ARF Celebrates its 122nd Anniversary

An anniversary is a jubilant event wherein all those involved will celebrate. On Saturday December 15th, Armenians of London celebrated the 122nd anniversary of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. A lot of time and hard work went into what was a night to remember. During the event the speaker, Annette Moskofian, began by welcoming all attendees. Followed by the speech on behalf of the ARF, delivered by George Hovhanessyan.

The celebrations started straightaway with Ardem Khachadour and Vartan Baghdasaryan taking the stage and playing classical Armenian songs on their string instruments. They were joined soon by popular vocalists Bedros Bedrosyan and Monica Nazarian – finalists on Shant TV’s “Joghovrdagan Yerkich” programme. Bedros and Monica alternated for much of the evening, singing many popular patriotic and revolutionary songs. They did so in their own personal modern styles, which the audience was thoroughly entertained and enthused by.

Mr Armen Rustamyan

A brief intermission brought onstage Mr. Armen Rustamyan (inset), chairman of the Supreme Council of Armenia and the leader of the ARF Parliamentary Group in the National Assembly of Armenia, to deliver his speech. He gave a concise and insightful talk about the ARF, mentioning that the celebration was not just for the ARF but also for all Armenians. He encouraged all Armenians, be they in Armenia or the Diaspora, to “become one organism”.

The second half began, bringing several more songs which many audience members were familiar with. The singers ended the concert in a powerful and moving rendition of “Hayer Miatsek”, echoing the words of our guest speaker. Congratulations to the ARF for their 122nd Anniversary! As said in the popular revolutionary song “Gini Litz” and repeated in a succinct speech at the after-party, “Polores ge khemenk HoHiTa-i genatseh” appropriately sums the emotions of the evening.

— Arda Haladjian

Performers

Left image:    Monica Nazarian
Right image:  Bedros Bedrosyan (front), Vartan Baghdasaryan (rear left) and Ardem Khachadour (rear right)

Photos: Andre Asaturyan

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