Argentine-Armenians attach importance to “What are YOU doing for Artsakh?” pan-Armenian movement


AGBU Argentina held concerts dedicated to the “What are YOU doing for Artsakh?” pan-Armenian movement launched by the RA Ministry of Diaspora in Buenos Aires (4 May) and Cordoba (6 May).

The concerts featured musical performances by violinist of YANNI Band Samvel Yervinyan; Argentine-based Armenian musician and Honorary Member of AGBU Argentina Gagik Gasparyan and pianist Armen Kuzikyan, and Ararat Armenian Dance Group (director Veronica Karadakhian) performed Armenian dances at the concert in Cordoba.

The concerts featured the showing of the video message of RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan that was simultaneously translated into Spanish. Honorary Member of the AGBU Central Board Antonio Sarafian provided details about the pan-Armenian movement as he talked about the activities carried out in that direction and the future actions.

As reported Gagik Gasparyan to Hayern Aysor, the concerts were held in a very warm atmosphere. The Argentine-Armenians were excited and emphasized the fact that such initiatives promoted the consolidation of Diaspora Armenians around Armenia.

Among those attending the concert in Buenos Aires were representatives of Armenian community organizations, particularly member of the AGBU Central Board, representative and Honorary Chairman of AGBU South America Rouben Keshishian; Chairman of AGBU Argentina Hambartsum Halajian; Chairwoman of the Armenian Women’s Society of Buenos Aires Martha Balian; Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Argentina and Chile, His Grace, Fr. Archbishop Kissag Mouradian; pastor of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Buenos Aires, Fr. Archimandrite Maghakia Amirian and foreign guests. His Holiness Kissag gave his blessings and wished the pro-national act success in Buenos Aires.

The concert in Cordoba was also attended by leaders of community organizations; pastor of the St. George Armenian Church in Cordoba, Fr. Priest Harutioun Sepanian and foreign guests. Highly recognized political journalist, international commentator, professor, writer and lecturer Mariano Saravia was also invited as a special guest. Saravia encouraged the Armenians and stressed once again his conviction that Artsakh has been and still is an Armenian territory. The AGBU granted mementos and certificates of appreciation to all the participants.

Let us add that all proceeds from the concerts will be used to purchase musical instruments for music schools in Artsakh. The concerts, which are aimed at making Artsakh recognizable for foreigners, will also be held in other cities of Argentina and in Brazil.

The events in South America will end in Armenia and Artsakh in September 2017.

Gevorg Chichyan