On July 12, the 5th Conference of Armenian Writers Composing in Foreign Languages was launched at the Writers’ Creative House in Tsakhkadzor. This year’s theme was Globalization and National Identity. The conference, organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora and Writers’ Union of Armenia, was sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and the World Armenian Congress (WAC). AGBU has traditionally supported Armenian literature and writers around the world. Opening remarks were made by Levon Ananyan, President of the Writers’ Union of Armenia and Davit Karapetyan, Deputy Minister of RA Diaspora Ministry, who presented the message of RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan. AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian and WAC Vice-President Vladimir Aghayan also addressed the conference participants. Vartanian noted that it is a great honor for AGBU to once again sponsor this conference. She added that this is one of the means through which AGBU supports the preservation of the Armenian language and the development and broadening of Armenian literature. During the 4-day conference, the 71 writers discussed globalization and how it impacts preservation of the Armenian national identity. Conference participants hailed from Artsakh, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, the United States and elsewhere.

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