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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Georgian Art Evenings in Tbilisi 2011-2012

The idea for Georgian Art Evenings came from the public interest towards Georgian art, the increase in the number of international tourists as well as frequent visits of political, business and other formal and not so formal delegations to the capital of Georgia.

Tbilisi Concert Hall continues its long-term commitment to arrange Georgian Art Evenings. Within the framework of this project, concerts with the engagement of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre troupes as well as Georgian folklore groups will be held on a weekly basis during the next seven months.

Mako Choghoshvili, the deputy Minister of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia highlighted the importance of this project. She said Georgians and visitors alike will be given a memorable opportunity to partake, enjoy and access the diversity of Georgian art.

Choghoshvili conveyed gratitude towards the sponsors of the event. “Without their help this festival would have been unachievable,” she said at a November 10 press meeting.

The schedule of the concerts has such famous names as Georgian state song and dance ensembles like Rustavi; Erisioni; Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvilebi; Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre troupe lead by Nino Ananiashvili; National center of folklore with their new program. Renowned groups Martve, Georgian Voices, Niaz Diasamidze and 33a.

The first concert of the festival was held last month with a performance of a famous dance ensemble Erisioni. On November 13, the ensemble Martve together with the Georgian Folklore Palace will present their artistic program to the public.

The tickets will be sold in a price range of 10 to 30 Georgian Lari. ($7-$20 USD).

Major sponsors of the event are Magticom, Georgian leading Telecom company, Bank Constanta and Telasi, an electric utility company of Tbilisi. The media support will be brought by broadcasting companies Rustavi 2, PIK - First Caucasus Channel and Georgian Public Broadcaster, Fortuna radios, Focus magazine, and newspapers "24 Saati" and "Georgia Today".
Just to get a feel of what this event will look like, specifically what is Georgian Folk Dance, watch this video: