Join BCD in a journey to Sasunik, about 40 minutes north of Yerevan, Armenia's capital and experience an exuberant manifestation of traditional dance by local school girls. The country's ancient tradition of folk dance is a physical expression of making a visceral connection to the land, an expression of rootedness, of home, of community and of identity. Learn about the poignant history of Sasunik's founders' escape from the Genocide, the Armenian epic called the Daredevils of Sassoun, and the role of heroes in keeping our cultures alive.
BCD recently spent time soaking up the culture of Armenia, a nation and former Soviet republic in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. Armenia is one of the world's oldest civilizations--in 2018, its capital of Yerevan celebrates its founding 2800 years ago! The country has a tremendously rich culture and music is an essential part of its everyday life and widely used to impart the spectrum of human emotion. Meet some of the warm & welcoming Armenians who shared their culture with BCD!
Witness how lavash, an Armenian traditional thin bread, is made. It's production is considered a ceremony in Armenia and is even the beloved subject of a folk song called, "Hats Ktkhem Garia." Prepare to see an essential part of Armenian cuisine being made--accompanied by the beautiful voice of Anush Stepanyan!
Let Srbuhi Martirosyan of Sasounik Armenia move you with a heartfelt plea for Armenian diaspora to return home. Today there are 7 million Armenians in diaspora and only 3 million living in their native land. Listen to this folk song named "Tatrakik," written by Hayrik Ghazaryan, and feel the music in your soul.
Dolma is one of Armenia's favorite dishes and part of the country's national cuisine. It consists of stuffed vegetable dishes often wrapped in grape or cabbage leaves. Enjoy watching dolma be made by chef, Raya Babinyan, accompanied by singer Anush Stepanyan singing a folk song especially dedicated to this beloved Armenian dish.