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Published on April 16, 2024
Kaiser Permanente Presents Glendale's 23rd Armenian Genocide Commemorative Event at Alex TheatreSource:

The City of Glendale gears up for its 23rd Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorative Event, slated for April 21, 2024, at the historic Alex Theatre. Kaiser Permanente steps in as presenting sponsor for this year's gathering—a significant nod towards remembering a pivotal and heart-wrenching era in history. With a theme spotlighting "1.5 Million+," the event aims to honor the resilience of the survivors and pay respects to the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, as reported by the City's announcement.

In what promises to be an evening of reflection and education, Glendale has roped in reporter Ellina Abovian to serve as the master of ceremonies. Joining her are noted figures such as Karnig Kerkonian, an internationally recognized lawyer, and founder of the Committee on the Protection of the Fundamental Rights of the Artsakh People, Astrid Kamalyan, author of the children's book "B᢯," and Raffi Joe Wartanian, a writer, musician and the current Poet Laureate of Glendale, as well announced by the City's website.

The commemorative soiree is just one of several events designed to bring the community together for a "Week of Remembrance." Activities kick off with a book signing by Kamalyan on April 20, followed by an art exhibit launch that reflection on the Genocide's impact. As the week unfolds, residents can engage with poetry against genocide and a poignant film screening, rounding up a substantial period of cultural and historical programming.

For those looking to dive deeper into the storied implications of the Genocide, the city curates a range of free events, among them, a reading and signing with Kamalyan on Artsakh Avenue and an exhibition titled "Before and After: Reflections on the Armenian Genocide" at the ReflectSpace Gallery. On Thursday, April 25, Wartanian hosts "Poets Against Genocide," at The Center for Armenian Arts, a gathering of wordsmiths lending their voices to the cause, the City's website further details.

Finishing on a cinematic note, Glendale showcases "Songs of Solomon," a film that delves into Armenian history, followed by a discussion with producer Asko Akopyan. Scheduled for April 26 at Look Dine-In Cinema, it symbolizes the city’s commitment to engaging dialogue through diverse mediums. More details surrounding the events and ticket information are accessible on the City’s official website.