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”

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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

About Dance – Ensemble Erisioni

The Ensemble Erisioni

The Ensemble Erisioni (Georgian: ერისიონი) is a renowned Georgian folk dance and music ensemble that performs national dances and songs of Georgia. Established in 1885, Erisioni was first a choir of folk song amateurs before becoming a national ensemble that performs all over the world. Erisioni’s Georgian Legend performance of dances and songs of Georgia achieved global acclaim … Continue reading

About Art – Illustrations for “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” by Datto Machavariani

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Illustrations for an edition of the Georgian epic poem “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” (Georgian: ვეფხისტყაოსანი), drawn by Georgian artist Datto Machavariani and published by Bakur Sulakauri Publishing House in 2011. “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” poem was written in the 12th century by the Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (Georgian: შოთა რუსთაველი) and … Continue reading

About Sights – Kutaisi State Historical Museum

A display of weapons at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Housed in the former National Bank of Georgia (built in 1894-96), the Niko Berdzenishvili Kutaisi State Historical Museum (Georgian: ქუთაისის სახელმწიფო ისტორიული მუზეუმი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s most important scientific-research institutions. The museum contains more than 160,000 items and has an extensive research library and laboratory. Permanent exhibitions are displayed on two floors and … Continue reading

About Culture – Debi Gogochurebi

Debi Gogochurebi (Gogochurebi Sisters)

Debi Gogochurebi (Gogochuri Sisters) (Georgian: დები გოგოჭურები) are a folk group formed by four sisters from the mountainous region of Khevsureti (Georgian: ხევსურეთი) in north-east Georgia. Mariam Gogochuri (Georgian: მარიამ გოგოჭური), Ketevan (Georgian: ქეთევან), Tamar (Georgian: თამარ) and Manana (Georgian: მანანა) perform at festivals and folklore events. The sisters perform modern highland melodies as well … Continue reading

About Art – Zviad Gogolauri

Musik Street by Zviad Gogolauri

Georgian artist Zviad Gogolauri is a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Tbilisi and a member of the Commonwealth of Artists in Tbilisi. Several of his wonderful paintings are in the art collections of celebrities, including the actors Nicholas Cage and Pierre Richard. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about … Continue reading

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