Cultural Event Dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of Komitas in the Royal Castle in Warsaw

On February 4, 2020, a cultural event dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Komitas took place in the Copper-Roof Palace of the Royal Castle-Museum located at the very heart of Warsaw. The event was organized by the Polish-Armenian Foundation, with the support of the Royal Castle Museum and under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Poland.

Polish-Armenian artist Adel Hayrapetyan’s paintings from “Komitas” series were exhibited at the “Theresa Sahakyan” Foundation hall situated in the “Eastern Rugs” section of the Royal Castle. The exhibition was followed by the Polish “Sol et Luna” ensemble performing the musical developments of Komitas’ works.

The cultural evening opened with the welcome speech by Samvel Mkrtchyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Poland, who presented the path of Komitas’ life and compositional activity.

Welcoming remarks were made also by dr Arsen Ovsepyan, President of the Polish-Armenian Foundation, Nikolay Kostandyan, Director of the Yerevan Komitas Museum-Institute, as well as the representative of the Royal Palace.

The exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Komitas was attended by Polish-Armenian Pastor Taron Vardapet Ghulikyan, Director of the Yerevan Komitas Museum-Institute in Yerevan Nikolay Kostandyan, President of the Polish-Armenian Foundation Arsen Ovsepyan, former Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia Peter Switalski, representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as a number of Polish state and non-governmental organizations and the Polish-Armenian community.

It is noteworthy that the rich collection of carpets belonging to the Armenian family of George and Theresa Sahakyan, the separate part of which appear to be the Armenian carpets of Artsakh, is on permanent display at the halls selected for the event.