The blue tablecloth represents one of the best manifestations of the organic fusion of eastern and western origins in Georgian culture. It was used to cover the tables of feasts, or was spread directly on the ground (such tablecloths have a narrow and elongated shape). It used to be loaded with festive dishes, food, and drinks. The cheerful drawings on the textile filled guests with a celebratory spirit from the very beginning.
Sergei Parajanov (1924 - 1990) is considered as one of the 20th century's greatest masters of cinema. His free cinematic forms, expressive power and originality of visual compositions still continue to impress filmmakers today.
Guram Tsibakhashvili, also known by his nickname Tsibakha, is one of the most outstanding figures in contemporary Georgian photography. He captured some of Georgia's most famous public figures and celebrities of the 1990s: individuals distinguished for their extravagance, unusual lifestyles, unorthodox views, and for expressing themselves freely.
Natela Grigalashvili (1965) is a documentary photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. Artist mainly works on long-term documentary projects in the rural areas of Georgia focusing on the lives and issues of people living in villages and provincial cities.
The project of World Book Capital was launched by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2001 to promote books and support development of the publishing industry.
The women from the village of Gavazi call themselves Worshippers of God. Their faith is canonical; however, during prayers they occasionally make up the texts themselves or use the melodies of famous secular songs. One such ritual takes place in Gavazi during the celebration of the Annunciation.
Film by George Kekelidze and Natela Grigalashvili. Story about Lamara Chikovani, who is a 85 year old former teacher from Samegrelo region, Chkorotskhu, village Khabu.
This is Jacob Adadze- a dancer from the ensemble of the elderly. Pandemic has locked him down- in high mountains, village Mekeidzeebi. But when he desires to dance, he holds a rehearsal alone – being attended by the snowy mountains.
This is a short film-sketch about the countryside and a man: a film about expecting the New Year and the preparations of the New Year’s eve. The so called “old” New Year, i.e. Kalanda is celebrated in a special way in Guria.
Museum of contemporary art is a place where one gets to observe quality of local life—the course of its history, its trials and tribulations, and all of its minuscule attempts to overcome those issues. It is precisely the sum of these notions, set forth by contemporary artists featured at these museums, that encourages this practice.
Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, conceived under the name “What Do We Have in Common''. Purpose of the projects has a far-reaching significance that will resonate in the future.
Natela Grigalashvili is a freelance documentary photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the past Grigalashvili has worked as a photo reporter as well as a film operator.
Among the outstanding Georgian traditions, the harvest is one of the most important and old traditions that still lives on today. A Georgian cherishes vineyard, like his own child, dedicates all his effort and energy to it and when Autumn comes and grapes get ripe, the vine festival - harvest begins. The harvest is a sort of holiday in Georgia. The country is considered to be the homeland of wine and has 8000-year-old continuous tradition of winemaking. Therefore, picking and squeezing grapes is not only labor, but also a completely special ritual.
As a friend of mine always says, there are two kinds of people in this world: Gurians, and everybody else. “Mind you,” he’ll then add, “Gurians aren’t descended from Egros, but from Kartlos, like most other Georgians”. And that’s what makes Guria a land of paradoxes, or paradoxical, if you will. More about that later. Guria truly is a beautiful place. It’s also the poorest place you’ve ever seen.
Tbilisi Mural Fest is an annual festival of street art held in Tbilisi. For the second time now, prominent artists from Berlin and other European cities are transforming Georgia’s capital into a public exhibition space - turning buildings into art objects. A new collaboration with the Kutaisi International University - a massive educational space with many buildings - resulted in a new mural festival in Kutaisi. This year, six murals will be created in Kutaisi. Besik Maziashvili, the founder of the festival is planning to make the festival an annual event.
Walk in Tbilisi - The capital of Georgia where East meets West. Tbilisi is the biggest, multicultural and multi-religious city in Georgia. It is located on the both banks of the Mtkvari river. Diverse culture and ancient history of Tbilisi are conveyed by numerous sights and architecture, influenced by European, Byzantine and Oriental art.
Tsinandali Festival - one of the most remarkable events happening in Georgia! The Festival draws some of the greatest performers, conductors, well known composers, music scholars and artists from around the globe.
The origin of Georgian words and the historical development of its meaning. Georgian Language is intrinsic to the expression of Georgian culture. It is the mean by which Georgian culture and its traditions and shared values may be conveyed and preserved.
Tbilisi is a vibrant city which is quite unique from other European cities with its architecture and traditions. It’s complicated, turbulent and long history on the edge of ancient empires and major trading routes shaped Tbilisi’s multicultural and cosmopolitan features. Sitting in between the European and Asian continents, ethnic and religious tolerance has been the staple of the Georgian capital.