HOLLYWOOD–The Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that it will host the third annual Armenian Independence Day Festival on Sunday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Little Armenia, Hollywood.
Building on the successes of previous years, this year’s festival promises a larger scale celebration, which will be made possible with the assistance of corporate and community sponsors, as well as the co-sponsorship of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, whose district encompasses Little Armenia.
“This is truly a memorable event that thousands of community members look forward to and return to year after year. It is a unique opportunity to commemorate a milestone in Armenian history and to showcase the cultural wealth of the Armenian people,” stated Saro Shirinian, Festival Committee Chairperson.
The thousands of participants and dignitaries who have attended the festival in previous years include Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Members of Congress, State Senators and Assemblymembers, and Los Angeles City Councilmembers, all of whom were entertained by a variety of musical and dance performances while participating in the dancing of the traditional Armenian “shoorch bars” and sampling Armenian cuisine. Children also enjoyed the Festival’s “kid’s zone”, which included a petting zoo, various games and rides.
The Annual Armenian Festival in Little Armenia is the largest of its’ kind and is organized by the Armenian Independence Day Festival Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Cultural Foundation. The festival marks Armenia’s first independence on May 28, 1918, which came after 600 years of Ottoman Turkish oppression. The Republic established on this date set the foundation for today’s independent Republic of Armenia, which was one of the first former Soviet Republics to declare independence on September 21, 1991.
Those who wish to obtain more information about the festival, sponsorship opportunities or obtaining booths, are encouraged to visit www.littlearmeniafestival.com or call (818) 243-9264.