Literary-cultural life from the inside and outside

Many intellectuals, who settle abroad, do not cut their ties with the homeland, but create cultural foundations, charitable organizations, organize events, make translations, trying to participate also in Armenian cultural and public events. How does our cultural-social life look from outside? What are the important issues that our compatriots abroad can take part in solving? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked to translator Maro Madoyan-Alajajyan about these issues.

Gretert: writings of independence

The film tells about the ten years of the activity of the literary-youth newspaper "Gretert", about the attitudes of the new generation of writers towards reality, their literary views, the problems and peculiarities of the development of modern Armenian literature.

From Tavush to Tahuys (Ta huys – give hope)

Many socio-economic, educational and spiritual-cultural projects are being implemented in the Diocese of Tavush. What role does “Arevik” social-educational center of Ijevan or the production of jams on the territory of the Haghartsin monastery complex play in the  life of Tavush? How people of Tavush live, create and defend the borders? Our film crew visited the Diocese of Tavush.

Armenian Rock: Sources and Messages of Inspiration

“Feel the Music, Feel the Drive”: three-day international Music Drive Festival was launched in Yerevan under this motto. The festival will feature some twenty local and foreign bands performing in vatious music genres. Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about the festival and the current issues and messages of the Armenian rock music with Vardan Grigoryan, Chairman of Armenian Rock Association. 

Charents – of the Museum

Modern museum-house is not only a venue of preservation and exhibition of artifacts, but also a multifaceted cultural environment with museum, scientific, cognitive and entertainment functions. This week Yeghishe Charents turned 120. Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about the presentation and proclamation of poet’s compositions with Anahit Asatryan, the Director of Yeghishe Charents Museum-House. 

Isahakyan in Letters

The letters of writers usually published in the final volumes of the complete collections of their writings, and more seldom – in separate collectiosn, can interest not only literary critics- text specialists, but also wider circles of society. The letters allow observing the author in the real life and cross-check his/her literature against his/her biography and the opposite. However, we’re often confronted with the question of how decent is it to publish intimate letters, and how does it contribute to getting to know the writer? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with journalist Lilit Avagyan. 

Current Issues related to the Study and Publication of Monuscripts

The rich manuscript heritage reserved in Matenadaran (Manuscript Library) and other collections is not only something to exhibit and be proud of, but also in need of new studies and publishing. What studies of manuscripts are currently underway, how are the results of these studies used in Armenian studies, what are the current issues in the publication of scientific research originals? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with the Head of Department of Manuscript Studies and Depositories, PhD in History Gevorg Ter-Vardanyan. 

Stalin Repressions in Armenia

Few families can be found in Armenia who didn’t suffer this way or another from Stalin repressions, yet not many studies exist on these issues, especially such important issue as the moral-psychological atmosphere then, the attitude of those repressed toward the persons involved in political persecution and the system itself. Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with ethnographer Harutyun Marutyan. 

Armenian Woman in Modern Public Perceptions

On the Women’s and Mothers’ Days congratulations and beautiful words are said on the role of Armenian woman. At the same time, concerns are raised about violation of women’s rights in our society, domestic violence, gender discrimination. How compatible are the toasts and concerns, does discrimination actually exist and how is it expressed? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Anna Gevorgyan, researcher at YSU Center for Civilization and Cultural Studies. 

Text-books and Modern Education

When talking about the problems of education system, often the quality of school text-books is raised as an issue of concern, Who and how are these text-books created, what are the undelying criteria, how compliant these criteria are to the modern education criteria, who is in charge of overseeing the contextual and publishing quality? Is it ever possible to create a text-book that will satisfy both teachers, pupils, parents and education experts? Hayk Hambardzumyan spoke about these issues with Sokrat Mkrtchyan – General Director Zangak Publishing House.

“Gretert” is 10 years old

Youth literary periodical “Gretert” marked 10th years of its establishment. 

Paruyr Sevak: The Century and the Poet

The compositions of Paruyr Sevak are shaped within the national and universal, literary and scientific double-swingness. He takes his origin from his own age, yet strives to be and do more than that; he argues against the time and order while raising issues of concern for the man of the age. The video “Paruyr Sevak: the Century and the Poet” impinge upon key points of the life and work of Paruyr Sevak and present his poetry in the context of the overall century.