Armenia

Armenia Tour of Cultural Experiences: Armenian Churches, Matenadaran, Duduk & More

Armenia is a gem of a country to visit and the reasons to travel to Armenia are many; in this guide we share some of our favourite Armenia places to visit and share some of the country’s distinctive draws for travelers interested in encountering a rich cultural heritage and having a transformative experience! Our top ten highlights were selected based on the insight they offer into Armenia’s soul and psyche.

Armenia Tour of Cultural Experiences: Armenian Churches, Matenadaran,  Duduk & More

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

To understand the story of the Armenian writing system and Armenia’s alphabet is to have a glimpse into the heart, soul & identity of its people. One of the world’s ten oldest countries, Armenia has endured despite onslaughts from aggressors and its alphabet may well be the reason why.

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

Marie Lou Papazion is the founding CEO of the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia, a free after-school learning program that serves 14,000 teens. TUMO offers self-learning activities, workshops and project labs in 14 disciplines that include animation, game development, film-making, web design, music, writing and robotics among other areas.This conversation with Marie Lou offers insight into Armenian culture of today, as well as the back story to an intriguing educational approach that has implications for all of us in terms of how we see the world.

Interview with Marie-Lou Papazian, CEO of TUMO

The Best of Armenian Culture Presented by Locals

What's the best window into a culture? Its people! BCD firmly believes locals are the experts on their country and that's who to ask for recommendations! Here's 22 Armenians with their take on what they consider the best of their culture!

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The Best of Armenian Culture Presented by Locals

Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity

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.

Sasunik & Armenian Dance: Connection to Home, Culture & Identity

Faces of Armenia

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!

Faces of Armenia

Making Lavash! The Folk Song that is an Ode to Armenian Bread

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!

Making Lavash! The Folk Song that is an Ode to Armenian Bread

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

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.

Armenian Folk Song a Plea to Diaspora to Come Home

Making Traditional Armenian Dolma Dish

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.

Making Traditional Armenian Dolma Dish

Armenia Tree Project: Pioneer in Deforestation Solutions & Environmental Education

Anahit Gharibyan was the first employee of the Armenia Tree Project Charitable Foundation (ATP) when it was created in 1994 by philanthropist Carolyn Mugar. In this in-depth and highly personal interview, Anahit shares the story of this pioneering environmental education initiative’s deforestation solutions against the backdrop of Armenia’s history going from a former Soviet state to independence, and her own experience of being a member of the diaspora--twice.

Armenia Tree Project: Pioneer in Deforestation Solutions & Environmental Education