Supporting Dissemination of Culture in the Regions
The measure aims at increasing access to culture in the regions and promoting diversity of cultural expressions by improving cultural eco-system in the regions.
The objectives of the measure are as follows:
- foster cultural and social inclusion of people residing in the regions;
- promote the cultural expressions and participation of all peoples in culture;
- maintain and develop cultural sites, spaces and infrastructure.
One of the challenges for cultural diversity is the gap between so called “centre” and “provinces/peripheries”. Local self-governance is the main body governing culture in the regions, however, there are several cultural institutions founded by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as Legal Entities of Public Law. Also various cultural projects are supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
MoC has supported several programmes and projects in the regions covering all the subsectors of culture and creativity: music, literature, theater, dance, traditional crafts, visual arts, cinema. The Ministry also has financed special programmes and projects promoting cultural expressions of national and ethnic minorities, women, indigenous people including people with special needs, IDPs, people residing at occupied territories and etc.
MoC of Georgia is in most cases the main partner of various international festivals. It is also initiator and organizer of various cultural projects and events in the regions. The literary-educational project “Live Books” traveled from region to region and involved Georgian writers which meet pupils of public schools and local population and present their work. The project "Cinema at School" realized by the Georgian National Film Centre was implemented in all the regions. The Ministry published the catalogue “Souvenirs from Georgia” promoting national crafts and providing data on craftsman living in various regions; the development of regional theaters, libraries and museums is ensured by different projects.
Rehabilitation of cultural infrastructure and monuments in the regions are supported by the municipality authorities, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection.
The policy measure encouraged engaging of regional population in cultural life and activities; Cultural infrastructure as well as tourism potential and visibility of the regions have been improved;
The number of festivals held in regions increases every year (17 music festivals, 10 film festivals, 4 festivals of contemporary arts etc.) and in 2015, the number of visitors of these events reached 300 000 (130 000 Euro) in total. In 2015, 960 film screenings in the regions were attended by the total of 12000 children.
During the Reporting period rehabilitation and conservations of 400 cultural heritage monuments amounted in 35 mln Gel (12 mln. Euro) were done across the country.