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Georgia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

A project to set up a Caucasian network of Cultural Policies in Tbilisi (Georgia), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Yerevan (Armenia) was started in 2004. It aims at analysing the main problems and determinants for cultural policy in the region and at developing joint approaches in the development of cultural policies. Round tables on the exchange of experience in the development of strategic plans took place and possible functions of cultural observatories at Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan are under discussion.

The project "Caucasian Network of Cultural Observatories" has revealed the problems of a regional scale connected with the consolidation of the non-governmental sector and municipal structures for development of the open civil society in the Caucasus; problems related to supporting the coexistence of various cultures in the Caucasian states (these problems are typical in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia to a variable extent).

Partners from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan work together in the field of cultural industries, with special emphasis on the museum sector and traditional crafts. Round table meetings took place, and the participant co-operate in the production of case studies in the countries involved. (

Since October 2012, the Saturnalia project shows works of artists from Moscow, St Petersburg, Samara and Rostov, either made recently or intended to be created right there, in Georgia itself. It is supported byFoundation Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin from Russia and TRAM (Transform Art Module) Foundation – a Georgian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation, working in the field of contemporary art.

Other cross-border projects in 2012 were:

  • The cultural management training in Batumi organised by BIAFF with the support of OSI / OSGF;
  • In September 2012 started a workshop for curators named "CURATOR- PROFESSIONAL ID" which was initiated by TRAM in cooperation with TASWIR Projects and with the support of the Goethe Institute. The project will take place in Telavi, Batumi and Tbilisi;
  • The Centre of Contemporary Art - Tbilisi organised the 1st Tbilisi Triennial "Offside Effect" (see also

For more information, see our Intercultural Dialogue section

Examples of good practice

Georgian Arts and Culture Center

2016 - GACC founded Tbilisi 1st International Summit of Crafts and Design “Ethno Fest 2016” gathering crafts makers of all generations from the south Caucasus and beyond. It combines expositions, training, communication and B2B-meetings with international and local buyers and aims to raise awareness on crafts, to support the international mobility of artisans and crafts products and contributes to the crafts market development.

YTA Union- Georgian Centre of OISTAT

Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design is organized by the Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists – Georgian Centre of OISTAT

Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design was created in order to contribute to the development of contemporary art in the Caucasus, and as a new professional edition to the international map of cultural festivals.

The Biennale aims to create conditions for professional development and the exchange of creative ideas amongst young stage designers, as well as to facilitate intercultural dialogue between young artists from the South Caucasus countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Russia.

Partner – Theatre Union of the Russian Federation and Russian centre of Oistat

Supported by – Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi Center of Cultural Events, South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi

Chapter published: 13-02-2019

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