Noyan Tapan
Au g 29, 2008

YEREVAN, AUGUST 29, NOYAN TAPAN. Naregatsi Art Union (NAU) with the
support of Ministries of Culture of the RA and the Republic of Lebanon,
as well as with the support of the two countries' Embassies holds
a Week of Lebanon's Culture from August 27 to September 2. During
these days the Armenian audience will get acquainted with Lebanon's
rich culture. A celebration devoted to the Lebanese poet Gibran
Kahlil Gibran will be held at the RA Writers' Union, Fayha Choir will
give concerts, the performance of An Unfinished Novel will be on in
Hovhannes Toumanian State Puppet Theatre based on the play of the
same name by Lebanese-Armenian writer Ara Artsrouni.

Within the framework of the week an exhibition of Lebanese-Armenian
artist Raffi Antonian's works opened at NAU on August 27. The
traditions and everyday life of the inhabitants of Mousa Dag prevail
in the thematics of the artist's works.

As Fayha's artistic director Pargev Taslakian noted during the
press-conference on the same day, Arabic, French, Iraqi and Armenian
songs are included in the song-list of the choir founded in 2003. Fayha
is a laureate of a number of international contests, it released its
first album in 2007, it has also participated in the musical setting
of a number of films. In 2008 the choir will perform in Italy, Egypt,
France and Lebanon.

In the words of contemporary Arab poet Henri Zogeyb, he is very
glad that Gibran Kahlil Gibran's works are being translated into
Armenian. He hopes that Armenian readers who strive for peace, love
and justice will also be inspired with the works of the great poet.

Riad Alamedi, director of the Culture Department of Safadi Fund
of Lebanon, said that there is a great wish to organize a Week of
Armenia's Culture in Lebanon. It was also mentioned that 500 thousand
Armenians live in Lebanon and that they have made a great contribution
to the development of Lebanese culture.