The history of Batumi is inextricably bound with that of Adjara. Founded on the site of the Hellenic colony of Bathys, it was a small fortified town in the medieval kingdom of Georgia. In the 17th century, Batumi was conquered by the Ottoman Empire which relinquished its control of the town to the Russian Empire in 1878. It was under the Russian rule that Batumi became a major port city on the crossroads of Eurasia. After the successive Ottoman and British occupations at the end of World War I, Batumi and its region passed to the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1920. After the Sovietization of Georgia in 1921, Adjara was granted the status of an autonomous republic and Batumi became its capital. Along with Poti, Batumi is one of Georgia’s most important ports. It is also an important cultural and political center.
Batumi is purported to be located on the site of one of the Greek colonies on the coast of Colchis. Its environs the ancient Greeks named Bathus Limen or Bathys Limen (i.e., “deep harbor”, a description rightfully applicable to the gulf on which Batumi itself stands), whence the city’s modern name. This Bathys is sometimes identified with Portus altus, possibly a Latin rendition of the locale’s Greek name, of the Tabula Peutingeriana, a road map from the Roman period.
The earliest archaeologically confirmed settlement on the territory of present-day Batumi dates to the 8th-7th century BC. It is located along the Karolitskhali River and centered on a hillock which is now popularly referred to as Tamar’s Fortress after the medieval Georgian queen Tamar (r. 1184-1213). A number of unearthed imported items, fragments of amphorae among them, testify to the Greek influence there. The locale was a home to a Roman military fort during the reign of Hadrian (r. 117-138 AD), but was deserted for the fortress of Petra constructed under Justinian I (r. 527-565) on the site of the present-day Tsikhisdziri to the north of Batumi.
CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
1.- Please, send this application form back by email with minimum 6 digital pictures and a short description of your group and videos or links and descriptions of your performances.
2.- The Groups will stay at 3 stars hotel and number of participants are not limited.
3.- Dancers (except accompanying people) must be between 08-60 years old.
4.- The groups are requested to arrive in batumi on 01. July.2019 – 12:00 and depart on 05.July. 2019 – 12:00, after breakfast.
5.- Gifts provide for each person is an attendance certificate.
6.- Each group should bring flags of their countries with them.
7.- We will prefer for dance groups with live music but recorded music also acceptable.
8.- Pocket money will not be paid to the groups by Festival Committee.
9.- The groups will prepare 5-10 minutes programs. All groups have to prepare minimum 2 different performances.
10.- The festival fee is 130 euro per person. It covers organizational expenses, accommodation in a Hotel for 4 nights with 3 meals per day. On every 25 participants one member is free of charge.
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