You know when you go out with your friends at night, you have a lot of fun, you look at the watch thinking that just half an hour has passed and instead it’s already 5 o’clock in the morning? You know that feeling of surprise and bewilderment when it happens? Well, that’s what happened to us when we looked at each other sitting at a table at MIMINO, in Dilijan, after our final event was over, last September, 21st . We felt like 3 months of project had gone by so fast, without us realizing it, being so focused on organizing, researching, realizing, writing, meeting, enjoying… and all of the other things involved in our project.
The final event has been the best way for us to realize this, though. Dilijan’s unpredictable weather has been kind enough to give us a wonderful hot and sunny day right in the middle of a rainy and grayish week, so we have sung and danced with the amazing background of the sun going down behind Dilijan’s mountains. However, weather apart, it is Dilijan’s people that we have to thank the most! Maybe because they wanted to enjoy the summery day or maybe because they were actually interested in what we do (or maybe the two things together…) so many people came that the amphitheatre was literally packed.
They were both old and young, male and female, Armenian and not, humans and animals… and altogether they were pretty nice to see! We have tried our best to please our audience with the songs and dances that we had prepared for the event, which we sang and danced together with the boys and girls from the courses we organized during the summer. With our performances we have transformed the amphitheatre into a huge mixer: we put together Italian and Armenian cultures and traditions, we shook energetically through the good vibes of songs and dances, and in the end a nice and tasty cocktail came out. Here are the ingredients:
Two italian songs
and two Armenian
Two Armenian dances
and one Italian
(Go on the links and check them all out. They’re pretty nice.)
Throughout the event, there were always music going on and we’ve always invited people onto the stage to dance and make some noise with us in order to wait for the sun to go down and go on with the second part of the performance, which required darkness.
After the sunset we in fact showed on a big screen some videos about our project with the monasteries and our life in Armenia (by the way, you are going to see them uploaded on our YouTube page during the next couple of weeks) and most of all we performed together with Silvia and her burning poi-poi. Truly atmospheric and… no one got burnt!
At the end of all this we were all so exhausted that even eating the delicacy which MIMINO’s kachapuri is was quite an effort… Nevertheless in the following days we found our energy again and finished installing the benches in Goshavank. A new post about this is coming soon! Stay tuned!
P.s. Thanks a lot from the bottom of our hearts to all the people who have come to the event! We really hope you have liked it!