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I N   T H I S   I S S U E
- AGBU President and Armenia's new leadership discuss areas of cooperation
- Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan visits AGBU Armenia
- Media as a Diaspora - Armenia bridge: reflecting on Velvet Revolution coverage
- AGBU discovers talents
- AGBU Armenia cultural events 
-  and more...
N E W S
AGBU PRESIDENT AND ARMENIA'S NEW LEADERSHIP DISCUSS AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST AND COOPERATION  
AGBU president Berge Setrakian, accompanied by AGBU board members Vasken Yacoubian and Yervant Zorian, attended a series of meetings and working sessions with the president of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, the prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, the parliament speaker Ara Babloyan, and the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Diaspora, Education and Science. 
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here.
AGBU ARMENIA WELCOMES DIASPORA MINISTER MKHITAR HAYRAPETYAN 
AGBU Armenia hosted the new Diaspora Minister Mkhitar Hayrapetyan and Deputy Minister Babken Der Grigorian. The parties discussed the Ministry’s various new initiatives and identified areas of cooperation aimed at meaningfully engaging the diaspora in the development of Armenia. 
See our Facebook post here.
ARMENIA'S PRESIDENT ARMEN SARKISSIAN MEETS THE STUDENTS OF AGBU MANOOGIAN-DEMIRDJIAN SCHOOL
Democratic Armenia with strong economic performance! This is how the students of AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School want to see their ancestral homeland. 
See H1 Public TV's coverage on President Armen Sarkissian hosting the students of the Armenian school located in Los Angeles, California.

 
THE MEDIA AS A DIASPORA-ARMENIA BRIDGE  
Around one hundred editors, reporters, and publishers – both local and from diaspora – gathered at the AGBU Armenia headquarters in Yerevan to exchange thoughts and ideas, to widen their networks and to reflect on how the Velvet Revolution was covered in Armenia and abroad. 
Read the full article here.
AGBU DISCOVERS TALENTS 
The young talents of Armenia impressed the international jury: 25 monetary awards were granted instead of the planned 4. Another 15 musical instruments were given to the participants for 1-year. 
48 talented kids and youth participated in a 2-day musical competition of string musicians in four different age categories organized jointly by AGBU Europe, AGBU Armenia and a New-York based musician advocacy non-profit "Musicians for Musicians".

See our Facebook post here.
DESTINATION – ARMENIA: KRIKOR DARAKJIAN
The recent episode of H1 Public TV's "Destination - Armenia" series featured Dr. Krikor Datakjian, the director and the cardiologist of AGBU Claudia Nazarian Medical Center for Syrian-Armenians.
AGBU WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR SYRIAN RELIEF
Special delivery from France! Patrick Gourdikian from UGAB Marseille donated and sent packages of brand new clothes to Armenia for Syrian Armenian refugees who have moved there since the war.
See our Facebook post 
here.
ARMAVIR SCHOOL TEAM WINS THE CHESS SCHOOL TOURNAMENT 
To promote literacy and healthy lifestyle choices, in 2018, AGBU Armenia awarded the tournament participants with board games, kindles, laptops, portable speakers and bicycles. Since 2008, AGBU has sponsored the annual Republican Inter-school Chess Tournament across Armenia, Artsakh and Javakhk region of Georgia.
Watch the interview to H1 Public TV's morning show here.
 Y O U T H   P R O G R A M S   2 0 1 8 
AGBU YEREVAN SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2018
Twenty-four eager and talented students from Canada, France, Greece, Russia, Kuwait and USA joined us in Yerevan for a 6-week internship program. The students spent an unforgettable summer of professional enrichment and networking, while interning at the nation’s leading global companies and institutions, including Microsoft Armenia, National Instruments, Grant Thornton, Izmirlian Medical Center, RA Central Bank.
 
AGBU MUSICAL ARMENIA PROGRAM EXPANDS ITS GEOGRAPHY
Talented musicians from CIS countries receive an opportunity to discover one of the world’s most ancient cultures and its music. 
AGBU Musical Armenia program, presented at XIII Forum of scientific and creative intelligentsia of the CIS states on June 19-21 in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan, aroused great interest and enthusiasm among the participants of the Forum.
See our Facebook post here.
B R I D G E   F O R   C S O s
Bringing Real Impact with Diaspora Global Engagement
BRIDGE4CSOs GRANTEES
We continue supporting Armenian civil society organizations to better serve their constituents and advance their mission. Meet our grantees from Innovation for Social Impact and Social Enterprise Scale-up grants, provided by the AGBU's EU-funded Bridge for CSOs programme.
More to come in the Fall! 
TOGETHER4ARMENIA WEBSITE RE-LAUNCHED
For AGBU, a vibrant and capable civil society is a precondition for building a strong Armenia. We believe that engaging professionals from the diaspora is a unique way of strengthening Armenian civil society and creating long-standing bridges between the Diaspora and Armenia. This is our double bottom line, and Togeter4Armenia platform serves that objective. 
E V E N T S

 

AGBU ARMENIA HOSTS AWARD-WINNING VFX SUPERVISOR DARIUSH DERAKHSHANI 
Meet Dariush Derakhshani, US-based award-winning visual effects supervisor, the man behind the special effects of "Apocalypto", "Die Hard 5", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Red" and "Game of Thrones". Dariush conducted his “Importance of Visual Effects in Today’s Media” lecture at AGBU Armenia as part of US Embassy's American Film Showcase.
See our Facebook post here.
"LA STRUCTURE EST POURRIE, CAMARADE" BY VIKEN BERBERIAN
La Structure est Pourrie, Camarade exposition based on Viken Berberian's acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, illustrated by Yann Kebbi, was on at AGBU Armenia Gallery until June 15. The exhibit featured behind the scenes content, extracts from the novel, as well as a short film by Gariné Torossian. Before closing the exhibition AGBU Armenia also held a panel discussion on the behind the scenes and cultural criticism of "La Structure". 
Here are the Facebook posts for the exhibition and the talk.
REBECCA TOPAKIAN'S "DAME GULIZAR AND OTHER LOVE STORIES"
“Dame Gulizar and Other Love Stories”, a solo exhibit of works by Rebecca Topakian, was held at AGBU Armenia as part of the Francophonie Cultural Days in Armenia. 
Here is the Facebook post for the exhibition.
THE SONG OF A REFUGEE
MIHR Theater presented The Song of a Refugee inspired by Heriqnaz Galstyan’s sculptural work, “Horovel” at AGBU Armenia.  The site-specific performance combines and erases the border between space, musician and dancer. 

 
A G B U  G L O B A L  
CREATIVE ARMENIA AND AGBU LAUNCH FELLOWSHIPS TO CHAMPION INNOVATIVE TALENTS
Creative Armenia and AGBU are delighted to announce the launch of the Creative Armenia-AGBU Fellowships, which will discover, nourish and promote creative talents across the arts. Through a year-long program of funding, mentorship and tailored promotion strategies, Creative Armenia and AGBU will empower innovative artists to achieve a career breakthrough, both locally and globally.
Read the full article here.
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