The Last Bell 

Portrait exhibition in Zwolle, NL & Oulu, FIN

I was invited to do a portrait series of the people of Sarigyugh by my friend Lucine. I was in town during the last week of school in May which was a highly symbolic time to be around. The kids were busy organizing all the festivities and dance balls, but most of them were going to be gone soon after their high school bells chime for the last time. The reception was warm. I shot nearing 50 people – all of them in the environment where I met them in natural light. Yet I had an aim to portray the village lifestyle through these stories as fully as possible. The original series of 15 portraits was first exhibited in Grote Kerk, Zwolle in July and August 2019. It will be seen again in Oulu, Finland on 27 Jan till 16 Feb 2020.

- Miika O. Koskela

SԱRI FEST 2019

The first ever festival in Sarigyugh

When I first visited Sarigyugh in 2017 I was devastated to experience the level of cultural decay that has been a reality in most Armenian rural environments over 30 years. Project SARI started activity in Sarigyugh  and organized this festival in order to draw attention towards the situation and try to solve some of these issues. An army of volunteers pushed the concept to its limits. We end up organizing the first ever festival in Sarigyugh, hosted approx. 2000 visitors from all over the country including the governor and the religious head of Tavush and made it to national news that week. It was a tremendous success, accomplished in 2 weeks! We plan to organize the festival every June 2nd of every year!

- Lucine Ellarian

Synthposium

Volunteering at an electronic festival in Yerevan

In May of 2019 the first ever electronic music festival was held in Yerevan with a line-up of more than 50 artists from abroad. It was a tremendous success. A few weeks later the organisation got in touch with me to collaborate on a project they wanted to enroll outside of the capital. We came up with an idea to offer volunteering experience to a group of youngsters from Sarigyugh during their next event: Synthposium Yerevan. For three days 16 volunteers worked at the festival sight as part of the team. Each of them was linked to a professional of choice (photographer, musician, manager) and got to assist then throughout the weekend.  There was time for work, partying and even sightseeing in Yerevan. They were hosted by my family and friends. 

- Lucine Ellarian

Network Hiking

From Kirants monastery to Sarigyugh

The founder of Network Hiking Armenia, Mayis Margaryan, introduced me to this wonderful concept during a hiking trip to Tatev and we quickly fetched plans to bring the project to Sarigyugh. We rented an open back truck, loaded it with 20 kids, a few guests from Ijevan and Yerevan and drove up hill towards Kirants monastery, on a mountain top 20 km away. The visitors had a chance to talk to the kids from the village on the way back and get familiar with their everyday life, their struggles and their dream. They also got to learn about the environment and enjoy being in the mountains. This way of connecting through an activity proves to be most valuable and effective for both the visitors and locals. 

- Lucine Ellarian

P5P Concert

How we sold out a rap/rock concert in Ijevan

The man in the picture holding 2 tickets is Vazgen, my taxi driver and an old acquaintance of my grandfather. Vazgen always told me - when driving me to and from home - how they used to visit concerts and theater  when he was younger and how that had stopped 30 years ago. I invited him to the P5P benefit concert we were organizing at the time to kick off the crowdfunding to tour with a mini festival in 20 border villages in Tavush. The cultural center in Ijevan had not sold out tickets since 1988. We had to print standing tickets because everything was sold out 2 days before the concert. All hands were on deck. It was a tremendous success. The crowdfunding is still in the air. Feel free to contribute! 
 

- Lucine Ellarian

Tohmapar

Traditional dance classes in Sarigyugh

Anna Berberyan teaches ethnic Armenian dance classes at Tohmapar Dance Club in Yerevan. When she found out about this project we enrolled in Sarigyugh, she was thrilled to collaborate. One sunny afternoon she invited 4 of her students to Sarigyugh to work with children and scout for possible talents she could offer a training to teach dance classes themselves. Around 25 kids attended, many spectators gathered. They danced around 15 traditional dances, learning about the origin, the technique and the movements. We are determined to make this a continuous event where Anna and her team can work more frequently and more closely with the children in Sarigyugh.

- Lucine Ellarian

Electronic music

With world renown musician Jesse Osborne-Lanthier

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Sarigyugh Cup

Footbal competition with 5 local teams

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Caricature portraits

Let's walk to Berkaber and have a class

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Volunteer!

Let's walk to Berkaber and have a class

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Monet

The life and work of an impressionist

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Rural Startups

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Acro-Yoga

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Hikikng Culture

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Secrets of Tourism 

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Afternoon Yoga

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