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.
Examples of good practice
- Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theater – a member of the European Theater Convention “ETC”
- Nodar Dumbadze Youth Theater – a member of “ASSITEJ”
- Music and Drama Theater – a member of the New European Theaters Association “NETA”
Georgian Arts and Culture Center www.gaccgeorgia.org
- In 2016 Georgian Arts and Culture Center became the official representative of Europa Nostra in Georgia. Thus Georgia made a step forward for the integration in the European domain of cultural heritage and got its case for the preservation of its cultural and natural heritage heard on European scale.
- In 2016 GACC became the member of World Crafts Council – Europe. It opens wider opportunities for the cooperation in the field of Heritage crafts development on European and world level, making way for a broader exchange of the experience accumulated in different countries and improving access to international resources.
- 2014-2015 Initiated by the Polish organization “Bridge to Georgia”, GACC participated in the project “Get in Culture – Georgian Polish Cooperation” funded by the “Region in Transition” – RITA. (A program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation conducted by the Education for Democracy Foundation). The project´s leading partners in “Bridge to Georgia” are: Katowice Regional Center of Volunteers, the Georgian Arts and Culture Center and Youth Association Droni. The project aimed to support the development of Georgian regional museums through the exchange of experience with their Polish colleagues. The focus is on the development and implementation of new educational programmes in cultural institutions, namely in museums, and on involving volunteers in that type of activity. The project also aims to establishment long-term contracts on joint collaboration and projects between Polish and Georgian museums.
Examples of good practice
South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi has been actively collaborating and co-creating with artists and institutions world wide. It tries to enable cooperation projects. To name few: Zurich based Swiss choreographer Salome Schneebeli (Morphologisches Institut and Roxi-Theater) developed together with Georgian artists and students of Tbilisi State Ballet School a dance installation Geister, Gaeste und wilde Tiere, which premiered in September in Basel and is now travelling to numerous other festivals and stages in Europe. More then 10 Georgian musicians, painters, designers, choreographers and dancers contributed to the piece in collaboration with Zurich and Basel based choreographers, stage designers and dancers.
The festival, in close partnership with Creative Dialogue (Madrid, Spain) Asmart Creative Hub (Baku, Azerbaijan) and the Georgian Art and Culture Center (Tbilisi, Georgia) organized a tour on creative crafts in Azerbaijan and Georgia in September 2016.
The festival enabled a participative performance created by YARAT – Baku Contemporary Art Center and Berlin-based Danish artist Christian Flasnaes, with the help of local Azerbaijanian visual artists.