Visit Pankisi this summer!
Learn Chechen and Georgian musical folklore and Chechen language with full-immersion cultural programmes developed by professionals in their field!
The Pankisi Ensemble invites everyone to the village of Joqolo in Pankisi valley, Georgia, to take part in a ten‐day Summer School on 22–31 August 2016. The Summer School is divided into two full‐immersion programmes for those interested either in traditional musical forms of expression in southeast Georgia or the Chechen language and culture.
The Musical Programme will allow participants to explore Kist, Tush, and Pshav living musical folklore from the mountains of northeast Georgia.
The Language Programme will allow participants to learn the basics of the Chechen language, one of the major indigenous languages of the Caucasus and the language of daily communication in Pankisi valley, Chechnya, and parts of Daghestan.
The price for a 10 day summer camp is ₾1000 (approximately €390 or $430).
The price includes:
- Transport from Tbilisi to Pankisi and from Pankisi to Tbilisi;
- Accommodation with local families in Joqolo;
- Full board (three meals a day) with vegetarian and vegan options available;
- Full‐time interpreter from Chechen, Georgian, and Russian into English;
- Daily music instruction with local experts in Kist, Tush, and Pshav folklore (Music Programme);
- Daily language training with a qualified teacher from Grozny, Chechnya (Language Programme);
- Daily trips around Pankisi valley and its vicinities to meet and listen to performances of local performers;
- Meetings with local elders, religious figures, artists, and journalists;
- Sightseeing tours focused on local historic, cultural, religious, and natural heritage.
Accommodation & Board
Each Participants of the summer school will be hosted by the family of Bela Mutoshvili herself or by another host family in the village of Joqolo in Pankisi Valley. The participants will be offered three meals a day. Separate vegetarian and vegan menus are available.
Each meal will consist of traditional Georgian, Chechen, and Kist dishes such as jizhg‐galnash,cheepalgash, khinkali, or dambalkhacho which are endemic to the area and prepared exclusively from local organic produce. The dishes are based on a variety of ingredients, including meat, dough, dairy, and fresh herbs and vegetables. The meat used for all meals is halal.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Summer School, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a scan of your passport and a brief description of your expectations from the course. The organisers will take your expectations into account while preparing a detailed teaching programme for the participants.