Exhibition dedicated to Georgian alphabet to be held in Council of Europe
24 January, 2018
Exhibition dedicated to Georgian alphabet to be held in Council of Europe
The beauty and uniqueness of Georgian script is gaining more and more attention internationally. Exhibition Living Culture of Three Writing Systems of the Georgian Alphabet will take place in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Members of the Assembly and guests will be able to get acquainted with the Georgian alphabet within a week in the Council of Europe.
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Exhibition will take place in the Council
of Europe in Strasbourg

The exhibition officially opens on January 24 at the Council of Europe. Georgian wine tasting will also be held within the frames of the exhibition.
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Georgian wine tasting will also be held within the frames of the exhibition

Georgian alphabet was added to the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List in 2016.

Living culture of three writing systems of the Georgian alphabet - Mrgvlovani, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This decision was taken in Ethiopian capital city of Addis-Ababa, during the 11th session of the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage convention’s inter-governmental committee (November 28-December 2).
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Georgian alphabet was added to the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List

As a reminder, Georgian alphabet has recently been featured in a new UNESCO publication Writing Peace, aimed at introducing the world’s writing systems to the readers interested in characteristics of different alphabets throughout the world.

Writing Peace includes 22 writing systems from around the world, with Georgian writing alongside alphabets like Chinese, Greek and Roman.
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Flags of Georgia and European Union represented at exhibition

A brief information about Georgian alphabet, short historical notes and explanation of the three different systems of Georgian writing can be found in the new UNESO publication.

The evolution of Georgia’s written language has produced three alphabets – Mrgvlovani, Nuskhuri and Mkhedruli – which all remain in use today.
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The evolution of Georgia’s written language has produced three alphabets

The Mkhedruli ("secular" or "military writing) is used in daily life, and the older Asomtavruli and Nuskhuri, are used particularly for the writings by the Orthodox Church.

Mrgvlovani was the first alphabet from which Nuskhuri was derived and then Mkhedruli. The alphabets coexist thanks to their different cultural and social functions, reflecting an aspect of Georgia’s diversity and identity. Their ongoing use in a cultural sense, also gives communities a feeling of continuity.
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The alphabets Mrgvlovani and Nuskhuri are practiced and taught informally by the community of the Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church. For example, these alphabets are used in religious texts, psalms and hymns and on the inscriptions of the icons and frescoes.

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