YEREVAN–Hamazkayin’s dynamic Summer Forum 2005 began on July 21 with nearly 56 youth participating in what has already been an unforgettable trip. Marking its fourth year in Armenia–the Forum has once again brought together youth from the United States–France–Cyprus–Lebanon–Syria–Georgia–and Karabagh. Six of the participants are students from Armenia.
Speaking about the significance of the Forum–head of Hamazkayin’s Yerevan office Lilit Galstyan said–"The goal of the summer Forum is for Armenian youth to familiarize themselves with our homeland. During the Forum’s 14 days–the participants get to learn first hand about their history–land–and identity–taking back with them a ‘little Armenia.’"
Since its inception in 1995–the Hamazkayin Summer Forum has provided a friendly and exciting environment for bright young Armenia’s. Students learn a great deal about Armenian culture–discover the sites and sounds of the host country–and build lifelong friendships. Thought provoking lectures–trips to historic destinations–and nights of dancing and entertainment are only some of the activities the forum has to offer.
The 2005 participants have had the opportunity to meet fellow Armenia’s both from the diaspora and Armenia–visit historical sites including Echmiadzin–Garni–Geghart–Khor Virab–and Noravank–and attended a welcoming reception at Yerevan State University. They have also enhanced their learning experience by attending lectures on Armenian culture and heritage–music–and history.
In the coming days–the group will visit Hagartsin–Sanahin–Madenataran–the Sarian and Parajanov museums–Oshagan–Amberd–and Saghmosavank–and make a historic pilgrimage to Western Armenia.