Reading Cultural Council seeking grant applications
Funding proposals are being accepted for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs in Reading. The Reading Cultural Council has set an Oct. 17 deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the Reading community.
Tigran Hamasyan, the pianist giving jazz an Armenian twist
He's the hottest pianist in jazz and he likes to mix things up, whether it's bebop, thrash metal or dubstep. But his heart is in the folk music of his native land
Herbie Hancock declared:
"Tigran, you are my teacher now!"
Tigran Hamasyan: 'I get into different types of music and really immerse myself in each one.'
Somewhere, there's home-movie footage of a three-year-old Tigran Hamasyan at his childhood home in rural Armenia. He is listening to Black Sabbath's Paranoid and freaking out on a toy guitar. "That was my childhood ambition," he laughs. "Still, to this day, if I could become a killer guitar player in a couple of years, I'd quit playing the piano and start learning now.
3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces
Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered bearing Armenian writing on ancient stones.
Aurora Prize Ceremony
The inaugural Aurora Prize Ceremony
Tigran Hamasyan wins ECHO Jazz 2016 Awards
Tigran Hamasyan has been named winners of ECHO Jazz 2016 Awards
The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries – Book Review
Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Best Actor Nomination for 2016 Oscars
The long-coveted event is on its way! The 14th British Film Festival featuring the best and brightest pieces of the British cinematography
Natalie Cole's unforgettable life celebrated at star-studded Los Angeles memorial with
Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight and more
One of the greatest voices of all time was celebrated by music's biggest stars on Monday in Los Angeles.
Montegrappa’s New Pens Highlight the History of Armenia
December 18, 2015
Crafted in collaboration with a group of Armenian artists, entrepreneurs, and clergy members, the new Montegrappa Erebouni series of writing instruments pays tribute to Armenia, the storied nation straddling Europe and Asia between the Black and Caspian seas. Carrying the ancient name of Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan, the collection comprises three versions: the top-shelf Hokevor, the limited-edition Haverj, and the standard-edition Kragan.
ENCATC Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research Award
AWARD CEREMONY 2015On the evening of 25 November in Brussels, Alessia Usai from Italy and Annika Hampel from Germany were announced as the winners of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management. ENCATC, the European network on cultural policy and management, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management:
Concert in Vienna, dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide
The Concert “With you, Armenia” dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide took place in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, November 7. The concert concluded the series of oversees cultural events took place recently in various major cities worldwide.
Peter Balakian Wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
NEW YORK, N.Y. (A.W.)—Author Peter Balakian won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Ozone Journal. The winners and finalists were revealed Monday at 3 p.m. during a live-streamed broadcast from Columbia University in New York. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzers.
“In poetry, for a collection of poems that bear witness to the old losses and tragedies that lie beneath a global age of danger and uncertainty, the prize goes to Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian,” announced Mike Pride, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Balakian’s Ozone Journal (poems) was published by the University of Chicago Press. The long poem in Balakian’s new book is a sequel to his acclaimed “A-Train/Ziggurat/Elegy” (2010). While excavating the remains of Armenian Genocide survivors in the Syrian desert with a TV crew, the persona navigates his own memory of New York City in a decade (the 1980’s) of crisis—as AIDS and climate change make a context for his personal struggles and his pursuit of meaning in the face of loss and catastrophe. Whether his poems explore Native American villages of New Mexico, the slums of Nairobi, or the Armenian-Turkish borderland, Balakian’s poems continue to engage the harshness and beauty of contemporary life in a language that is layered, sensual, elliptical, and defined by wired phrases and shifting tempos. Ozone Journal creates inventive lyrical insight in a global age of danger and uncertainty.
Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University. He is the author of seven books of poems and four prose works, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, a New York Times best-seller, and Black Dog of Fate, a memoir and winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize.
The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries – Book Review
The book is useful not only for researchers, but also for creative professionals, writes Elisa Pannini
The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries. Candace Jones, Mark Lorenzen and Jonathan Sapsed (eds). Oxford University Press. 2015.
The relevance of cultural and creative industries is on the rise worldwide; the number of people involved in them in various capacities and the economic importance of the sector are increasing. Hence, this book, edited by Candace Jones, Mark Lorenzen and Jonathan Sapsed, is a much welcome addition to the Oxford Handbooks family. It is a collection of scholarly articles that cover the main issues related to the creative sector, offering different perspectives ranging from economics, public policy and management to law, among others. It is a good read not only for students and scholars with a specific interest in the subject, but also for the creative professionals willing to reflect on the various issues surrounding their sector.
The authors contributing to this handbook are leading scholars conducting research on the creative industries in different fields; indeed, one of the main strengths of the book is the variety of perspectives offered by its chapters. After an introduction by the editors, the book is structured into five parts, each featuring four to seven chapters. The first part offers an insight into the concept of ‘creativity’ at large. It poses the bases for understanding the peculiarities of the creative industries; it also explores the functioning of the creative mind and more generally the conditions under which people tend to be able to innovate and express their potential. This analysis is fascinating for all those interested in understanding the dynamics of creativity and the basic definitions of the concepts used in this context.
This first section also features a chapter by Richard Florida, Charlotta Mellander and Patrick Adler clarifying the importance of the geographical dimension to the development and thriving of creative industries. The work largely draws on the concepts developed by Florida in his well-known book, The Rise of the Creative Class (2002), and reviews literature about the creative class itself and creative cities. This chapter helps in understanding the critical role played by cultural activities, services, communities and industrial clusters within cities in fostering creativity and attracting a skilled and creative workforce.
The second part of the book focuses on issues related to ‘Valuing Creativity and Creating Value’. It provides a few interesting empirical examples of different sectors, ranging from the Chinese art market to Indian fashion and haute cuisine. More generally, the variety of creativity forms shown in this section of the book encourages the reader to consider creativity to have a broader meaning than has been traditionally used: not only musicians, painters and writers, but also bartenders, wine makers and software engineers can be legitimately considered creative workers. In addition, the main theme discussed in this section deals with the value of creativity and creative products; an overview of Pierre Bourdieu’s foundational theory about cultural production is offered in the chapter by Barbara Townley and Elizabeth Gulledge within their analysis of the relationship between the symbolic and monetary value of creative goods.
This discussion about the economic relevance of cultural products aptly introduces the following two sections that focus on the perspective of organisational and management studies: ‘Organising Creative Industries’ and ‘Industrial Organisation and Creative Economy’. Here, the chapter by Tara Vinodrai and Sean Keddy examines the relationship between project-based work in the creative industries and local labour markets. It highlights the virtues of this kind of arrangement in creating pools of specialised labour in specific geographic contexts, allowing firms to benefit from the resulting flexibility and from the smooth circulation of knowledge and innovation. However, the authors also point to the shift of economic risk from firms to individual workers: individuals become responsible for their own training, often do not have access to social benefits and bear the weight of precarity in their working lives. This is an important perspective to be taken into account when discussing the creative industries and people employed in these sectors. The authors also call for more research on institutions and regulatory regimes that play a crucial role in shaping creative labour markets across different countries.
Two chapters on user innovation, by Eleonora Di Maria, Vladi Finotto and Francesco Rullani, and by Stephen Flowers and Georgina Voss respectively, introduce the discourse on the role of consumers in the development of new ideas and the improvement of existing products. They provide various examples where communities of users have proven crucial to the development and survival of products; Open Source Software is the most known and researched occurrence. The phenomenon of consumers offering their time, knowledge and skills in order to improve a product they like is relatively new and supported by the large diffusion of new technologies. Many organisations have learned to deal with their user communities and to give them the right amount of space in the development process as well as all the tools for tailoring details to their needs. The dynamics of creativity that leak in from outside the boundaries of the firm are the subject of many existing studies, and its relevance is growing; users are already considered actors in the innovation process.
The last section of the book analyses ‘Policy and Development’ in the creative industries. The chapter discussing issues related to copyright law and state interventions, such as tax breaks for the movie industry, are very informative. However, in this section, I particularly appreciated the contribution by Neil M. Coe, which explores the relationship between creative industries and global production networks. The ‘cluster’ aspect of the creative sector is of fundamental importance, as seen in works by Florida and other scholars; on the other hand, globalised work offers a wider arena for all the actors in the sector. The creative output can be transferred quite easily, the distribution of the finished work is more widespread and firms and capital can be moved with less constraint. Without forgetting the relevance of cities and their ‘ecologies’ to the creative industries, a more integrated global perspective will be able to add new elements to the study of the creative industries.
Overall, The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries is a very interesting reference book that is valuable for all scholars interested in the field as well as those approaching the subject for the first time. The only fault that I can see in the collection is the lack of a broader introduction to the book. In their interesting first chapter, the editors focus on the typologies of change that creative products undergo in their main aspects; nonetheless, a more general introduction to the topic and the nature and structure of the book itself would have been appreciated.
Joke van Leeuwen
Possibilities of language and children’s logic fully exploited
This original idea is the starting point for a philosophical and witty story about the wonders of creation, the need for selfless love and the freedom to go your own way. That can be painful for parents, because when their beloved Eep suddenly flies off to the sunny south they don’t know what’s hit them. In their search for their foster child they meet the strangest characters: a girl whose father is always busy, a saviour of mankind and a boy who can’t stop thinking about ghosts and spirits. These meetings teach Warre and Tine that people have to be where they belong. For Eep that’s the warm south, for Tine it’s the north where ‘it could be quite warm, if it wasn’t cold’, and Warre prefers to keep on peering into the distance.
No one has any difficulties with Eep’s ambiguous character. ‘In her own country Loetje had never seen anybody with wings. But she wasn’t at all surprised that they existed. She’d learnt from the TV that there were people who could turn a man into a woman or vice versa. And that they could make peaches and plums grow together into one. And maybe they could do the same thing with berries and apples too. Then you’d end up with berrles or applies or something like that.’
Joke van Leeuwen exploits fully the possibilities of language and childish logic and this makes Iep! breathtakingly beautiful, both in its events and its ideas. Not least of all because of the alternation of text and drawings. The latter continue where the words end.
Renowned German author Günter Grass dies, aged 87
Grass was an engaged citizen seen by some as a "moral authority," by others as a hypocrite. He passed away on April 13.
Ernest Hemingway: a man with nine lives !
Have you ever heard of the saying ‘a cat has nine lives’ ? Picture a cat that walks effortlessly along your neighbours two storey roof and suddenly slip on a loose tile and falls. As the cat falls it will manage to balance itself right side up due to an unexplained inbuilt automatic twisting reaction and land on its feet first. This suppleness and swiftness allows the cat to escape life threatening situations more often than not. Therefore, we come to use this term or metaphor of ‘nine lives’ to describe what amazing luck or good fortune a cat has and how it recovers from such a scare to continue living its life.
This quirky little opening brings me to introduce Ernest Hemingway, as a man with nine lives ! We know that Hemingway was often regarded as America’s foremost literary celebrity, who spent more than 30 years in the spotlight. What some people don’t know and others overlook is that what a ‘lucky’ man he was to live through his 61 larger than life years.
Hemingway’s ‘tale of nine lives’ begins in Oak Park, Illinois, where he is born in 1899. As an adolescent he rebelled against his mother by adopting a very masculine facade that was expressed in his lifelong pursuits of physical activity, hunting and fishing. He would later catch the writing bug in his high school years and develop his trademark declarative style that we would all come to know. Following his schooling, he would work for a short while as a journalist before experiencing his first life changing experience during the Great War.
Hemingway, as always, was drawn to action and joined the army. It was as an ambulance driver on the Italian front, where his ambulance would come under heavy mortar fire. Badly wounded with shrapnel embedded in both legs, he would carry an Italian soldier to safety. So bad were his wounds that he required immediate surgery and spent 5 days at a field hospital. He would receive a medal for bravery and a ticket out from the front lines. Hemingway would remark “when you go to war as a boy you have great illusions of immortality. Other people get killed, not you…”
In 1926, fame and fortune would find him following his successful novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and other subsequent short stories he had written. He relished the limelight, but would ruin his first marriage in pursuit of new experiences. He would remarry shortly after, where on honeymoon he would contract the potentially dangerous disease of Anthrax. Bad luck would continue to find him, in 1928, he would suffer a sever injury in a Paris bathroom, when he pulled a skylight down on his head. This left him with a prominent forehead scar. A year after that he broke his arm in a car accident where he was hospitalised for seven weeks. He furthermore damaged the nerves in his writing hand which took as long as a year to heal. Wow ! How much can one man take ? More ...
David of Sassoun on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list
Daredevils of Sassoun, an Armenian Folk Epic, has been included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.
The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage discussed the issue in its 7th session in Paris, France.
British Library Exhibits Rare Armenian Books
A display of Armenian treasures celebrating the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing is on show at the Ritblat Treasures Gallery of the British Library until the end of January 2013.
On view are a number of exquisitely illuminated manuscripts and rare specimens of the earliest Armenian printed books the library holds.
Printing in Armenian began in 1512 in Venice, spreading to other European cities, the Near East and India in the centuries that followed. In Armenia, printing was introduced in 1771.
Source: Hetq Online
“Nor Jougha: Cradle of Armenian Printing” Exhibit at History Museum
The exhibit is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Armenian book printing being celebrated this year.
Many original books on loan from the Museum of History, the Etchmiadzin Museum and the Matenadaran are now on display at the exhibit.
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Yerevan named World Book Capital, 2012
The city of Yerevan (Armenia) was named as the World Book Capital 2012 at the conclusion of the meeting of the selection committee, which was held at UNESCO Headquarters on 2 July. The committee consists of representatives from the three main international professional associations in the book industry and UNESCO. Yerevan is the twelfth city to be designated World Book Capital after ...
Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010) and Buenos Aires (2011).
The city of Yerevan was chosen for the quality and variety of its programme, which is “very detailed, realistic and rooted in the social fabric of the city, focused on the universal and involving all the stakeholders involved in the book industry”, according to the members of the selection committee.
“I congratulate the city of Yerevan, which has presented a particularly interesting programme with many different themes, including the freedom of expression, as well as several activities for children, who will be the readers and authors of tomorrow”, said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “Mobilizing the entire world of books and reading, from authors to printers and publishers, will undoubtedly help to make the Yerevan programme a major success, with a sustainable impact,” she added.
Every year, UNESCO and the three major international professional organizations from the world of books - the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) - designate a city as World Book Capital for one year, between two consecutive celebrations of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April). This initiative is a collaborative effort between representatives of the main stakeholders in the book industry, as well as a commitment by cities to promote books and reading.
A Weekend of Festivals in Yerevan Save
By ANI GARIBYAN
Thousands gathered at the 16th Annual LA Times Festival of Books, marking its first year in their new home at the University of Southern California. Yerevan Magazine made its first appearance as well among the hundreds of booths during the two day event on April 30 and May 1.
The Yerevan Magazine booth was in between the Princeton Review booth and the KTLA booth, making it visible to a variety of book lovers. The booth drew in a diverse crowd of people, who for the first time, looked through and purchased the magazine.
The nation’s largest public literary festival’s offered book enthusiasts, families and Angelenos of all ages the opportunity to discover new favorites and reconnect with cherished classics. The two-day schedule was packed with celebrity appearances, live music, cooking demonstrations, author readings, book signings and Q&As. Attendees were also able to find seven outdoor stages in the center of USC’s campus surrounded by hundreds of exhibitors and a variety of dining options. Dozens of indoor venues hosted lively panel discussions on everything from the Middle East and the economy to the bright lights of Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was created in 1996 to promote literacy, celebrate the written word, and bring together those who create books with the people who love to read them. Between 130,000 and 140,000 people attend the event annually.
That same weekend, again, for a two day event, Yerevan Magazine participated in the Armenian Relief Society’s 10th Annual Armenian Cultural & Food Festival, which was held at the Glendale Civic Center. The festival brings in thousands of people who want to learn more about the Armenian culture, get a taste of Armenian food and pastries and be with their friends and families.
“We are always delighted to participate in such festivals. Yerevan Magazine is a great read Armenians and non-Armenians alike,” said the Yerevan Magazine’s PR Director, Kristina Gukasyan. Greeting people at both events were interns of Yerevan Magazine. “These festivals are a great opportunity for our interns to get a feel for what it is like to introduce our magazine to the masses, and of course, they did a wonderful job.”