Celebrating Armenian Alphabet’s 1600 Years

LOS ANGELES–In 405 AD–Mesrob Mashdots–a cleric of the Armenian royal court–invented the letters of the Armenian alphabet to celebrate the beginnings of a written Armenian literary tradition.

The Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society’s Regional Executive has formed a council to specifically organize events commemorating the 1600th Anniversary of the Creation of the Armenian Alphabet.

The Armenian alphabet has occupied an essential role in preserving not only history–but also a large part of the Armenian cultural identity.

To celebrate this momentous occasion–Hamazkayin has planned various events–including written and visual competitions–a conference–exhibitions–and a major public event at the Alex Theater in Glendale.

A one day conference directed by Professor Peter Cowe will be held September 24 at 10:00 AM at the UCLA campus’ Rolfe Hall. Cowe–a professor of Armenian language and culture at the University of California–Los Angeles–will be one of the keynote speakers–along with Professor Stephan Astourian–Director of Armenian Studies at UC Berkeley. Celebrated author Mark Arax of "In My Father’s Name," along with Ani Hovanessian–will serve as co-master of ceremonies.

A major public event at the Alex Theater will be held on October 2–featuring performances by Hamazkayin’s Ani Dance Group–a theatrical performance collaboratively staged by Elly Award-winning director Aram Kouyoumdjian and original music composer Sebu Simonian of the band Aviatic–musical performances by Element (formerly known as In Progress?)–poetry recitations by students from all Armenian schools in California–and other artistic performances. The program will begin at 4:30 PM and will conclude at 6:00 PM.

For more information please visit www.Hamazkayin.net or write to USAwest@Hamazkayin.net.

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