Effendi Villa, a grand historic house dating back to the turn of the 20th century, is located on the coast of the Black Sea near the Lesser Caucasus Mountains in the town of Kobuleti, Georgia. Effendi Villa has always united the cultural diversity of the region under its roof. Built by Italian architects, it has housed noble people from Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Great Britain, Romania, and Sweden. The villa is proudly held in the collective memory of the Kobuleti community, as an icon of local identity and the diverse history of a region which was under the influence of Ottoman and Russian Empires for many centuries. Today, a team of civil actors has been reviving Effendi Villa to establish a community and visitor centre, a physical space for community and capacity building, conflict resolution training, human resource development, social entrepreneurship and local identity marketing.
Diversity, Cross-frontier collaboration