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AGBU CENTRAL BOARD MEMBER DR. YERVANT ZORIAN WELCOMED THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 5TH PAN-ARMENIAN CONFERENCE OF WRITERS

The official opening ceremony of the 5th pan-Armenian conference of writers took place on June 28 in the Writers’ Union Resort in Tsaghkadzor with the participation of 90 delegates from 20 countries of the world and 50 writers from Armenia and Artsakh. The conference is held within the framework of RA Diaspora Ministry’s “One Nation, One Culture” festival with the assistance of RA Culture Ministry, World Armenian Organization, Union of Armenians of Russia and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). Opening speeches were delivered by RA Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hakobian, Chairman of the Writers’ Union of Armenia Levon Ananian, AGBU Central Board member Dr. Yervant Zorian, and others. In his welcoming speech Dr. Zorian spoke about AGBU’s century-long activities directed towards the preservation and development of Armenian literature. “Armenian literature is the citadel of Armenians, while the writers and the intelligentsia are the defenders of that citadel”, said Dr. Zorian.

Speaking about the past 20 years of AGBU activities towards the development of Armenian literature, Dr. Zorian mentioned only some of the projects carried out by the Union in this direction, including the publication of the works of Diaspora-Armenian writers, the establishment of the “Levon Z. Surmelian” printing house in the Writers’ Union of Armenia, and the Union’s contribution in the organization of the pan-Armenian conferences of writers.

Among other AGBU-sponsored projects in this field Dr. Zorian underlined the Armenian Virtual College, which through modern technologies offers courses of Armenian language, history and culture in six different languages, the digitalization of archives at the American University of Armenia and the Noubarian Library of Paris, as well as the recent launching of English-language “Ararat” online literary magazine.

In the end Dr. Zorian wished success and future prosperity to the pan-Armenian conference of writers.

 
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