A three-day concert tour was organized in the framework of the project Golden Autumn: harvest and boon holiday, patronized by the RA Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The first stop of Cultural Center scholars, regardless of their will, became the Akhalkalak region Khando village.
Since the program was designed not only to concert tours, but also visits to a number of sightseeing and historical places, our delegation went to Khando, which is one of the largest villages, populated by Armenians. Shortly after the arrival the villagers turned the ordinary visit into an open-air concert, despite the power supply problems and Javakhkyan cold weather.
On the next day, the audience of our students was composed of Akhalkalak residents. From the stage, located in the yard of The Holy Cross Armenian Church sounded Armenian, foreign songs and music, were shown the girls and boys bravado graceful dances.
Almost the whole city had come to watch approximately 2.5-hour concert. Mrs. Hamaspyur was at the church still an hour before the concert. Yesterday I was still waiting for this concert when I learnt they were going to come. It was a very pretty performance, and the songs were nice, too, - she says.
And on the third day our students said good-bye to Akhalkalak and moved to Gandza village in Ninotsminda region. A warm reception was organized for them in the birthplace of great Armenian poet Vahan Teryan. Before the concert started they walked through the poets home-museum, learnt of new details of his life and activities.
And later the yard of St. Karapet Church turned into a concert hall. The Gandza residents had come to see the performance of YSU students: again dancing and singing, as well as accompaniments, made by the audience.
The reception and attitude showed that our efforts were not in vain. One had to see how they were waiting for us and how they were getting sad after the end of the concert. Their views were somehow obliging for us, - says Cultural Center Director Karine Davtyan.
During the visit students visited the Vardzia (Vardzunik) rock city, and enjoyed the beauty of the lake Parvana on their way back home.