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A new joint Armenia and Georgia cinema project is an effective and powerful tool for intercultural dialogue, strengthening good neighbourly relations and bringing the two countries closer.

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Georgia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation

In Georgia, transnational cooperation involving institutes of fine arts and cultural heritage and local authorities for culture and trade unions are frequent. Most of the interesting and successful projects are initiated by individuals and NGOs or through the bilateral relations of various public and private organisations which have been initiated by personal contacts rather than as a matter of state policy.

One example: The Georgian Arts & Culture Centre (GACC) actively co-operates with the Concervazione Beni Culturali (Rome, Italy) in cultural heritage projects (European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, 2007). This cooperation includes consultancies, seminars, training in the international practice of conservation, modern conservation materials, microbiological and other related issues.

In addition to the work carried out by the Georgian Arts & Culture Centre, there are a number of interesting projects carried out by NGOs include: Georgian Crafts Development Project; New Art Union Project "providing assistance to the development of contemporary art and to the formation of an art market in South Caucasus";theArts Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory AIRL project; the "Tbilisi Urban Development and Heritage Protection Public Monitoring Council" and the interdisciplinary newspaper "Iliazd" etc.

"Tbilisi-Basel-Freiburg" is a non-government international artist exchange programme which provides funds to Georgian contemporary artists to work and travel in Europe for 6 months. It started in 1998 and is supported by foreign partners: the Christoph Merian Stiftung IAAB programme (Artists' International Exchange Programme), Basel; Department of Culture of Freiburg municipality and the Arts Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory (AIRL).

Other significant examples of cultural transnational cooperation:

  • Georgian International Festival of Arts in honour of Michael Tumanishvili – "Gift"(http://www.giftfestival.ge);
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival (http://www.tbilisifilmfestival.ge);
  • Tbilisi International Jazz Festival and Black Sea Jazz in Batumi (http://www.easternpromotion.com);
  • International Folk Festival "Chveneburebi" (http://www.chveneburi.net);
  • The International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony. With the support of UNESCO and the participants of the Symposium, the International Research Centre for Traditional Polyphony was established at the premises of Tbilisi State Conservatoire (2002) (http://www.polyphony.ge);
  • In September 2013, the International Conference "Notion of Culture as a Force for Economic Growth, New Approach for South Caucasus" and in its framework the joint Exhibition of "The Best Heritage Crafts from South Caucasus" was held at the Radisson Blue Iveria (Tbilisi, Georgia). The events were organised in the framework of the Project "Strengthening the Creative Industries in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Heritage Crafts – a Common Platform for Development" funded by the European Union's Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
  • South Caucasus Contemporary Dance & Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Caucasus-Contemporary-Dance-Experimental-Art-Festival-in-Tbilisi/231526500325899
  • In 2014, Armenia and Georgia implemented the project Cinema Express "Armenia-Georgia" under the auspices of Tbilisi and Yerevan International Film Festivals, which was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, the Ministry of Culture of Armenia and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The project aimed at the use of the cinema as an effective and powerful tool for intercultural dialogue, strengthening good neighbourly relations and bringing two countries closer.

Chapter published: 26-01-2016

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