“Two Homes” – the long-awaited charity concert in Plovdiv raised BGN 5,300 On December 10, 2022, at the emblematic Dramatic Theater in Plovdiv, a fundraising dance and music concert “Two Homes” was held, organized by AGBU Plovdiv, in which a total of 66 performers participated, from the youngest at 4 years old. The sold out fundraiser greeted guests with a welcome drink with Armenian wines, compliments of Armenian market Universam Plovdiv. AGBU Plovdiv dance groups “Astghigner”, “Yerazank” and “Nreni” celebrated their 10th anniversary since the foundation of AGBU Plovdiv dance ensemble. They were greeted by the audience with great enthusiasm and warmth. The newly founded children’s vocal group “Zartonk” led by Lamara Zadoyan also took part in the concert.
The host of the program, Sylvia Yuzengidjian, announced to the audience that all participants in the dance groups give their time and effort and dedication benevolently, and the funds collected from the Performance will be used for the participation of the youth in international and national programs which aim to continue the preservation of our Armenian cultural heritage.
During his welcome speech, the spiritual pastor of the Plovdiv Armenian church “Surp Kevork” – Fr Hrach Muradyan noted that the Armenian people, forced to scatter around the world, have this important taks that lasts their lifetime – to preserve their culture, faith and spirit, rebuilding and protecting their home, far from the Motherland.
The official guests of the event were Mrs. Marine Mkurtichyan, political and economic attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Bulgaria, representatives of the “Culture, Archeology and Tourism” department at the Municipality of Plovdiv, representatives of the Municipality of Plovdiv from the Northern region, representatives from the Church parish council of the Armenian Church “Surp Kevork” in Plovdiv, the Chairman of the “Together” Foundation, Mrs. Lalka Zlatanova, Chairmen and representatives of the Armenian organizations in Plovdiv and the country: AGBU Burgas, AGBU Haskovo, Armenian Revolutionary Federation “Tashnaktsutyun”, “Arax” Foundation, “Yerevan” – Cultural and Educational organization, HOM, Homenetmen, Union of Armenians in Europe, etc.
Congratulatory addresses for this undertaking was received from across the Atlantic – by the President of AGBU – Mr. Berge Setrakian, as well as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese in Bulgaria His Holiness Bishop Datev Hagopian, from Mr. Zdravko Dimitrov, Mayor of Plovdiv, gift baskets, flowers and congratulations were also presented by Marine Mkurtichyan – on behalf of the Embassy of Armenia in Sofia, Marie Gazazyan from “Young Ambassadors of the Diaspora”, AGI -1, “Arax” Foundation, Mina Nikolova, the Kyuregian family, by friends and fans.
The spectacle “Two Homes” was the result of the dedicated work of two tireless ladies – Angela Veziryan-Natcheva, choreographer and artistic director, and Hripsime Nourikian, Chairperson of AGBU Plovdiv, and the music for the Performance was a wonderful collection with traditional sound, combined in some melodies with elements of a contemporary music, the work of DJ Mikey Flex (Mihran Erniasyan), who prepared some of the music mixes that were featured during the concert.
What the audience didn’t see were the endless hours of repetition, the creative energy invested, the personal time and devotion of the young people, children and their parents, the trips to and from Plovdiv by the young people from AGBU Haskovo, the organization and logistics by Hripsime Nourikian, so that the impact of the performance would be moving and memorable.
Fifteen dances and two musical performances by the vocal group “Zartonk” left the audience breathless, as the spectators, standing on their feet, filled the air with applause long after the last dance.
Photo credit: Svetomir Slavov
AGBU Plovdiv Press Office