The National Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Events

May 7 at 7:00 pm: Ecumenical Service at the National Cathedral

 May 8 at 8:00 pm: Concert at the Music Center at the Strathmore

 May 9 at 10:00 am: Divine Liturgy at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

 May 9 at 5:30 pm: Reception and Banquet at the Marriott Marquis Hotel

May 7-9: Exhibitions and Cultural Events at the Marriott Hotel 



Ecumenical Service at the National Cathedral

May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm
3101 Wisconsin Avenue
NW Washington, D.C. 20016

UPDATE: Those attending the Ecumenical Service at the National Cathedral must arrive at the Cathedral by 4:45 PM. Buses will leave from the Marriott Marquis at 3:45 PM.


Ticketing Information

  • Ticket pickup for those with ticket confirmation:
    • Marriott Marquis Hotel, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • Wednesday, May 6 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Thursday, May 7 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • All tickets must be picked up in advance.  There will be no tickets distributed on the day of the event at the National Cathedral.
  • Present your own photo id and the names of all members of your party in order to pick up the ticket(s).
  • All tickets are for an individual and are non-transferable. Please contact info@armeniangenocidecentennial if you no longer need your ticket.
  • Seating is by section according to color of your ticket.

The Service

event-cathedralUnder the leadership of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.

Prayers of remembrance, respect, and unity will make a powerful beginning for the weekend, as Armenian clergy and representatives of other faiths join in an ecumenical service. The President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, will attend along with Senators, Congressmen, diplomats and other dignitaries. Representatives of other groups who have suffered genocide are invited to unite in prayers for the end of such human devastation. Descendants of those who offered vital assistance during the time of the Genocide will also attend, providing an opportunity for Armenians to express their gratitude to these people and institutions they represent.

We will remember those lost in the Genocide and show gratitude for the regeneration of life that the survivors worked so hard to create. The service will include musical contributions and speakers who will inspire awareness and a sense of purpose.

The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul is also known as the Washington National Cathedral. A Cathedral of the Episcopal Church, it is a magnificent building, surrounded by gardens and is a truly inspiring place of worship.

Those seeking to watch the Service remotely can CLICK HERE FOR LIVE BROADCAST from the National Cathedral.



Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore

May 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

event-concertArmenian culture will come alive on stage at the Music Center at Strathmore, a beautiful arts facility only half a mile north of the Washington Beltway (Rt 495). With its brilliant acoustic and excellent views of the stage from all seating, the Strathmore is the perfect host venue for this array of talent and display of vibrant Armenian musical life.

Artists will include the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Hover Chamber Choir, Ida Kavafian (violin, viola), Levon Chilingirian (violin) and Alexander Chaushian (cello), Hasmik Papian (soprano), Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano), Sahan Arzruni (piano), Serouj Kradjian (piano), Karen Hakobyan (piano), Narek Arutyunian (clarinet) will be part of the star-studded lineup of performers.

These and other renowned musicians will present a range of music, from the traditional melodies of Komitas Vartabed to contemporary pieces composed especially for the Genocide Centennial. A program full of surprises and ending with a truly “grand” finale will engage and delight the audience.



Divine Liturgy at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

May 9, 2015 at 10:00 am
400 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

event-badarakHis Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will lead a unified celebration of the Armenian Divine Liturgy.

The liturgy will be sung by a united choir of representatives from Armenian churches around the country. One of the world’s largest churches will provide a stunning atmosphere for the occasion: the 3,000-seat Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located on the campus of Catholic University.

Those seeking to watch the Divine Liturgy remotely can CLICK HERE FOR LIVE BROADCAST from the Shrine.



Reception and Banquet at the Marriott Marquis Hotel

May 9 at 5:30 pm
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

A reception with drinks and delicious canapés will be served in the spacious and airy mezzanine foyer in the atrium at the center of the Marriott Marquis. Musicians will entertain the guests while they mingle and the exhibitions of the Centennial Commemorations will be open for viewing during this time.

Dinner will be served in the 2,000-seat hall on the lower level. Offering “A Time to Give Thanks” and an opportunity to honor those who have helped Armenians in the past and present, the Banquet will focus on our themes of “Awareness, Unity, and Gratitude.”  Speakers for the evening are: Paul Ignatius, Ambassador Edward Djeredjian, and Lara Setrakian.

Mark Geragos will be our host for the evening and Zulal A Cappella Trio will perform. Awards of appreciation will be presented to selected representatives of institutions and individuals who have contributed to the survival and rebuilding of Armenian life over the past 100 years.

Dress code: evening cocktail attire.

For those with ticket confirmation, checks should be made out to:
Armenian Commemoration Centennial with Banquet in the memo line.
Mail to:
4125 Fessenden Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20016

Exhibitions & Activities

At the Marriott Marquis Hotel and surrounding sites

Presentations and performances at the Marriott
Sights and attractions around Washington, D.C.

event-marriottThroughout the weekend, innovative workshops, films, and exhibits will be mounted in public spaces in the nation’s capital and around the Marriott Marquis. Exhibitions about the Armenian Genocide will provide detailed information about its history and consequences.

Other exhibits will include photography, traditional musical instruments, books, and the results of a young people’s art and poetry contest. Themes of the commemoration will be explored by well-known authors and speakers. Book readings and discussions, poetry readings and seminars will take place in break-out rooms at the Marriott.

Some events and exhibits are designed with young people in mind. Children’s entertainment and activities, including storytelling and film, will be available and qualified childcare provided during the Banquet for $50 per child ($40 for second child), snacks included.