An upbeat song performed by an Armenian boy won the hearts of Europe last month, bringing Armenia its first-ever top prize in the popular Eurovision song contest for children.
Karabakh-born Vladimir Arzumanyan, 12, represented Armenia at “Junior Eurovision 2010” held in Minsk, Belarus (read more at http://armenianow.com/arts_and_culture/25979/armenia_junior_eurovision_vladimir_arzumanyan).
Vladimir was for 3 years among the young talents sponsored by the Tufenkian Foundation’s ‘Talented Youth’ (Taghandavor Yeridasardner’) program in Karabagh. “Talented Youth” identifies youth who show potential to make major contributions in the performing arts, fine arts, and sports — providing them with the education and professional development they need to develop their skills. In addition to fostering talent, the program aims to keep alive national traditions and promote Armenian culture throughout Karabagh. In the accompanying photo, Vladimir appeared with the Karabagh Symphony orchestra for the first time on stage, in a program organized by Tufenkian Foundation in 2008.