LISBON — The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is bringing Armenian Culture to Lisbon during a week of concerts, lectures, exhibitions, film, book presentation and more. The events will take place at the Foundation from 12 – 19 October.

Events include a display of hitherto unshown items that will shine a light on the early life of Calouste Gulbenkian. Elsewhere, international experts will explore historical links between Armenian and Portuguese traders, and renowned artists will offer an insight into Armenian painting and music from past to present.

The Armenian Communities Department works “to create a viable future for the Armenian people in which its culture and language are preserved and valued”. It is based at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s headquarters in Lisbon and each year distributes approximately $3.5 million to achieve its social, cultural, and educational aims.

The Department has embarked on a process of renewal and strategic redirection. The Programming Plan for 2014-2018 is structured around the four priority areas which are crucial in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission: promoting the preservation of Armenian language and culture through education, supporting Armenia by investing in its youth and civil society, improving Armenian-Turkish relations and promoting Armenian literary heritage.

To take a look at what’s on offer, read full programme on www.gulbenkian.pt/armeniancommunities

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