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Lorva Orran Centre for Armenian cultural, artistic and culinary entertainment

8 July 2014
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On 28 June the opening ceremony of the Lorva Orran Centre for Armenian cultural, artistic and culinary entertainment took place in Pambak, Lori region. The opening ceremony was attended by travel agencies and tour operators, international organisations, and embassies in Armenia, and was organised by the “SOSE Charity” NGO, which is currently implementing the EU-funded “Contribution of tourism to poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia” project.

Nelly Sedrakyan, Head of SOSE, said: ‘This project is aimed at fighting poverty and improving social conditions in the region. We conducted research to find aspects of rural tourism that would be of more interest to foreigners in Armenia. As a result, we came up with a guide book, which will soon be provided to tour agencies. These will help tourists in Armenia find opportunities for specific cultural entertainment in Lori and Tavush regions. Within the framework of the project we also ran English training courses, thus making sure that locals would be able to maintain a minimal level of communication with tourists’.

The International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, John Barker, noted that fighting poverty was very high on the EU agenda: ‘This project is a perfect example of how the European Union supports Armenians in creating employment and new economic opportunities. I am hopeful that our collaboration on tourism will continue’.
Reiner Thienel, a German tourism expert, expressed his excitement with the work done within the project agenda. He noted the joviality and sincerity of the Armenian people and listed aspects of tourism of high interest to today’s European tourists.

The event contained several interactive activities linked to Armenian culture, for example learning about the history and traditions of Armenian cuisine and on how to bake the Armenian flatbread “lavash”. During the music workshop the participants received a presentation on local musical instruments and Armenian national dances, and then had the opportunity to learn the basics of certain dances and wear traditional costumes.
The project is financed by the European Union, with a total budget of €150,000.

Lorva Orran Centre for Armenian cultural, artistic and culinary entertainment

On 28 June the opening ceremony of the Lorva Orran Centre for Armenian cultural, artistic and culinary entertainment took place in Pambak, Lori region. The opening ceremony was attended by travel agencies and tour operators, international organisations, and embassies in Armenia, and was organised by the “SOSE Charity” NGO, which is currently implementing the EU-funded "Contribution of tourism to poverty alleviation in the regions of Armenia" project. Nelly Sedrakyan, Head of SOSE, said: ‘This project is aimed at fighting poverty and improving social conditions in the region. We conducted research to find aspects of rural tourism that would be of more interest to foreigners in Armenia. As a result, we came up with a guide book, which will soon be provided to tour agencies. These will help tourists in Armenia find opportunities for specific cultural entertainment in Lori and Tavush regions. Within the framework of the project we also ran English training courses, thus making sure that locals would be able to maintain a minimal level of communication with tourists’. The International Aid/Cooperation Officer of the EU Delegation to Armenia, John Barker, noted that fighting poverty was very high on the EU agenda: ‘This project is a perfect example of how the European Union supports Armenians in creating employment and new economic opportunities. I am hopeful that our collaboration on tourism will continue’. Reiner Thienel, a German tourism expert, expressed his excitement with the work done within the project agenda. He noted the joviality and sincerity of the Armenian people and listed aspects of tourism of high interest to today’s European tourists. The event contained several interactive activities linked to Armenian culture, for example learning about the history and traditions of Armenian cuisine and on how to bake the Armenian flatbread “lavash”. During the music workshop the participants received a presentation on local musical instruments and Armenian national dances, and then had the opportunity to learn the basics of certain dances and wear traditional costumes. The project is financed by the European Union, with a total budget of €150,000.