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Representative delegation for Estonian business and culture to visit Armenia and Georgia 11-16 June

07.06.2018

The representative cultural diplomacy project “Everyone loves Georgia”, which will bring the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) to give concerts in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Batumi for the first time over the past 43 years, will be taking place in Georgia between 11 and 16 June. Within the project, over a hundred Estonian cultural figures, entrepreneurs and journalists will come to Georgia. The Estonian delegation is headed by the Estonian Minister of Culture, Indrek Saar, and the vice-president of the parliament, Kalle Laanet; the visit will be covered by ten Estonian media channels.

 

The project “Everyone loves Georgia” is a civic initiative undertaken to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonia and 100th anniversary of Georgia, which is financed by the state of Estonia and Estonian entrepreneurs and involves the collaboration of the embassies and ministries of culture in both countries. The highlight of the event is the ERSO concert in the Kakhidze Music Center in Tbilisi on 13 June, directed by the globally famous Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi and featuring soprano Elina Nechaeva, No 8 at this year’s Eurovision: (https://www.facebook.com/events/181271966039240/). The concert in Tbilisi will follow ERSO’s concert in Yerevan, which takes place on 11 June (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1018489761660911&set=gm.247615079130115&type=3&theater&ifg=1), and will be followed by the concert in Batumi on 15 June (https://tkt.ge/ka/event/odessa-classics-batumi-weekend-142690; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1017909341718953&set=pcb.247283412496615&type=3&ifg=1).

According to Indrek Saar, the Estonian Minister of Culture, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia provides an excellent opportunity for introducing our rich culture to numerous countries of the world. “Georgia and Armenia are significant EU Eastern Partnership states for Estonia, and our cultural ties have become stronger and stronger over recent years. Active and enthusiastic people’s diplomacy is also important for the promotion of transnational cultural cooperation. I would like to express recognition of the cultural diplomacy initiative “Everyone loves Georgia” because this is what has enriched our experience of celebrating the jubilee anniversary of our country with a number of special moments,” Saar said.

According to Meelis Kubits, a promoter of cultural diplomacy, the relations between Georgia and Estonia are perfect. “The cultural exchange between our countries in intensive and versatile, and it can be said that collaboration in film production crowns it, but this is not its sole highlight. I am very glad to be able to organize the historical ERSO concert conducted by maestro Neeme Järvi in the Kakhidze Music Center in cooperation with our Georgian counterparts. In Batumi, the ERSO will perform with our good friend, conductor Nikoloz Rachveli,” said Kubits. The project “Everyone loves Georgia” will continue in Batumi on 15 and 16 June within the mini-festival Odessa Classics Batumi Weekend. On 15 June, the ERSO will be performing in the Batumi Musical Center, conducted by Nikoloz Rachveli and featuring Giorgi Zagreli and Ukrainian pianist Alexey Botvinov as soloists. “During these two days, the thematic conference European Way will also be held in Batumi. The Odessa Classics Batumi Weekend will unite Georgian, Estonian and Ukrainian musicians on stage. The organization of the concerts in Batumi was largely possible due to the invaluable support of the prime-minister of Adjara, for which we are immensely grateful,” Kubits added.

“Everyone loves Georgia” is a cultural diplomacy project undertaken as a civic initiative, a cultural present to both Georgia and Estonia, who are celebrating 100th anniversary of the proclamation of an independent, democratic republic in 2018. See also: http://www.erso.ee/2018/01/erso-will-perform-in-georgia-and-armenia-in-june/?lang=en.

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