Today begins the Artgene, this stuff here.
Basically, a traditional Georgian music festival that lasts seven days when each day is dedicated to a region of Georgia. The festival takes place at the Etnographic Museum, an outdoor museum, in a large park near the Turtle lake.
We arrive in perfect time for the beginning of the festival, the entrance costs 10 lari (about 4 euro), the performances are held in an outdoor amphitheater. Today the weather is not the best, there are some clouds.
At 19, the festival begins, on stage seamlessly performances of children, elders,
adults, women and men; musicians, dancers, singers. The whole day is dedicated to the Samegrelo region, the region of Zugdidi. After a couple of hours a downpour starts and we are forced to flee, there are not many shelters! We get a bottle of Saperavi (pretty lousy) waiting for the performances to resume. In fact, the shower does not last long but nothing portends that the festival will go on. The stage has been dismantled but at some point we see people at work on another stage. Finally, at about 22 something begins, is the concert of Georgian armed forces military band! Watching the show we are no more then twenty persons (including insiders and journalists). I would say that the concert is fairly negligible. It is a typical fanfare of horns performing a predictable modern band repertoire. We'll be back tomorrow hoping that weather will assist us.