Armenian Culture and Solidarity Association
Armenian Culture and Solidarity Association, Armenian Culture in short, is established on July 14th, 2010. The association, with the aim of cherishing and introducing the Armenian culture, is open to both Armenian community in Turkey and Turkish community.
One of the most significant priorities of Armenian Culture is to cherish and spread the Western Armenian, which is among the endangered languages according to UNESCO. Western Armenian workshops have been organized for a year now with the lectures of Talar Şilelyan. In the first course, as an “Introduction to Armenian”, 38 letters of the Armenian alphabet and reading exercises are practiced and then numbers, months and days, colors, foods, professions, greeting, introducing one, verbs and the basic tenses are studied.
Another mission that Armenian Culture has been undertaking delicately is to increase the cultural productivity of Armenian community. As a starting point, Armenian Culture has worked together with Gola Association and organized the concerts of Hasmik Harutyunyan, an outstanding representative of Armenian folk music, and Anahit Artushyan, a Kanun player. Moreover, various films and documentaries are being screened every month.
Armenian history and near past of Turkey is also important for Armenian Culture. Oral History Workshop, which was organized with the moderation of Nora Tataryan in 2011, aimed to reconsider on the concepts of memory, remembering and forgetting within the framework of oral history. 2012 Oral History project, “We Haven’t Taken that Subject Yet: Education System and Representation in Turkey” still continues within Armenian Culture. When the studies are complete on the educational matters of different identities in Turkey, a booklet will be prepared based on the discussions.
Another workshop, Racism Theory and Studies, is moderated by Nazife Kostukoglu; a PhD student in Bogazici University. Racism Theory and Studies Workshop aims to inform the participants with an approach of blending history and theory, then to analyze the description and conceptualization of racism and finally to build up productive discussions on “race”, gender and class relations.
Armenian Culture has a number of future projects and one of them is to adapt several animation movies to Western Armenian and show them in Armenian schools.
Eventually, Armenian Culture aims to structure a social network around solidarity in Armenian community. Armenian Culture forms an area that all Armenians in Turkey can express themselves freely. It is open to everyone and aims to bring out new and useful projects for us all.