Diplomacy, Culture and Food: Natolin Celebrated Armenian National Day

The Armenian community of the College of Europe in Natolin, with the support of the Armenian Embassy to Poland, organised the Armenian National day on 12 March 2019.

Entitled "Lav Evening" (lav meaning good in Armenian), the celebrations started with the Armenian Ambassador to Poland, H.E. Mr Samvel MKRTCHYAN, who offered insights into the Armenian foreign policy with a special focus on current Armenia-EU relations. Moderated by Dr Tobias SCHUMACHER, Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, the talk was followed by questions of students who were interested in different dimensions of the Armenian foreign policy, from its role in the region to its relationship with immediate neighbors and strategic partners.

Some of the students planning their Study Trip to Georgia and Armenia saw their excitement grow after they watched short, introductory films about cultural, touristic, economic and scientific aspects of Armenia. From the Greco-Roman temple of Garni to the Armenian ‘Stonehenge’, many known and hidden destinations were part of the students’ virtual tour of Armenia. To grasp Armenia in its entirety, the guests were offered a taste of the country thanks to traditional culinary specialties.

Wroclaw-based Armenian music band GoArm and a member of the Armenian cultural center in Warsaw introduced Armenian traditional music and dances.  

Various quiz games helped the attendees explore typical features of the country.