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.
"Glob to Globe tour" in Yerevan
The Globe Theatre World Tour is arriving in Yerevan with one performance only, within the framework of the High Fest Armenia theatre festival.
*The Hamlet Globe to Globe tour opened at Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. This completely unprecedented theatrical adventure will see Hamlet tour to every single country on earth over 2 years. Sixteen extraordinary men and women are currently travelling across the seven continents, performing in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues. Globe to Globe Hamlet has been performed in over 120 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia to around 100,000 people, with more than half of the whole tour now complete. In October 2014 UNESCO patronage was granted to Globe to Globe Hamlet.
Director: Dominic Dromgoole / Bill Buckhurst
Lavash was inscribed on UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
On November 26 the decision to inscribe the nomination submitted by Armenia “Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia” on UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was made at the ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris.
In 2013 submitted nomination went through procedural stages set out in the Convention, getting positive expert assessment.
Thus, yet another, the 4th Armenian cultural value, was added to UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The nomination was elaborated by the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography National Academy of Sciences Ministry of Culture and Armenian National Commission for UNESCO.
“Lavash, the preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia” nomination is available at the link below:
All STAR GLOBAL WEBCAST LIVE FROM OSAKA, JAPAN
International #JazzDay Apr 30 All-Star Global Webcast trailer
The International Jazz Day 2014 All-Star Global Concert will feature internationally renowned artists including pianists: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kris Bowers, John Beasley, Herbie Hancock and Makoto Ozone; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Roberta Gambarini, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter and Oumou Sangaré; trumpeters Theo Croker, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi and Terumasa Hino; bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller and Esperanza Spalding; drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and T.S.Monk; percussionists Pete Escovedo and Sheila E.; saxophonists Kenny Garrett, Courtney Pine, Troy Roberts, Wayne Shorter and Lew Tabackin; trombonist Steve Turre; guitarists Chris Thomas King, Earl Klugh, John Scofield and Joe Louis Walker.
International Jazz Day: 2013 Teaser
On April 30th, 2013, Istanbul will play host to the International Jazz Day Global Concert, featuring Herbie Hancock and an all-star cast including: Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, John McLaughlin, Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela, Eddie Palmieri, Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Jean-Luc Ponty, Milton Nascimento, Dale Barlow, John Beasley, Igor Butman, Anat Cohen, Vinnie Coliauta, Imer Demirer, George Duke, James Genus, Bilal Karaman, Pedrito Martinez, Keiko Matsui, Terri Lyne Carrington, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Joe Louis Walker, Ben Williams, Liu Yuan and others.
The concert will be broadcast live, online, at 9pm (Istanbul) / 7pm (London) / 2pm (New York) / 4am (Sydney - next day) - Join us to celebrate International Jazz Day 2013. Presented by UNESCO, the Republic of Turkey and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz..
International Jazz Day
April 30 has been designated as International Jazz Day by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
International Jazz Day celebrates the historical, cultural, and educational contribution of this popular genre of music. The day aims to spread international awareness about this unique musical style; and to promote the cultural, and social values that Jazz stands for.
Jazz is a uniquely American musical style that emerged out of the slave experience, primarily in southern United States. It is deeply rooted in the rich musical, and cultural traditions of Africa, and is heavily influenced by European music. New Orleans is generally considered to be the birthplace of this popular musical form, which is now seen as a voice of freedom and empowerment, and a statement against injustice, and oppression all around the world.
Today, Jazz has spread all over the globe, and is constantly evolving, being influenced by, and influencing other musical forms and genres.
The initiative to create an International Day of Jazz came from American Jazz pianist, composer, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogues, Herbie Hancock. The purpose of the initiative was to focus global attention to the role that Jazz has played in breaking down race and gender barriers around the world; and in promoting cooperation; mutual understanding, and communication; peace and freedom.
Several activities mark the celebration of International Jazz Day, including Jazz concerts and performances, film screenings, and conference and panel discussions.
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.
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.
International Jazz Day - Events
The celebration will kick-off on April 27 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris with a daylong series of jazz education programs and performances. An evening concert will feature Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marcus Miller, Hugh Masekela, Lionel Loueke, Tania Maria, Barbara Hendricks, Gerald Clayton, Terri Lyne Carrington, China Moses, Ben Williams, Antonio Hart, and others. John Beasley will serve as Musical Director. The daytime events will include masterclasses, roundtable discussions, improvisational workshops, and various other activities.
International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30 and will begin with a sunrise concert in New Orleans’ Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz. The event will feature a number of jazz luminaries along with Hancock including Dianne Reeves, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, New Orleans natives Terence Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, Luther Gray, and Roland Guerin.
The worldwide programs and events will conclude in New York City at the United Nations General Assembly Hall with an historic sunset concert certain to be one of the most heralded jazz celebrations of all time, with confirmed artists including Richard Bona (Cameroon), Dee Dee Bridgewater, Danilo Perez, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Zakir Hussain (India), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Lang Lang (China), Romero Lubambo (Brazil), Shankar Mahadevan (India), Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masekela (South Africa), Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, More ...
Celebrating 5 years of the UNESCO Convention: a Conference by the European Commission discussed future steps in its implementation
On 8 December 2010, the European Commission, with the support of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, held a high-level conference to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
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