Tbs International draws closer
“… such events help theatres overcome barriers with society,” - David Bukhrikidze
Author: By Kate Lekishvili
Since the preparations for Tbilisi’s International Festival of Theatre (Tbs International) reached its peak, discussions around the event became more frequent and expectations are rising. Georgia Today talked to a prominent theatre critic in Georgia, David Bukhrikidze about the festival’s importance and the current situation in Georgian theatre.
The festival will be held for the third time this fall from September 14 through October 8. It’s quite early for Bukhrikidze to foresee the results, but he highlighted the event’s “important” impact on theater development over the previous years.
He noted that the last two years have been particularly significant for theatre producers, directors and other festival participants, as they were given the opportunity to communicate with their foreign colleagues. As a result of such communication, various Georgian plays such as “Macbeth” directed by Davit Doiashvili visited festivals in Croatia, Hungary and other countries.
“Such tours are very important for theatre development, as without an exchange it becomes locked up”, explained Bukhrikidze, and added that “in the twenty first century, it’s almost impossible to speak about the theatre if it has no contact with the [outside] environment and modern trends”.