On Wednesday 18 January, a meeting of journalists and representatives of Armenian artistic milieu was held in Yerevan. It concerned the attitude of Armenian bohemia towards the parliamentary elections, which are to be held in May, and presidential elections planned for the next year.
One of the leading representatives of the artistic milieu was Ruben Hakhverdyan, influential Armenian poet and vocalist. The singer bluntly and in an exciting way commented on the actions of Armenian politicians. He sternly criticised the overexploitation of natural resources, as well as social and cultural policy. Hakhverdyan openly stated that the only future for Armenia are thorough reforms that can only take place after revolutionary changes.
Siergei Danielyan, Armenian actor who participated in the conference, called on the artistic circles of Armenia to stay completely apolitical and to restrain from establishing any professional relations with politicians or parties. “The elections are coming and the hunt for artists will soon be on. I recommend that you do not support anyone regardless of the money you are offered. Do not sing or dance in support of any election campaigns. Everything that the politicians do passes like a toilet paper. Art is a more durable object,” said Danielyan.
Translated by Marta Lityńska