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Kavkaz Jazz founder represented Georgia for the first time at International Arts Congress in NY
27 February, 2017
Helen Mechitova is a first art manager from South Caucasus who received ISPA fellowship and represented Georgia at the international performing arts congress. Every year ISPA receives over 300 applications, but this time only 12 art managers all over the world became Global Fellows, including art manager from Tbilisi, Georgia.

The organizer of 99th congress in New York is The International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA).

The Congress theme was Currents of Change: Arts, power + politics. Over 600 delegates
from 51 countries participated in the 99th ISPA congress. Twice a year, ISPA Congresses bring together performing arts leaders to discover the next great idea, strengthen relationships, and rejuvenate their passion for the arts.

Participating in an event of such a level and scale is very important, as it helps to establish contacts between the international art managers and entrepreneurs and gives access to international network. Congress is held twice a year, and in the future it might be hosted by Georgia.
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Helen Mechitova with ISPA congress delegates at The Times Center, NY

The ISPA congress opening took place at legendary Apollo Theater, where the greeting videos of all 12 fellows filmed in their homeland have been screened.
Seminars for fellows were held at Asian Society Center, and discussion panels at Times Center. Congress participants had the opportunity to attend different cultural events. During herone month visit in U.S. Mechitova had a several meetings with different organizations including meeting with managing staff of Theolonius Monk Institute, who’s chairman is legendary Herbi Hancock, in Los Angeles, California.

Helen Mechitova is a cultural entrepreneur and arts administrator. She works on different projects related to performing arts, social changes through arts and education. Mechitova is the founding director of annual music festival Kavkaz Jazz since 2010, which was started as a peace building and educational platform. In 2012, Mechitova founded the independent organization Art-Bridge to provide professional support for artists. In 2016 Mechitova implemented educational programme with professors of Jamey Aeberesold Jazz Studies of University of Louisville, KY, USA. It was an intensive course for students of high music schools in Tbilisi. Recently, Kavkaz Jazz and its educational program appeared to the October issue of DownBeat, a well-known jazz magazine worldwide.

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