Hamazkayin Accepting Applications for 2006 Cultural Forum in Armenia

The Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society is currently accepting applications for its 2006 Cultural Forum to be held in Yerevan–Armenia–from July 16-30. All college-aged individuals are encouraged to apply.

The Hamazkayin Cultural Forum is an annual event that started in 1995 with the aim to unite young Armenia’s from around the world to learn more about Armenian art–history–culture–society–and modern life in the homeland. It is a unique opportunity for people to visit Armenia for the first time–or as a returning visitor–and meet with fellow Armenia’s from around the world who are interested in learning more about their people’s past as well as where they are headed.

"This is definitely an excellent way for college-aged Armenia’s to come together and share ideas about what they envision as being important for them," stated Asbed Kotchikian–Co-chair of the Forum Executive Committee. "If they don’t have a thorough understanding of their history and culture–the Forum is a great medium to learn about them. Plus–it gives people an excellent opportunity to visit Armenia."

"I know people who have formed close bonds with one another after attending a Forum in the past," he added.

There is no limit to the amount of cultural activities that one can experience in Armenia. Every night you can find multiple concerts–plays–and music clubs to attend for entertainment. On most evenings classical performances can be heard in one of Yerevan’s many chamber concert halls–and in some restauran’s visitors have the pleasure of hearing authentic folk music any night of the week. Jazz and rock clubs have become quite noticeable–and for those who enjoy dancing–there are dozens of discos located throughout the city.

Most of Armenia’s cultural legacy however is found outside Yerevan–in the various regions of the country. Armenia is home to hundreds–perhaps thousands–of churches both preserved and in ruins. There are also ancient fortresses and other fascinating structures to see–including a pagan temple in the town of Garni. Another prominent site worth visiting is the Sardarabad Memorial and History Museum–built on the very site where the historic battle against the Turks was won and the first Armenian Republic formed.

During the Forum attendees will have the opportunity to hear several lectures–including one given by Dr. Richard G. Hovannisian–Professor of Armenian and Near Eastern History at the University of California–Los Angeles. He is the author of numerous works–including "The Republic of Armenia," Volumes I-IV–and "The Armenian Holocaust."

To learn more about the Forum and how to apply–visit: forum.hamazkayin.com. You can also send an email to forum@hamazkayin.com with specific questions. All applications must be received by June 15–2006.

Hamazkayin is a worldwide organization with chapters in many countries that aims to preserve and promote Armenian art–history–and literature. Its goal is to educate people about the humanities relating to the Armenian people and perpetuate Armenian culture.

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