About Events – Drifting Show on Metekhi Bridge in Tbilisi

Drivers from the BMW Club Georgia demonstrated their drifting skills as part of the city’s New Year celebrations. Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires. As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, … Continue reading

About Celebrations – Alilo Procession in Tbilisi 2015

Georgia marks Christmas according to the Julian Calendar and Christmas Day is celebrated on 7 January. On Christmas Day, Orthodox Christians throughout Georgia take part in a religious procession, called “Alilo”, as part of their Christmas celebrations. Icons, crosses and banners are carried through the streets and gifts are distributed to the needy. The procession was … Continue reading

About Events – Christmas Tree Festival in Tbilisi

As part of its program of Christmas events, the city of Tbilisi holds a Christmas Tree Festival. Christmas trees designed by well known Georgian companies are displayed in King Erekle II Street and the winner of the best design is announced at the end of the Christmas period. All photos courtesy of Tbilisi City Hall. … Continue reading

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 Sights – The Illuminated Fountains in Rustavi

The colorful, illuminated fountain in Rustavi City Hall Square in the city of Rustavi (Georgian: რუსთავი) in Kvemo Kartli region is one example of the transformation that has occurred in Georgia’s third largest city. Founded in the 5th–4th centuries B.C. Rustavi is one of the ancient towns of Georgia. Completely destroyed by a Mongol army in … Continue reading

About Dance – Ossetian Folk Dance

The Simd is a graceful Ossetian folk dance that was popular among young people who were traditionally forbidden to meet alone or talk to each other. They were however, allowed to dance together in a formal way, without bodily contact. Long-sleeved “chokhas” for the men and long-sleeved dresses for the women enforced a no-touching rule. … 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 Sights – Poti Lighthouse

The lighthouse in the port city of Poti (Georgian: ფოთი) in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region is one of the oldest navigation facilities on the coast of the Black Sea. Made of cast iron, it was constructed in England and transported by steamship to Georgia in 1864. Ships approach Poti harbor from the north, parallel to … 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 – 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 … 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 Events – Ozurgetoba – Alegroba 2014

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

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 Events – The International Children and Youth Choreography Festival – Caucasus 2014

The International Children and Youth Choreography Festival – Caucasus 2014 was organized by the Creative Union of the Choreographers of Georgia. Held over a 10 day period in July, participants from Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Israel took part in various dance ensembles in Poti, Zugdidi (Anaklia), Ozurgeti, Ureki, Kobuleti and Batumi. Photos … Continue reading