Armenian Writers’ Conference Ends with Special Ceremony

The Third Pan-Armenian Writers’ Conference officially ended with a special ceremony held on the evening of April 9 in the Antelias headquarters of the Catholicosate of Cilicia–under the patronage of His Holiness Aram I.

The president of the Writers’ Union of Armenia–Levon Ananian thanked His Holiness Aram I on behalf of the participants in the conference and Armenian writers who were unable to make the conference. Ananian expressed his gratitude not only for the organization of the conference–but for the love–support–care–and commitment that the Armenian Pontiff shows towards Armenian writers and culture.

Following the heart-felt words of the oldest participant in the conference–poet Jack Hagopian–a similar opportunity to speak was given to the youngest participant–poet Nanor Indjedjigian. IN her speech during the closing ceremony–the young poet said she considered Armenian literature to be a source of youth.

His Holiness Aram I then delivered the concluding remarks–expressing his impressions of the conference. The Catholicos made use of his experience as a participant in numerous national and international conferences to make several constructive suggestions for the next conference.

The Pontiff proposed that in the future more time be reserved for discussion sessions–which should include more questions than statemen’s. He suggested penetrating into the heart of the presented topics and bringing problems clearly under the spotlight. His Holiness stressed the importance of participation by the youth–considering it the source of persistence of Armenian institutions–culture–and literature.

His Holiness Aram I particularly emphasized the importance of looking for new paths to cooperation between Armenia and the diaspora and pointed out that Armenian literature can help contribute to this. In this context–he focused on mutual recognition and acquaintance–stressing that Armenian language textbooks should include the works of both Armenia-based and diaspora-based Armenian writers.

His Holiness called on bravely facing difficult and sensitive issues rather than escaping from them. Mentioning the issue of dictation as an example–he said that as one of the strong factors of the Armenian nation’s unity–the matter needs to be discussed in a periodical manner.

His Holiness Aram I then identified the deterioration of quality in all the fields of Armenian literature as a major problem and called for establishing a new level of quality with collective efforts and commitment.

At the end of the ceremony–His Holiness Aram I decorated the president of the Writers’ Union of Armenia with the "St. Mesrob Mashdots" insignia. The Seminary choir then performed a series of national and patriotic songs to mark the end of the conference.

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