About Events – Egrisoba Festival

Autumn fruits and vegetable display at the Egrisoba 2015 festival

The Egrisoba 2015 festival (Georgian: ეგრისობა – 2015) was held at Nokalakevi fortress (Georgian: ნოქალაქევი) in Senaki municipality, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region. Revived in 2014 after a 26 year pause, the autumn celebration includes folk song, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, arts and crafts exhibitions, horse racing, and food and wine. Photos courtesy of Senaki … Continue reading

About Events – “Song about Samegrelo” Festival

Performers at the Song about Samegrelo Festival

Held on October 2-3 in the town of Khobi (Georgian: ხობი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, the “Song about Samegrelo” Festival featured traditional folk singing, local cuisine, and art and crafts exhibits. Now in its seventh year, the festival is organized by the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Governor’s Office, the Khobi Municipality and supported by the Ministry of … Continue reading

About Sights – Oliver and Marjory Wardrop Statue in Tbilisi

Oliver and Marjory Wardrop statue in Tbilisi

A statue of Oliver Wardrop and his sister, Marjory Wardrop can be found at the park behind the Parliament building in Tbilisi. Sir John Oliver Wardrop KBE CMG was a British diplomat, traveler and translator, known best for his role as Great Britain’s first Chief Commissioner of Transcaucasus in Georgia (1919–21), and also as the founder and … Continue reading

About Sights – The Café Fantasy (also called the Octopus) in Batumi

The Café Fantasy (also called the Octopus) in Batumi

The Café Fantasy (Georgian: კაფე ფანტაზია) or the Octopus (რვაფეხა) was a coffeehouse situated in the seaside city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast. Completed in 1975, it became a popular meeting point for both Batumi residents and visitors. During the Soviet period visitors to the Octopus could buy freshly brewed coffee, ice-cream and … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian artist Guram Khetsuriani

House by Georgian artist Guram Khetsuriani

Georgian artist Guram Khetsuriani’s paintings of houses (he prefers old abandoned buildings) have attracted much praise. “If I see such an abandoned house or a ruin, I immediately imagine how life used to be here before. And although now everything seems to be dead here, I still can see people walking in the courtyard, working … Continue reading

About Art – Oskar Schmerling

Old Tbilisi by Oskar Schmerling

Born in Tbilisi, Oskar Schmerling (Georgian: ოსკარ ივანეს ძე შმერლინგი) was a Georgian artist of German origin known for caricatures in Georgian newspapers and for illustrating Molla Nasraddin, a magazine of political satire published in Tiflis (from 1906 to 1917), Tabriz (in 1921) and Baku (from 1922 to 1931) in the Azeri and occasionally Russian … Continue reading

About Events – Legendary American band Earth, Wind & Fire perform in Tbilisi

American band Earth, Wind & Fire performing at the Tbilisi Concert Hall in January 2015

Legendary American band Earth, Wind & Fire performed at the Tbilisi Concert Hall in January 2015. The band is one of the most critically acclaimed of the twentieth century and their music has spanned the genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, African and gospel. Founded in Chicago by Maurice White in 1969, … Continue reading

About Art – Gogi Chagelishvili

Gogi Chagelishvili "It's Winter" oil on canvas and wood

Georgian artist Gogi Chagelishvili (Georgian: გოგი ჩაგელიშვილი) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1945. A graduate of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (Georgian: თბილისის სახელმწიფო სამხატვრო აკადემია), his paintings are very expressive, impulsive and rich in color. His works are displayed in the Tretyakov State Gallery in Moscow and in art museums in Tbilisi, as … Continue reading

About Art – Enamel Artwork by “Pokany Workshops”

ფოკანის სახელოსნოები Pokany Workshops_2 - Copy

Founded in the year 2000 by David Kakabadze at the St. Nino Convent in Poka, “Pokany workshops” strives to restore the traditions of Georgian enamel, goldsmithing, mosaic and ceramics. Enamel is a glass comprising silica, red lead and potash. In the glazing process, stabilizing elements, (lime or magnesium) are combined with the main ingredient silica, to … Continue reading

About Dance – Ossetian Folk Dance

The Ossetian Song and Dance Ensemble "Yarn" performing a Simd dance at Tbilisoba 2014

The Simd is a graceful Ossetian folk dance that was popular among young people who were traditionally forbidden to meet alone or talk to each other. They were however, allowed to dance together in a formal way, without bodily contact. Long-sleeved “chokhas” for the men and long-sleeved dresses for the women enforced a no-touching rule. … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian Artist Guga Tevdoradze

The artist's studio

Born in Tbilisi, Georgian artist Guga Tevdoradze attended the Nikoladze Art School and the Tbilisi Art Academy. His art can be found in private collections in England, Russia, India, Ireland, America, France, Germany, and Austria. Guga’s paintings often have an angel theme. Guga has a permanent exhibition at the gallery “Tevdore” in Tbilisi (Erkle II … Continue reading

About Art – Ana Chubinidze

Painting by Ana Chubinidze

Ana Chubinidze is an illustrator and painter who creates wonderful picture books for children, as well as pop-up books, prints and sculpture. Ana graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts with a BA in Architecture and an MA in printmaking. She has worked in several Georgian publishing houses as an illustrator and pop-up book designer. Ana’s new … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze

Georgian market painting by Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze

Born in Tbilisi in 1957, Georgian artist Lado Tevdoradze (Georgian: ლადო თევდორაძე) graduated from the Toidze Art School and The State Academy of Art. His wonderful paintings have been exhibited throughout Europe and in Russia and several are held in private collections throughout the world. All photos courtesy of Lado Tevdoradze. CLICK on the logo … Continue reading

About Art – David Datuna’s “Georgia – hope of millions”

David Datuna’s “Georgia - hope of millions”. Photo courtesy of the President of Georgia’s Administration.

Georgian-born artist David Datuna has gifted his Georgian flag project named “Georgia – hope of millions” to the Georgian people. The artwork, in the shape and color of the Georgian flag, was created from hundreds of optical lenses of varying magnification that illuminate underlying images of Georgia’s history and political and social culture. The mosaic … Continue reading

About Events – Ethnic Arts Festival “Under One Sky”

Performers at the Ethnic Arts Festival - Under One Sky

An Ethnic Arts Festival – “Under One Sky” (Georgian: მულტიეთნიკური ხელოვნების ფესტივალი – “ერთი ცის ქვეშ”) was held in Tbilisi in November with performances from Georgian, Armenian, Azeri, Kurd, Kist, Ukrainian, Russian, South Ossetian and Greek students living in Georgia. Established in 2008, the festival was founded by Manana Alphaidze, the head of the Composers … Continue reading

About Events – Kindergarten “Autumn Festival” in Tbilisi

Kindergarten Autumn Festival in Tbilisi

Children from Tbilisi’s kindergartens recently celebrated their annual “Autumn Festival” event. The event reflects the culture and traditions of the different regions of Georgia. The children dressed in traditional costume and participated in craft making, poem recitals, singing and games. The children celebrated Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი), the traditional vintage (the process of picking grapes and making … Continue reading


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