Images of Vandazor. Georgy Tovmasyan’s paintings and life remembered.

Menua Mkrtchyan helped set up the Georgy Tovmasyan Foundation to remember the work of his late grandfather. Tovmasyan, who died last April, was Mkrtchyan’s maternal grandfather. During his life Tovmasyan painted hundreds works of art, many of which depict Mkrtchyan’s hometown in Armenia, Vandazor. “The main purpose of the foundation is to remember him”, Mkrtchyan tells me, but the…

“For me, the dialogue between the soul and sound is natural.” Azerbaijani Pianist Renara Akhoundova talks to Nicholas Maltby ahead of her next London concert.

Renara Akhoundova is one of Azarbaijan’s most famous pianists. Having performed two well-received concerts in St. James’s Church, Renara will return to London to perform at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square on 24th November. Nicholas Maltby interviewed her for http://www.links-dar.org and asked her about her life and work and why her music is of interest to psychiatrists and…

The Van Gogh Museum just keeps getting better

Many who do not often visit Museums, and others who do not claim to be connoisseurs of art, still feel a sense of excitement every time they visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is as if the spirit of the famous Dutch painter lives within the walls of the building that house his paintings.…

Graphic pictures from the “Arab Spring” greet NATO MPs at their meeting in Marseille

Members of Parliament and experts from NATO countries and partner states in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe started a three-day meeting in the French Mediterranean City of Marseille today, during which they will consider ways to engage with changes that have been happening in the Arab region since January of last year. Graphic pictures from events in…

Saudi students convey “depth of emotion” through theatre.

The theater club of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University (KAU) participated in a four day university theatre festival at Morocco’s Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University. The festival, which is the 7th annual event in a row was scheduled to end today. KAU participated with the play “Doves Strumming” written by Yasser Madkhly, directed by Ahmed Al-Saman,…