The Aurora prize

Natalie Aroyan

Opera singer Natalie Aroyan is one of Australia’s finest sopranos. Though she leads a life of global travel and stage success, she remains acutely aware of her Armenian roots. She marked the centennial of the Armenian Genocide by writing and performing a new stage production, “An Armenian Journey,” at the Sydney Concert Hall.
Australian opera singer at home half a world away
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Henry Morgenthau

Henry Morgenthau was a man with the courage to stand alone. As the US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, appointed by President Wilson in 1913, Morgenthau found himself confronting a tide of reports detailing wholesale massacre across the Ottoman Empire.
Henry Morgenthau was a man with the courage to stand alone
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Marianna Pogosyan

There is an inescapable spell of grief in the narratives of most Armenians who lived at the dawn of the 20th century. Every family, it seems, has a haunting story of loss. Everyone has a great-grandfather who had stared death in its callous jaws. Everyone has a great-grandmother who had buried a husband, a brother, a child, while resolving to survive with fierce dignity for the sake of the living. My family is no different.
Daughter of Armenia’s first ambassador to Japan on her family’s journey east of Ararat toward Fuji
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A NEW GLOBAL APPROACH

Noubar Afeyan, the Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, presented the concept of "Global Armenians" at the 3 day events dedicated to the 110th Anniversary of the Armenian General Benevolent Union in New York. The presentation was made on October 28, during the panel “Becoming Global Armenians: The Way Forward.” Mr.

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The Future for All Armenians Is Now

Historic Opportunity for Armenians to Unite and Together Enable Armenia’s Future

This weekend, the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the U.S. and the world’s largest Armenian organization, celebrates its 110th anniversary in New York City. Underscoring this milestone is the extraordinary opportunity to reshape the future of Armenia, and to reflect on how every one of us can contribute toward a stronger Armenia tomorrow.

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Vartan Melkonian

Abbey Road studios in central London has seen concerts and recordings aplenty since it was immortalized by The Beatles in 1969. But there has never been anything quite like the event that took place in April 2014.
The refugee who became the great conductor
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Karine Arabian

Karine Arabian’s name is closely associated with the traditionally male-dominated world of shoemaking, and this woman certainly knows how to navigate it. In just over ten years’ time she has risen to prominence as the designer behind the eponymous brand of women’s footwear and accessories. She also introduced Armenia to the world of haute couture.
French Armenian fashion designer inspired by her ancestral homeland
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Antoine Agoudjian

Fifty-four year old adventurer and photographer Antoine Agoudjian has been roaming the Middle East and the Caucasus for 20 years, searching for subjects to photograph. In 2011, he became the first photographer to ever hold an exhibition in Turkey dedicated to the taboo subject of the Armenian Genocide.
French-Armenian photographer explores and documents memory
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Set in Stone

Underground rivers, traces of ancient eruptions, enormous craters and waters with magical healing powers - the wonders of the Armenian plateau are limitless! Join us as we try to take them all in.

 

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How Monuments See Us

We walk by all sorts of statues and monuments every day, our eyes accustomed to the sight. But as we look at them, we don’t always realize that they are looking back at us. Do you ever wonder how a monument sees you? We brought our video drone along for a walk around Yerevan and took some areal shots, getting as close to the statues’ eyes as possible. Here’s what we saw.

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Cavemen’s Kingdom

Nature was the chief architect of ancient lodgings on the Armenian plateau, and lava became the first construction material. For thousands of years, the local population dwelled only in caves and grottos. In the meantime, the country’s landscape kept changing as lava destroyed everything in its wake, crossed riverbeds and hunting paths and drove cavemen deeper into their rocky shelters.

 

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AURORA PRIZE

“It’s time to show the power of what we feel.”