Woodstock Without Borders: One Caucasus Festival

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One Caucasus Festival, Tserakvi, Georgia © Onnik James Krikorian 2016

I’ve been meaning to attend the annual One Caucasus festival since it started three years ago, but this year’s event, held 25-28 August in the Georgian village of Tserakvi, was the first time that I have. Naturally, I put together two video reports, in Azerbaijani for the BBC’s Azeri Service, embedded further down this page, and in English for Meydan TV, directly below.

“The Caucasus suffers from many conflicts. The region of Marneuli is a borderland of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and is known for being a place where many ethnic and religious groups have been living in peace for many years,” the festival’s web site reads. “Our aim is, with the support of the local municipality, to create an inspirational and safe space to foster the meetings and collaboration of young people from the entire Caucasus region.”

Representing Azerbaijan at One Caucasus were Baku-based ‘Snail’s.’ Having already performed at last year’s festival, where they jammed with Armenia’s Gyumri-based folk-rock band ‘The Bambir,’ two members of Snail’s joined others from Azerbaijan in performing live with Yerevan-based ‘1243K.’

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Volunteers from Azerbaijan, One Caucasus Festival, Tserakvi, Georgia © Onnik James Krikorian 2016

Although skeptical after observing many cross-border projects that have failed to achieve their objectives, I instead came away feeling truly inspired. One Caucasus is a great event and one not to be missed next year. There are some more photos below and on my Facebook page.

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One Caucasus Festival, Tserakvi, Georgia © Onnik James Krikorian 2016

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