Third Pan Armenian Writers’ Conference Concludes in Antelias

The Third Pan-Armenian Writers’ Conference–which began Thursday in the Antelias headquarters of the Catholicosate of Cilicia–concluded its sessions Saturday. The official closing ceremony of the conference was held on Palm Sunday–under the patronage of His Holiness Aram I–who also delivered his Pontifical speech on this occasion.

The conference was initiated by the Writers’ Union of Armenia in cooperation with the Assembly of Lebanese-Armenian Writers. It was held under the patronage of His Holiness Aram I.

More than 300 Armenian writers from Armenia–Karabagh–Lebanon–the Middle East–Europe–Northern and Southern America–Canada and Australia gathered in Antelias–Lebanon to participate in the conference.

Thursday’s sessions were dedicated to–"Modern Children’s Literature and National Schools." Eduard Milidonian from Armenia and Krikor Shahinian from Lebanon gave two expert presentations about this topic.

The next session was dedicated to proposals about the Fourth Pan-Armenian Writer’s Conference. Under the chairmanship of Norayr Atalian from Armenia and Markar Sharabkhian from Canada the participant Armenian writers made various proposals about the importance of contact between Armenian writers around the world. The idea of establishing a website for this purpose was proposed. Other suggestions were made on the organization of the printing press.

The ninth session was dedicated to the concerns and difficulties of Armenian writers. Seiran Krikorian from Armenia and Jirayr Tanielian from Lebanon chaired the session–during which various suggestions were made about coordinating intellectual activities in Armenia and the diaspora.

The conference also included a performance of "I Veh Partsants" and "Cilicia" by the Seminary Choir and an exhibition of books published in Armenia.

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