Our Projects

This section presents the activities of the World of the Caucasus Foundation which has been developing in several directions.
One of them is arranging of round-table discussions on important culture issues by eminent figures of culture. First session of the round-table discussion “Between East and West. Russia and the Caucasus at the Turn of the Century” was held by the Foundation in cooperation with the Moscow Government's Committee for public and inter-regional relations in October 2001. Fazil Iskander, Andrei Bitov, Rasul Gamzatov, Nina Ananiashvili, Lia Akhedzhakova, Oleg Basilashvili, Elena Kamburova, Giya Kancheli, Shirvani Chalayev, Karen Shakhnazarov, Mihail Chemiakin and other prominent figures of culture took part in the discussion. They discussed a number of subjects, including social and cultural implications of globalization, consequences of ethnic wars, the role of culture and intelligentsia in the opposition to xenophobia and ethnic bigotry.
The second session of the round-table discussion “Between East and West. Russia and the Caucasus at the Turn of the Century” that was held in 2006 regretfully diagnosed that the disastrous downfall of quality of education, professionalism, the process of moral degeneration of the society, and the ruin of culture had all become a threatening reality. Again, the voices of distinguished cultural figures were addressed to the authorities, urging them to use culture in their creative endeavors, to take care of culture.
Publishing became another important direction in the Foundation activities. In 2002 came out the first volume of the “World of the Caucasus” series. That was a collection of poetry of the Caucasus in translations by Arsenii Tarkovsky. In 2007 with support of the Moscow House of Nationalities two more books were issued: «Poetry of the Caucasus in translations by Bella Akhmadullina» and the collection of short novels by Andrey Bitov «Caucasian captive». The art album «Women of the Caucasus in photographs, painting, sculpture» has been published in 2009 with support of the government of Moscow.
The project «Women of the Caucasus in photographs, painting, sculpture» has been carried out by the World of the Caucasus Foundation in cooperation with the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstcamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The result of this cooperation is the unique art exhibition which twice, in 2003 and 2006, was exhibited at «the New Arena» in Moscow, "went on tour" in Rostov-on-Don (2004) and which everywhere caused a great interest and had deep influence on visitors. The edition of an art album based on the materials of the exhibition became a logical continuation of this project.
A series of documentaries «Faces of the Caucasus» is devoted to outstanding figures of the Russian and world culture who at the same time represent the culture of the Caucasus. Poets Rasul Gamzatov and Bella Akhmadullina, a conductor Veronica Dudarova, a composer Shirvani Chalaev, a writer Fazil Iskander, a film director George Danelia became the heroes of our films. This project aims on preservation and strengthening of the Russian-Caucasian cultural ties. The Foundation also develops other themes connected with the important events in culture and history of our country.
Various directions of activity of the World of the Caucasus Foundation are a part of the long-term programme «Culture against War», accepted by the Foundation in 2000 providing for realization of a number of interconnected projects in the field of culture and art. 
Unfortunately, till now we did not manage to carry out other, not less interesting and important directions of this programme, such as a competition of a literary translation from languages of the peoples of the Caucasus or a festival of ethnic culture and children's creativity. But we hope that it necessarily will occur. 
We are convinced that complex and long-term projects in the field of culture, directed on restoration of cultural ties and cultural interaction are quite necessary today. Such projects will promote preservation and development of multinational culture of Russia, improvement of an international climate, strengthening of the civil consent.