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 Sights – Tbilisi Auto Museum

Tbilisi Auto Museum. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall

The Tbilisi Auto Museum was founded by private collector and businessman Giorgi Mamulashvili and features a collection of superbly restored classic cars, including Soviet-era cars such as “Zil-115”, “Gaz-014”, “Gaz-22”, “Gaz-12”, “Zhiguli-01”, “Zhiguli-03” and “Zaz-965” . The “Zil-115” is a unique armored car that was used to transport members of the Politburo. This earned it the nickname of “member-carrier”. … 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 Food – Georgian Cheese at Tbilisoba 2014

Georgian cheese at Tbilisoba.

Sulguni and Imeretian cheese are Georgia’s best known traditional cheeses but there are many others that are less well known but of outstanding quality and taste. Tbilisi’s annual October festival, “Tbilisoba” (Georgian: თბილისობა), was an opportunity for Georgia’s cheese makers to show off the diversity and quality of their cheeses to Tbilisi residents, visitors and tourists.     … 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 History – Photographs of Tbilisi in 1958

Cable car in Tbilisi in 1958

In 1958, Tbilisi celebrated the 1,500th anniversary of the founding of the city by King Vakhtang I Gorgasali. To mark the occasion, an equestrian statue of Vakhtang Gorgasali was unveiled next to Metekhi Church on a cliff overlooking the Mtkvari River and the Old Town district of Tbilisi. On Sololaki hill, overlooking the city, a … 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

About History – Freedom Square in Tbilisi

The St. George Statue in Freedom Square, Tbilisi. Photo by George Kvizhinadze via Wikimedia Commons.

Freedom Square (Georgian: თავისუფლების მოედანი) in the center of Tbilisi has undergone several name changes in its 200 year history. Built in the early 19th century in a neo-classical style with Moorish architectural elements, it was originally named Pashkevich-Erivanskaya Square (Georgian: ერევანსკი მოედანი) in honor of Ivan Paskevich, a Ukrainian general of the Russian Imperial … 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 Celebrations – Georgian Wine Day

Georgian Wine Day - October 4

October 4 was Georgian Wine Day. This new celebration was marked by an event held at the Alaverdi Monastery Complex (Georgian: ალავერდის მონასტერი) in Kakheti region, in eastern Georgia. Many archaeologists believe Georgia to be the source of the world’s first cultivated grapevines and wine production over 8,000 years ago. Alaverdi Monastery is a Georgian … 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 Achievements – TBC Bank Listed on London Stock Exchange

TBC Bank London Theme

On 11 June 2014 Georgia’s TBC Bank (Georgian: თიბისი ბანკი) joined the world’s leading companies listed on the London Stock Exchange – one of the largest stock exchanges in the world. To celebrate the occasion, TBC decorated the foyer of their head office in Tbilisi with a London theme, complete with red telephone boxes, Union Jack … Continue reading

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