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Expansive Points of Reference: Armenia

In the roaring 1920’s, Communism and Capitalism actually coexisted inside Armenia without the paranoia that usually characterizes the proximity of the two systems. The UK was actively involved with extensive assistance after WWI, and the devastation to the Armenian population. Armenia concurrently became a Russian state in 1920. 1


Armenia was recently featured at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago. The cultural presentation was based on how food production/preparation and artisan craft traditions create home, both in concept and in form — especially in the face of change. The program challenged visitors to explore their own notions of home while experiencing Armenian culture. 2


Armenia has the world’s oldest known winery. People were drinking wine in Armenia as early as 4,000 BC, so it’s possible that Armenia’s first toasts took place before the invention of the wheel. 3


Armenia is no longer just a wonderful place to visit; it’s also a beautiful place to celebrate life. Over the past twenty years, the cultural life of Armenia and its festivals have grown, now encompassing more than twenty different celebrations throughout the year.

Event Planning in Armenia is taken to new levels of celebrating the moments of the present. Festivals celebrate everything from snow, to wine, to food, to the harmonious countryside. 4


+ These expansive points of reference are intended to enhance neuroplasticity, positive thinking, empathy and situational awareness – to supplement the mainstream with some upstream.

Geoffrey Hill

Raisonné & Hammer Price Corporation


1.    “Visions of Ararat”, Walker.

2.    https://festival.si.edu/2018/armenia

3.    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/raising-glass-armenias-elaborate-toasting-tradition-180969631/

4.    https://wildarmenia.com/armenian-festivals-2018/

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