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AGBU AND RA DIASPORA MINISTRY JOINTLY ORGANIZED THEATER PERFORMANCES ON THE OCCASION OF THE 95TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

From April 21-27, as part of the events dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, RA Diaspora Ministry and Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), with the financial assistance of AGBU, jointly organized four theater performances of Franz Werfel’s “40 days of Musa Dagh” (director Armen Elbakian) and Pertj Zeytountsian’s “All rise, the court is in session” (director Tigran Gasparian) at G. Soundoukian State Academic Theater of Yerevan. Prior to the April 23 performance of “40 days of Musa Dagh”, the AGBU Yerevan Scouts paid tribute to the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide with a candlelight ceremony at the lobby of the Soundoukian Theater. Before entering the theater hall all the visitors lit a candle to honor the memory of the Genocide victims.

The events were attended by the First Lady Rita Sargsyan, RA Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hagopian, RA Ombudsman Armen Harutyunian, AGBU Armenian Representation Director Ashot Ghazarian, Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Armenia, AGBU YP Yerevan and AGBU Yerevan Scout members, AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Youth Center children, AGBU Armenia members, students of the Monte Melkonian Military College, members of the “Musa Ler” compatriotic union, representatives of NGOs, intelligentsia, and a lot of students and schoolchildren. All four performances passed in packed halls with lasting standing ovations in the end. A total of 4000 people watched the performances during those four days.

The AGBU-sponsored series of events not only helped raise the feeling of patriotism among the people and the youth especially, they also helped instill love of theater and establish a firm bond between the youth and the theater.

In the past decade lack of young audience is felt not only in Soundoukian but in all the theaters of Armenia.

On the other hand, the packed halls during these events were a good source of aspiration and enthusiasm for the actors and the theater staff, who spared no words to express their gratitude to the AGBU.

 

 

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