Art and Culture

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Through its various geographical alterations and different influences throughout its history, Armenia has always had a long-lasting musical tradition, where one may find at first folk music, classical and religious, as well as relatively recent trends in jazz.

Aram Khachaturian, the composer, internationally famous for his ballets and especially his "Sabre Dance" from the ballet "Gayane", and Komitas, the great composer and singer, are the most famous Armenian musicians.

We offer musical tours, in which the discovery of each new site is enhanced by a concert. It is also possible to enjoy a stay in Armenia to initiate the learning of duduk, the traditional Armenian instrument .


Dance

Dancing is closely related to the celebrations and joys of Armenian folk festivals. It reveals the ancestral conditions of life in Armenia, traditions that were practiced at that times. Kotchari, a peasant dance, is often considered the national dance in its various modifications, reflecting the movements of "Kotch", a sort of mythological ram.

Enjoy your stay in Armenia to learn one or more of these traditional dances, in the form of intensive training or short courses.


Painting

Martiros Saryan (born February 28, 1880 in Rostov-on-Don, died May 5, 1972 in Yerevan) is an Armenian painter, often considered the father of modern Armenian painting. When he discovers Armenia, he feels "almost carnal passion", and had "ceased to represent by flooded with light fabrics and vibrant colors." He was the first to realize the need to develop a unique style based on ancient national traditions miniatures, illuminations. His palette is "deliberately cheerful, colorful and vivid." In Yerevan, you can visit the house where he lived and where today a museum dedicated to his work. Small and cute, it has beautiful drawings (ground floor), his paintings and his studio (in the first floor).


Films

Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) is one of the masters of modern Armenian cinema, including "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors", "Sayat-Nova" and "The Color of Pomegranates". He is a Georgian film director of Armenian origin, who had donated his property to Armenia. Unclassifiable filmmaker, Paradjanov unveils other sides of his creative genius: drawings, paintings, collages, montages, assemblages, hats.


Literature and Poetry

Armenia became Christian in 301 and this fact influenced the development of Armenian literature, in parallel to poetry. The first emergence of a historiographical literature occured in the fifth century. Starting from the tenth century, prose and especially poetry started to develop greatly. The nineteenth century witnessed the Golden Age of Armenian literature (Abovian, Raffi, Tumanyan and Demirchian), both inside the country and outside of it, thanks to the Armenian Diaspora. In the twentieth century there were Paruyr Sevak (1924-1971) among the most popular poets of Armenia. Author of "Let there be light!" is the champion of the true values, freedom and love.

Upon request, we could organize meetings and lectures with contemporary Armenian writers.


Writing and Manuscripts

Armenian books have been developed through the ages, from the first manuscripts to printed books. Regional styles started to appear in various parts of Armenia, especially in Syunik, or in the historical region of Vaspourakan.

We invite you to visit Matenadaran in Yerevan, one of the richest collections of manuscripts and old documents in the world, the prime locaiton of Mashtots Institute, which researches these ancient manuscripts. The building of Matenadaran was built in 1957 by architect Mark Grigoryan for the exhibition of manuscripts of the Armenian Church. It possesses over 17,000 manuscripts and about 300,000 archival documents. A monumental staircase leads to the famous carved composition of Mesrop with his disciple Koryun, the inventor of the Armenian alphabet.

We also organize visits to Etchmiadzin's Matenadaran.


Architecture

Armenia has made a rich architectural heritage because of monasteries, churches and chapels. There one could find a rather unique style of ecclesiastical architecture. The vast majority of the buildings, especially characterized by the churches, are of religious themes. Learn to decipher the intricacies of this unique architecture during a guided tour by an architect! 

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