About Events – The Pazisoba Festival

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 is named after the old Georgian name for Poti (Pazisi).

First held in 1992, the festival entertains Poti residents, visitors and tourists with live music, traditional dance performances, flower and fruit displays, sports competitions, arts and crafts exhibitions and food and wine.

Traditional dance at the Pazisoba Festival

Traditional dance at the Pazisoba Festival

The city of Poti is located in the area that was once part of the ancient Kingdom of Colchis and during the Pazisoba festival a rider portraying King Aeëtes (mythical ruler of Colchis and owner of the Golden Fleece) rides through the city with his entourage of riders and soldiers.

A rider portraying King Aeëtes rides through the city with his entourage

A rider portraying King Aeëtes rides through the city with his entourage

Pazisoba riders.

Pazisoba riders.

King Aeëtes soldiers parade through the city during Pazisoba.

King Aeëtes soldiers parade through the city during Pazisoba.

A rider portraying King Aeëtes rides through the city of Poti as part of the Pazisoba Festival.

A rider portraying King Aeëtes rides through the city of Poti as part of the Pazisoba Festival.

Pazisoba riders.

Pazisoba riders.

Photos courtesy of Poti Municipality.

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