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 – The Pazisoba Festival

Pazisoba riders.

The Pazisoba festival is an annual autumn celebration held in the port city of Poti (Georgian: ფოთი) in the region of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti on the eastern Black Sea coast in western Georgia. The city was built near the site of the ancient Greek colony of Phasis and derives its name from the same. The festival … Continue reading

About Events – Turkish Fashion Show held in the Tbilisi History Museum

Turkish Fashion Show held in the Tbilisi History Museum

Georgia hosted a month-long Days of Turkish Culture festival in October, celebrating all things Turkish as a way to celebrate and promote its close cultural ties with its neighboring nation. The festival opened with a fashion show at the Tbilisi History Museum featuring clothes belonging to the Ottoman Period. The festival was supported by Georgia’s … Continue reading

About Events – Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014

Ozurgetoba - Alegroba 2014. Photo by ოზურგეთის მოსწავლე ახალგაზრდობის სახლი

Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014 (Georgian: ოზურგეთობა-ალეგრობა) is an autumn celebration held in early November in the town of Ozurgeti (Georgian: ოზურგეთი) in Guria region in western Georgia. The event is celebrated with exhibitions of wine, tea, flowers, handicrafts and Gurian art, displays of traditional dancing and folk singing, and sports competitions. Alegroba is an older … Continue reading

About Food – The Dezerter Bazaar in Tbilisi

Fruit stalls at the Dezerter Bazaar

Dezerter Bazaar is an agrarian market located in Tsinamdzgvrishvili St. close to Tbilisi Central Railway Station and not far from the Dinamo Stadium. Covering 2,000 square meters, it is one of the largest markets in the city. The market has a purpose built covered indoor area as well as an open area for stallholders to … Continue reading

About Events – Cheese Festival at Expo Georgia in Tbilisi

Cheese Festival at Georgia Expo in Tbilisi

On November 8, a cheese festival featuring more than 50 varieties of dairy products was held at Expo Georgia in Tbilisi. The popular event featured manufacturers from all regions of Georgia, including individual producers and dairy companies. Visitors were able to taste the different cheeses and watch demonstrations of cheese making. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA … Continue reading

About Events – Ekvtimeoba

Dancers at the Ekvtimeoba celebration

Ekvtimeoba (Georgian: ექვთიმეობა) is a celebration held annually on October 17 in the village of Likhauri in the western Georgian region of Guria to commemorate Georgian historian and archaeologist Ekvtime Takaishvili (Georgian: ექვთიმე თაყაიშვილი) (1863-1953). When the Red Army put an end to Georgia’s independence in 1921 Takaishvili  followed the Georgian government into exile in France, taking the … Continue reading

About Events – Pirosmanoba

Statue of Pirosmani at the village of Mirzaani Photo courtesy of Irakli Garibashvili Official

Every October, the village of Mirzaani in Georgia’s Kakheti region hosts a traditional celebration “Pirosmanoba” (Georgian: ფიროსმანობა), dedicated to the famous Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani (Pirosmanashvili). Born in the village of Mirzaani, Pirosmani taught himself to paint but it was only after his death in 1918 that his naive style became admired. Pirosmanoba is celebrated … Continue reading

About Events – Signagi Wine Festival

Horse and Carriage at the Signagi Wine Festival

Signagi (Georgian: სიღნაღი) is a small, picturesque town situated in Georgia’s easternmost region of Kakheti, overlooking the Alazani Valley and facing the Greater Caucasus Mountains. The town is known for its wine production, carpet weaving, metal crafting, ceramics, wood carvings and leather work. To celebrate its wine production, the town holds a wine festival in October each … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba

Dancers at the Mtskhetoba - Svetitskhovloba celebration

Mtskhetoba – Svetitskhovloba (Georgian: მცხეთობა-სვეტიცხოვლობა) is an annual festival held on October 14 in the town of Mtskheta (Georgian: მცხეთა). The festival pays homage to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Georgian: სვეტიცხოველი) and is also a celebration of Mtskheta itself. Svetitskhoveli Cathedral stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia. … Continue reading

About Tourism – Promoting Tourism in Georgia in the 1970′s

Tourists visiting Tbilisi in 1974

During the Soviet era, Georgia was the “Riviera of the Soviet Union”, with 3 million visitors annually. Georgia appealed to tourists because of its sunny weather, its culture, wines and food, health spas, beaches and skiing. Tourism was centrally planned and the market was monopolized by Intourist, a state owned tourism agency that arranged all holiday … Continue reading

About Wine – “Wine City” at Tbilisoba 2014

A selection of wine at Tbilisoba.

As part of Tbilisi’s 2 day Tbilisoba 2014 celebration (Georgian: თბილისობა), a “Wine City” was set up in Rike Park and the city’s residents, visitors and tourists were able to sample a range of Georgia’s fabulous wines and spirits. Georgian farmers produced 155,000 tonnes of grapes this year. From January 1 to September 30, Georgia exported 42.8 … Continue reading

About Events – Tbilisoba 2014

Autumn fruits and vegetables at Tbilisoba 2014

Tbilisoba (Georgian: თბილისობა) is an annual October festival, celebrating the diversity and history of Tbilisi. First held in 1979, the festival entertains Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists with live music, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, sports and fishing competitions, art and craft exhibitions, an auto show, and food and wine. The festival is centred … Continue reading

About Events – Rustavkalakoba

Rustavkalakoba 2014

First celebrated 13 years ago, Rustavkalakoba (Georgian: რუსთავქალაქობა) is an annual festival celebrating the city of Rustavi (Georgian: რუსთავი) in the Kvemo Kartli region. It was held this year on October 19-20.               Photos courtesy of Rustavi City Hall. CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news … 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 Sights – Autumn Colors in Bakhmaro by Levan Sikharulidze

Autumn colors in Bakhmaro. Photo by Levan Sikharulidze.

A series of beautiful photos by Levan Sikharulidze capturing autumn colors in Bakhmaro (Georgian: ბახმარო) in Guria region. At over 2000 meters above sea level, Bakhmaro (Georgian: ბახმარო) is the highest alpine climatic resort in Georgia.             Beautiful Bakhmaro! CLICK on the logo to visit GEORGIA ABOUT on Facebook and see photos and news about … Continue reading

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