The festival is commemorating three anniversaries: the period of the first democratic republic of Georgia from 1918–1921, the 100th anniversary of the Soviet occupation and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence in 1991. The festival focuses on long-standing cultural, literary and political German-Georgian relations.
The program will bring together Georgian and German authors, artists, and scholars to discuss the political and cultural history of the Democratic Republic of Georgia and its significance today. They will discuss Georgia’s role in the global political context, the legacy of Stalin’s purges and the Soviet era as a whole, as well as the cultural upswing Georgia has experienced in the last 30 years.
The festival will also focus on the perception and role of women since the First Republic of Georgia, Georgian literature between empowerment and repression through Soviet censorship, and the Georgian avant-garde.
The festival will open with German and Georgian musical compositions and arrangements by the Giorgi Kiknadze trio.
Luka Nachkebia from Chef Cave will also talk about the origin of Georgian dishes and Georgia’s culinary culture.
Livestream: All events will be streamed live on the Lettrétage facebook page.
Concept and idea: Maiko Danelia and Nino Nadibaidze
Artistic advice: Zaal Andronikaschvili and Lascha Bakradse
Support: Konrad Adenauer Foundation Georgia, Goethe Institut Georgia, Embassy of Georgia in the Federal Republic of Germany, Frankfurt Book Fair, Giorgi Leonidze State Museum of Georgia, Georgian National Museum
The literary scholar Zaal Andronikashvili is research associate at the ZfL with the project Literature in Georgia. Between Small Literature and World Literature.