About Events – Pirosmanoba

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).

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

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

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.

'Feast at Gvimradze' by Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani

‘Feast at Gvimradze’ by Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani

Pirosmanoba is celebrated with traditional music and dance performances, painting exhibitions, local crafts and local food and wine.

Children celebrating Pirosmanoba. Photo courtesy of Irakli Garibashvili Official

Children celebrating Pirosmanoba. Photo courtesy of Irakli Garibashvili Official

Celebrating Pirosmanoba. Photo courtesy of Irakli Garibashvili Official

Visitors to the Pirosmanoba celebration can see several of Pirosmani’s paintings at his house in Miraani that is now a museum (Pirosmani House-Museum).

Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmanashvili State Museum in Mirzaani

Niko Pirosmani is revered in Georgia today and is affectionately referred to as ‘Nikala’. His paintings are considered a Georgian national treasure.

Niko Pirosmani statue in Tbilisi by Elguja Amashukeli. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

Niko Pirosmani statue in Tbilisi by Elguja Amashukeli. Photo courtesy of Tbilisi Government.

How to get there? Pirosmanoba is held in the village of Mirzaani in Dedoplistskaro Municipality in Kakheti region. It is approximately 135 km from Tbilisi. Minibus: Tbilisi-Zemo Machkhaani- Mirzaani.

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