"Tonapet" literary contest winners

The literary competition named after Vrezh Israelyan has been summarized
On April 2, on the birthday of prose writer, dramatist Vrezh Israelyan, the Writers' Union concluded the competition for the best short story of the year under the title "TONAPET-2023". That contest was organized by Israilyan's family and the Writers' Union.
Who participated, what works did they present and who won an award? Anahit Margaryan discussed the details with the founder of the competition, writer Mher Israelyan and the committee member, writer Hovhannes Yeranyan.


From a poem to a song and vice versa

Music and poetry have been closely related at all stages of the development of art. Many poets have also been musicians and many songwriters poets. We also have such examples in our time. How does the poetry match the music, are the lyrics a poem? Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and songwriter, poet Narek Kosmos discuss these questions in the "Parallel Readings" program.

The damaged parts of the bell tower of the cathedral are being restored

The ceiling of the cathedral bell tower has carved parts. They and the images of apostles Paul and Peter are damaged, which are currently being repaired by specialists. In addition, the arches are damaged, outside the frescoes are very quickly damaged by rain and sun. The restoration will take several months.

Armenia finds itself in a complete blockade

Why does Armenia leave itself out of regional and larger economic and energy mega projects? They can be both economically beneficial and strengthen the country's geopolitical positions and ensure security. Today, as the world becomes Asia-centric, we are shifting the political vector to the West. Thus, is Armenia "opening up" or, on the contrary, "enclaving"? Why does Turkey need the "Zangezur Corridor" so much and whose project is it a part of? Anna Sargsyan discussed the topic with energy security expert, doctor of political sciences, professor Vahe Davtyan. 

Artyom Sarukhanyan after the 44-day war

A seriously wounded man of war makes everyone live
After being seriously injured during the 44-day war, Artyom Sarukhanyan underwent 17 operations. After being wounded, he was transferred from Martakert hospital to Goris, and then to Yerevan. All that time, Artyom thought that he had lost his leg and that the doctors might not be able to restore it. In Goris, he was informed that the first operation was successful, but would his leg be restored?

The Armenian Apostolic Church celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation

In the Saint Gayane Monastery, the Annunciation service was performed by Proto-Archimandrite Zakaria Baghumyan. Every year on April 7, the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary. Under the direction of Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the day was declared a day of blessing for mothers and women awaiting the joy of motherhood.

Armenia at the Venice Biennale

Paris-based Nina Khemchyan will represent Armenia at the Venice Biennale
Armenia will be represented at the 60th Venice Biennale, which will be held from April 20 to November 24, by the multi-layered multimedia project entitled "Response" by Paris-based Nina Khemchyan. Through art, Nina Khemchyan will talk about the Armenian medieval heritage, which is endangered today, and will touch on the themes of identity, memory and belonging. The commissar of the pavilion is Svetlana Sahakyan, head of the modern art department of the Ministry of Education. The co-organizer and main sponsor of the pavilion is the "Gafesjian" Art Center. The curator of the national pavilion is Armen Yesayants, director of GAC exhibitions.
Anahit Margaryan talked to Armen Yesayants, the curator of the Armenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition director of the Cafesjian Art Center, and Elizaveta Shirinyan, the director of education, in "Artfocus".

The image of the mother in Armenian poetry of the beginning of the 20th century

Poems dedicated to mothers are regularly found in Armenian poetry, but the songs related to mothers was formed as a phenomenon in the Armenian poetry of the beginning of the 20th century, especially in the works of Avetik Isahakyan, Vahan Teryan, and later Yeghishe Charents. Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss this topic in the "Parallel Readings" program.

Territorial, but whose integrity?

There are 3 power centers in our region: Turkey, Russia and Iran.
The main partner of the West here is Turkey, which acts directly against Armenia. The West is ready to support Armenia to counter threats from Russia and Iran, but Armenia is not threatened by Russia and Iran, but by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Actually, it is Turkey's agenda.
What does diversification of foreign policy mean? Anna Sargsyan discussed the topic with candidate of historical sciences Sergey Melkonyan.

Palm Sunday in Aruch

There is spiritual warmth in Aruch 
Every time Father Manuk Zeynalyan goes to Aruch, the church is filled with children. The Church of St. Gregory of Aruch is standing, but it is in a half-ruined state. The children dream that one day it will be restored and rainwater will not pour into the church. On Palm Sunday, Ter Manuk celebrated the liturgy and decorated the church with willow branches with the children.

Rev. Fr. Zakaria Avetisyan

Rev. Fr. Zakaria Avetisyan answered the questions of viewers and users. Post your questions on the Q&A Facebook page.
How to act when you found out that your child will be born with Down syndrome?
Will Narek have a healing effect if the clergyman does not read it for the patient?
Are all sins forgiven after repentance?
Is there a difference in delivering the candle to the house lit or extinguished on Candllight Day?Why is black considered a mourning color?
Can the portion taken from the church be eaten the next day or days?

Splendid and beautiful Holy Etchmiadzin

The light radiating from the Mother Church has kept the Armenian nation steadfast
In the Ruben Sevak Museum of the Mother See, the presentation of the picture book "Splendid and beautiful Holy Etchmiadzin" took place. It presents more than 60 works of artists depicting the Cathedral. The author used museum archives and private collections. The picture book is an ode to the Mother Cathedral and is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the enthronement of Karekin II, Patriarch of All Armenians.
 Anahit Margrayan's guest at "Artfocus" is Asoghik Abegha Karapetyan, the author of the picture book and the director of the museums and archives of the Mother See.