Saturday, March 3, 2018, was an unbelievably beautiful evening in Pafos. For the first time, the Ani Dance Ensemble of Hamazkayin gave a performance for the Armenian community of Pafos. Almost the entire community attended the event and enjoyed the truly Armenian evening. The dance performance based on Hovhannes Tumanyan's fairy tale The Death of Kikos was really enjoyable.
State Councilor of the Armenian Community Vardges Mahtessian and his wife, as well as the entire staff of the Hamazkayin Executive Board were present at the event.
The program began with the opening speech of Hamazkayin Forum member Mariam Masurian, followed by the brief speech of Hamazkayin Cyprus Chairperson Arto Davitian. He said that it was a great pleasure for him to be in Pafos and a double pleasure for Hamazkayin Cyprus Executive Board to enjoy the performance of the Ani Dance Ensemble, which had been established due to the efforts and contribution of the Armenian community of Pafos and the Hamazkayin Committee. He expressed special thanks to Irina Masurian for her consistent and diligent work. Then, Arto Davitian presented two panels of appreciation in the name of Hamazkayin to Irina Masurian and Vardan Mkhitaryan, the President of the Armenian Community of Pafos.
The performance started, and the 23 members of the Ani Dance Ensemble courageously and with great pleasure performed The Death of Kikos. The parents and guests enjoyed the performance with greater joy and excitement and appreciated the performance with ovation.
For this success, we should express our gratitude to choreographer Grigor Kheleshian and Irina Masurian who gathered the little Armenian children from Greek schools who could hardly speak Armenian, and established the ensemble a year ago.
Good job and congratulations to everybody, also to Committee member mothers who honored the guests with lavish hospitality.