By Laman Ismayilova
Ganja State Drama Theater will take part in the 2nd International Theater Festival named after Nodar Dumbadze in Georgia.
The festival will be held at the Chokhaturi Cultural Center from July 5 till July 14, Azertag reported.
This year's festival is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Nodar Dumbadze and the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Ozurgeti Theater.
Thirteen theatres will perform plays of Nodar Dumbadze.
Ganja State Drama Theater will stage the story Helados.
The festival will open with the performance "Sadness" by the actors of the Ozurgeti State Drama Theater. A. Tsutsunava.
Ganja State Drama Theater was established on November 13, 1921 in Baku. In 1932, the theater moved to Ganja with all its staff and continued its activities here. There are artists such as Ismayil Talibli, Alasgar Alekberov, Agasadik Garaybeyli, Agahuseyn Javadov, Mehdi Mammadov, Kazim Ziya, Fatma Kadri, Amir Dadashli, Razmiyya Veysalova among the actors who came to Ganja.
The Nodar Dumbadze International Festival was founded in 2016 and is held every two years. The event is co-organized by Ozurgeti Theater, the City Hall of Ozurgeti and Chohatauri, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Georgia.
The festival aims to support theater art in the region and to resume the tradition of staging performances on Georgian literary works.
Nodar Dumbadze was a Georgian writer and one of the most popular authors in the late 20th-century Georgia.
His first works published in 1956-1957 - three books of humorous stories. After this in 1957 he gave up his lab work to immerse himself fully in a literary career. He worked in the editorial departments of various journals and in the screenwriting division of Kartuli Pilmi.
Dumbadze continued to publish humorous stories and published the collection "Village Boy" in 1959. He scored a major success with the largely semi-autobiographical novel Granny, Iliko, Illarion, and I (1960).
He won numerous awards during his career, including the Shota Rustaveli Prize (highest arts award in Georgia, 1975), the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1966) and the Lenin Prize (1980). He was a deputy to the Georgian Supreme Soviet (1971-1978) and to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1979-1984). In 1974 he was named a secretary of the Georgian Writers Union, and from 1981 until his death he served as Chairman of the Union.
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