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GEM Fest a hedonistic jewel in Georgian crown – Euronews
01 September, 2016
The Georgian Black Sea resort of Anaklia hosts the GEM Fest short for the ‘Georgian Electronic Music Festival.’ Euronews reports about the event from Georgia:

Some 30,000 heads got down to latest sounds and the revelers got happy:

Grammy-winning Paul van Dyk headlined the GEM Fest backed by acclaimed electronic performers such as Paul Kalkbrenner, Fedde Le Grand and GusGus.

The hedonistic electronic hot spot is organised by Giorgi Sigua: “My friends and I we decided to create our Georgian
brand of an electronic music festival but we wanted to make it very multicultural and multi-functional. Different styles of music, different activities, different styles blending together in one place, in the last village of Georgia.”

DJ’s from all over Europe got up and performed at the Fest including the French act Lamine:“The people here react to the music in a positive way that makes me want to keep on playing non-stop.”

The festival site backs onto Abkhazia a break-away region of Georgia, which won a war of secession in 1992-93 and formally declared independence in 1999.

Festival organises, in a gesture of friendship, offer free admission to Abkhazians, the festival also hosted a number of Iranians who danced the night away with Armenians and Azeris.

Euronews reporter Sebastian Saam got an invite to the party.

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