Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Inauguration of the Circassian Cultural Centre in Tbilisi

The Circassian Cultural Centre (CCC) in Tbilisi shall be inaugurated on 10 February 2012 under the patronage of the Georgian Minister of Culture and the Georgian Minister on Diaspora Issues. A number of Circassian personalities from Circassia and the diaspora have been invited to attend the opening ceremonies. The programme of the Centre for the year 2012 shall be revealed during the events of the day. The Centre is under the directorship of Professor Merab Chukhua. 

The Circassians are metaphorically between Scylla and Charybdis with regards to their relationship with their kinfolk, the Abkhaz, and the Georgians, who are bending over backwards to win the hearts and minds of the Circassians in their effort to undermine Russian control over the Northwest Caucasus. The Georgians are spending lavishly on projects to commemorate the Circassian genocide and to develop Circassian culture and folklore. This is a hard dilemma confronting Circassian intellectuals and activists. Perhaps the solution is for the Circassians to try and narrow the chasm between the Abkhaz and Georgians (but in no way compromising the hard-won independence of Abkhazia), and to lessen the Russian hegemony in the Northwest Caucasus (including Abkhazia).    

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