AqTushetii Meteor Showers
The series of events will take place from August 12th to August 19th and will contain number of exhibitions, live music performances, lectures and workshops, film screenings, rugby lessons and hiking activities for kids and many more.
Here in Omalo, you will have the unique chance to watch the very peak of the annual Meteor Shower on the night of both 12th and 13th of August
At AqTushetii you will meet our resident painters and ceramicists from different countries. Their artworks among many more will be shown at the exhibition towards the end of the Festival. The exhibition will also include photos by Amiran Arabuli, photography as well as the works made by ceramic artists from Georgia and abroad; We will also present the very special collection of artworks made by Georgian artists from various mediums inspired by the Tushetian Mythology.
Crossing into The Electric Magnetic
Conducted by experimental musicians Sandro Chinchaladze (Tete Noise) and Scott McCulloch, Crossing into the Electric Magnetic is a 6 day intensive workshop combining lectures, field trips and hands-on exercises. Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening theory provides a foundational guide to introduce a select handful of methods for experimental music composition. We will facilitate listening retreats and field recording excursions to various places in the unique and-/soundscapes of Tusheti. This will be complemented by masterclasses in cassette and reel-to-reel manipulation: tape-loop cutting, collage, and musique concrete. In the final session each participant is required to present a composition that explores the approaches investigated throughout the week. This will culminate in a collaborative release (either cassette, CDR or digital) of the sounds made on site.
This project is aimed at exploring the opportunity to create work with the bare minimum: a camera, a sound recorder and the landscape. Participants will engage in an intensive one-day educational introduction with filmmakers and sound artists, and will spend three days in the field. Afterwards, they will meet again to edit their work, and finally have the opportunity to present it at a screening at the end of the workshop and the festival.
The idea behind the project is to create an understanding of ambiance that goes beyond sound, and atmosphere that goes beyond the visual. The participants are free to interpret it in any way they like, and are not limited to any form, as long as they create a piece that deals with the Tushetian landscape. Subjects explored in the workshop are observation of the landscape and light, and close listening to sound. In their own free time, participants will explore the landscape and record it, visually and aurally. Afterwards, they will edit both (with the help of their mentors) in a way that represents their experience of what they saw and heard. Ideally, they will create a living representation of the area around them.
Caucasus All Frequency Festival, CAFF
Mountains of Tongues, in partnership with the AqTushetii and Tbilisi State University, is hosting a ten-day workshop and concert series featuring exciting collaborations and knowledge exchange between musicians performing regional music from the Caucasus and experimental musicians from all over the world.
CAFF brings together two special groups:
A diverse group of traditional musicians and ensembles from all over the region representing their unique musical voice through performances and masterclasses . Ten local and international musicians specializing in experimental, electronic, and modern classical music, who will study with the traditional performers, give their own concerts, and conduct workshops.
The primary goal of the Caucasus All Frequency Fest is to illustrate the ways in which local music from the Caucasus region can be preserved and popularized through an engagement between traditional and experimental musicians. We believe CAFF is the perfect environment for this diverse group of musicians to express themselves, educate each other, and raise awareness of their own unique musical voices. CAFF will serve to both support traditional musicians and to inspire a new generation of creative ones.
“Stumrad Eterostan” Tushetian Mythology Evening
It is with great pleasure we invite you to our Tushetian Mythology Evening at Stumrad Eterostan in the heart of Tbilisi. Located in the Avlabari neighborhood, the historical venue “Porakishvili ethnographic hall” is a well preserved example of old architecture and we are working to revitalize this unique space into a hall of cultural events, concerts, and workshops.
This is the first in a series of engagements at Stumrad Eterostan, with a special focus on the mythology and folklore of the Tushetian people. During the event there will be multiple lectures structured around the stories and tales that make up the catalogue of Tushetian Mythology.
As a part of the event, we will be launching a competition for contemporary artists (illustrators, musicians, photographers, and film makers) to engage with Tushetian mythology and create new works based on their experiences. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Stumrad Eterostan