Tbilisi International Festival of Literature TIFL

Writers’ House of Georgia
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

In the framework of the International Festival of Literature international authors of different genres visit Tbilisi for a festival week every year since 2015, usually in mid May. Together with Georgian authors, moderators and artists, the invited authors participate in a number of events planned in frames of the festival. The festival is unique in the Caucasus region, and accordingly, TIFL is among those activities that support the transformation of Tbilisi into the regional cultural hub.
The festival program includes a diversity of events: poetry evenings, meetings with authors, book presentations, panel discussions.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The festival has put Tbilisi on the map of world's cultural calendar. It has established international relations between literary professionals from Georgia and other countries and kick-started few of publishing and other projects. The five editions of festival throughout 2015-2019 has hosted more than 100 authors from around 30 different countries and carried out up to 150 events.
The project is also special in terms of benefit to many adjacent fields: the festival provides an opportunity for contemporary authors, literary critics, scholars, or translators to get involved in the active and constantly developing international literary processes. The festival has close connection and ties with literary journals / magazines, publications, and educational institutions. Thanks to this annual literary festival, each year, opinion-leaders from various countries visit the country, which also supports the popularization of Georgia as a new tourist direction.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

45,000 - 65,000 per year

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Georgia
Public Sector
Tbilisi City Hall
Public Sector
Embassy of the United States in Georgia
Public Sector
Embassy of Italy in Georgia
Public Sector
Goethe Institute Georgia
Private Sector
Adam Mickiewicz Institute and other international organization
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

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.

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