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Georgia, country of singing mountains.
For years it was my desire to visit Georgia. Not for any special reason besides the mountians and the singing. Maybe that is special enough. It took a long time. Back in the old days friends of my tried to organize a cultural exchange between Gergia and my city, and I was deeply disappointed when it did not take place. Several times it might have been an option to go there. But the place seems to be too small to have it as destination. Now, after visiting ones, I know this was wrong. With the support of the Royal Dutch Embassy (the first lady of the country is Dutch) we got in touch with the National Art Academy in Tbilisi. This academy was one of the three academies in the USSR, teaching the classical art education. I have always admired the Russian-Soviet worthship for classical education and it has brought up many great artists. In the western world it might be the opinion this art is not innovative enough, but in my opinion the modern art in the west is not skillfull enough. And here, in this small country that has always been part of a greater empire (read being occupied), in this country that has preserved it´s unique language and script, it´s traditions and culture, we meet modern people, progressive artists with knowledge about classical elements and have ancient skills.
We had a three days presentation and had many many students being involved. Meanwhile we have seen also the staff being strongly involved. In countries like Goergia, where transition is still going on and where modernity already has entered and where the state faces goepolitical threats, usually there is a gap between the generations. During our project we have seen that this gap can be made smaller. It needs much more input from all sides in order to continue the relation between the generations, while giving way to the modern times as well. it brought us )the National Art Academy and the Foundation 80 Questions) to th epoint that we said± let´s try to make a Georgian selection of Show Your Hope. And that is what we will do.
We´ve spend some more time off course. Wondering the city, drove from rural south through the capitol to the lower east. BUt we have met mainly friendly people (it helps when you speak Russian), being open to stangers. For a country that is mainly consist of mountains, that is quite unique.
So see some impressions and expect new information about this lovely country. But what to expect... when the mountains are big and the singing is like this, it must be excellent, my subjective mind tells me.