Erebuni-Yerevan

The first official celebration of “Erebuni-Yerevan” was held in October 1968: the 2750th anniversary of the foundation of our capital was marked. In the approach to the festival, in June 1968 stamps “Erebuni”, “David of Sasun” were issued, colorful souvenirs, greeting cards “Yerevan is 2750” with addition of 850 000 samples were issued as well. In July the publishing house «Hayastan» issued decorative posters dedicated to the 2740th anniversary of Yerevan. In September paper-cases and wallets “Yerevan-Erebuni-2750” were produced in accounting-production haberdashery factory after S. Shahumyan. The industrial complex of painting of the Art Foundation started production of various souvenirs such as badges, necklaces with the portrait of Tigran the Great, medals dedicated to Matenadaran. On the occasion of Yerevan’s jubilee the industrial complex of the Armenian Choir Company produced medal “David of Sasun”,”Argisti I”, :Komitas”, “Geghard”, badges.

On the event of the 2750 anniversary of Yerevan copper bas-relief of Kh. Abovyan was placed on the wall of the Armenian Philharmonic building. In Matenadaran a scientific session was organized, at the corner of Nalbandyan and Melik-Adamyan streets the cuneiform record of Erebuni foundation was placed. Two new envelopes were issued with the pictures of the statue of soldier found in Arin Berd and of the Government building. At the industrial factory of pastry and macaroni collections “Yerevan”, “David of Sasun”, “Hobelyanakan” and “Assorti” were produced.

On October 17 at Erebuni hill the first ceremony of the series of events dedicated to 2750th jubilee of Yerevan was started. It was the Festival of Flowers: 2750 trees were planted. Erebuni street was opened.

On October 18 in the square after Lenin for the first time the emblem of Yerevan was raised, the monument “Seven fountains” was opened, a celebration was held at “Nairi” stadium.

A citywide festival of song was held in “Haghtanak” park, the choir of 2750 singers had sung for the first time the song by Edgar Hovhannisyan “Erebuni-Yerevan. On this day 2750 flowers decorated the front entry of “Haghtanak” park and in the square adjacent to Lenin statue 2750 fountains were put into operation.

A solemn procession took place on October 20 at Republic stadium. On October 22 the Erebuni museum was opened.

In October the new films called “Yerevan sketches”, “Yerevan is 2750” were made. Published H. Khachaturian's novel "Erebuni", the books “Yerevan-2750” by M. Hakobyan and A. Simonyan, “Yerevan” by A. Simonyan, “Yerevan” by N. Harityunyan, “Yerevan” guidebook were published, as well as “Yerevan lyre” set, a jubilee calendar were launched, the book “Yerevan” was published in Moscow.

On September 27 1986 a special tram-cafe called «Erebuni-Yerevan» started moving along the streets of the capital. On October 10 within the frames of the program of celebration of “Erebuni-Yerevan” an art exhibition “Yerevan and ite residents” was opened in the House of Artists of Yerevan . And on October 12 the traditional festival was marked with big solemnity.

After a long lasting pause, on October 1 2003 the 2785th anniversary of Yerevan was celebrated. In the city squares, avenues, parks and streets, on special stages the concerts of art groups were going on for a few years running.

On September 23 2004, in the threshold of the festival the results of the competition for Yerevan hymn were summarized. The first place was occupied by the song “Erebuni-Yerevan” the music of which was composed by Edgar Hovhannisyan and the lyrics by Paruyr Sevak. The first performance of this song during the celebration of the festival in “Haghtanak” park in 1968 was unprecedented and with its exclusiveness it left an unforgettable track on the new pages of the history of our ancient city: a choir of 2750 singers performed it symbolizing the 275oth anniversary of the capital. On October 13 of the same year, at the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet after A. Spendiaryan the solemn session dedicated to the 2786th anniversary called “Yerevan's day” was held. And during this session the symbols of Yerevan, the flag and the anthem “Erebuni-Yerevan” were officially accepted which were passed for permanent preservation to the Yerevan History Museum. On the same day concerts dedicated to the event were held in different parts of the city.

Within the framework of the events dedicated to “Erebuni-Yerevan-2786” on October 13-16 sport events were held in the area adjacent to V. Mamikonyan statue, at the National Academic Theater after G. Sundukyan the beauty and grace contest “Miss Yerevan 2004” was held. In the area adjacent to “Erebuni” museum a festive concert was organized. A display of harvest, treatment and concert were held in Republic square, and in Cascade complex the festival-contest “Yerevan in songs” was organized. In Charles Aznavour square a photo-exhibition titled “Yerevan with my eyes” was opened, the festivals of flowers and wine were celebrated. The festive events were finished with a gala-concert at “Hrazdan” stadium.

In the following years the list of celebrations dedicated to “Erebuni-Yerevan” was replenished with various events. Before starting the events dedicated to the city anniversary, since very morning all the main and secondary streets in the administrative districts are cleaned and washed with sprinkling trucks. The latter form a special procession especially in central streets. In different higher educational establishments of Yerevan volunteer students participate in washing of a number of statues and monuments in Yerevan. The festive race also belongs to the series of events during which the pupils of sport schools of the capital and the amateur runners celebrate the regular anniversary of the capital in a special way. Among the events the exhibition of retro cars has its own place. On 26 stages placed in different parts of the city concerts of classical, rock, jazz music are held. Festive events are also arranged in North avenue where children’s, drama, circus, fashion, ceramics, carpet weaving, woodcraft and other exhibitions are held. The festive measurements are traditionally finished with the main celebration in Republic square followed by bright fireworks.