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Georgian President confessed he doesn’t know much about rock music

2009-05-18 16:42

Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, hailed holding the AlterVision musical festival in Tbilisi and, talking to journalists, confessed he doesn't know much about rock music - RIA Novosti.


Tbilisi - Open Air was held in the capital of Georgia from May15 to 17. According to the previous announcements, the forum was intended to be the alternative to Eurovision 2009 [in Moscow], in which Georgia didn't participate as their song didn't comply with the rules of the contest.

On Sunday evening the leader of Georgia visited the festival and expressed his support to the participants of the musical action. "Maybe, I do not know much about rock music, and for many festival participants seem old and not mush on modern lines, but I cannot but be glad that such a generation is being brought up in Georgia", he said.

24 groups from 10 countries of the world, including Russia, participated in the forum held under the motto "Music breaks free". Saakashvili called the festival "another manifestation of European solidarity". According to the President, the Georgian group wasn't allowed for Eurovision allegedly "under the pressure of Russia". "Better groups and artists arrived in Tbilisi. This is the support of our freedom and solidarity with the Georgian people", he said.

Previously Stephane and 3 G refused to participate in Eurovision 2009. They overtly claimed that their song - We Don't Wanna Put In, prepared for the contest, was a protest against Russia's policy. According to the rules of Eurovision, the song must include no political or other appeals, and the organizers proposed to change the lyrics, but the Georgian side refused and quitted the contest.


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