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Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted


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and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

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and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Videos from camp: click here:

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Videos from camp: click here:

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Videos from camp: click here:

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted

Click here for GEM Badanegan Facebook Page where all the images, albums
and videos of 2016 camp are posted



A group of 16 players from Homenetmen's Football Academy of Lebanon visited Cyprus to take part in a special football camp and friendly matches.
They played against Homenetmen - AYMA's football team defeating them 7-2.
Below some images from their stay and the farewell ceremony on the grounds of Homenetmen - AYMA in Cyprus.

Images of the ceremony here
Images of the ceremony here

Images of the ceremony here


Nicosia 21 September, 2016 - After the construction of the futsal ground, a new renovation project has been launched by the Cyprus Chapter of Homenetmen-AYMA that will facilitate the growing needs of the premises that houses several Armenian Cypriot organisations.
The ambitious project that will begin soon, will create a bigger space for meetings, press conferences and for welcoming guests for the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and Homenetmen – AYMA.
It will create a patio facing the futsal ground for social gatherings where parents and fans can follow sports and community events.
The entrance of the premises, as well as the corridor will be renovated and a general face-lift will be applied to existing spaces that facilitate the practices of Hamazkayin’s SIPAN dance ensemble as well as the room where the AYF and Junior chapters hold their weekly meetings and their gatherings.
An added electricity supply will facilitate the new structures, so that community members can spend their time in the Armenian center with continued supply of air conditioning and central heating.
Finally, a new kitchen with modern amenities will be constructed to facilitate the in-house food production for AYMA and ARS (HOM) bazaars.
To realise these objectives, Homenetmen-AYMA appeal to members and friends of the Gibrahay community, to respond for their call to participate in the tramahavak.
Details on how to contribute, will be announced shortly.


A book by Marina Christofides

Hi everyone!
Summer may be almost over, but if you still want some summer reading, my new book has just been published and is available from the Solonion, MAM and CVAR bookshops in Nicosia, K. P. Kyriakou bookshop in Limassol, or directly from me via my website
Hope you enjoy it!
Marina Christofides


Click here for more images from the festival in Paralimni

The Armenian Genocide through
the Cypriot press 1914-1923

“The Armenian Genocide through the Cypriot press 1914-1923”
Get your copy for € 25.00 from the office of the Armenian MP.
Tel: 22 454540 Email: as well as from the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus Tel: 22493560 Email:


Published since 1981, now in its 35th year, Artsakank newspaper brings
to your home free of charge, Armenian news and happenings, promoting
and protecting at the same time the western Armenian language
through the volunteer work of dedicated editors.

View it here, save it on your favourites and visit it for
daily updates in Armenian and English

Read the latest issue when it is uploaded after 23 September


Yerkir Media presents "Haygagan Hedk", a series about
Armenian Diaspora communities. We will shortly announce
the date of the documentary about the Armenians of Cyprus.

Trailer here:



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THE TRAILER OF THE PROMISE by Terry George - click here
"The Promise", a movie on the Armenian Genocide of 1915, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and Zareh.
Costumes by Catherine Gorne Achdjian and Pierre Yves Gayraud.
Directed by: Terry George
Produced By: Eric Esrailian, Mike Medavoy, Ralph Winter and William Horberg.
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View the trailer here:

News in Brief

► Former Mayor of Yerevan, 53 year old Karen Karapetian, a top executive at the Russian gas giant Gazprom, has become Armenia's new Prime Minister.
Kim Kardashian condemned the Wall Street Journal for denying Armenian Genocide" in a New York Times advert. "Advocating the denial of a Genocide by the country responsible for it - that’s not publishing a "provocative viewpoint" that’s spreading lies,' said the TV star.
► Iran plans to build a railway connecting cities in Turkey, Armenia and Nakhichevan.
► Chinese police brought 129 telecom fraud suspects back from Armenia that
include 51 from the Chinese mainland and 78 from Taiwan. Armenian law enforcement detected suspicious activity by the suspects this year and reported them to the Chinese police.
Euronews report on Artsakh. Click here
APOEL came from behind to earn a 2-1 win in their Europa League group stage opener against Astana in a dominant performance from the Cypriot champions at the GSP Stadium.
Pope Francis will visit Azerbaijan on October 2.

Gibrahayer Calendar
Sunday 25 September - Sourp Kevork's feast in Limassol.
► Sunday 16 October - ARS (HOM) Sosse Chapter Autumn Fundraising Luncheon at Homenetmen-AYMA.
Wednesday 19 October – Hamazkayin’s Literary Evening at Homenetmen - AYMA
Friday 28 October - Renowned singer from Armenia, Alla Levonyan will give a single concert at the Strovolos Municipal Hall in Nicosia - Cyprus with the participation of Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble. To get your ticket look further down under the event poster.
27-29 October - Homenetmen's 9th Mich Tivanagan Hamakumar in Nicosia - Cyprus, with the participation of all Homenetmen chapters of the world. Host: Homenetmen - AYMA Cyprus.
Saturday 29 October at 7:30pm - Scouts Oath ceremony at Homenetmen-AYMA
Thursday 17 November – Film screening of Manuel Saripegian’s “Prgoutian Kardese” at the University of Nicosia’s UNESCO Hall organised by the "Oshagan" Chapter of Hamazkayin Cyprus.
► Sunday 20 November - Preparation of Madagh at Sourp Asdvadzadzin.
► Saturday 26 November - ARF Dashnaktsoutiun's 126th anniversary celebrations organised by the Cyprus Gomideh.
Sunday 27 November - Madagh at Sourp Asdvadzadzin.
Sunday 11 December 2016 - ARS “Sosse” Chapter Xmas Food Bazaar at Homenetmen-AYMA.
► Sunday 25 December - Homenetmen AYMA dinner dance.
► Sunday 1 January - Santa at Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Thursday 5 January - Christmas Eve: Avedisi Kisher by members of AYF.
► Friday 6 January - Christmas.


Nagorno-Karabakh: a frozen conflict

By Dr. Eleni Theocharous
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THE CPFA (Political Centre for Foreign Affairs- Brussels) organised, in collaboration with the Presidency of Armenia, an International Conference in Stepanakert for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Committee, José Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, Jack Straw, Former Foreign Minister of the UK, and I were invited to travel together with President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh and deliver speeches for the occasion.
After intolerable pressures on the three European politicians from both Turkey-Azerbaijan and America not to go to an “occupied country” officially belonging to Azerbaijan, they cancelled their trip and the government of Armenia was accused of creating a “diplomatic scandal” and crisis by inviting officials and MEPs to a disputed land.
Azerbaijan said that the fact of coinciding the anniversary of Karabakh independence with this event was a “provocation” that could lead to strong consequences and list of non grata people, so President Sargsyan of Armenia was obliged and decided to cancel everything with officials and politicians.
I am very saddened over the cancellation of this important event and I regret that the three politicians decided not to participate.
The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh makes me deeply moved and very proud of the achievements of the Artsakhi people.
I had the privilege to be present in Artsakh many times during the decade of the struggle for freedom and self-determination, working as a volunteer doctor at the military hospital in Stepanakert, the children’s hospital and elsewhere, helping the ‘fedayin’ defence soldiers and the population.
I am very proud for living the epos of victory and liberation of this Armenian territory. My heart and thoughts are always there, and I am ready to return if the circumstances deem it necessary.
As a Member of the European Parliament, and as the President of the EU-Armenia Friendship Group, I have devoted myself to defending the interests of the Armenian people and I can assure you I will never stop emphasising the achievements of the Artsakhi people to every authority, either at the European or at global level.
Nagorno-Karabakh has always been an Armenian land. The illegal decisions of the Soviet authoritarian regime to incorporate the region into the artificial state of Azerbaijan will never be accepted by the Armenian people. The Armenians of Artsakh have been living there for centuries and have been developing their own civilisation and culture, evident in every single square kilometre of their homeland. They are not conquerors, but only the lawful inhabitants of Nagorno-Karabakh, who have fought and are still fighting against the Azeri administration and the Azeri troops in order to defend their freedom, their dignity and their land, as provided by Article 51 of the UN Charter.
On 20 February 1988, the Regional Council of Nagorno-Karabakh claimed from the Supreme Soviets of the Azerbaijan SSR and the Armenian SSR the removal of Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan. Since then, an ongoing political and military conflict has been underway, while the Armenians are struggling for their legal rights and interests.
The Armenians fought for their legal right to define the status quo of Nagorno-Karabakh. They have never accepted, in any legal or political way, the status quo enforced by the Soviet regime which abounds to illegalities.
In this regard, Armenians deem that they are not legally bound by the decisions taken by the Soviet system. They have never accepted that they are part of Azerbaijan. On the contrary, they consciously and constantly fight for their right of deciding their own destiny and future. Hence, the Artsakhi people have never abandoned their right to self-determination and have fought bravely for decades, in order to establish that right and gain their freedom.
It is evident that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh fulfil the legal and political criteria required by the UN Charter (Article 1, Paragraph 2) regarding the right of people to self-determination. As I have said before, I strongly believe that they have the right to freely decide what their future should be and, to that end, the international community should respect the people of Nagorno-Karabakh and the democratic values and principles upon which it is based.
A fair and sustainable solution to this “frozen conflict” would therefore mean awarding self-determination to Nagorno-Karabakh. Under no circumstances will we ever accept bringing the people of Nagorno-Karabakh under Azeri rule and thus turning them into slaves.
Allow me at this point to say that in no way does the case of Nagorno-Karabakh simulate the case of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC). The latter was illegally established after the Turkish invasion in 1974, the occupation of 37 per cent of Cyprus and the continuous efforts of altering the demographic character of the island by the means of illegal settlement. The ‘TRNC’ is in effect not recognised by the international community in any way.

Dr. Eleni Theocharous is an MEP and leader of the Solidarity Movement



Graffiti art with all 38 Armenian alphabet letters and some trchnakir, symbols of prosperity, ornamental mandala designs and the artist's tags to energise the new school year.
This is a project initiated, planned & supervised by the Nicosia Nareg Parents Association members, supported by the School Principal and taken up on a voluntary basis by the graffiti/street artists; George Kyrou, Sope Angelos, Giovannis Hannadjias & Stelios Papageorgiou.
The wall of the Nareg school of Nicosia now looks like something like this:


Nicosia, Tuesday 20 September, 2016

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Marierose Tarkmanian of Larnaca won the Women's Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship - an Arnold Classic qualifying event - on Saturday 10 September at Lefkotheo – Nicosia and she will be representing Cyprus in a team of six, which will participate in the World Championships in Spain later this month.

Life coach Tarkmanian had by her side her fans of AYF Badanegan, with whom she spent a few days at AYF Junior camp in August, where she inspired all those who were present at her lecture sessions. The poster held by the Badanegan members “We share your dream” refers to striving to become the best we can be and defying the odds in life, concepts that evidently touched our young generation who have created a special bond with the champion from the first second they met her.

After the event, she showed off her trophy and celebrated her victory at Homenetmen AYMA - Cyprus, with young and older members of Gibrahay community.
We wish her all the best in the Arnold Classic.
Go get it champ!

To Thomas with love



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The Armenian Institute is pleased to announce the publication of Kim Bu Ermeniler?, the Turkish translation of the popular children’s book, Who Are the Armenians? Translated by Lora Sari and published in partnership with Aras Publishers of Istanbul and the Armenian Institute, the project received generous funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Author Susan Pattie and co-authors Gagik Stepan-Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan worked with Lora Sari to adapt the text and images to Turkish language readers, adding a further eight pages to the already expanded 2nd edition of the original English version. With pages on language, history, games, food, customs, music and much else, the book includes activities and audio supplement now found on the website, replacing the earlier CD.
Though created for children, this book is a colorful and lively introduction to Armenians for people of all ages. Its Portuguese edition has been the best-selling book in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s bookstore for many months.
Please visit to learn more about the book and find sample pages in Turkish as well as the English and Portuguese editions. Books can be ordered directly from, through the book’s website (above) or from in London.
Further information:
Kim Bu Ermeniler has been welcomed by both Jamanak and Agos newspapers in Istanbul. For the Agos article, please see:…/agaci-yasken-egelim-ermenileri-ilk
Dr. Susan Pattie
Senior Research Fellow
University College London
44 (0)207 978 9104
44 (0)7496 384 114
Trustee, Armenian Institute


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About Hilda Paroian
Hilda Paroian was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1983. At the age of 16, she started private vocal coaching sessions with Professor of Opera and Concert Soloist, Sona Gargaloyan and just after completing 2 years, Hilda was given the opportunity to perform a recital where she sang an Aria from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A. Mozart. At this recital, she was approached and offered a scholarship to Italy in order to pursue her passion for classical music which sadly she turned down in order to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management.
In 2003, Hilda was chosen to participate in the choir “Madrigal” under the guidance of the conductor, Miroslav Gospodinoff. One of the many performances was the 23rd International Choral Festival that took place in Preveza, Greece. She also participate in the 23rd Pancyprian Christmas Carols & Religious song festival in 2007 under the direction of Stavros Papantoniou.
In 2010, she took part at the recital entitled "New Voices" performing famous aria pieces by Mozart, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and many others. As singing for charitable causes is close to Hilda’s heart, in 2013 she was asked to sing for a charity concert hosted by the Red Cross entitled "From Hearts to Hearts" for children with heart diseases.
In the same year, Hilda also performed for the Armenians affected by the war in Syria and towards the end of the year, together with fellow opera singers, hosted a successful evening which included a recital entitled "Voci di Autunno" at the Castelliotissa Hall where a selection of famous arias and duets were performed. In 2015, she took part in the ceremony dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
In the same year, Hilda also took part in the charity event organized by the Pancyprian Thalassaemia Association which consisted of famous opera arias and duets. In 2016, Hilda received her Advanced Certificate in Singing with Distinction from the Trinity College London. She also successfully completed her training to become a certified and licensed “Musikgarten” early childhood music and movement instructor.


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