It served more than entertainment purposes, when thirty national minorities’ musical and dance performers and 160 talented members of the minority communities joined the Art Gene Festival.
They were part a broader endeavor of ECMI Caucasus and the Art Gene Festival. The Art Gene Festival endeavor is in promoting and popularizing Georgia’s traditional folklore, in gathering new and existing materials in this field, in preserving it for future generations, and in introducing it to the general public.
The representatives of Georgia in all its diversity were invited by ECMI Caucasus and its partners for the Multicultural Event on 23 July. This day was dedicated specifically to the popularization of the folk culture of Georgia’s ethnic minorities. The Multicultural Event was held in the Open Air Museum of Ethnography in Tbilisi as part of the Art Gene Festival 21-29 July 2012.
Facts and sponsors
The event was supported by the European Centre for Minority Issues under its two programmes: Denmark’s Georgia’s Programme 2010-2013 and Support to and Development of Roma communities in Georgia under the grant from the Open Society Foundation in Georgia.
Since 2004, the Art Gene Festival is one of the most successful and highly attended events in Georgia, attracting people of all ages and ethnicities to learn more about Georgia’s rich cultural treasures – past and present.