The Batumi Backyard Stories is a grassroots cultural initiative that brings together local artists and citizens to explore and co-create the hidden histories that exist within any given neighborhood in the city. Interdisciplinary artist teams interview the families who live within a neighborhood courtyard block, discovering their cultural legacies and creating a customized art installation and performance event in their neighborhood courtyard. The public art installations pay homage to what the neighborhoods’ families wish to call attention to within everyday life, and they, along with Batumi’s local residents and plentiful international tourists, are invited to attend these celebratory opening events.

Batumi Backyard Stories

Batumi backyard stories
Batumi backyard stories
Batumi backyard stories

12 interdisciplinary artists from various Georgian regions selected trough the special call worked together with the 4 international artists from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and the USA. These artists worked closely with each other and the neighborhood residents to learn what the local families believe are their most precious cultural legacies – their histories, personal stories, daily practices and customs. Each courtyard was then transformed into a temporary gallery and stage; events such as concerts, plays, poetry/prose readings, feasts, dances, etc. celebrated the unique stories that exist within that specific local community.
One of the most important elements of the project is an educational one that helps build the local cultural infrastructure: a critical dimension that included portfolio presentations of all the participants and master-class/lectures by the international artists on the ways that art and life can merge within socially engaged art and community art practices. These international knowledge exchanges between all the artist participants and subsequent network building is an essential component of the project, which is intended to be an annual event providing opportunities for refining and expanding cultural production in the region.

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batumi backyard stories

Since 2012 year, “Batumi Bird Festival” Annually held in Adjara Region. It is important event for bird watchers and many foreigners visit Adjara region in September for the Festival. The festival is supported by the Department of Tourism and Resorts of Adjara.

Up to 100,000 raptors pass through on a single day, and you can observe almost any raptor species in Europe. The ‘Batumi bottleneck’ is also a main concentration point for thousands of bee-eaters, rollers, waders, terns, herons and all kinds of passerines. The spring migration lasts from March to May, while in autumn you best come between August and October.

As a part of the Festival there are thematic conferences and tours in the bird-watching points, where both local and foreign experts are involved.

Batumi Bird Festival

Batumi bird festival
Batumi bird festival
Batumi bird festival

The first Batumi Grafikart festival was held in August of 2013 rapidly gaining popularity. In the frame of the festival Georgian and French artists paint several parts of Batumi. The festival is organized with support of Ajara Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports and Batumi city hall. The main aim of the festival is to picture international artistic processes on walls, create new landscapes and favor development of visual arts in Georgia.

Batumi Grafikart festival

Batumi grafikart festival

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Batumi grafikart festival