A long history of living side-by-side means that Armenians and Azerbaijanis share more than they might like to imagine. Musical traditions and melodies are a witness to this fact, revealing a shared culture that persists despite modern animosities.
If Sayat Nova wrote hundreds of songs in Armenian, Azerbaijani, and Georgian, then why are the cross-cultural celebrations of Sayat Nova so few and far between? Gaps in the historical record and contemporary political environment make a pancultural perspective of the legendary bard of the Caucasus more difficult.
The Hrant Drink Foundation had undertaken the massive assignment of mapping hundreds of properties owned by the Armenian, Jewish, Greek and Syriac/Assyrian communities before the Genocide.
In the wake of the Ankara bombings, we investigate language of solidarity and liberty during protest movements.
The items collected for the Ajam Digital Archive will allow us to document and record history from below—how it was actually lived, experienced, and understood. It is precisely these histories that were ignored in favor of tales that focused exclusively on wars and revolutions, rarely giving us a sense of how life was lived amidst it all.
One hundred years on from the Armenian Genocide, we highlight but a few Armenian cultural organizations and producers in hopes of both remembering the past, and supporting Armenians who continue to build a better future.