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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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Sculpting workshop Launched

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The Armenian Cultural Fund of Hungary is organizing free sculpting workshop starting from January 20, 2024. Individuals aged 11 years and older can participate in the classes. During the sessions, participants will learn to work with clay, explore the history of sculpture, and delve into the works of Armenian sculptors. For more information, please contact us via WhatsApp at +37498850433 or +36702049191. The classes will be held at the following address: Bp. V. Semmelweis utca 17

 

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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National Minority Awards in Hungary

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The award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations that engage in exemplary activities benefiting national minorities in Hungary across various domains, including national society, education, culture, church, science, mass media, and economic self-organization.

The award ceremony occurred on December 14, 2023, at the Bulgarian Cultural Center. This year, the prize for national minorities was conferred upon 11 individuals and three organizations. Hamlet Nazaryan was honored with the award designated for the Armenian national minority, recognizing his decades of dedicated and tireless community work that has significantly contributed to the creation of value.

Deputy Prime Minister for Church and Inter-ethnic Relations Jolt Schemien and Secretary General Miklós Soltes presented the awards on behalf of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

 

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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New Year event for children

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On December 9, with the support of the Armenian Cultural Fund of Hungary, the Armenian Cultural Center hosted a New Year’s event for children, featuring a joyful Christmas performance where Santa distributed gifts.

 

 

 

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

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

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