Georgia: four arts festivals receive European Festival quality mark

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Friday, 30 June 2017 11:07

Four arts festivals from Georgia have received the Europe for Festivals Festivals for Europe (EFFE) 2017-2018 quality mark, a label which warrants their international recognition. The ceremony to award the EFFE Label 2017-2018 was hosted by the NATO and EU Info Centre in Tbilisi on 27 June. The four Georgian festivals are: NIKOZI – an International Animation Film Festival, GIFT – an International Arts Festival in honour of Mikhail Tumanishvili, Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre and Batumi Music Fest. All have received official certificates as exceptional European festivals, said the EU Delegation to Georgia. At the ceremony, the participants, who also included representatives of Georgian government, discussed the idea of establishing a Georgian Festivals Association as a partner organisation to the European Festivals Association.

Four arts festivals from Georgia received the quality mark, a label, which warrants their international recognition. This, in itself, is yet another success on the path towards EU integration.

The winning festivals from Georgia were the following:

  1. International Animation Film Festival – NIKOZI
  2. GIFT – an International Arts Festival in honour of Mikhail Tumanishvili
  3. Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre
  4. Batumi Music Fest

The idea of establishing Georgian Festivals Association, as a partner organization to the European Festivals Association, was considered during the presentation. The future prospects of the label were also discussed. An announcement was made regarding the award ceremony scheduled to take place on the 18th of September, in Brussels, where 10 winning festivals of Europe will be identified.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara; the Ministry of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the National Tourism Administration.

The meeting was also attended by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia - Kaido Sirel, Deputy Head of Cooperation section.

NATO & EU Info Centre is a partner of EFA Georgia.

The press conference was held by the head of EFFE Georgian HUB of the European Festivals Association and Programme Coordinator – Anuki Kvinikadze.


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