On May 18, 2019 Innovate Armenia, an event for all Armenian ideas and innovations took place at the University of Southern California.
Organized by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, the event included 50 participants, from six countries and nearly 4,000 attendees. This is the fourth time in five years that this distinctive event has come to fruition by the Institute.
Innovate Armenia offers an interesting platform to put on display the ongoing correlations between Armenia and diaspora by turning a dialog that extends from the scholarly talks inside the USC Bovard Auditorium into the campus open space where an Armenian food stand and several tech booths are lined up. We spoke with some of the attendees about their experience, here’s what they said.
Beside food, coffee and craft beer, three talented bands of music graced the outdoor stage with a wide variety of musical instruments. Garabala, a band visiting from Beirut staged a combination of folk, jazz and tzigane music. The Nur Qanon Ensemble consisting of three young girls and their instructor, presented a delightful music that was played by “qanon,” a traditional instrument dating back to the 10th century and finally Richard Hagopian, . the great oudist and master musician along his family quartet wrapped the evening with some popular and traditional beats, sending the Armenians of Los Angeles back to their American lives with a quick over the weekend taste of the motherland.
The following is a video of the event brought to you by Armenians of LA Community Portal.