On September 4-12, Georgian Craft Association with the support from USAID/Zrda is hosting the Online Festival of Crafts Workshops aimed at documenting traditional knowledge of craftsmanship in Georgia to promote the sector and increase the visibility of best Georgian artisans among audiences worldwide!
At the festival you will be able to attend online master classes of pottery, embroidery, enamel, wool processing, weaving, carpet weaving, saddle making; listen to the stories of craftsmen and participate in online trainings and seminars.
In response to COVID 19 pandemic crisis, the crafts festival is being held online. Zrda helped the Association to quickly adapt to the changed business reality, and to this end, supported the development of 8 video stories of the artisans from the Zrda target regions. Overall, the event gathered well-known artisans from five different regions of Georgia, to highlight their workshops, master classes (including ceramics, woodcarving, stone carving, natural dies, carpet/rug weaving, felt making, jewelry, musical instrument making) as well as offered amazing stories, online meetings and webinars. Part of the festival content was shared through the Create Day
2021 platform as part of the London Craft Week, a new interactive platform showcasing twenty-four hours of non-stop human ingenuity, imagination, diversity and skills from around the globe. The following 3 off 8 videos highlighting Georgian craftsmanship were selected for broadcasting through the international craft platform – Traditional Georgian Musical Instrument Making, Bell-founding, Knifemaking, Ceramic Making.
The event had its own social media pages Craftsworkshopfestival Georgiancraftsassociation to broadly publicize the event.
On August 26, at 16:00 p.m USAID/Zrda organizes online training in Beekeeping conducted by project International Experts Scott Stanley and Nathan Weber. During the training the following survey results will be discussed: “The Bee Colonies Massive Collapse in Georgia”.
USAID/Zrda supports building resilience of the communities living along Administrative Boundary Line!
To this end the USAID/Zrda donated various much interesting and useful books to the tiny library located in the ABL Khurcha village, Zugdidi Municipality, Samegrelo region, that is a good gesture and nice present for the local population to benefit from it.
In the very beginning, the USAID/Zrda handed over the books to the Anaklia Education Hub, an educational facility that provided numerous trainings for all interested persons living in Samegrelo region during 2019-2020. After closing the abovementioned hub USAID/Zrda made every effort to find new home for all the books and donated them to Khurcha library.
“I’d like to express immense gratitude towards USAID/Zrda for giving us an opportunity to enrich our library with much valuable collection of books,” says Leila Esatia, Khurcha Library Head.