The Armenians came to stay, and the famous Armenian spirit did not go unnoticed in these lands: both poet Pablo Neruda and former President Salvador Allende were great fans of Armenian brandy.
THE YOUNG TAKE THE LEAD
SPORT AS CULTURE
The local community has its own football team called “Deportivo Armenio,” kindling the “armenity” flame as the ball rolls. For some years now they have taken part in the traditional Navasartian Games. “This platform has made us blend into the social circuit, giving us the chance to immerse in a fully Armenian atmosphere, an ideal environment to create bonds and forge friendships that have endured through time and are becoming stronger,” says Nacho. “We all like being engaged in the diaspora. This makes you break geographical barriers and you feel more multinational. Our goal is to keep on consolidating young people and, at some point, to organize a celebration that would bring the Armenians in the neighborhood together, so they know that little Armenia exists on this side of the world.”
Even though their numbers are small, they form a great Armenian community – they have many projects and work on them daily. There will soon be a new seat and the first Armenian Church in Chile. Even though they are far from Mayr Hayastan, Armenians who live between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes built a little Armenia with a confidence that overcomes physical distance.