National Library: from Book Archive to a Preferred Reading Spot


Libraries have long stopped being mere book archives, but rather active communication, literary-cultural interaction platforms. What measures are taken by the National Library of Armenia to address this issue? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about this topic with Hrach Saribekyan, writer and Director a.i. of the National Library of Armenia.

Tracing Armenian-Azerbaijani Coexistence


What was the Armenian-Azerbaijani coexistence like in the midst of the conflicts of end- and start of the 20th century? What ideological, routine, cultural expressions did the intra-national relations acquire? What was the history and characteristics of Azerbaijani theatre in Armenia? Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with ethnographer Arsen Hakobyan.

The History of Cilicia’s Mundanity


What do we know about the history of Cilicia: colossal figures, devastating wars, international relations and trade. Sided by the crucial historical events, we know practically nothing about the history of Cilicia’s mundanity. Who lived in Cilicia, and how did they live, what was the relations between the locals and foreigners, what norms would apply to settle family relations? Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with historian Zohrab Gevorgyan.

Dali-Picasso: New Plans and Old Problems of the National Gallery


Armenia’s National Gallery will host the exhibition of the works by the two most famous Spaniards of the world – Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. How did the exhibition come to be real, are the exhibits the originals, how can such exhibitions contribute to the development of museums, and how is it ever possible to showcase the old and new treasures in a brand new packaging? Within the scope of the program “Topic”, Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with Naira Yeghiazaryan, Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Armenia.

Cultural Heritage Management and Upkeep


Preservation of cultural heritage deals with a number of issues: relevant legal background, public attitude, cooperation between professionals, inter-state program, financial resources etc. To coordinate these aspects, an Armenian-Italian Cultural Heritage Management Center “Rochemp” has been established. Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about the Center, the issues related to the preservation of cultural heritage, in general, with the Director of the Center Ani Avagyan.

Sacraments and Secrets of Armenian Lullabies


What sacrament and features does the Armenian lullabies carry? How should these be performed; what changes as these are recorded or performed onstage?

Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with soloist of Shoghakn Ensemble Hasmik Harutyunyan.

 

Hrant Matevosyan-85: the Language to Read Time


Hrant Matevosyan turned 85. What did Matevosyan’s work produce for his time then, and what does it produce today? Why does our society read Matevosyan so very little? What new layers of the writer's compositions are unveiled through his recently published new works?

Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with writer, publicist Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan.

Photography – between the History, Silence and Din


What does the photography have to contrast the modern reality uproar, what does the silence of a photo tell, how dies art overcome indifference and tackles its tasks? Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with photographer Zaven Khachikyan.

From Civil Revolt to Civil Consciousness


What implications and consequences can have this all-national movement? What achievements are already visible, how to transform the power of revolt into civil consciousness? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with ethnographer Mkhitar Gabrielyan. 
 

Diaspora and Velvet Revolution


The Diaspora also invested its time and participation in the Velvet revolution. Parallel to rallies in Armenia, marches and demonstrations took place in different communities of Armenia. What was the coverage of this support, did it cover all the layers of the Diaspora and, in general, what is the attitude towards these recent developments in the Diaspora? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with Dr. Vahe Sahakyan, an expert in Diaspora issues, Doctor of Oriental Studies at the University of Michigan.
 

 

State Support of Art: Incentive or Control?


What should be the state policy in the sector of art in order to encourage creative freedom, to ensure conditions for the artist's work, but not control the artist and the content of his/her work? What is the role of creative art unions in our reality and what is the demand for their activities? Is there a need for publishing books with state support and what are those books to be published with state support?
Hayk Hambardzumyan discussed these issues with poet and translator Hakob Movses.
 

 

History Textbook As Means of Legitimacy for the Authorities


History textbooks have critical role in shaping the historical consciousness of society. Being a state-ordered and funded book, the textbook is inevitably perceived as a propaganda tool for the authorities, an ideological battle field, and etc. Why is it so, and how was the history of the first Armenian Republic in particular, reflected in the Armenian history textbooks? 
Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about this with historian Smbat Hovhannisyan.