Serj Tankian concert in Yerevan confirmed

Months and years of speculation, disappointments and longing are over. Serj Tankian, Armenian-American singer–songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down, has officially confirmed a concert in Yerevan’s K. Demirchyan Sport and Concert Complex (Hamalir). Time: 7:00PM Thursday, August 12th. Tickets to start selling in July, price ranging 4-50 thousand AMD and totally worth it. Continue reading

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Uncertified carousel breaks injuring 4 in Victory park

"Taifun" carousel that broke injuring 4 in Victory park on May 9

A hand-made, uncertified carousel broke injuring 4 in Yerevan’s largest child attraction park as the nation flocked to the parks celebrating May 9th, the Victory and Peace day. Continue reading

The Government’s Anti-Casino Bill

casinoCasinos will be allowed to operate only in Tsakhadzor, Sevan and Jermuk from January 1, 2013, if a government bill proposed earlier this month passes in parliament.

While announcing the news at the government session on June 6th, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian said it’s the ‘principal stance’ of President Serzh Sarkisian and himself, to ban casinos from operating in and near Yerevan and in central locations of the country. Continue reading

Podcast: Armenian Eurovision Choice – Arshakyan sisters

Armenian blog community had predicted the Armenian choice of Eurovision-2009. By the end of January bloggers had noted Anush and Inga Arshakyans’ names as winners.

Facebook social network contained a support group for Inga and Anush Arshakyans. You could find the video of the sisters’ song Plow in blogs Ditord and RealArmenia.

However, bloggers did not like the song choice. The Plow is better than the chosen New Dance.

“I did support Inga and Anush Arshakyans’ bid to represent Armenia in Eurovision 2009. Why on earth did they change the initially advertised song Gutan – which was pretty good – instead sticking with this unsatisfying Jan Jan? Unless they stage a great show, this song is not a winner, not even close. Disappointed,” Unzipped complains.

Yerevanskaya is a journalist, has been present at the contest and has covered all the 21 candidates for Eurovision.

“I am not a fan of pop music but I think that it was wonderful. Sure, there were participants that could be classified into “So what?” category. However, everything else was good. The sound was not bad, the light was OK, which, actually, hardly ever happens at the Sports and Concerts Complex,” she writes.

Yerevanskaya congratulates Arshakyans sisters that have won in the Eurovision Armenian phase, summing up that “It was really the people’s choice.”

Blogger Diaanaa that has been the head of the Eurovision Armenian delegation for the past three years was among the viewers this time. She confesses that she has voted in favor of Dorians and Bambir rock groups, speaking quite well of Inga and Anush Arshakyans.

“I am crazy about the girls – they have strong voices. However, this song cannot be compared to their Plow. When you wish them to go since they really deserve it, since I get chills up and down my spine from their song, since they are charismatic, bright and, at the same time, modest, you cannot imagine a bigger disappointment. I still cannot memorize the song but now I support both of you, girls. Give it hot to them please,” Diaanaa writes.

Another blogger – the head of Eurovision voting project Uzogh – has published the chart of the votes of panel members and sms messages in favor of the 21 participants. Apparently, Inga and Anush Arshakyans have received the most number of votes both on behalf of the panel and the viewers. There are no doubts about this choice, at least at the Armenian blogosphere.

Download the podcast of this post, also containing an interview with a very interesting interview with the editor of Aravot  daily Aram Abrahamyan or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.
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