24 July 2017     Festivals 

Already traditional Folklore International Festival Caucasus 2017 has been organized by the Georgian Union of Choreographers in the Black Sea coast Georgian cities Poti, Batumi and Kobuleti during July 1-10, 2017.  Along with Georgian folk ensembles in the Festival participated folklore ensembles from abroad: Latvia (3 ensembles), Russia (4 ensembles), Ukraine (3 ensembles), Turkey and Armenia. 

Caucasus 2017 Festival was supported by the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF), International Dance Council of UNESCO (CID), Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara Autonomous Republic, Poti Municipality, Georgian Institute of Qualification and Professional Development of Teachers, Editorial Office of the Georgian Choreography Newspaper published by the Georgian Union of Choreographers and the International Folklore Center. 

Festival opening and parade was hosted by the City of Poti; and Festival events have been conducted in the cities of Batumi and Kobuleti.  Number of performers in the Festival was over 4,000 persons. 

In framework of the Caucasus 2017 Festival has been organized master classes, scientific conferences and excursions; special issue of the Georgian Choreography Newspaper has been published.  Festival concerts were organized at the highest level. 

„We are confident that the given traditional Festival will further promote popularization of folklore cultures of Georgia and of many countries around the world, increase of the level of qualification of choreographers, sharing of experience between participants and empowerment of creative contacts between foreign and Georgian participants.“, said the organizers of this large scale event.

The conclusive Gala Concert was held at the Batumi Summer Theatre and was completed with impressive fireworks. 

All the participants of the Caucasus 2017 Festival were awarded with special Diplomas and Prizes.