Sardinian Culture Days in Georgia

Georgian International Festival of Arts GIFT in Tbilisi in Honor of Michael Tumanishvili
In association with
MIBAC / Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo), Italian Embassy Tbilisi, Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia, Comune di Cagliari, Fondazione di Sardegna, RAS - Regione Autonoma della Sardegna

Sardinia is a large island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, between the Balearic Islands and the Italian peninsula. But there exists an unexplained myth about the history of the island. There is a strong belief that  “Caucasian Iberians” migrating from Caucasus to the Iberian Peninsula, stopped in Sardinia and cultivated the land; planted, grew and founded gardens and watering systems. As the results of such developments were due, the Iberians left the island leaving no evident reason to historians.

The Gift festival launches the first ever campaign “Sardinian Culture Days in Georgia” within the Gift Festival Italian Focus 2018 to explore and investigate a mystery!

From about 1500 BC onwards, villages were built around round tower-fortresses called nuragh. But the Nuraghes are not the only Nuragic buildings that survive, but the story of the indigenous Nuragic civilization which developed between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age (from 1800 to 500 B.C.) and dominated the whole Mediterranean area also lies obscured by unanswered questions to scholars and historian even today.
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea located to the immediate south of the French island of Corsica. From the era of the Nuraghe until now, Sardinia has been a treasure trove of riches for the eyes and mind. And the intangible cultural heritage offers unique excitement. 

Unification with Sardinia in the summer of 1859 ended the political and social movement that consolidated different states of the Italian peninsula into the single state of the Kingdom of Italy. Today the island enjoys its autonomy with the official name Regione Autonoma della Sardegna within the Italian State. Sardinia shares with the Japanese island of Okinawa the highest rate of centenarians in the world. Around 65% of all the Italian and NATO military installations in Italy are on Sardinia, making it the most militarized region in Italy and the most militarized island in Europe.
Cagliari is an Italian municipality and the capital of the island of Sardinia. An ancient city with a long history, Cagliari has seen the rule of several civilizations. Under the buildings of the modern city there is a continuous stratification of human settlements of about five thousand years, from the Neolithic to today. 

There is little known about the existing similarities between the Georgian and Sardinian people in the actual or mythic labyrinths of our anthropology. History does not know much about the existence of a historical relationship between us. In fact Sardinia would not have any accurate references until the artists dived in their past and searched in folklore, legends and fantasies which they brought to the stage.

The Gift Festival within a framework of ‘Italian Focus 2018’ invites those artistes to Tbilisi in the scope of   “SARDINIAN CULTURE DAYS” to discover beyond the stage, screen and pages of books the truth of resemblance in wine making, polyphonic singing, pastoral and farming culture. From 1-5 November 2018 Sardinian and Georgian artists will talk, play, sing and taste the taste of the visible and invisible similarities of legends and cultures of our peoples.

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