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21st Annual Alexandria Armenian Festival

Ken Wright plays the Oud as Marakesh accompanies on a traditional percussion instrument while the Hyetones perform at the festival.

Ken Wright plays the Oud as Marakesh accompanies on a traditional percussion instrument while the Hyetones perform at the festival. Photo by Louise Krafft.

— Market Square was filled with music and dance as the Alexandria Armenia festival got underway on Saturday afternoon, June 1. The Arax Armenian Dance ensemble performed to the music of the Hyetones along with members of the Slaveya Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Carolyn Rapkievian followed with Armenian dance lessons. The Knights of Vartan took turns cooking marinated lamb and chicken on the grill for the kebab luncheon platters. The festival was sponsored by the Armenian Network of America Inc, Knights of Vartan and the Alexandria-Gyumri Sister Cities Committee.