A member of the Canadian parliament and a filmmaker whose latest feature focuses on a musician searching for a family heirloom lost during the Armenian Genocide are just two highlights of the upcoming Week of Remembrance.
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.
This year’s series of city events kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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.