For the past 14 years, the Hamazkayin Student Cultural Forum has been bringing young Armenian university students from all over the world together to discover and share their Armenian heritage directly from the source. Students from North and South America, Australia, Europe, Armenia, and Artsakh (Karabakh) converge in Yerevan for an intense two-week journey through the immensely rich cultural landscape of Armenia.
This summer program, specifically tailored for university students of Armenian descent, entails complete cultural immersion and exposes the participants to the creme de la creme of Armenian art and culture, both classic and contemporary. Guided visits include trips to various Armenian monasteries dating from medieval times, museums such as the National Gallery of Armenia, National History Museum, Genocide Museum, Aram Khachaturian Museum, Parajanov Museum, and Martiros Saryan House-Museum. The Hamazkayin Forum even offers special access to performances by the National Opera or by such ensembles as the Sayat Nova folkloric music ensemble. Such unique events are followed with a question and discussion period, allowing participants to more closely learn about traditional Armenian culture.
Official visits to both the American University of Armenia and Yerevan State University are also included in the program, allowing the students to discover the college scene in the homeland. Daily lectures by prominent Armenian scholars from the diaspora and Armenia create opportunities to analyze and engage with questions such as Armenian identity, language, religion, and history.
A visit to Armenia’s army battalions gran’s participants a rare glimpse into the country’s military. Other excursions include the Tzaghgatzor Summer Camp for children and the Armenian village of Aramous, where Hamazkayin actively participates in the development of the village and its school. After catching a play or concert, the participants are bound to have a good time at one of Yerevan’s many restauran’s, where live Armenian music and dancing make the night complete.
Forum participants from various parts of the diaspora, as well as from Armenia and Artsakh, bring their individual perspectives and backgrounds to various issues, while new friendships and bonds are created–all in an unforgettable and dynamic social atmosphere. The sheer amount of local cultural and artistic talent found in Armenia is at once mind-boggling as it is inspiring. And the Hamazkayin Forum succeeds in exposing these treasures to the Armenian youth, who undoubtedly leave with a renewed sense of their cultural identity, ready to broaden their own interest and commitment towards Armenian culture throughout the world.
This summer, come join the Hamazkayin family, along with fellow Armenian university students from all over the Armenian Diaspora, in Yerevan from July 13 to 16.