Hamazkayin Forum 2015 kicked off in Yerevan on July 11, 2015, including 35 youth members from Armenia, Georgia, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Lebanon, France, United States of America, Canada and Australia.
The opening took place at Hotel Europe, in the presence of Hamazkayin central committee members, lecturers and the head of Hamazkayin foundation in Yerevan Lilit Galstyan.
Following lunch, Garo Hovhannesian provided a good summary of the formation of the Armenian diaspora, dividing it into five chronological increments. Following the lecture, Forum participants visited the Armenian History Museum; a guide took them through a brief tour of the museum where some of the world's famous treasures that are housed. The afternoon continued with a visit to the statue of David of Sasoun, followed by a visit to the Mother of Armenia statue overlooking Yerevan and facing Mount Ararat. Following a short break, participants gathered for the welcome dinner. The energy in the restaurant grew fast and within moments, everyone was dancing the night away to the Kochari and other favourites. There is certainly no shortage of talent in our youth; the singing and dancing continued late into the evening.