Author and host: HaykHambardzumyan
TOPIC hosts men of culture, clergymen, renowned filmmakers and actors, Armenian and foreign scientists, scholars of Armenian studies, young specialists, writers and journalists residing in and outside Armenia.
How much do the contemporary Armenian art and literature relate to the development trends of world art? What new Armenian studies are currently underway in Armenia and Diaspora? Does the modern art educate or it rather entertains? These and other questions are voiced and answered in the pavilion of TOPIC.  
Frequency: Every Friday, at 21:50
Rerun: Saturday, at 13:30

Armenian frescoes

A powerful and very remarkable field of Armenian medieval art, fresco painting, has not received proper attention for a long time, as it was considered that few specimens have been preserved, they do not stand out with their national originality, and so on. However, new studies of frescoes prove the opposite. Hayk Hambardzumyan talked to Karen Matevosyan, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Deputy Director of the Matenadaran of Yerevan, about the originality of the Armenian frescoes, the peculiarities of its creation and preservation, the problems of research.



Why you should know History?

Why is it necessary to study and teach history. Is the teaching of history a political, educational or ideological issue? How does our society perceive history? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with Doctor of History, Professor Albert Stepanyan.



History and public memory

What is the perception of history in our society? How can the education system work effectively, how to link academic science and higher education Institute? How does the education system shape citizens and intellectuals? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked about these issues with Doctor of History, Professor Albert Stepanyan. 



Holy Nativity: the sacrament of renewal and life

For centuries, Christians have eagerly and lovingly awaited the glorious proclamation of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. How does modern man perceive the sacrament of Holy Nativity, is he ready to see the true meaning of the feast in his life, to feel the changes that begin with the birth of the Savior, and to be renewed in spirit? Hayk Hambardzumyan talked to Fr. Arnak Harutyunyan.



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.