April 20, 2012 - 12:46 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Each year, Glendale commemorates the Armenian Genocide of 1915 with a week of events in April. About 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire over the course of several years through massacres and death marches, which modern day Turkey has refused to acknowledge as genocide.
According to Glendale News-Press, this year’s series of city events kicks off at 7 pm Tuesday, April 24 at the Alex Theatre with song and dance performances, as well as speeches by Canadian parliamentary member Jim Karygiannis and filmmaker Eric Nazarian.
“It’s going to be a very proper way to commemorate the genocide,” said Councilman Ara Najarian, who also publicly invited reality TV star Kim Kardashian after she mused about running for elected office in Glendale. No official word on whether she intends to attend.
Earlier Tuesday, the Unified Young Armenians will organize a march through Little Armenia in Hollywood, with several bus pick-up locations throughout Glendale, Burbank and North Hollywood.
The group also plans to host a candlelight vigil from 7 to 9 pm Monday in a parking lot near Glendale Civic Auditorium at the corner of Verdugo Road and Mountain Street. Community members, local politicians and clergy members are slated to attend.
The commemoration week will continue on Thursday with the city’s “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” event. While the evening typically features panel discussions and university experts, this year will feature a screening of short films submitted as part of the city’s first film competition.
The city received six entries and will award cash prizes of $100 to $300 to the top three.
The short films range in topics, including human trafficking, mass killings and the Armenian genocide. A Holocaust survivor is also scheduled to speak.