18:00 Festival Opening: Meeting with Nino Haratischwili (Germany / Georgia) Language: Georgian. Writers’ House, 13, Ivane Machabeli Street.
19:30 Meeting with Ludwig Laher (Austria)
Language: German / Georgian
21:00 Poetry Jam + Jazz (all participant poets) Writers’ House
22:00 Marathon of Young Georgian Poets /
18:00 Discussion: Women Writers on the verge of activism with Tamta Melashvili (Georgia), Hasmik Simonian (Armenia), Ester Naomi Perquin (Netherlands), moderator: Tata Tsopurashvili / language: English / Georgian.
Frontline Georgia Club, 62 L.Asatiani Str.
18:30 Poetry evening with Sergio Badilla Castillo (Chile) and Kristian Carlsson (Sweden) /
language: Spanish / Swedish / Georgian.
19:30 Meeting with DBC Pierre (UK) /
language: English / Georgian. Writers’ House
21:00 Poetry Evening with Yurii Andrukhovych (Ukraine) and Tadeusz Dąbrowski (Poland)
language: Ukrainian / Polish / Georgian.
17:00 Sergio Badilla Castillo (Chile) meets students / language: Spanish
TSU, V block, room 3.
17:00 Kristian Carlsson (Sweden) meets students / language: Swedish
TSU Center for Scandinavian Studies
18:30 Poetry evening with Yasuhiro Yotsumoto (Japan) and Ester Naomi Perquin (the Nethernalds) / language: Japanese / Dutch / Georgian
19:30 Poetry evening with Lia Sturua (Georgia), book presentation “Wolf Hour”
21:00 Meeting with the author Dmitry Bykov (Russia), moderator Shota Iatashvili /
language: Russian / Georgian
15:00 Yasuhiro Yotsumoto (Japan) meets students / language: Japanese.
Free University, 240, Aghmashenebeli Alley
18:30 Caucasian Evening with Hasmik Simonian (Armenia), Seymur Baycan (Azerbaijan) and Lela Samniashvili (Georgia). Caucasian House
19:00 DBC Pierre (UK) meets Ilia State University Students. Bookhouse Ligamus
32, Chavchavadze Ave.
20:00 Discussion: Soviet Inheritance in Post-Soviet Literature with Yurii Andrukhovych (Ukraine), Dmitry Bykov (Russia), Seymur Baycan (Azerbaijan) and Levan Berdzenishvili (Georgia) / language: Russian / Georgian
21:30 Poetry: Enemies Project – UK/Georgia
with Zura Jishkariani, Lia Likokeli, Zaza Koshkadze / Steven J Fowler, Eley Williams, Luke Kennard / language: English / Georgian
18:00 Meeting with Sadik Yalsizucanlar (Turkey) / language: Turkish / Georgian
19:30 Susan Shillinglaw (USA) talks about John Steinbeck. Fragments from documentary by O. Zhgenti “Steinbeck and Russian Journal” / language: English / Georgian
21:00 Meeting with the author Etgar Keret (Israel) moderator: Dato Turashvili
language: English / Georgian
22:30 Poetry Night in the Writers’ House garden
13:00 Shakespeare for Children: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Vaso Guleuri, Davit Gabunia
15:00 Giorgi Kekelidze (Georgia) meets young readers – “Personal experience as literature”.
17:00 Poetry evening with Alex Galper (USA) / language: Russian / Georgian
19:00 Etgar Keret (Israel) meets Ilia State University Students.
20:30 Special Film Screening: A Woman from Marketplace (1928) directed by G. Makarov, based on Eugen O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms. with live music.
Poetry Marathon with Young Georgian Poets
They have limited time and plenty to share with their audience.
Young Georgian poets start the marathon run with their poetry.
Giorgi Arabuli, Beka Akhalaia, Gega Abuladze, Beka Korshia, Giorgi Shonia, Lasha Jaiani, Ninia Nadiradze, Giorgi Gagoshidze, Nini Eliashvili, Tornike Chelidze.
Women writers at the verge of activism
with Tamta Melashvili, Hasmik Simonian and Ester Naomi Perquin
moderated by Tata Tsopurashvili
What is the role of female writers in the context of 21st century; do the discussion participants position themselves as feminists? How their personal experience is reflected in their writing? Are they considering women as their targeted audience? These issues will be addressed by three authors from Armenia, Georgia and the Netherlands.
Soviet inheritance in the Post-Soviet literature
with Yuri Andrukhovych, Dmitry Bykov and Seymur Baycan
moderated by Levan Berdzenishvili
Despite their different choices after the fall of the Soviet Union Post-Soviet countries do share the common historical past. How is this inheritance reflected in contemporary writing; to what extent does it define the content of today’s literature; do Ukrainian, Russian and Azeri writers try to analyze the Soviet past or do they try to avoid this experience in their writing? Is this experience an obstacle to them? These are the issues for the discussion.
Special Film Screening
A Woman from Marketplace
based on Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms
screenplay by P.Morskoi, G. Makarov, V. Engels; directed by Giorgi Makarov; production design by R.Fedor; edited by V. Dolenko. Cast: A. Murusidze, B. Beletskaya, Sh. Ghambashidze, A. Vasadze, G. Inashvili. (produced by SAKHKINMRETSVI)
Georgian silent film A Woman from Marketplace was based on the popular play Desire Under the Elms by prominent American writer, winner of the Nobel Prize Eugene O’Neill. It was the first and quite free film adaptation of the play. The film has shifted main accents from those of the original play, thus resulting in an interesting “reading”, or interpretation of the source text. The director Giorgi Makarov chose to mingle the elements of psychological drama with western, at the same time strictly following the demands of the Soviet NEP and standards of commercial cinema from Roaring 20-ies.
The special screening in frames of the Festival will be held with live musical accompaniment. The audience will have a chance to experience Great Silent Cinema and the aesthetics of those years. Art historian, Olga Zhgenti will open the screening with an introductory lecture.
The project is supported by “Georgian Film Company” and the US Embassy to Georgia.