In 1998, Roxana Vilk and I were asked by the founder of War Child Holland to establish a community music and arts project in the Republic of Georgia.
After an initial assessment of needs visit on the ground, travelling most major towns, a week long winter camp in Bakuriani and liasing with the United Nations, Medecins Sans Frontieres and local NGO’s we set up the blueprint for a long term project - which is still active across Georgia today!!
In Tbilisi, the capital, a project with street children centre and orphanage was established, in collaborations with local NGO “FDHR”, weekly music, arts and education programmes, many of whom and which, are still active today.
In Zugdidi, on the frontline with self-proclaimed Republic of Abkhazia, we teamed up with local NGO “Atanati” - this programme worked with young IDP’s (Internally Displaced Persons) establishing a creative and therapeutic outlet for children who have suffered from the trauma of conflict and ongoing tensions.
Drum, dance, song, mask, visual paint, sound design, cello, guitar and saxophone and djembe that teamed up with a local duo of guitar and baritone saxophone and enjoyed a week’s residency at the Jazz Bar in Tbilisi
The creative team responsible for making this project a huge success between 1998 and 2001 and helped put it where it is today were Roxana Vilk, Anton Pesikan, Dee Isaacs, Miriam Nabarro and Prof.Nigel Osborne. With financial and exit-strategy collaboration with War Child Holland.