EVN Walks

EVN WALKS: A Yerevantsi in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. In this final episode of the EVN Walks series, your host is Isabella Sargsyan. Glossary of Terms Nikoghayos Buniatyan (1878-1943) - An Armenian architect, the first general architect of Yerevan. Buildings by Buniatyan include the Grand Hotel Yerevan, Margaryan Maternity Hospital, N1 School named after Stepan Shahumyan and the Yerevan Agricultural Bank. Mark Grigoryan (1900-1978) - Soviet Armenian neoclassical architect, author of several buildings such as the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly of Armenia, Matenadaran, the building of the Constitutional Court of Armenia and many more. Grand Hotel Yerevan - The first hotel in Yerevan that opened in 1928. During the 1920s it was a popular meeting spot for Armenian intellectuals of the time. 1990s Armenia/"Cold and Dark Years" - In the beginning of the 1990s, newly independent Armenia was at war with Azerbaijan and experienced an energy crisis and shortage of basic consumer goods. The years became known as the cold and dark years. Northern Avenue cases at ECtHR - In the early 2000s, the Armenian Government under the guise of eminent domain, expropriated private property of people living in that area without
An Architect in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Linguist in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is linguist Rafik Santrosyan. Glossary of Terms Tzhvzhik - A traditional Armenian dish made from beef liver and onions. Michael Avgustovich Ernst von der Nonne (1838-1919) - Colonel, the head architect of Yerevan, known as the Yerevan province in the 19th century. Architect of several buildings in Yerevan. Kara Bala (Stepan Harutyunyan, 1900-1970) - A flower seller in Yerevan in the 20th century, one of the symbols of Yerevan. According to legend, he was in love with actress Arus Voskanyan and one day he got in a fight with a man who was following her. Kara Bala ended up killing him and was jailed. He stayed in the same prison cell with poet Yeghishe Charents who dedicated a poem to Kara Bala. After being released from prison, Kara Bala found his garden destroyed and his family gone. He continued selling and giving away flowers until his death. His statue is located on Abovyan Street and passersby sometimes place flowers in his basket. Rafael Israelyan (1908-1973) - An Armenian architect. Among his famous works are Union of Artists of Armenia (1956), the Sardarapat Memorial (1968), Ararat Wine Factory (1937–1961) and many others. Music used in the podcast: Anthem of Armenian SSR, composed by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), lyrics by writer Sarmen (1901-1984) in 1944. Tigran Hamasyan - The Poet Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

An Architect in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Journalist in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Roubina Margossian, the Managing Editor of EVN Report. Glossary of Terms Andrey Sakharov (1921 – 1989) - Russian nuclear physicist, Nobel laureate, and human rights activist. During the Karabakh conflict, he spoke against the violence committed against the Armenian population in Azerbaijan. Meshadi Aziz-bey oghlu Azizbekov (1876- 1918) - Soviet revolutionary of Azerbaijani origin, one of the 26 Baku Commissars. Vladimir Lenin’s Statue - Lenin’s statue, erected by Sergey Merkurov was placed in Republic Square, which was called Lenin Square in November 1940. After Armenia's independence, the statue was removed and is currently kept in the backyard of the National Gallery of Armenia. Music used in the podcast: Melineh - Durs Gank Ara Kekedjian - Al Dzandzradza Edgar Hovhannisyan - Erebuni Yerevan performed by the Sayat Nova Music School Orchestra, Little Singers of Armenia Choir, Armenian Chamber Choir, Vahagn Dhol Ensemble. Conductor Tigran Hekekyan Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

An Architect in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Musician in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Arthur Ispirian, a musician and Director of Archives of Armenia’s Public Radio. Ispirian walks through the neighborhoods of his childhood, reminiscing and singing along the way. Glossary of Terms Gevorg Emin (1919-1998) - Armenian poet, translator and essayist. Composers House - A building that houses the Composers Union of Armenia and residential apartments specifically built for Soviet Armenian composers in the 1960s. Konstantin Orbelyan (1928-2014) - Armenian composer, pianist and head of the Armenian State Jazz Orchestra from 1956 to 1992. Stepan Shakaryan (1935-2019) - Armenian jazz and classical composer. Khachatur Avetisyan (1926–1996) - Armenian composer famous for his arrangements of national Armenian melodies and compositions for Armenian folk instruments. Armenian Radio Archive - The archive of Armenia’s Public Radio is currently being digitized by Artur Ispiryan. Alexandr Harutyunyan (1920-2012) - Armenian composer, known for his trumpet Concerto composed in 1950. Martiros Saryan (1880-1972) - Armenian painter, founder of the Armenian school of modern painting. Hovhannes Shiraz (1914-1984) - Armenian poet. Azat Sherents (1913-1993) - Armenian actor, one of the founders of Armenian cinematographic comedy. Frunzik (Mher) Mkrtchyan - Armenian stage and film actor. Minas Avetisyan (1928-1975) - Armenian painter. William Saroyan (1908-1981) - Armenian-American playwright and novelist. Music used in the podcast: The Beatles - A Taste of Honey Turtles - Happy Together Konstantin Orbelyan - Dilijan Stepan Shakaryan - A song from the Soviet Armenian cartoon “Pingvinashen” Khachatur Avetisyan - Hanina The Beatles - Yellow Submarine Alexandr Harutyunyan - Trumpet Concerto, performed by Sergei Nakariakov Arno Babajanyan - Im Yerevan, performed by Sergey Davidyan Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

An Architect in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Foodie in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Lucy Varetvanian. Glossary of Terms Nor Geghi - A village in the Kotayk province, located 22 km north of Yerevan. Komitas Chamber Music Hall - A concert hall in Yerevan, Armenia. The building was designed by architect Stepan Kyurkchyan and opened its doors in 1977. Yeritasardakan Subway Station - A subway station in Yerevan that opened in 1981. It gets its name Yeritasardakan - meaning youth - because of its location near several universities. The architect was Stepan Kyurkchyan. Friendship Statue - A statue of two holding hands installed at Circular Park, near Teryan Street. The statue was a gift from the city of Carrara, Italy to Armenia. It is also known as the “Hands of Christ” because the hands are replicas of the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Rio de Janeiro. Paplovok - Paplovok/Aragast is one of the most famous cafes of Yerevan. It was built in Soviet times and was quite popular in 1990s Yerevan. Kartofil - Potato Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

An Architect in Yerevan

An Architect in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is architect Movses Hrayr Der Kevorkian. Glossary of Terms Lift - Russian term for elevator. Most elevators in highrise buildings in Armenia are Soviet manufactured and have an average lifespan of 20-25 years. There are 4666 registered elevators in Armenia, most Soviet manufactured and in need of replacement. Replacing elevators in the capital is currently one of the priorities of the Yerevan municipality. Sakharov Square - Named after Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, a Russian nuclear physicist, dissident, Nobel laureate, and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights. Sakharov was one of the few public figures in the Soviet Union to condemn the pogroms of Armenians in Soviet Azerbaijan. Sakharov’s bust was installed at the square in 2000. Today’s Sakharov Square was previously named after Meshadi Azizbekov and featured the bust of the Azerbaijani Marxist, one of the 26 famous commissars of the Soviet Union. Saryan Street - Named after Martiros Saryan, a famous Armenian painter whose house museum is also on the street named after him. Saryan is considered to be the founder of modern Armenian national school of painting. Bodyezd - Russian word meaning approach, access. Commonly used in Armenia to refer to the main or front entrance of a building. Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

EVN WALKS: A Professor in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Professor in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is AUA Professor Lucyann Kerry. Glossary of Terms Mher Mkrtchyan - One of the oldest streets of central Yerevan named after famous actor Mher Mkrtchyan. Gold Market - the main gold market in Yerevan located on Khorenatsi Street. Rossia Mall - a newly built shopping mall located on Tigran Mets Street. The name of the mall comes from the building located next to it, the movie theater “Rossia” (previously “Ayrarat”), an example of Soviet modern architecture. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the building was transformed into a shopping center. Saint Gregory the Illuminator - One of the key figures in Armenian history and the first head of the Armenian Apostolistic Church. In 301 AD, thanks to his efforts, Armenia adopted Christianity as its state religion. Vernissage - a large open-air market near Republic Square. The market is famous among tourists and locals for its traditional Armenian rugs, handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, clothing, as well as musical instruments, paintings and antiquities. Music used in podcast: Goran Bregović - Ederlezi Reincarnation band - Sirunik Es Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

EVN WALKS: A Gyumretsi in Yerevan

EVN WALKS: A Gyumretsi in Yerevan

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Susanna Ghazoyan, a resident of Gyumri, currently a Masters student in Yerevan who considers herself to be a pretty funny person. Glossary of Terms Karen Demirchyan Subway System - The subway was opened in 1981 and currently has a single line with 10 stations. It also has a short and separate line that serves the Shengavit-Charbakh branch. The construction of the subway was initiated by Karen Demirchyan, who was then the First Secretary of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. Gortsaranayin subway station - A subway station in Yerevan that was opened in 1983. The station is located in an industrial part of Yerevan that is known for its numerous factories. Some of those have been abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Garegin Nzhdeh Square - Formerly known as Suren Spandaryan Square, it is the second largest square in Yerevan, located in the Shengavit district. The statue of Suren Spandaryan is in the middle of the square. Suren Spandaryan - An Armenian literary critic, journalist and a Bolsehvik. In 1912, he was arrested and then was sentenced to exile in Siberia where he died four years later. Third Mas - One of the urban areas of Yerevan, a part of Shengavit district. Rabiz culture - A musical genre in Armenia formed during the Soviet Union. Back then the culture was associated with workers and the word rabiz was an abbreviation of Russian “Rabochee Iskustvo” meaning “art of laborers.” Other theories state that the word has Turkish origins: “rab” meaning a creator, and “aziz” meaning darling. Rabiz music sounds like a mixture of Arabic and Turkish melodies and Armenian words. Qyart subculture - A type of people in Armenia who are known for wearing black, listening to rabiz music, speaking in criminal terminology and being conservative. Gyumri - The second largest city in Armenia, famous for its arts and crafts. The city was largely affected after the 1988 Spitak earthquake that took the lives of 25,000 people. Trolley - An electric bus using an external source of electricity and one of the transportation means in Yerevan. Music used in podcast: Tigran Asatryan - Ur Vor Gnas Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody Harut Pambukchyan - Bari Luys Tikin Arus Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

EVN WALKS: An Editor

EVN WALKS: An Editor

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Maria Titizian, founding Editor of EVN Report and lecturer at the American University of Armenia. Glossary of Terms Alexander Tamanyan - an Armenian neoclassical architect who drew up the first general plan of the modern city of Yerevan, which was approved in 1924. Among famous buildings and projects of Tamanyan are the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Government House at Republic Square, the State Medical University as well as Freedom Square and Republic Square. Karen Karapetyan - Armenia’s former Prime Minister (2016-2018). Hovik Abrahamyan - Armenia’s former Prime Minister (2014–2016) , and former President of the National Assembly (2012-2014). Victory Park- a public park located on Аzatutyun Street, in the Kanaker-Zeytun district of Yerevan. The construction of the park began in the 1930s and was named Arabkir City Park, however after WWII it was renamed to Victory Park. It contains a memorial and a museum dedicated to the soldiers of WWII and a part of it serves as an amusement park. Mother Armenia - a statue of a woman holding a sword symbolizing Armenia. The monumental statue was installed at Victory Park in 1962, replacing the statue of Joseph Stalin. The sculptor is Ara Harutyunyan. Pulpulak - a public water fountain. Gerard Cafesjian - a US-Armenian businessman and philanthropist who founded the Cafesjian Family Foundation, the Cafesjian Museum Foundation and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. Music used in podcast: Anthem of Armenian SSR, composed by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), lyrics by writer Sarmen (1901-1984) in 1944. A Paris - performed, and arranged by Victor Chistol La Boheme - performed by Charles Aznavour Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.

EVN WALKS: A Student Activist

EVN WALKS: A Student Activist

A special podcast series featuring ordinary people walking through the streets of Armenia’s capital city Yerevan. This week’s host is Hovhannes Nazaretyan, a university student, activist and journalist. Glossary of Terms Marshutka: a form of public transportation used in Yerevan. Silva Kaputikyan (1919-2006): Soviet Armenian poet and political activist. She was one of the leading intellectuals of the 1988 Karabakh Movement. 2004 protests: During the 2003 presidential election in Armenia, opposition candidate Stepan Demirchyan was defeated by Robert Kocharyan in a second round of voting. Following a year of tensions, protesters regrouped in April 2004 with the objective of forcing Kocharyan’s resignation. After several days of protests, police forcefully dispersed demonstrators using water cannons and stun grenades. Passage of Nikol Pashinyan’s speech: “I will go, I will enter the area of the National Assembly to negotiate with the parliamentarians and political forces about overcoming the current political situation. And we will do it in an atmosphere of love and solidarity. Istanbul Convention: Opened for signature on May 11 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence has led to divisions in Armenian society. Pulpulak: a public water fountain. Artur Vanetsyan: the current head of the National Security Service of Armenia. Aram Khachaturyan (1903-1978): World famous Soviet Armenian composer. Author of the famous “Gayane” and “Spartacus” ballets, three symphonies, piano, violin and cello concertos, as well as many other musical compositions. Khachatryan’s house-museum is located in Yerevan, Armenia. Music used in the podcast: Aram Khachaturyan, “Sabre Dance” from the “Spartacus” ballet, performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra, conductor Simon Rattle. Recorded and produced by Arpine Haroyan.