YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Young musicians from Armenia and Georgia aged 13 to 15 participated in the successful Concert of Friendship held in Yerevan. The concert was a joint initiative of the Armenian Society of Cultural Ties and the "New Names" Program of Armenia.
Works by Armenian–Georgian and Western composers were performed during the concert. The young musicians’ performance earned critical praise and was highly appreciated by many foreign diplomats. "I congratulate the Armenian people," Georgian Ambassador to Armenia Nikoloz Nikolozishvili said in a Noyan Tapan interview. "There are few nations in the world that can embrace themselves in the moment of trouble and find ways to cope with any situation that arises." Nikolozishvili particularly emphasized the ability of the Armenia’s to get back to life over and over and create conditions for their cultural development. Saying that the cultural traditions of the Armenian and Georgian peoples are very close to each other–the Georgian diplomat underlined that the concert was proof that the two nations are constantly enriching each other spiritually.
"As close neighbors we both have lost much over the recent years and know little about each other’s art–we communicate less than before–and it suddenly seems that our communication has resumed through our younger generations. These teenagers just fascinated the Armenian audience," director of the "New Names" Program of Armenia Silva Mekinian said. The names of gifted Armenian children are known better abroad than in Armenia–and the press often calls them young ambassadors of the Armenian nation–she added.
Later that night Armenia’s Minister of Culture–Youth Affairs and Sports Roland Sharoyan awarded diplomas to the managers of the "New Names" Program of Georgia and Armenia Nino Chirakadze and Silva Mekinian. The ministries of culture of Georgia and Armenia have signed a cooperation agreement promising that next year will be full of cultural events in both countries.