The Aurora prize

Aurora Mardiganian

She is known as Armenia's Joan of Arc - a woman who lived through uncountable horrors of the Genocide and then heroically relived them in a book and film of her life that told the world the truth.
She is known as Armenia's Joan of Arc

Tigran Hamasyan

Born in Gyumri, Armenia in 1987, composer, singer and musician Tigran Hamasyan is as comfortable with jazz as he is with Armenian folk music. Only three years after he began playing piano, he won the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition at the age of 16. He released his debut album at the age of 18, after moving to Los Angeles with his family. He later returned to Armenia, where he taught master classes and found inspiration in his beloved Armenian music.
A spiritual music pilgrimage

Anna Mazmanian

Anna Mazmanian, a blogger, cook and founder of the Food Adventures culinary project dedicates all of her time to the study and revival of her homeland’s cuisine because her family’s history is directly tied to Armenian culture and the events of the distant past.
A guardian of the hearth: “Their food helped Armenians survive”


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.


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.


Mikhail Piotrovsky

Prominent Russian orientalist Mikhail Piotrovsky, the head of St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum for over 20 years, was born in Yerevan. His interest in the Orient is no accident.
Director of the Hermitage Museum on the Armenian spirit

Lord Darzi

The most prominent Armenian in Britain

Audrey Selian Matian

Strong, powerful words from a woman with a vision. Great grand-daughter of survivors of the Genocide, she is articulate and thoughtful, but, most importantly she believes that the right words – and deeds – make a difference.
She believes that the right words – and deeds – make a difference

10 Reasons Foodies Love Armenia

Colorful, flavorful, influenced by a number of culinary styles and yet undeniably unique, Armenian cuisine has much to offer even the most demanding taste buds. Here’s a collection of the most exquisite and mouthwatering culinary goodness that’s a must for anyone looking for a true taste of Armenia. Yum!


Raymond Kévorkian: “Collaboration is very important”

Raymond Kévorkian is a historian, a scholar of the Armenian Genocide, former director of the Nubarian Library in Paris and the author of numerous works on the past and present of Armenia. He is taking part in a conference titled “Armenian Diaspora and Armenian-Russian Relations: History and Modernity,” organized by Moscow State University in cooperation with Foundation for development and support of Armenian Studies "ANIV" on September 14 and 15, 2016.

Of Neighbors, Plans and Rearview Mirrors

By Mark Grigoryan


Following a number of events commemorating victims of the Armenian Genocide Yerevan hosted the premiere of “1915,” a psychological thriller about the Genocide and issues of denial. The film was directed by Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian and the cast includes Armenian and American actors Simon Abkarian, Angela Sarafyan, Samuel Page, Nikolai Kinski and others.







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