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Poets’ port2010-06-23 14:26
Times will change, rulers will come and go and the poetry that connects Russia and Georgia with invisible ties, will stay, the participants of the Russian-Georgian festival currently held in the lands of ardent Colchis think. The plain name and motto of 4th forum of Russian-language poets is this: "The world of poetry is the world without war".
Organizing a festival like this after all that has happened between Georgia and Russia over recent years, seems truly astonishing. Too often one could read Georgian authors speculating on Russian slaves, Russian occupants, and Russian aggressors. Behind all these things Tbilisi forgets that Russians are brothers in faith, that Russians saved Georgia from Persian invasion, that Russians are best and most grateful appreciators of movies by Shengelay, Parajanov, Danelia, that Russians are best translators of Georgian poetry thanks to whom Titian Tabidze and Paolo Yashvili became world famous.
How bold should Georgia be to undertake organization and accept the invitation to the Russian-Georgian festival if all creative people who preserve reverent attitude to Russian culture and Russian fans are declared high traitors or simply get quietly dismissed from their posts? A short time ago Zaza Azmaiparashvili, conductor in Tbilisi theater of opera and ballet, was quietly "asked to leave".
Still if there are people in Georgia who want to bridge cultural gaps, who honestly suffer the loss of Russian readers - then not all is so gloomy and sad between two nations as it might seem. This year's festival is organized by Russian Club, International cultural and enlightenment union headed by Nikolay Sventitsky in Tbilisi and the International Federation of Russian-language writers in Hungary.
The participants were greeted by Russian Patriarch Cyril and Georgian Patriarch Ilia II. It's the sister churches that have been pursuing the initiative of creative intelligentsia for four years already.
Spiritual ties are particularly irritating to Georgian authorities. Liberty Institute NGO that shapes ideology of new Georgia on Western money has organized a series of actions to discredit the authority of the Georgian patriarch. Last autumn he was labeled a Russian agent in videos disseminated on the web. This spring the church was dragged into a scandal over blasphemous book "Holy Crap". Ilia II was openly furious suggesting restriction of freedom of speech, which was the goal of the provocateurs.
Creed and creation have been those links between Russia and Georgia that politicians have failed to destroy and hopefully will never be able to.