special events


special events:

GALA NIGHT – GATE TO HEAVEN

MEL & SYD

Our centrepiece event, with Red Carpet, celebrity guests, and representatives from government, film industry and the Armenian community. Join us for a pre-screening cocktail party with drinks, Armenian delicacies and live entertainment. Followed by the screening of Gate to Heaven  (with popcorn on entry) and concluding with Q&A with filmmaker Jivan Avetisyan.   

Gate to Heaven takes you on a journey to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh). Filmmaker Jivan Avetisyan has committed his life’s work to telling the stories of the resilient indigenous people in this war-torn part of the world. Reserved seating. Please select your seats at time of booking:

  • 7pm Pre-screening cocktail party!
  • 9pm Screening of Gate to Heaven and Q&A

FESTIVAL LAUNCH – SONGS OF SOLOMON

MEL & SYD

Launching the festival in both Melbourne and Sydney is Songs of Solomon, Armenia’s selection for Best International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film’s protagonist Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonian, anglicised as Solomon) the ordained priest, composer, musicologist, arranger, singer and choirmaster and the most important collector of Armenian folk songs, lived through the years of the Armenian genocide. As a tribute to Komitas, a special live musical performance will be presented.

In Melbourne, Kristin Astouroghlian, mezzo soprano.
In Sydney, Masha Mnjoyan, winner of The Voice Armenia and finalist of The Voice Australia.
Don’t miss this special evening to open the festival.

OLYMPICOS – MEET & GREET KING VARAZDAT

MEL & SYD

A special event for our youngest patrons!

Olympicos celebrates the victory of King Varazdat at the Ancient Greek Olympics. Come along to meet a REAL LIFE King Varazdat & Queen Gohar. Children are invited to come in their dress-up costumes – kings, queens, princes, and princesses and Armenian costumes welcome!

This family-friendly film has family tickets, offering savings for family groups of 2A/2C or
1A/3C. Children aged 15 and under.

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