This year, the sixth edition of the Armenian Street (Strada Armeneasca) Festival takes place between August 2 and 4, and brings a number of events for the whole family to the heart of the Armenian Quarter of Bucharest. Exhibitions and workshops, craftsmen, guided tours, culinary delights, traditional dances and unforgettable dances, all these things are waiting for you during the three festival days on the Armeneasca Street. Access is free.
The festival will start on Friday, April2, with a number of concerts and dance performances combining tradition with modernity. During the three festival days, music bands and soloists well known by the Bucharest audience will climb the stage, such as The Motans (August 3), Moonlight Breakfast (August 4) and Valeria Stoica (August 3), as well as ensembles and bands from the Armenian communities ((Karin Folk Dance and Song Group, Miko & Crew, the Vartavar Ensemble, the Hayakaghak Ensemble), Jewish communities (Bucharest Klemzer Band, the Haverim band, the Hora band, the Hazamir Choir), Roma community (Mahala Rai Band, Taraful Frații Cocoș), Greek community (the Kymata Ensemble, the Asteria Ensemble, Antonia Cojocaru (The Greek Diamond), Acropolis Band), and for the second year in a row, the Italian community (soprano Irina Mosu-Velciu and pianist Roman Manoleanu).
Together with the Teryan Cultural Center of Armenia, two workshops will be organized under the festival, a handmade embroidery workshop and a textile woodcut workshop, both of them being Armenian traditions. Another point of interest of the festival is the Calligraphy Workshop, where the public will meet the Armenian alphabet and its unique features. As a novelty, compared to the previous years, at the Calligraphy Workshop, visitors can meet the members of the Jewish and Greek communities who will present their alphabet in their turn. At the end, each participant can take home a souvenir on which his or her name is imprinted.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend an original demonstration: Bogdan Hovhannisyan, a professional sculptor from Vanadzor (Armenia) comes to the Armenian Street Festival to share with the public the tradition of the Khachkar – the stone cross sculpture.
As in the previous years, guided tours through the Armenian Quarter will be organized during the festival days, in partnership with the Cultour Association; the tours will include important places from Bucharest, such as the Armenian Cathedral, the Dudian Museum or the Melik house, the oldest habitable house in Bucharest.
The Armenian Cathedral will also host a religious music concert held by soprano Armine Khachatryan, dedicated to celebrating 150 years since the birth of the Archimandrite Komitas (the great Armenian composer, musicologist, ethnologist and teacher), which also includes songs of the Maestro. Throughout the festival days, visitors will also be able to admire the exhibition dedicated to the Centenary of the Union of Armenians in Romania and an art exhibition aiming at familiarizing the public with some of the most important works of the Armenian artists of all times.
Booklovers will be glad to find out that the Book Street, made with the support of the Ararat Publishing House, continues its tradition at the Armenian Street Festival. Participants can browse the books made available to them for free and they can take home interesting volumes.
During the weekend, the children, the parents and the grandparents are invited to theater. The Amphitheatrrom Cultural Association brings two well-known plays on the festival’s stage: “Printul cel obraznic si batranul intelept”, an adapted story by Anton Pann, script and directed by Sorin Sandu and mangipe Prandemasque / Cerere in casatorie, a delicious comedy made after the homonymous play by A.P. Cehov, in an original staging. Then, the appreciated team named Mini ArtShow will present the theater play for children Little Red Riding Hood, the interactive show Gheato-explozii and the creative workshops Fantezii din Hartie (Paper Fantaises) and Figurine din ipsos (Plaster Figurines). And the surprises for kids will continue with two of the most funny activities in the program: the already famous water fight, a feast which is called Vartavar by Armenians, which will take place on Sunday, August 4, and the first Break-In in Romania, organized with the Edutainment Association and available for the first time at the Armenian Street Festival.
The full schedule will be soon available on the Facebook page of the Festival and at stradaarmeneasca.ro.