„Tskaltubo Art Festival“ is a transdisciplinary Art Festival. Initiated in 2013 by artasfoundation and the IDP Women’s Association of Tskaltubo* it takes place annually in Tskaltubo, Western Georgia.
Formerly a famous Soviet thermal resort, Tskaltubo nowadays hosts about 4'500 IDP (internally displaced persons) of Abkhaz origin. Many of them have been living under precarious conditions in the former sanatoriums for the past 25 years.
The festival is themed "Resort to Art" - in allusion to thinking of art as a way for spiritual survival and with the idea of transforming a former tourist resort into a cultural centre. The festival's vivid core is a two-week workshop phase where a major part of the festival’s programme is developed. These workshops are conducted by local and international artists in collaboration with local and regional art, music and dance initiatives. Within the workshops residents of Tskaltubo, especially young people, and artists share and exchange different artistic approaches and produce new works.
The project’s main objectives are to facilitate artistic, cultural and personal exchange between residents of Tskaltubo and artists from Tbilisi and abroad; to create a platform for and with the IDP population of Tskaltubo in order to integrate them into future developments of the city as well as supporting artistic activities in the region, offside the capital of Tbilisi.
*IDP is the abbreviation for „internally displaced people“ und refers to persons, who are refugees in their own state.