Armenian Culture & Arts Fest Faces Problems

by David DeMullé

Last Sunday, the Armenian Culture & Arts Festival came to town and it was an unprecedented success. With hundreds of people coming and going over an eight-hour period and an estimated 1500 people in attendance, there was no problem parking and everybody had a chance to visit the booths without having to wait in line.

Festival coordinator Sonia Tatulian did a great job in walking the streets trying to get local businesses to rent booth space. The City of Los Angeles rescinded their offer of support and withdrew their funding, claiming that the ST Neighborhood Council acted in an unethical manner. The city also revoked the festival’s non-profit status and banned the festival for one year. But not to worry, there was a lot of cash floating around for Ms. Tatulian to “disappear.”

So, all-in-all, everybody that showed up had a great time.

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