Opening of “One Nation One Culture” Pan Armenian Cultural Festival

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On August 15–the opening of the "One Nation–One Culture" Pan-Armenian cultural festival took place in the National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

President Robert Kocharian–Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin II–Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian–Minister of Culture and Youth Affairs Hovik Hoveyan–and other officials were present at the ceremony.

Greeting the participants–Oskanian called the festival a historic event and emphasized: "Every generation living in its homeland or the diaspora should reveal the depth and wealth of one united culture of the national originality of his origin–should be newly filled with aesthetic and moral spirit of national and human real values."

Among the performers were the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia and the "Barekamutiun" ensemble–dudukist Jivan Gasparian–singers Hasmik Papian–Hasmik Hatsagortsian–Svetlana Navasardian–Ruben Matevosian–actors Vladimir Abajian–Hovhannes Babakhanian–Zhenia Avetisian–as well as other well-known Armenian artists.

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