Georgian International Festival
of Arts in Honor of Michail Tumanishvili
FESTIVAL

"Among Arts Festivals in the world (Edinburgh, Cannes, Avignon etc.) there is only one that specifically carries the name of a theatre director. This (festival is conducted during the wonderful Tbilisi autumn, and carries the name of that great Georgian director Mikhail Tumanishvili. Why precisely this director? Well-known throughout the world, this famous director united to the highest degree in his creations all the Art forms. His shows, taking each sphere of Art translated intotheatre language, convinced the viewer that the most important thing in life is faith and love, since precisely in this is found the basis of high morality. This Festival of Arts is a solemn demonstration of artistic creation. By way of an enormous labour the creators of this festival have brought together high-art productions from all points across the world. They gathered all these treasures in one place, in Georgia, and brought to the Georgian viewer wholesome multi-dimensional spiritual nourishment. At the very same time the aim of the creators of this festival is to acquaint the guests with the host country. So the Art Festival in Honour of Mikhail Tumanishvili, GIFT, by a direct way brings to Georgia the artistic essence of the planet. This is why in the process of this state festival, conducted from 17-30 September, Georgia is enrichened with the presence of many fine people. They will act, sing, dance, present theatre and opera, will show progressive and modern Art, make exhibitions, discuss Art, meet our people and our country, and they will, without fail, fall in love with it, because there never was a guest in Georgia that did not leave with a feeling of love for this country. What will remain with us? Those thoughts, emotions, the warmth of heart that was inspired in us by the Art of our guests, and those reflections of their Art that will shine in the press, at the cinema, on video, in photographs, on tape, and then of course our recollections... All of this will be saved in museums and archives and will remind future generations that Georgia, amidst the most difficult construction of a new life, was still concerned with spiritual nourishment and was prepared to give even to the last for that, because this country recognises the truth that tells us that only spiritually strong people can take the fate of their country into their own hands".

Natela Urushadze  Professor, Art Critic 

„To orginize an International festival of Arts is a huge undertaking and applaud the people of Tbilisi for their commitment and their achievement bringing it to fruition. It is very pleasant to know that Georgia is back on the scene in such an emphatic way and I am so sorry that I am unable to participate in person. I was honored to have been asked and I hope that I may be invited another year becouse I would like truly to visit Georgia and meet its people. I send my warmest good wishes for a successful and memorable event".  Sir Anthony Hopkins  It is a high time to renew, strengthen and extend the cultural and artistic links and relationships that exists with Georgia and to create new ones. The GIFT Festival is a golden opportunity to show the importance of such links after a period of disruption at both symbolic and practical level. The energies and commitment dedicated to the GIFT festival will be an investment in a mutually enriching, on-going dialogue between cultures wich flourish best through commitement to contact and diversity. With very best wishes, 

Terry Sandell Visiting Arts Director

Dear Friends! I feel fortunate that fate can still lead us to Georgia - your country of legendary hospitaloty. Whatever happens in the world our friendship is inviolable! Our dearest master, leader and friend George Tavstonogov has raised us to feel the greatest respect and love toward your country which he considered as his motherland. In his art one always finds some very Georgian talent, humor - with its respect of others, unique devotion toward arts and courage to embark on something new in theatre. We have visited Georgia many times and made friends, with many talented people. Sadly some are not alive now, but we are greatly heartened by those Georgian friends who remain and extend their fond regards towards Russia. It's been seven years since one of the most gifted representatives of Georgian theatre Temur Chkheidze collaborated with us. Today we cannot imagine ourselves the flow of Georgian blood. I hope will always have such a relationship, because friendship is our wealth - which is a glorious thing! With best regards, Kiril Lavrov Artistic Director of Bolshoy Drama Theatre/St. Petersburg

„The long awaited Georgian International Festival of Arts is here at last! How fitting it is that it should be dedicated to one of the world's great theatre directors, the deeply missed Micheal Tumanishvili". 

Nina Parry. Co-founder of GIFT, Paris.

"You have been in all our hearts for the past two weeks. We hope the Festival went splendidly, and that you are getting ready for well-earned rest and relaxation. GIFT is truly an amazing achievement, and you are the most amazing part of it". BIG DANCE THEATRE New York "GIFT" was the warmest outpouring of creative enterprise that I have experienced. The program with all its delights from the young Georgian men dancing the way I now dream about every night to Paco Pena and his troupe providing something entirely new for Tbilisi Opera House – It was all thrilling".

Bill Mcallister London

"We are safe and we in Madrid with such happy memories of our visit to Georgia. What a wonderful country you have. Such friendly loving people. We will always treasure the experience. Avery Sincere Thank you". Denis Rafter Madrid. "I am thrilled that after so many years of planning this festival, which has been created in the midst of turmoil will finally bring Georgia great artists from around the world. Cultural Exchange and understanding are powerful forces in the struggle for a peac gettable two weeks I have just had the honor of participating in during the 1st GIFT International festival. To be in Georgia for the first time and to meet the Georgian people in their own land, and their own capital and their own theatres was wonderful ended. To be daily in theatres filled to overflowing with audiences more enthusiastic than I have witnessed in a lifetime, was both thrilling and a great challenge to give and share of one’s own best efforts. I am so thankful for your determination both to bring festival into being and to see its continued existence". Ken Raynolds Edinburgh "We are happy to contribute to GIFT and continue the long standing association between Webber Douglas and Georgia. We are particulary pleased to be able to contribute to the celebration of the life of the great artist Misha Tumanishvili. Misha has inspired his theatrical friends way beyond the boundaries of Georgia. When I was here during the dramatic autumn of 1991, directing "Anthony and Cleopatra" at the Marjanishvili Theatre, he was a tower of strength and encouragement."Theatres are not museums!" he would cry "Let's move on to better things". He loved the idea that classical theatre should be relevant in the modern world. Hence our choice of "Hard Feelings", a play both classical and contemporary and full of young people. I think Misha woild have loved that".

Hillary Wood.

"MY DEAR KETI I am writing to you and to all your colleagues in Tbilisi to wish you every success with your new great fetival.It is now almost five years since we began discussion how a major Festival might be stages in Tbilisi and I recall with both pleasure and amusement our many brainstorming meetings in Tbilisi, Edinburgh and Perth in our attempts to arrive at formulas such on event work. Since that time we watched from afar the sad happenings in your wonderful country and it seemed impossible that your ambitions would ever be realized. But miracles do happen and with the great help of your President, the extraordinary arts community in Tbilisi and above all a good fairy called Keti, it will now happen. I'm honored to have had opportunity of helping and in someway repaying the many pleasures that Georgian Artists - the Rustaveli Company, the Film Actors Studio Theatre, the Voices of Georgia, Liana Isakadze and the Georgian Chamber Orchestra - have given to our Festival audiences in Perth. To you all, much success, happiness and above all fun and enjoyment from your nes baby, GIFT. Much Love David Blenkinsap Director of the Perth Festival. "I would like to join colleagues all over the world in wishing the Georgian International Festival of Arts all success. Since the 1970's, Georgia has been dear to the hearts of all artists, and in the U.K. alone became a very important exponent of international work. We were honoured to have you as guests, and you have been away far too long. Welcome back - we cannot all be with you at this time, but we are with you in spirit". Thelma Holt The Member of Board of Directors. "Dear Ket Dolidze, Thank you so much for your letter. I was most touched by you kind world and greatly honored that you should invite me to take part in your International Festival od Arts in October.Very sadly, however that I cannot be with you, but may I wish you every possible success the festival. Your sincerely, 

Richard Attenborough.

I have had a privilege of being involved in bringing a number of great Georgian artists to Australia over the last decade - the Rustaveli Theatre Company, Georgian Film Actors Studio, Georgian State Chamber Orchestra and Liana Isakadze and Journalists ("Voices of Georgia"). These are all artists that represent just some of the enormous cultural riches of your beautiful country wich I have also been lucky to visit. I am thrilled that after so many years of planning this Festival which has been created in the midst of turmoil will finally bring to Georgia great artists from around the world. Cultural exchange and understanding are powerful forces in the struggle for a peaceful and tolerant world. It is wonderful that Georgia has joined the international family of festival wich play their small part in this struggle. From Australia, your friends in the arts salute you, wish you well and only wish that we could be there to again sample Georgia's legendary hospotality!  Rob Brookman ARA Arts Projecta Australia 10 years ! It seems like yesterday when a little group of us first started talking about creating a theatre festival in Tblissi – which resulted in the birth of GIFT. Over the years, it has proved to be a wonderful way not only to bring live, foreign culture to Georgia, but also to present Georgia’s fantastic culture and generosity to the foreign participants. A real cultural exchange! Through Keti’s Dolize and her team’s dogged perseverance, through thick and through thin, GIFT has now reached its 10th year. Congratulations to you all! Happy Birthday GIFT! Long may you live! 

Nina Parry Board of Directors GIFT, Assistant to Peter Brook

GIFT is a gift – a present to all! Why? Because in a world whose lights are being extinguished one by one and millions by millions every spark counts. May GIFT continue to bring moments of radiance to told back the darkness. Peter Brook and Natasha Parry Theatre des Bouffes du Nord Paris My warmest congratulations to the Georgian International Festival of Theatre on their tenth anniversary. Since it’s inception in 1996, GIFT has been the most powerful agent for the promotion of Georgian culture within the international artistic community. Actors, writers, musicians, filmmakers come from all over the world to take part in the GIFT festival and fall in love with Georgia. As a result, may Georgian artists are invited abroad to prestigious international festivals. In 1996 the festival was opened by the unveiling of a statue to the great theatre director Mikhail Tumanishvili outside the theatre which now bears his name. How the continuing success of the festival would have delighted him and we all still think of him as our presiding guardian angel. Deepest congratulations to Keti Dolidze, the festival’s founder and director and to all who work so tirelessly to ensure GIFT’s continuing success. May the festival flourish in the future and Misha’s inspiration be kiept alive for all of us.

Hilary Wood,  Director of GIFT, London.

CONTACT
  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
  • Press Office: + 995 551176818
  • tbilisigiftfestival@gmail.com




CONTACT
  • GIFT/ Georgian International Festival of Arts in Tbilisi in honor of Michail Tumanishvili
  • 164, Agmashenebeli Avenue, 0112 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • General enquiries : + 995 32 235 0203
  • Press Office: + 995 551176818
  • tbilisigiftfestival@gmail.com