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90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide


In the summer of 2004, the Armenian Community & Church Council of Great Britain together with the Primate of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom, invited all Armenian organisations to a meeting, and with the co-operation of the Armenian Embassy and Campaign for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide (CRAG), established the "COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 90th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE". The principal objective of the Committee being for the community's organisations to jointly organise a series of events throughout 2005 to commemorate the 90th anniversary and to maximise public awareness regarding the historical and legal truths of the Genocide.

Whilst the committee recognises the ultimate goal is to obtain official recognition by the Government in the UK, it also realises that recognition will not be forthcoming without the support of political establishments, the Foreign Office, as well as traditional broadcasting/media organisations and endorsement from high profile historians. It therefore becomes essential to lobby for support and secure allies from the broader political spectrum. The focus should remain on ending Denial and gaining recognition at local authority level or City Councils across the UK. Gwynedd County Council set the example in 2004 by unanimously supporting the resolution for recognising the events of 1915 as Genocide. The first step has been taken, the responsibility is upon every British Armenian, to lead by example and encourage the lobbying work in progress.

The Committee calls upon the whole UK Armenian community to play an active role in this commemorative year and to unite as a single voice to ensure the activities of this year do not fall on deaf ears. The committee has focused on achievable targets and the programme will be implemented by utilising the community’s resources.

Please note the schedule of events below. We ask that you make a conscious effort to participate. The cooperation and support of all Armenians, organisations and particularly schools will be greatly appreciated.

20th Jan 05 - Talk at UCL by Dr. Tessa Hofmann – Subject: Turkey, Europe and The Armenian Genocide

26th Jan 05 - Temple of Peace Cardiff – Holocaust Memorial Day in Cooperation with Wales – Armenian Solidarity

27th Feb 05 - Lecture by Prof. Richard Hovannisian – Looking Backward, Moving Forward (90th Com & Hamazkayin)

18th Mar 04 - Launch of 90th Anniversary Petition to be submitted to the House of Commons in Dec-05
11th Apr 05 - Spring Remembrance Concert, Wigmore Hall - 7:30 PM, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP - Organised by RP Musical Promotions. With Con Tempo String Quartet, Asmik Grigorian Soprano, Gegham Grigorian Tenor and Anna Sarajian Piano. Shostakovich String Quartet No 8, Songs and arias by Puccini, Leoncavallo, Bellini, Verdi and Komitas. Tickets available from Wigmore Hall Box Office on 020 7935 2141

14-21 Apr 05 - Exhibition of paintings by Cypriot Artist Nanor Tashjian - at the Temple of Peace – Cardiff

20th Apr 05 - 90th - Anniversary Commemoration of The Armenian Genocide, at 7.00pm - The Temple of Peace – Cardiff - Cosponsored by WASA & CRAG.

22nd Apr 05 - - Commemorative Cultural Evening at 7:30 pm at Ealing Town Hall. Official Opening by Deputy Mayor Mr Michael Elliot - Program includes several renowned Armenian Artists

23 April 2005 - In Memory of the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide - Keram Music Ensemble at Rearden Smith Theatre in the National Museum Gallery - Cardiff

24th Apr 05 - Memorial Service at St Yeghiche Church - Cranley Gardens, 11 am to 1 pm

24th Apr 05 - 90 th Anniversary Commemoration March from St Yeghiche church to the Cenotaph - 1 pm - There will be a 30 minutes Vigil in front of the Turkish Embassy (on route) - Wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph with prayers and prominent speakers - 90 th Anniversary march will include spectacular display of large posters. Transport & refreshments will be provided for convenience

14th May 05 - Classical Concert at LSO St Luke's , 7:30 pm at Jerwood Hall, 161 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NG. Barn Sinfonietta of Oxted and Solo Violin Susanna Gregorian invited from Germany - Johan Michael Katz Conducting works from Hovhanness - Psalm and Fugue Op 40,   Aram Khachaturian - Guyane Adagio, Edward Mirzoyan - Symphony for strings and timpani, Arutunian - Violin Concerto, Komitas - Krunk. Tickets will be available at the Barbican Box Office early in April on 020 7638 8891

20th May 05 - Symposium on Armenian Genocide at City Chambers (Edinburgh Council) at 6:00 pm

21st May 05 - Collection of Petition signatures on Princess Street, Edinburgh, as from 2:00 pm

22nd May 05 - Ecumenical Memorial Service at Augustine United Church in Edinburgh, at 2:30 pm

Sep/Oct 05 - Vigil at Parliament Square on the subject of Ending Denial and Recognition (date to be announced)

Sep/Oct 05 - Vigil at St Margaret Church, Westminster (date to be announced after general elections)

1st Dec 05 - Closing Ceremony at Southwark Cathedral at 7:00 pm, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA - With prominent speakers and guests. Evening will end with special candle lit display at the yard

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