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Times Square Commemoration of 108th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

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The 108th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide taking place in Times Square, New York, on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 1:30 pm, will feature headline speakers David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and founder of the Artsakh Atrocities Project – who will be presented with the Knights and Daughters of Vartan Humanitarian Award – and Robert Avetisyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh to the U.S.

Hosted by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, the impactful event, now in its 39th year, will feature remarks by elected officials and a musical interlude by Huyser Ensemble, accompanied by the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School and the Brooklyn Armenian School.

In conjunction with the Times Square Commemoration, the Knights and Daughters of Vartan will sponsor its annual global student essay contest that gives Armenian youth the opportunity to express their voices and concerns regarding genocide awareness and human rights. Winners will be announced at the Commemoration and selections from each essay will be read.

The momentous Armenian Genocide Commemoration will reinforce the memory of the first genocide of the 20th century that claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenian martyrs by the Young Turk Party of the Ottoman Empire. Thanks to the overwhelming support by Members of Congress, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate unequivocally stated U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide in 2019, preceding President Joe Biden’s acknowledgement on April 24, 2021.

The Armenian Diaspora will continue its vigorous efforts to remember, to honor, and to educate the world about this devastating chapter in world history that continues to be denied today by the Turkish government, and will not rest until Turkey recognizes the Armenian Genocide.

“As the next generation of Armenian Americans, we strive to continue bringing awareness to the Armenian Genocide here in the U.S., while ensuring the strength and vitality of the Armenian people,” said Co-Chairs Haig Gulian and Christopher Artun. “We appreciate the ongoing support from our diasporan communities to hold our annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration year after year in such an influential location as Times Square, in New York City. We look forward to gathering together once again to honor our ancestors and utilize our collective efforts towards global recognition.”

The annual Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Times Square is sponsored by the Knights of Vartan and Daughters of Vartan, a national fraternal organization, and co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian National Committee of America,  Armenian Democratic Liberal Party, Tekeyan Cultural Association, Armenian National Council of America, Armenian Bar Association, and the Armenian Missionary Association of America; participating organizations include the Diocese of the Armenian Church, Prelacy of the Armenian Church, Armenian Presbyterian Church, Armenian Evangelical Union, Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Armenian Network of Greater New York, Homenetmen Scouts of NY & NJ, Armenian Youth Federation, and national Armenian youth organizations.

The Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey and Knights of Vartan will livestream the event.

The article was written by Lala Hayrapetyan and Tatevik Muradyan (2022-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000080624)

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Armenian Ambassador Visits Székesfehérvár, Hungary

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On July 5, Armenian Ambassador to Hungary Ashot Smbatyan visited the city of Székesfehérvár in Hungary. The Ambassador was received by Mayor Dr. András Cser-Palkovics. They discussed decentralized cooperation between the cities and regions of Armenia and Hungary and the opportunities for its development. During the visit, the Ambassador also gave an interview to the local television.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

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Armenian Ambassador Visits Armenian Studies Department in Budapest

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On July 5, Armenian Ambassador to Hungary Ashot Smbatyan visited the Armenian Studies Department at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, where he met with the department’s leadership and researchers. The activities of the department and collaboration programs were discussed. The Ambassador also attended the final exams of the department’s students, which included scientists from Armenia, the USA, Italy, and Germany as part of the examination committee.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

 

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Armenian family day

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This year, the festival dedicated to the Armenian family coincided with Children’s Day. This year saw a record number of participants, and the party was accompanied by delicious snacks, face painting, fairy tale characters, lots of games, music, and Armenian dancing. Among our guests were families and their children who had been forcibly displaced from Artsakh and arrived in Hungary. We would like to extend our gratitude to the president of the Armenian community in the Hungarian National Assembly, the Armenian autonomy of the 18th region, the Armenian Culture Foundation, the Armenian Youth Association, the Armenian Autonomy of Kispest, Marlenka for the sweets, the Armenian Autonomy of Kőbánya for the face painting, the Urartu Armenian Theatre for the stage and musical performances, the Armenian Cultural Center, and the Transylvanian Armenian Cultural Center. Special thanks to the participants.

Article: Grigor Muradyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

Photos posted: Syuzanna Hakobyan Project code: 2023-1-HU01-ESC51-VTJ-000146422

 

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