Where to go in Gyumri?

“Oda” Cultural Center

The ”Oda” cultural center symbolized much about the host. The ambiance served as a form of self-expression and self-illumination. The number of rooms reflected the family’s financial status – the wealthier the family, the more rooms they had. The vibrant walls also indicated the prosperity of the villager. During that era, only a few peasants had the luxury of an outdoor or even indoor living room.

In the living room, the village elders and neighbouring residents would gather to discuss various topics, share thoughts on the world, find solutions to problems and worries, and engage in singing, reciting, and narrating fairy tales and captivating stories. Troupes and gusans were also invited to perform in these spaces.

Read More