BURBANK–The Burbank Armenian National Committee will host a series of important upcoming events in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Tamar Krekorian–Chair of the Genocide Remembrance Committee–said that Burbank’s commemorative events will include educational–cultural and political aspects this year.
"The city has been an outstanding partner in working with the Burbank ANC," Krekorian said. "As a result–we have planned a series of events that will offer a wide range of opportunities for residents to learn more about the Genocide and to recognize its importance today," Krekorian added.
Throughout the month of April–an outstanding educational display will be showcased in the main lobby of the Burbank Central Library. The display–which includes items and books related to Armenian culture–history and the Genocide–is intended to promote awareness of the Armenian book collection that was donated to the library through the efforts of the Books For Burbank program of the Burbank ANC.
On Saturday–April 16–the committee presented a free screening of the Armenian Film Foundation’s award-winning documentary film about the destruction of Kharpert–"Voices from the Lake," at the Burbank Central Library Auditorium. Through eyewitness interviews and painstaking research–this film tells the story of the Genocide in an unforgettably personal way. Dr. J. Michael Hagopian–the renowned Genocide historian and filmmaker of "Voices," was on hand to address his two decades of research in creating the film.
The Burbank City Council will present a proclamation in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the Genocide on Tuesday–April 19. During the meeting–the Burbank ANC will accept the City’s proclamation and conduct a short program featuring poetry read by local high school students. Sharon Cohen–the City’s Library Director–will also pay tribute to the Burbank ANC for the successful Books For Burbank program. A candlelight vigil will take place on the front steps of Burbank City Hall after sundown.
On Saturday–April 23–a moving theatrical performance of two Genocide-related one-act plays–written and directed by Aram Kouyoumdjian–will be presented at the El Portal Forum Theatre in the No Ho Arts District. "Delicate Lines" and "Protest" have already won rave reviews from audiences in Northern California. Both performances of this event are already completely sold out.
For further information about any of these events–contact the Burbank ANC at (818) 562-1918 or by e-mail at Webmaster@burbankanc.org.