celestial bodies such as  the Sun, the Moon, the stars, the Milky Way and so on. The  Rock Art found in Armenia is our unique cultural and historic heritage. There are many scientist who study and classify Armenian petroglyphs, however there are many obstacles standing on the way of the scientists such as the dating of ancient rock carvings. Despite the difficulties much has been done and studied in the field and the research is in progress. If you are interested in the art of the prehistoric man and want to experience something unknown and fresh visit the Armenian Rock Art sites and don’t forget your camera!

 

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Yerevan’s 2796 Birthday

#ErebuniEVN2014 this is the official hash-tag for the celebrations dedicated to the birthday of Yerevan. We start celebrating Yerevan’s birthday every year on October 10 and the celebration usually lasts a few more days. Thousands and thousands of people go out in the streets to celebrate the birthday of their hometown. There is always a lot of fun stuff going around the city, numerous concerts, dance festivals, events for people of all ages… Here is the list of events for the coming two days;

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 The area adjacent to «Erebouni» historical and archaeological reserve-museum-Erebouni street

  • 14.00 Exhibition of the folk artworks, national costumes, cuisine
  • 15.00 National games
  • 16.00 Concert “Yerevan of young musicians”
  • 16.30 Competition of rope-walkers
  • 17.00 Concert of national and folk music
  • 19.00 Conert-program «There is a festival in Yerevan…»

12.10.2014.

  • 10.00 Flashmob-parade of water sprinkling trucks along the streets of Yerevan
  • 10.30 Yerevan-ART stage /Saryan park/
  • 11.00 Flashmob-washing of the monuments of Yerevan
  • 12.00 “Yerevan sketches” exposition of urban development projects /nearby the monument to architect Tamanyan/
  • 13.00 Open-air exhibition of children & youth works /nearby the national center of aesthetics after Henrikh Igityan, Abovyan 13/
  • 14.00 Festive parade /from the Municipality of Yerevan to Republic square/
  • 14.30 Marathon race of 2796 m /from Matenadaran along Sayat-Nova, Abovyan street to Republic square/
  • 15.00 Choreographic show “My old and new Yerevan” /Republic square/
  • 15.00 “Yerevan for children” – Children’s festive stage /puppet shows, entertaining games, clowns, conjurers, fairytale heroes, etc./ Children’s park after Kirov/
  • 15.00 Students’ stage /Conservatoire park/
  • 15.00 “Festive stroll” theatrical-ballet performance/Northern avenue/
  • 15.00 “Sportive Yerevan” sport-show / Azatutyan-Freedom square /
  • 15.00 “Three phases of time” photography pavilions /The service entrance to the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet/
  • 15.30 “Peoples of the world greet you” stage /Performances of national minorities living in Yerevan & ethnic ensembles /Stepan Shahumyan square/
  • 15.30 Concert of national and folk music /Crossroad of Mashtots-Buzand streets/
  • 15.30 “Yerevan games” competitions of Yerevan yard games /English park, nearby to the Sundukyan theatre/
  • 15.30 “Yerevan singing” karaoke-stage /Ch. Aznavour square/
  • 16.00 Windsurfing show /Swan’s Lake/
  • 16.30 Cycling races /Argishti street-Italy street- Nalbandyan street-Sayat Nova avenue- Mashtots avenue-Isakov avenue up to Yerevan cycle track/
  • 17.00 Chess tournament with famous chess players/Ch. Aznavour square/
  • 17.00 “Yerevan dance” national dance stage / Azatutyan-Freedom square/
  • 17.00 Classical music stage /Conservatoire square/
  • 17.30 Pop concert / Stepan Shahumyan square/
  • 18.00 Jazz concert stage /Cascade complex, Cafesjian Center for the Arts/
  • 18.30 Bard singers stage /Moskovyan park/
  • 19.30 “Yerevan – my home” Gala-concert /Republic square/
  • 20.00 “Yerevan Rocks” rock-concert /Azatutyan-Freedom square/
  • 22.00 Youth disco /Republic square/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY YEREVAN

SAKURADA – New Japanese Restaurant in Yerevan

I remember when I was a child there were not so many restaurants in Yerevan. To be more precise, there were, but they mainly served Armenian food, and were more meant to provide entertainment rather than culinary experience. However, in recent years the number of cafes and restaurants has grown, and now you can try Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, French, Mexican and other cuisines.

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As I am a big fan of Asian food, I never miss my chance to try delicious Japanese or Chinese food. Recently I went to a newly opened Japanese restaurant called Sakurada. It’s on the intersection of Nalbandyan and Tumanyan streets, not so far away from the Republic Square. When I entered the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mr. Sakurada, the owner and chef of the restaurant, and his Armenian staff were all dressed in yukatas (casual summer kimonos), and the interior was decorated in Japanese style. Although there are quite many Japanese restaurants in Yerevan, I can say without hesitation that Sakurada is the most authentic one, as it has a Japanese chef who uses ingredients imported directly from Japan. The place serves mainly UDON, thick wheat flour noodles. By the way, those are homemade noodles, prepared by Mr. Sakurada himself. Here you can try Udon with tempura, curry sauce, chicken, etc., as well as Japanese style curry and rice, karaage (the most delicious deep-fried chicken ever!), rice balls, oyakodon (rice bowl dish with chicken and eggs, yummy), and some salads.

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This time I tried Kaki-age bukkake udon, cold noodles with vegetable tempura, and …it was delicious! Noodles had very pleasing texture and taste, and tempura was made with local seasonal vegetables. My friends tried udon with karaage and zaru udon, and they were both happy with their choice.

So, if you want to try something new in Yerevan, I recommend you to visit this place. But attention, this place doesn’t serve sushi and sashimi! Here you can try what I mentioned above, delicious, authentic Japanese udon noodles.

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Address: Nalbandyan 23

Yerevan City Celebrates it’s 2796 Anniversary !!

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Yerevan City is one of the world’s oldest cities and  it always looks modern and attractive in it’s colors.

This beautiful heart of Armenia has been the capital since 1918, though the history of Yerevan startes from the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni by Urartian King Argishti.  At those times in history  it was predominantly  named Erebuni , that’s why usually we call it Erebuni- Yerevan. And on it’s celebration you’ll notice Erebuni’s name on festive posters.  

Yerevan has started it’s celebration after some discoveries of 1950s. In the autumn of 1950  an archaeological expedition found out  an inscription, whish says : ” By the greatness of the God Khaldi, Argishti, son of Menua, built this mighty stronghold and proclaimed it Erebuni for the glory of Biainili (Urartu) and to instill fear among the king’s enemies. Argishti says: The land was a desert, before the great works I accomplished upon it. By the greatness of Khaldi, Argishti, son of Menua, is a mighty king, king of Biainili, and ruler of Tushpa ”  /Israelyan. Erebuni, p. 9/ Every Yerevan –resident is proud of being a  capital-citizen having this historical heritage behind.

The first official celebration of  Erebuni- Yerevan was held in October 1968, the city’s 2,750th anniversary was commemorated. Every Year Yerevan’s anniversary   is celebrated with great fanfare. Every time new festive concert in different parts of the city, new performances, exhibitions and all the possible to imagine.

This year, we will have more and varied activities :  Festive parade, Marathon, Concerts, Games, Sportive activities. Tournaments…

Here is the list of activities fixed by Yerevan Municipality:

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The area adjacent to Erebouni historical and archaeological reserve-museum-Erebouni street

 

  • 14.00 Exhibition of the folk artworks, national costumes, cuisine
  • 15.00 National games
  • 16.00 Concert “Yerevan of young musicians”
  • 16.30 Competition of rope-walkers
  • 17.00 Concert of national and folk music
  • 19.00 Conert-program «There is a festival in Yerevan…»

 

12.10.2014.

  • 10.00 Flashmob-parade of water sprinkling trucks along the streets of Yerevan
  • 10.30 Yerevan-ART stage /Saryan park/

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  • 11.00 Flashmob-washing of the monuments of Yerevan
  • 12.00 “Yerevan sketches” exposition of urban development projects /nearby the monument to architect Tamanyan/

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  • 13.00 Open-air exhibition of children & youth works /nearby the national center of aesthetics after Henrikh Igityan, Abovyan 13/
  • 14.00 Festive parade /from the Municipality of Yerevan to Republic square/

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  • 14.30 Marathon race of 2796 m /from Matenadaran along Sayat-Nova, Abovyan street to Republic square/
  • 15.00 Choreographic show “My old and new Yerevan” /Republic square/
  • 15.00 “Yerevan for children” – Children’s festive stage /puppet shows, entertaining games, clowns, conjurers, fairytale heroes, etc./ Children’s park after Kirov/
  • 15.00 Students’ stage /Conservatoire park/
  • 15.00 “Festive stroll” theatrical-ballet performance/Northern avenue/

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  • 15.00 “Sportive Yerevan” sport-show / Azatutyan-Freedom square /

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  • 15.00 “Three phases of time” photography pavilions /The service entrance to the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet/
  • 15.30 “Peoples of the world greet you” stage /Performances of national minorities living in Yerevan & ethnic ensembles /Stepan Shahumyan square/
  • 15.30 Concert of national and folk music /Crossroad of Mashtots-Buzand streets/
  • 15.30 “Yerevan games” competitions of Yerevan yard games /English park, nearby to the Sundukyan theatre/

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  • 15.30 “Yerevan singing” karaoke-stage /Ch. Aznavour square/
  • 16.00 Windsurfing show /Swan’s Lake/

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  • 16.30 Cycling races /Argishti street-Italy street- Nalbandyan street-Sayat Nova avenue- Mashtots avenue-Isakov avenue up to Yerevan cycle track/
  • 17.00 Chess tournament with famous chess players/Ch. Aznavour square/

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  • 17.00 “Yerevan dance” national dance stage / Azatutyan-Freedom square/
  • 17.00 Classical music stage /Conservatoire square/
  • 17.30 Pop concert / Stepan Shahumyan square/
  • 18.00 Jazz concert stage /Cascade complex, Cafesjian Center for the Arts/
  • 18.30 Bard singers stage /Moskovyan park/

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  • 19.30 “Yerevan – my home” Gala-concert /Republic square/
  • 20.00 “Yerevan Rocks” rock-concert /Azatutyan-Freedom square/
  • 22.00 Youth disco /Republic square/