Expanded Red Poppy Project Returns to Los Angeles April 9-11

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Expanded Red Poppy Project Returns to Los Angeles April 9-11

Interactive exhibit features installations, film, music and forums to mark Armenian genocide centennial

LOS ANGELES: On April 9, 10 and 11 the vast open spaces of the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter’s Center in Los Angeles will transform into an interactive museum experience title “Red Poppy” to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

With the goal to engage and impact visitors through sight, sound and sensory experiences, Red Poppy will feature an audio visual tunnel, larger than life map, streaming photo nooks, and an area where visitors can physically explore the horrific 1915 deportations of Armenians out of ancestral homelands, by the Turkish Ottoman government. According to Edik Balaian, who conceived Red Poppy, the exhibit seeks to go beyond personal engagement: “It also sets the stage for social interaction among visitors and flexibility to experience the components of the interactive exhibit at a personal pace–to touch, see, contemplate, feel and hear and eventually commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide together.”

Noted writers, historians, academic and political figures will take the stage each evening 7-9p.m. for various panel discussions on modern, cultural, and historical aspects of the commemoration. Panelists include Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian, Gevork Nazaryan, Dr. Garabet Moumdjian, Harut Sassounian, Dr. Rubina Peroomian, and Vatche Thomassian.

Now in its second year, Red Poppy has expanded to feature a Kids Corner with a Memory Wall to allow for expression through drawing and writing, and an Internet Corner that features online resources and petitions, as well as blog posting opportunity for visitors. Red Poppy is organized by Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter and sponsored by Homenetmen Western Region.

Other highlights feature live chamber music of Gomidas each evening starting at 6pm, screening of various documentaries throughout the day, including Carla Garabedian’s documentary “Screamers” that explores modern day genocides, and a special forum on the Armenian American Museum Project on April 11, starting at 2p.m.

Red Poppy Schedule

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Hours 11:00 a.m-9:00 p.m.

Highlights:

11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m- 5:45 p.m. Presentation of the Large Armenian Genocide Map by historian Gevork Nazaryan

6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Chamber performance

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Speakers Forum with Ardashes “Ardy” Kassakhian, Gevork Nazaryan, Dr. Garabet Moumdjian

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Hours 11:00 a.m-9:00 p.m.

Highlights:

11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  & 5:15 p.m- 5:45 p.m. Presentation of the Large Armenian Genocide Map by historian Gevork Nazaryan

6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Chamber performance

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Speakers Forum with Gevork Nazaryan, Dr. Garabet Moumdjian, Harut Sassounian

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Hours 11:00 a.m-9:00 p.m.

Highlights:

11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m- 5:45 p.m. Presentation of the Large Armenian Genocide Map by historian Gevork Nazaryan

2:00 p.m. -4:00p.m. Forum on Armenian American Museum Project

6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Chamber performance

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Speakers Forum with Dr. Garabet Moumdjian, Dr. Rubina Peroomian, and Vatche Thomassian

Red Poppy
3347 N. San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Red Poppy is open to public free of charge

For updated visit the Red Poppy on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/redpoppyforum

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