The following report is prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia in coordination with other, thematically responsible Ministries, public agencies and non-governmental organizations. the report is prepared in consultation with UNESCO National Commission.
Georgia ratified the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in 2008. The Quadrennial Periodic Report (2016-2019) has been prepared by the Ministry of Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia in cooperation with the state agencies, civil society organizations and Georgian National Commission for UNESCO (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The report provides information on key policy documents drafted/ adopted by the Government of Georgia during the reporting period that respond to provisions of the Convention.
Among them should be noted the “Culture Strategy 2025“ that represents the long term strategic document of the Government of Georgia that determines state vision, goals and perspectives considering different challenges faced by culture sector in Georgia.
Former Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia (as a result of structural changes in the Government, first the Ministry of Youth and Sport Affairs was merged with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia was formed. Later, in 2018, the Ministry of Culture and Sport merged with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and today, the Ministry of Educaiton, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia operates, developing and implementing the policies in the abovementioned fields) elaborated the document in cooperation with other government agencies and with active participation of the general public. The strategy creation process was supported by EU institutions. Council of Europe and European Union evaluated the cooperation positively.
The strategy has fundamental principles; publicity, civil society engagement and transparency. It cooperates with governmental representatives, NGO, international organizations, professional, business and educational institutions in order to reform institutional and legislative actions that help developing creative industries in cultural sector.
The Strategy was approved by the Government of Georgia on July 1, 2016.
The mission of the Government of Georgia: is to create a favourable and enriched environment where national heritage and cultural diversity are well-preserved and their potential is fully unleashed, creative businesses are developed and the diversity of cultural life is encouraged.
Therefore, the Government of Georgia intends:
• to develop a knowledge-based, innovative and creative society;
• to engage wider public in the cultural processes;
• to ensure that culture is reflected in different areas of sustainable development and social life;
• to develop modern infrastructure and new technologies in the cultural sector;
• to ensure sustainability of funding for culture and enforce the interest of working in this sector;
• to ensure the development of cultural economics and the industrialisation of culture;
• to ensure international promotion and internationalisation of culture;
• to ensure that culture is governed with democratic principles.
To promote the development of the creative industries and cultural self-expression, LEPL Creative Georgia (CG) - the legal entity of public law under the Ministry was established.
Vision of the organization: - Creative industries represent the field which is creating jobs, and generating economic growth and social well-being.
Mission of the organization: - Creating appropriate environment for creative industries development, via relevant programmes, projects and grants.
To fulfill the mission, LLEP “Creative Georgia” aims for:
• Raising awareness about Creative Industries;
• Building capacity of creative entrepreneurs though training programs, seminars and other activities;
• Establishing networking platforms;
• Creating funding opportunities and spreading information about existing funding opportunities;
• Supporting export of creative goods and in general, internationalization of sector;
• Supporting development of research activities in the creative industries sector.
With the aim to develop creative industries, promote cultural self-expression and improve universal access to culture respective laws, action plans and roadmaps have been elaborated and adopted. Budget is allocated and grant programs work in this direction. Both public and private sectors are involved in the developmen of the field, that also has a strong international support.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia
MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF GEORGIA
Government of Georgia
Georgian National Film Center
Georgian National Communications Commission
Georgian National Book Centre
Writers House of Georgia
Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture
Cultural and Creative Sectors
Culture Strategy 2025
Budget Program of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia - Access to Culture and Cultural Diversity
up to 880,000.00 GEL per year (Up to 250,000 - 300,000 USD)
Law of Georgia on Broadcasting
Transition to digital broadcasting
Development of broadband infrastructure and digital economy
EUROPEAN THEATRE LAB: DRAMA GOES DIGITAL
EU Grant: 200000 EUR
Partnering with Civil Society
Culture Strategy 2025
Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Competition – Artists Mobility
Amount allocated in USD in 2019 - 34 304 USD
Annula evaluation of the mobility call resulted in readjustment of the application process including application form, open call dates and allocated total sum per mobility decreased from 5000 Gel to 4000 Gel. Also total allocated annual sum has increased from 100 000 Gel in 2019, to 150 000 Gel in 2020.
Participation in international book fairs 2016-2019
About USD 400 000 annually
About USD 2000 000 in 2018
1. Francophonic countries are ready for Georgian authors.
2. It's necessary to work with these countries.
3. Up to 650 books translated in different languages.
Tbilisi International Festival of Literature TIFL
45,000 - 65,000 per year
The festival is evaluated in qualitative measures. Recommendations concern the program and audience engagement, as well as the forms and means in which the festival may become more appealing to public and beneficial for local sectors and industries. Based on the experiences of previous years, the team makes assessment and reevaluation of the creative content and possibilities.
Authors’ Reading Month
25,000 (from Georgian side)
Participation of a selected country as a guest of honour in Authors' Reading Month is a one-time case, therefore the internal evaluation was made to be considered for the future projects that will be organized outside of the country
Professional seminars, workshops, forums 2016-2019
10,000 - 15,000 per year
Flow of Cultural Goods and Services
Film in Georgia
The budget of the program is annually adjusted according to the demand.
The Agency conducted an internal evaluation of the program and several technical details were adjusted accordingly, including procedural deadlines, audit report criteria, and monitoring processes.
Treaties and agreements
DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF GEORGIA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL ON FILM CO-PRODUCTION (under negotiation)
DRAFT AGREEMENT ON FILM CO-PRODUCTION AND COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CABINET OF MINISTERS OF UKRAINE AND THE GOVERNMENT OF GEORGIA (under negotiation)
Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks
National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans
The Government Program (2019 – 2020)
Culture Strategy of Georgia 2025
Establishment of LEPL „Creative Georgia“
370 000 GEL for administrative costs (UP TO 100 000 - 150 000 USD)
International Cooperation for Sustainable Development
Culture Strategy of Georgia 2025
Goal 4 - Promote Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms
National Human Rights Strategy for 2014-2020
Feminist Readings at Writers’ House
6 000 GEL (Up To 2 000 - 2 500 USD)
Constitution of Georgia
The Constitution of Georgia is being implemented
Law of Georgia on Culture
The of Georgia on Culture is being implemented