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Handover ceremony

04 October, 2017

On October 15, 2017, Georgia will officially become the guest of honour country of the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Our country will receive this status from France. The Handover ceremony is one of the most important highlights of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, when the current guest of honour finishes its own project and next one starts. Georgia has been preparing for this moment since 2014, after the agreement was signed between the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
The ceremony of the guest scroll handover consists of several parts: it will be opened by short film screening of GoH France followed by the conversation of the Georgian and French authors–Davit Gabunia and Frédéric Boyer, they will discuss the literature processes and development trends in their countries and the concepts of GoH France and GoH Georgia.

The next part of the ceremony will be dedicated to the conversation between the Guest of Honour project Directors of Georgia and France - Ms. Medea Metreveli and Mr. Paul de Synety together with the President of Frankfurter Buchmesse Mr. Jürgen Boos and the German moderator. This part of ceremony will be finished by the official handover of the guest scroll with the Georgian quote from the poem "The Knight in the Panther's Skin" by Shota Rustaveli.
The sun shines alike on roses and scrub, on everything we see.
You alike to the greatest and the lowly, merciful should be.
The one, who’s getting bound, binds himself; the generous bind the free.
The sea’s waters flow in and flow out: be generous like the sea.
The last part of the event will be the screening of animation about the concept of Guest of Honour Georgia dedicated to the Georgian alphabet and then the music performance of Katie Melua and Gori Women Choir.

From October 2017, the Georgian Literature and Culture will be presented in German-speaking Europe with the status of Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse.


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