Human Planet is a cultural and social movement established in Gyumri, Armenia and inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story “Terre des hommes”. The philosophy of the movement is built around the expression from Exupéry’s story “The only luxury is the luxury of human communication”. The movement initiates art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural and research activities in close cooperation with Gallery 25. Artists participating in “Blue Orb” exhibition are Vazgen Pahlavuni Tadevosyan, Vahan Topchyan, Aghavni Ghazaryan, Ed Tadevosyan, Levon Fljyan, Armen Ter-Mkrtchyan, Gevorg Sargsyan, Hratch Vardanyan, Karen Barseghyan, Gohar Martirosyan, Hayk Adamyan, Gagik Ghazare.
In Istanbul the opening of the exhibition and the concert will take place on May 4, 2017 at DEPO, Tophane. The exhibition will last till May 18, 2017.
The Bambir is a music collective, a school of thought, an approach, spanning 4 decades, with more than fifty musicians having passed through its ranks. Founded by Gagik “Jag” Barseghyan in the 1970s in Gyumri, Armenia, Bambir was lauded as one of the best rock groups in the Soviet Union, performing original material, traditional Armenian songs, and modern arrangements of Komitas and medieval Armenian music. Today, Jag Barseghyan records solo albums, ensemble albums, and performs with original members of The Bambir and other international musicians.
“Blue Orb” is a song, hymn and ode devoted to the blue planet – the Earth, composed by Jag, the founder of The Bambir. It is a song uniting the inhabitants of the Earth, who are responsible for taking care of the planet. The song homogenously blending with the main philosophy of Human Planet inspired the concept of the art exhibition. The song is an entrance to the exhibition, which will combine music with visual and video art, aiming to reflect the human memory, identity, terrestrial landscape and homeland.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.