Hamazkayin Celebrates 25 Years in the UK

Hamazkayin UK consistently hosts culturally stimulating and educational events for the UK Armenian community. This month it celebrated its 25th anniversary in London with a cocktail-style celebration which we attended and thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s to another 25 years Hamazkayin UK!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association in the UK. Hamazkayin UK was founded on 31st October 1990. In the last 25 years it has put its stamp on the London Armenian Community and is now moving forward with firm steps and a well-established presence.

On this occasion, Hamazkayin UK held a celebratory evening in the Navasartian Centre, London in the presence of His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Movses Sargsyan. Also present at the event was Hamazkayin Central Committee Member for Europe, Mrs. Anna Hovhannisian, specially invited from Paris. The event was attended by Mr. Hayk Khemchyan, representing the Armenian Embassy in the UK, and Mr. Ara Palamoudian, Chairman of the Armenian Community Council-GB. Representatives of various organisations and establishments, prominent figures and many members of the community also attended the event.

The cocktail-style evening started with the blessing of the table by His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, which was shortly followed by a cultural program, presented by Ms. Alenoush Grigorians and speeches by Dr. Hrach Boghosian, current Chairman of Hamazkayin UK, and Mr. Hayastan Vartanian, a founding member and chairman for a number of years. There were also congratulatory speeches by Mrs. Anna Hovhannisian and Mr. Hayk Khemchyan,

Poems were recited by two of the community’s youngsters, Annie Stepanian and Narineh Beshirian, and a reading presented by Miss Arda Haladjian. A piano recital by Miss Lilit Nagapetyan who played pieces from Arno Babajanian gave an artistic element to the evening, which is fitting for Hamazkayin. A word of blessing from the Bishop and the cutting of the cake concluded the event.

During the evening, as always, the organisers made a promise to continue pursuing the educational and cultural work in the interest of the development of the London Armenian Community and especially the younger generation.

— Hamazkayin UK

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