6th Armenian Street Festival held in London

Armenians from all over the UK gathered in London Sunday for the the 6th Armenian Street Festival in London, Naira Hairapetyan reports from London.

The London Armenian Street Festival is an annual celebration of Armenian culture and heritage that takes place at St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Kensington/Chelsea. The family-friendly event features Armenian cuisine, live street entertainment, special guests and vendors, and a concert at the church.

Attending the events were a number of foreign guests, British officials, clergymen, representatives of the Armenian Embassy in the UK and guests from Armenia.

The Iverna Gardens in South Kensington had turned into a small Armenian district with traditional songs and dances.

“The festival aims to bring together Armenians from different parts of Great Britain at least for one day,” said Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Great Britain. He attached special importance to the involvement of young people. “This year is special, as we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s independence,” he said.

The festival featured performances by violinist Levon Chilingaryan, the Komitas choir, the Akhtamar folk ensemble and others. Duduk player Gevorg Karapetyan and singer Iveta Mukuchyan were special guests at the festival.

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