Tbilisi – World Book Capital

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.

May 26 is the day!

According to classic writer Alexandre Kazbegi (1848-1893): “Dark and withdrawn winter has long since passed, and taken with it the lead-colored clouds associated with sadness.”

Rustaveli Day - The Knight in the Panther's Skin | Full Poem

May 15 is Shota Rustaveli Day - The Knight in the Panther's Skin By Shota Rustaveli | New translation by Lyn Coffin


On March 19, 2015, the “Living Culture of the Three Types of the Ancient Georgian Alphabet'' was awarded the status of the National Intangible Heritage Monument.

The Glory of Dada

The story of Georgian Dadaism began sometime in the late 1910s, when the Zdanevich brothers (Kiril & Ilia) decided to form the art group “41 degrees”. Through Ilia’s concepts of “orchestral painting” and “everythingism,” the brothers aimed to transgress the boundaries of art, while simultaneously drawing different cultural patterns and meanings from the history of world art.

The Writer’s Room / Peculiarities of the Writing Habits

The Georgian writers of old times had different working conditions. Of course, some of them were very rich, like the General and poet Grigol Orbeliani were very rich, some of them belonged to the middle-class, while others, like Vazha-Pshavela were quite poor and only survived thanks to their peasant work or as one would say in those times, “operated the hoe”, were quite poor.

ATINATI POETRY - Week of Poetry

Poetry is a space, independent and free of terrestrial norms and frames. It is a space, where borders are set up by poets themselves.

New Year’s Eve

With the advent of New Year’s Eve, just at the close of day, doors would come ajar all over Tbilisi. Word had it that the good old breeze—that spirit, that pleasant sensation, that brisk, ethereal waft of luck would appear at dusk and glide gently door to door, into each household.

The Knight in the Panther’s Skin

Shota Rustaveli’s “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” is a poem that invites a reader to an adventure and exposure to the unknown and mysterious. This is a poem of a great hope for all mankind that “The evil is overcome by Good, for Its essence is infinite.”

Gurian Diaries

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.

The Knight in the Panther's Skin

The Knight in the Panther's Skin is a Georgian medieval epic poem, written in the 12th century by Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli. A definitive work of the Georgian Golden Age, the poem is considered to be a "masterpiece of the Georgian literature". Despite its formal complexity, it bears to this day "the Georgian vision of the world”. Discover quotes from the poem with ATINATI.