Europe Day 2014: Public Events | EUNewsletter

Europe Day 2014: Public Events

20 May 2014

Information fair

The second half of the Europe Day Information Week opening day was devoted to an information fair organised near the “October” cinema in Gyumri. Under EU blue-coloured tents, all interested visitors could receive information on current programmes offered and implemented by the European Union in Armenia. In the educational booth young people received information on educational opportunities in Europe, namely the “Erasmus+” and “Tempus” programmes. Another chance for youth to explore Europe is European Voluntary Service (EVS), which allows young people to live and work in different parts of Europe, to develop creative skills, and to devise their own cultural or educational projects. Additionally, the representatives of the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project provided locals with information on reintegration for working migrants.EU Delegation Ambassador Traian Hristea visited the fair, talked to the representatives of each pavilion, and later answered the questions of journalists.


During the fair, artists Sargis Hovhannisyan and Vahagn Ghukasyan began preparing their art installations, which will be presented on 24 May at the closing ceremony of Europe Day Information Week. The idea behind the installations is that the artists portray their own vision of the European Union on the Latin letter “E”,using visual art tools. Ambassador Hristea expressed his appreciation of this initiative, and hoped that it would inspire the artists and create some new ideas.

Charlie Chaplin tribute

The evening of 17 May marked the European Night of Museums in Armenia, and Gyumri was no exception. All the museums on Varpetats Street offered small performances, a particular highlight being the Mher Mkrtchyan museum’s tribute to Charlie Chaplin: the Swiss organization “KASA” put on a short spectacle about the great early 20th century English comedian. Afterwards, the “Kumayri” dancing ensemble presented Armenian national dances. Ambassador Traian Hristea visited the museum, expressed his interest in Mkrtchyan’s life and works and wished Gyumri would be home to many more talents in the future. Other cultural events organized both in frames of the Europe Day and Museum Night took place in Avetik Isahakyan House-Museum and Sisters Mariam and Yeranuhi Aslamazyan gallery.

The Bambir concert

The first day of the Europe Day Information Week ended with a concert by the Armenian rock band The Bambir on Theatre Square in Gyumri. Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea opened the event: ‘It has been a real pleasure to be present at these events dedicated to the celebration of Europe Day – a day of peace and unity. Today you have had the opportunity to enjoy different events, learn new things about Europe, and now you can enjoy the concert by the famous Armenian rock band The Bambir. Europe Day celebrations started here in Gyumri, but we will continue in Yerevan, so I strongly invite you to come and continue to celebrate with us there’. The Bambir then took up the stage and entertained Gyumri citizensgathered on the square with their unique brand of music.

Europe Day 2014: Public Events

Information fair The second half of the Europe Day Information Week opening day was devoted to an information fair organised near the “October” cinema in Gyumri. Under EU blue-coloured tents, all interested visitors could receive information on current programmes offered and implemented by the European Union in Armenia. In the educational booth young people received information on educational opportunities in Europe, namely the “Erasmus+” and “Tempus” programmes. Another chance for youth to explore Europe is European Voluntary Service (EVS), which allows young people to live and work in different parts of Europe, to develop creative skills, and to devise their own cultural or educational projects. Additionally, the representatives of the “Targeted Initiative for Armenia” project provided locals with information on reintegration for working migrants.EU Delegation Ambassador Traian Hristea visited the fair, talked to the representatives of each pavilion, and later answered the questions of journalists. During the fair, artists Sargis Hovhannisyan and Vahagn Ghukasyan began preparing their art installations, which will be presented on 24 May at the closing ceremony of Europe Day Information Week. The idea behind the installations is that the artists portray their own vision of the European Union on the Latin letter “E”,using visual art tools. Ambassador Hristea expressed his appreciation of this initiative, and hoped that it would inspire the artists and create some new ideas. Charlie Chaplin tribute The evening of 17 May marked the European Night of Museums in Armenia, and Gyumri was no exception. All the museums on Varpetats Street offered small performances, a particular highlight being the Mher Mkrtchyan museum’s tribute to Charlie Chaplin: the Swiss organization “KASA” put on a short spectacle about the great early 20th century English comedian. Afterwards, the “Kumayri” dancing ensemble presented Armenian national dances. Ambassador Traian Hristea visited the museum, expressed his interest in Mkrtchyan’s life and works and wished Gyumri would be home to many more talents in the future. Other cultural events organized both in frames of the Europe Day and Museum Night took place in Avetik Isahakyan House-Museum and Sisters Mariam and Yeranuhi Aslamazyan gallery. The Bambir concert The first day of the Europe Day Information Week ended with a concert by the Armenian rock band The Bambir on Theatre Square in Gyumri. Head of the EU Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea opened the event: ‘It has been a real pleasure to be present at these events dedicated to the celebration of Europe Day – a day of peace and unity. Today you have had the opportunity to enjoy different events, learn new things about Europe, and now you can enjoy the concert by the famous Armenian rock band The Bambir. Europe Day celebrations started here in Gyumri, but we will continue in Yerevan, so I strongly invite you to come and continue to celebrate with us there’. The Bambir then took up the stage and entertained Gyumri citizensgathered on the square with their unique brand of music.