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Project 2015: Program and Travel


Please check back for regular updates to this schedule. Details are still being developed, including a more complete program on April 24.   REGISTER HERE

Wednesday April 22, 2015

  • 11:00 a.m. Press conference of Turkish and Armenian Organizations Involved in Commemoration Planning – at Cezayir http://www.cezayir-istanbul.com/toplanti.php24 Nisan eng
  • 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert get-together of Project 2015 participants in front hall foyer at Istanbul Congress Center.
  • 8:00 p.m. “In Memoriam: Concert In Memory of Armenian Intellectuals Sent to Their Deaths in 1915″

Location: Istanbul Congress Center, Harbiye’

For details see: http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/SKIMM/TURKIYE/tr

We have a block of 100 *free* tickets reserved for Project 2015 participants (which will otherwise cost $20/per person). Please confirm to us if you wish to reserve a ticket for the concert on your registration form.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • 9:00 a.m.  Tour of Armenian Istanbul: Professor Heghnar Watenpaugh and Professor Ani Kasparian, in coordination with Istanbul architect Zakarya Mildanoglu, will lead a tour of cultural, architectural and historical sites in Istanbul related to the Armenians. General Introduction followed by walking tour.
  • 9:30 a.m. Walking Tour of Taksim and surroundings. Including: Site of St. James Armenian cemetery; Taksim Square; Holy Trinity Armenian Church; site of Tokatlian café; former home of Krikor Zohrab.
  • Noon: Old Istanbul and the Armenian Patriarchate. After the walking tour buses will take participants to Holy Mother of God Patriarchal Church in Kumkapı. Lunch at the church hall. Visit with Patriarchate officials, tour of the Church. Additional visits to an Armenian school and foundation to be finalized.
    • The walking tour will leave  the Intercontinental Hotel at 9:30 a.m. Participants will board buses after the walking tour. Buses will return participants to DEPO by 6:00 p.m.
    • There will be a nominal fee for the buses and for the lunch. details will be emailed to confirmed participants.
  • 6:00p.m. Photo Exhibit at Depo

Friday, April 24, 2015

We will organize a number of buses to bring participants to Haydarpasa and Taksim Square. The buses will depart from the Intercontinental Hotel in Taksim Square. Please let us know if you would be interested in using the bus service.

Please note that the Turkish and Armenian groups have still not finalized the details of these plans, and they are subject to change.

  • 9:30 a.m. – Departure from Intercontinental Hotel (please wear comfortable walking shoes)
  • 10:00 a.m. Gathering in front of the former home of April 24 deportees Gomidas (Armenian priest and musician) and Dr. Avedis Nakkashian. We have been asked to wear black t-shirts for this event.


  • 11:30 a.m. – Buses leave for Eminonu ferry station
  • 12:30 p.m. Ferry departure for Haydarpasa Station. Tickets and ferries already booked.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Gather at Haydarpasa Station, honoring the memory of the Istanbul Armenian community leaders from where they were sent to their deaths.  Event sponsored by Human Rights Association.
  • 2:15 – Ferry return to Eminonu ferry station. Return tickets already booked.
  • 2:45 – Buses depart from Eminonu ferry station to Intercontinental Hotel.
  • 3:30 p.m. – OPTIONAL — YOU MUST TAKE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION – BUS SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE:  Memorial Service for Sevag Balikci at Sisli Armenian Apostolic Cemetery (Sisli Ermeni Gregoryen Mezarligi): Sevag Sahin Balikci, an Armenian soldier serving in the Turkish military and murdered by a Turkish soldier on April 24, 2011, is buried here. His family is organizing a memorial service at his grave.
  • 6:00 p.m. Wishing Tree Ceremony at Taksim Square, organized by Project 2015
    • ** bring white or colored strips of cloth to tie to tree
  • 7:00 p.m. Evening Commemoration at entrance to Istiklal Street just off Taksim Square: We have received authorization to hold the event in this location.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 – Free day

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Academic Conference on the Armenian Genocide: “The Armenian Genocide: Concepts and Comparative Perspectives” will be convened at Boğaziçi University on April 26, 2015.

Click here for more information on the conference.

  • 9:15 a.m. Buses depart from the Intercontinental Hotel
  • 6:45 p.m. Buses return to the Intercontinental Hotel (estimated arrival at 7:30 p.m.)

Among the scholars participating in the conference are Norman Naimark, Jay Winter, Dirk Moses, Müge Göçek, Cathie Carmichael, Keith Watenpaugh, Ayhan Aktar, Uğur Ümit Üngör, and Mehmet Polatel. The conference will probe the concept of genocide from a comparative perspective, the forced transfer of children, how the genocide has been mapped in historiography, and the memorialization practices that have enshrined it in collective and historical memory.



  • Armenian Genocide commemorations have been taking place for past seven years at Taksim Square without incident and under the protection of municipal police in large numbers
  • We have informed the municipal authorities of our plans, and they have approved the gathering in Taksim Square and will provide security.
  • We have cordial relations with top-level government officials and expect to have assistance should we need it. It is important that all participants send us their contact details so we can make sure we are able to know who is in our group and able to assist them in case of any issues.


Participants are encouraged to arrange their travel to Istanbul as early as possible.  International commercial flights are available daily to Istanbul.

Visas are required for many international travelers to Turkey.  Check the Turkish visa web site for information.



The charter flight operator has just informed us that it has canceled the charter flight to Yerevan. Armenian authorities informed them today that it would not be possible for people attending commemoration activities in Yerevan to leave the commemoration site before 14:00, making it impossible for travelers to get to the airport in time for the charter flight return at 15:00. Please contact the charter operator or travel agent with whom you made reservations for further information.



We have negotiated a group rate at the Intercontinental Hotel in Taksim Square of $165 (VAT and breakfast included) for a standard room, single occupancy; $180 double occupancy. To secure this rate, we must reserve and pay for a minimum of 15 rooms. If you are interested in booking a room, please email us to request a booking form, and let us know exactly the dates you would like the booking for. You can then send the booking form directly to the hotel.

Other General Hotel Information:

5 Stars:

CVK Hotels & Resorts Park Bosphorus

Rixos Pera Istanbul

Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah

InterContinental Istanbul

Divan Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus

Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Center

4 Stars:

The Parma Hotel Taksim

Midtown Hotel

Lares Park Hotel

Hilton ParkSA Istanbul

Ramada Istanbul Taksim

Innpera Hotel

Elite World Prestige Hotel

3 Stars:

Cihangir Hotel

Sed Hotel

Special Category:


T-Loft Residence

Cozy Flats Studio

Taxim Hill Hotel

U.S. Travel Agencies

Levon Travel
American Expresss Travel Rep
408 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
Ph 818-5527700
lori@levontravel.com orarpi@levontravel.com

Contact : Lori Titizian or Arpi Guekguezian

Service Plus Travel Inc.
6 Park Avenue 2nd Floor
Rutherford N.J. 07070
Phone 201-635-1116
Fax 201-635-1118
Email address sptnyc1@hotmail.com

Contact Person: Nora Najarian

Check back here later for additional information about transportation to commemoration events.


Projet 2015 Evénéments Commémoratifs

Nous publions régulièrement des mises à jour du programme sur la page en anglais, mais ne sommes pas toujours en mesure de fournir des traductions immédiates de ces changements. Veuillez donc consulter la page en anglais pour prendre connaissance des informations les plus récentes.

Veuillez, s’il vous plaît, revisiter cette page régulièrement pour des mises à jour de ce calendrier: Les détails sont encore d’élaboration

Mercredi 22 Avril, 2015

  • Groupe Spécial Académique – détails à venir prochainement24 Nisan eng
  • 20h00 Concert par des Artistes Turcs et Arméniens.

Jeudi, le 23 Avril, 2015

  • 11h00 Conférence de presse des Organisations Turques et Arméniennes engagées dans la planification de la Commémoration

Vendredi, le 24 Avril, 2015

  • 13h00 Service Commémoratif au Cimetière Apostolique Arménienne de Şișli (Şișli Ermeni Gregoryen Mezarligi): Sevag Sahin Balikci est enterré dans ce cimetière; Balikci fût un soldat Arménien engagé dans l’armée Turque puis assassiné par un soldat Turc en le 24 Avril 2011.
  • 19h15 Veillée à Taksim: Les Commémorations des dernières années ont eu lieu au carrefour Taksim ou à proximité de la rue Istiklal. L’endroit exact pour les événements commémoratifs de 2015 est en cours de finalization.


Les participants sont encouragés d’organiser le plus tôt possible leur voyage à Istanbul. Des vols commerciaux internationaux sont disponibles tous les jours vers Istanbul.

Les visas sont exigés pour de nombreux voyageurs internationaux en  Turquie. Veuillez consultez le site Web Turc de visa pour plus d’informations: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/fr/

Nous sommes en train d’organiser un vol spécial qui permettra à ceux qui souhaitent assister à des commémorations à Yerevan et Istanbul d’être en mesure de le faire.

Le vol spécial permettra le voyage du 24 Avril, 2015, d’Istanbul à  Yerevan à 6h00 (heure d’Istanbul), et à partir de Yerevan à Istanbul à15h00 (heure de Yerevan) afin d’arriver à Istanbul à la même heure.

Project 2015 Anma Etkinlikleri

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Düzenli olarak gerçekleştirdiğimiz program değişiklerini İngilizce web sayfamızda görmek mümkün, ancak bunları hemen çeviri sayfalarında da görmek her zaman mümkün olmayabilir. Lütfen en güncel bilgi için İngilizce web sayfamızı kontrol ediniz.

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 22 Nisan 2015, Çarşamba

  • Akademik Panel – ayrıntılar ilerleyen günlerde belirlenecek24 Nisan
  • 20:00 Konser: Türkiyeli ve Ermeni sanatçıların katılımıyla.

23 Nisan 2015, Perşembe

  • 11:00 Basın Toplantısı: Anma etkinliklerinin planlamasında yer alan Türkiyeli ve Ermeni sivil toplum örgütlerinin katılımıyla

 24 Nisan 2015, Cuma

  • 13:00 Şişli Ermeni Gregoryen Mezarlığında Anma Etkinliği Sevag Şahin Balıkçı bu mezarlıkta yatıyor. Balıkçı Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri bünyesinde askerliğini yaparken Türk bir asker tarafından 24 Nisan 2011 tarihinde öldürülen, Ermeni bir erdi.
  • 19:15 Taksim’de Gece Nöbeti Geçmiş yıllardaki anma etkinlikleri Taksim meydanında veya yine bu meydanın yakınındaki İstiklal caddesinde düzenlenmişti. 2015 yılının anma etkinliklerinin tam yeri ilerleyen günlerde kesinleştirilecek.

Hem Erivan hem de İstanbul’daki anma etkinliklerine katılmak isteyenlerin bu isteklerini yerine getirmelerine olanak sağlayacak özel bir charter uçağı ayarlıyoruz.

Charter uçağı 24 Nisan 2015 günü İstanbul saati ile sabah saat 6:00’da İstanbul’dan kalkarak Erivan’a gidecek ve Erivan saati ile 15:00’te Erivan’dan kalkarak, İstanbul saati ile 15:00’te İstanbul’a dönecek.