The GIFT Festival is an annual celebration bringing the best of the
visiting arts in Tbilisi, as well as leading our country’s unique
cultural profile internationally. Since its inception the Gift
Festival hosted more than 300 international visiting groups and
companies and yet remains as one of the major platform in Caucasus
for international exchange and cooperation.
Georgian International Festival of Arts GIFT in Tbilisi in honor of
Mikhail Tumanishvili will celebrate its 22nd edition from October
19 till November 16/ 2019 to deliver to the Georgian theatergoers
and the art-lover audience the range of artistic endeavor which
will promote European understanding through excellent
culture. The Gift
festival is boasting several grand openings, running over a month
and celebrating two decades of the festival which, according to the
British press “like
all great festivals –including Edinburgh, at its magnificent best –
is about these mutual acts of giving; allowing the great tradition
of Georgian theatre to give itself to the world, and demonstrating
to this great and beautiful city that the world does not always
arrive to invade and conquer, but sometimes comes to sing, laugh,
weep and celebrate, to heal the wounds of history, and to face the
future together.” Joyce McMillan, Chief Theatre Critic. Scotsman,
With the great past of the Gift Festival, founded in 1997 by the International Board of Directors of Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth International Arts Festivals and up to date being supported by Peter Brook, Sasha Waltz, Vanessa Redrgave, Michael kahn, Andron Konchalowski, and many other thespians and luminaries of the world drama, it was banned due to political repression towards opposition point of view of its actual organizer, founder and Artistic Director Keti Dolidze in 2007, wich revived only 5 years later in 2013 after contra-revolution in power, but yet prevailing over power politics in development process of the culture policy in Georgia. Therefore openness, selection of the Festival Program and cooperation with the Georgian Arts Institutions is fundamental, as by advancing capacity to be equally skilled for European partnership in legal or in other specific aspects is crucial, which will also support the Georgian culture to communicate and share its voice Globally.
We would like to inform you that Georgian International Festival of Arts GIFT in Tbilisi in honor of Mikhail Tumanishvili will celebrate its 22nd edition from October 16 till November 16/ 2019 to deliver to the Georgian theatergoers and the art-lover audience the range of artistic endeavor which will promote European understanding through excellent culture.
In a bold act of optimism and reconciliation the GIFT festival was founded as a strong massage of piece in Caucasus in 1997. After 22 years it has been shaped into an open, influential platform bringing the very best international arts to the audiences across the region, setting a new concept for Culture as an instrument for European values, democracy, social inclusion, solidarity and justice.
The Gift Festival unites international artists, audiences, festival lovers, travelers, journalists and civic activists in Tbilisi for a month every autumn, to experience a coherent curated artistic programme that also highlights Georgia as a significant participant in a worldwide conversation.
The Gift festival is a member of EFA/European Festival Association, the longest serving network of arts festivals founded in Geneva in 1952. By offering festival makers a front seat in European policy-making EFA unites its members to contribute to the artistic life of Europe. As a part of European festival community the GIFT festival is intelligible to present its advanced capacity for European partnership in the fields of culture, and also to become engaged in the quality and the social responsibility of our artistic product to attract diverse audiences and make the festival more sustainable for public.
From 2019 the festival is opening the GIFT Festival Club offering to its members an intercultural network, access to social and professional occasions, club events and a seasonal ticket to all shows presented by the program. By developing this new business model we call our audiences to the most up-to-date, insightful, and complete partnership with our festival to build a bigger festival society and participate in development of environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability in Georgia.