We are starting a new section where we will talk about clubs operating in different countries of the world.
With the first publication, we would like to address the first Armenian literary club "Vernatun".
In 1899, through the efforts of Hovhannes Tumanyan, the Vernatun literary circle was founded in Tiflis.
The literary association "Vernatun" included the most famous authors of this region, who enjoyed great love and respect. Among them were Ghazaros Aghayan, Avetik Isahakyan, Levon Shant, Komitas and others.
The members of the club gathered on the fourth floor of Tumanyan's apartment, hence the name of the association "Vernatun", and the members of the club were called "Vernakans".
The permanent members of Vernata met once or twice a week at Hovhannes Tumanyan's house to talk together, discuss various issues and find solutions. During these meetings, the writers also read and discussed the works of classics and new authors of world literature, as well as presented their works for general criticism.
The club also had a slogan: "Up, always up!"
It is important to note that in addition to the literary field, they carried out social activities for the benefit of the state and the people.
"Vernatun" was also a unique school for the Tiflis public, who loves Armenian literature.
Clubs, regardless of direction, solve many important issues that we will continue to cover in future posts.