Tbilisi International Literature Festival 18-23 May, 2015
Writers' House of Georgia is the initiator of annual international literature festival to be held in Tbilisi. Today, contemporary cultural life of Georgia is rich with various art festivals – music (classical, jazz, folk), photo, theatre, film; a country with such rich literary traditions, has no literature festival, which on one hand would raise the interest of the outside world towards Georgian literature, and on the other hand, would enable authors and readers Georgia to meet their favorite international contemporary authors. Another added value to start such a festival will be the fact, that there is no literature festival in Caucasus, thus, Georgia, through this festival, would take the lead in the region to deepen literary contact among the Caucasus countries, which, in this conflicting region, is an important initiative.
The first international festival of literature will take place in Tbilisi 18 to 23 May, 2015.
The international guests of the festival are:
1. Sarah Bower, Great Britain
2. Anthea Nicholson, Great Britain
3. Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus
4. Carolyn Forche, U.S.
5. Kimberly Johnson, U.S.
6. Lucy Tapahonso, U.S.
7. Raoul Schrott, Austria
8. Phiip Besson, France
9. Vera Pavlova, Russia
10. Mikolaj Lozinski, Poland
11. Claudio Pozzani, Italy
12. Violet Grigoryan, Armenia
13. Giunel Movlud, Azerbaijan
14. Iosif Novakovich, Canada
15. Serhiy Zhadan, Ukraine
16. Rasul Iunan, Iran
Main supporter of the Literature Festival is the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia (www.culture.gov.ge) Other contributors of the event are Embassy of United States in Georgia, Embassy of Italy in Georgia, Goethe Institute Tbilisi, French Institute Tbilisi, British Council Tbilisi, the Polish Book Institute (Poland) and Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany). Besides these institutions, the partners of the Festival are Georgian Literature Museum (www.literaturemuseum.ge), Europe House Tbilisi (www.europehousegeorgia.org), the Caucasian House (caucasianhouse.ge), Free University of Georgia (freeuni.ed.ge) , the University of Georgia (ug.edu.ge), University, American Academy in Tbilisi (www.gzaat.org).