From the Armenian Reporter:

On Saturday evening, July 4, at the gala banquet of the Armenian Medical World Congress, at the New York Hilton Hotel, the preeminent father-and-son humanitarian and medical outreach team of Nazar Nazarian and Dr. Levon Nazarian will be honored, as will Lord Darzi, a preeminent surgeon and health minister in Great Britain.

Nazar Nazarian is a longtime AGBU board member and currectly a member of the organization’s Council of Trustees. His son Levon Nazarian joined the AGBU Central Board of Directors in December 2006 (more info here).

The Armenian Reporter also mentions:

Philanthropy has been the cornerstone of Nazar Nazarian’s life. Longtime member of the AGBU Board of Directors, Nazar Nazarian, former president of Royale Linens in New Jersey, with his wife Artemis, has given generous donations to many projects throughout the world, including the Nazarian School in Beirut and the construction of AGBU facilities in various communities in North and South America and the Middle East.

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Jenny Kiljian, writing for the Armenian Reporter, writes about the “One Nation, One Culture” festival that will take place this fall in New Jersey. Hosted by the Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society Eastern USA Regional Executive, the event will feature the AGBU Antranig Dance Ensemble:

The “One Nation, One Culture” festival will feature vocal performances by renowned Armenian singers Alla Levonian from Armenia; Babin Boghosian and Ensemble from Los Angeles; the Arekag Children’s Choir and Dhol Group of Hamazkayin New Jersey. The Armenian General Benevolent Union Antranig Dance Ensemble; the Akh’tamar Dance Ensemble of the St. Thomas Armenian Church; the Yeraz Dance Ensemble of St. Sarkis Church; and the New Jersey Hamazkayin Nayiri Dance Group will delight audiences with their graceful and elegant performances of traditional and modern Armenian dances.

And they add:

Under the artistic direction of Joyce Tamesian-Shenloogian…[Antranig] trains throughout the year, and creates a dramatic stage production every two years. The dancers also train for three months each year with dancer and choreographer Gagik Karapetian, whose talents have also molded the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia. Antranig’s dance repertoires – complemented by costumes designed and prepared by leading artisans in Armenia – range from folk-ballet and traditional Armenian dance to modern Armenian techniques and suites created for the ensemble by Karapetian.

Read the whole article here.

paskalevaOn July 3, the 2009 AGBU Garbis Papazian award will be presented to Bulgarian TV director, reporter and cinematographer Tsvetana Paskaleva for her dedication to the truthful representation of the Karabakh liberation struggle. The event will take place at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan, Armenia.

Established in 1988, the AGBU Garbis Papazian Award was created through the initiative and with the financial resources of Garbis Papazian to recognize non-Armenian who contribute to an increase in awareness of Armenian history and culture.

Past recipients of the award have included a long list of prominent individuals from around the world, including Polish public figure Msgr. Stanislaw Pindera, Spanish intellectual Gonzalo H. Guarch, German scholar Wolfgang Gust, UCLA Professor Peter Crowe, Baroness Cox of the British House of Lords, Russian intellectual Kim Bakshi and Austrian archivists Helmut & Heide Buschhausen.

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