Arine Dance Group: Celebrating Armenian Cultural Heritage in Lebanon

by LBTAdmin

As AGBU-AYA Lebanon’s Arine Dance Group get set to perform “Nayirian Blossoms” on 24 and 25 February at Palais des Congres, Naccache, we go backstage to learn more about the event and how it aims to share Armenian cultural heritage and the arts with a wider audience.

The Arine Dance Group

The AGBU-AYA Arine Dance Group is an integral part of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)—the world’s largest non-profit organization.

Founded in the 1950s, Arine Dance Group has been a significant guardian of Armenian culture in Lebanon. In the 1960s, the dance troupe achieved acclaim, performing across the Middle East and Europe, including at the prestigious Baalbeck International Festival.

Despite facing numerous challenges, such as the Lebanese civil war and regional turbulence, the group’s dedication to the arts has remained steadfast. Indeed, this rich history of performance demonstrates the group’s commitment to showcasing culturally rich and high-quality performances.

Nayirian Blossoms

Arine Dance Group’s upcoming performance, “Nayirian Blossoms,” is taking place from 23-25 February at Palais des Congres, Naccache. It marks a significant moment after a three-year hiatus, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic challenges.

Under the artistic direction of Jirayr Ketchejian, the group continues to blend traditional Armenian dances with
contemporary themes, narrating a story of resilience, cultural pride and artistic evolution. Indeed, “Nayirian Blossoms,” symbolizing rebirth and rejuvenation, is more than just a performance; it’s a historical moment
celebrating the resilient spirit of the Armenian community in Lebanon. It serves as a reminder of the group’s journey
through times of prosperity and adversity, reflecting a steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting Armenian

The troop, comprising 100 dancers as young as six, is known for their traditional, custom-made costumes, adding authenticity to their performances.

“It is a dream to bring the beautiful landscapes of Armenia to Lebanon and to realize ‘Nayirian Blossoms’ after
many challenges, which we managed to navigate. We will be presenting 20 dances, including Lebanese and
international favorites, so it is definitely an event that everyone can enjoy,” said Ketchejian.

While the 23 February performance is dedicated to students from Armenian schools across the country, promoting
culture and arts among the younger generation, the 24 and 25 February shows are open to the public (at 8 pm and 7 pm respectively).

For further details and ticket reservations, call +961 4 523043 or +961 81 374074.

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