About Celebrations – Christmas Decorations in Tbilisi

Tbilisi celebrates Christmas in style, adorning its streets and parks with beautiful illuminated decorations. Most Georgians celebrate Christmas according to Orthodox tradition on January 7, but the street Christmas fairs and celebration events start earlier in December. The lighting of the main New Year Tree usually takes place on December 25 at the Old Parliament building on … Continue reading

About Art – Georgian Artist Guga Tevdoradze

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 – David Datuna’s “Georgia – hope of millions”

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”

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 – 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 – The Hundred Thousand Martyrs of Tbilisi

The Georgian Orthodox Church commemorates the Hundred Thousand Martyrs (Georgian: ასი ათასი მოწამე) on 13 November each year. The Martyrs were put to death by Sultan Jalal al-Din of Khwarazm for not renouncing Christianity following his capture of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1226. The Metekhi Bridge is traditionally considered to have been the … Continue reading

About Food – The Dezerter Bazaar in Tbilisi

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

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 Tourism – Promoting Tourism in Georgia in the 1970’s

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

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

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

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

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 – 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

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 History – Freedom Square in Tbilisi

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