Newsletter October 2019


Fall Newsletter
Welcome to Georgian Center's Fall Season newsletter! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the news about Georgia or the Georgian diaspora. We hope you enjoy this newsletter as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you!
Happy Tbilisoba!

Tbilisoba is a Fall festival to celebrate the turning of the season, showing the grand harvest of the Fall Season and the diverse culture and cuisine of Georgia.

This year, the Georgian diaspora celebrated their first Tbilisoba in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. The celebration featured Georgian traditional dance and workshops making Georgian traditional food. 

Cultural News

Qvevri Opening and A Georgian Wine Celebration 

The Georgian Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C. unveiled its new addition to the Embassy garden, a historic Qvevri. This event was celebrated by traditional Georgian dance, followed with a celebration of Georgian wine. Click here to learn more about the Qvevri! Click here to view the event on the Embassy facebook page! 


George Tkabladze's and Tea Okropiridze's Art on Display at the Smithsonian Museum

George Tkabladze's sculpture (pictured on the left) and Tea Okropiridze's tapestry (pictured below) are on display for the public!  
The husband and wife duo exhibited their art at the Smithsonian Institute, S. Dillon Ripley Center. 
The exhibition is open to public from October 7th until the summer of 2020. 

If you would like to visit the exhibition, find the "Upcoming Events" section below for dates and information! 

Tbilisi is This Year’s Most Exciting City, Outranking Berlin 

From increased stylish hotels to delicious traditional cuisine, Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, is attracting tourist attention from all over the world. Read more here


Vegetarianism in Georgian Cuisine? 

Read here how you can enjoy the traditional Georgian flavor without compromising your dietary needs! 


Vilnius Square Opens in Old Tbilisi, a Gift from Lithuania 

This new park was a gift from Lithuania and its opening highlights the strong friendship and partnership between Georgia and Lithuania. See pictures of the park here


Tbilisi Mural Fest

European artists transformed Tbilisi urban streets into colorful exhibitions in mid-September. This festival featured many Berlin based artists. See previous exhibitions here


Georgian Joined the European Network of Historic Gardens 

Georgia's five historic gardens, in Tbilisi, Batumi, Zugdidi, Kutaisi, and Tsinandali, were added to the European Network of Historical Gardens. Other members of this network include Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Poland. This addition led to Georgia becoming part of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. Click here to view the pictures of the gardens! 


Adding More Color to the Prometheus Caves 

The Prometheus Caves, located in Tskaltubo Municipality, near the Imereti region, host 270,000 visitors annually. The new light system will not damage the cave’s infrastructure but will make the adventure through the cave more enjoyable, highlighting its natural beauty. See images of the cave here!


Awards & Accomplishments

Georgian Artist Featured in Vienna Contemporary Art Fair 

Vakhtang Kokiashvili is a pioneer of vitrage art genre in Georgia whose work was exhibited at the Vienna Contemporary Art Fair. He is known for his interior design and painting, as he decorated popular public and private spaces in Georgia, from interior of Tbilisi metro station to venues at the Black Sea resort towns. Read more about Vakhtang here!


Georgian Opera Singer in New Don Giovanni at Rome Opera 

Salome Jicia, a Georgian soprano singer, will perform on stage at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, one of the major venues in Italy, for four shows of Don Giovanni. Read more about Salome and her performance here


Georgian Children’s Paintings on the Walls of Asian Development Bank Headquarters 

Paintings by Georgian children, inspired by their wishes for future development, are on display at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Few of the topics behind children’s inspirations were healthy environment and well-designed urban spaces. The Bank has worked in Georgia to support the country’s development in urban mobility, rural road improvement, coastal road safety, and development of recreational spaces. View the children's paintings here!


Georgian Opera Singer Honored with German Record Critics’ Award

Anita Rachvelishvili, a Georgian mezzo-soprano opera singer, received the German Record Critics Award, highlighting her success with her debut album. Her album was released last year with Sony Classical and features recordings of works by Jules Massenet, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Dimitri Arakishvili. Read more here


Award-winning Georgian Pianist Named European School Ambassador 

Ana Kipiani was named the Ambassador of Culture for the new European School in Tbilisi. She will be featured at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire piano concert, bringing her acclaimed talent to the audience during her brief stay in the capital. Read more about Ana and watch her performance here


Young Georgian Pianist Wins Awards at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition 

Giorgi Gigashvili received two awards at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. He finished in the top three of the event, with his name unsealed during the awards ceremony. Read more about Giorgi and watch his performance here


Georgian Opera Singer at the Heart of Nabucco 

George Gagnidze is leading a six-show bill of opera classic Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Read more about George and watch his performance here


Snapshots of the Month

- People of Georgia - 
The Final Days of Georgian Nomads

Natela Grigalashvili is an award-winning Georgian photographer whose pictures capturing the lives of people in various parts of Georgia are on display at Maupetit, côté Galerie in France’s coastal city of Marseille. Her exhibit, titled People of Georgia, follows the lives of different villagers on their journey through the difficulties of life. 

Natela won the third prize of the Direct Look contest, with her photographic stories of locals leaving Georgian mountainous villages in the face of difficulty and lack of infrastructure, her series titled The Final Days of Georgian Nomads. 

Click here to read about Natela and click here to view more of her work! 


Upcoming Events

September 25 - October 20 : The Tempest at Synetic Theater

October 27 - October 29 : Ghvino Forum

October 21 - December 16 : Tapestry Weaving at the Smithsonian

September 28 - December 1 : Lucid Motion at ARTECHOUSE

October 7 - Summer of 2020 : George Tkabladze's and Tea Okropiridze's artworks at Smithsonian Museum (S. Dillon Ripley Center, Concourse Gallery)


Live in DC Metro Area and want to learn Georgian? Follow the link here!

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