Tbilisoba 2015 - When Tradition Meets Modernity
23 October, 2015
Tbilisoba 2015 - When Tradition Meets Modernity
In Georgia, autumn is always associated with the Tbilisoba festival. It is traditionally held on the last week of October or on the Saturday and Sunday of the second-to-last week. The tradition is relatively new, going back to October 28th of 1979. Tbilisians consider the festival to be one of the most important events in the city.

The usual location for Tbilisoba is the old part of the city. This year’s festival began with the handing out of the “Honorary
Citizen of Tbilisi” award. Winners were given a certificate and symbolic keys to the city. Vice Mayor Lasha Abashidze also handed out medals for the “Year’s Most Successful Sportsman” to members of Borjghalosnebi, Georgia’s National Rugby Team.

Tbilisoba 2015 also marked the second year of honoring and awarding people who work for the betterment of the city. This time the awards went to street sweeper Ilia Chokheli, clockmaker Artur Petrov and taxi driver Giorgi Lomidze, who distinguished himself during the June 13 flood.

For both local and foreign visitors alike, a variety of Tbilisoba events and performances were held at Rike Park and Meidani Square. For example, the Fruit Festival, as its name implies, welcomed guests with fresh fruit. The Culinary Festival allowed festivalgoers to try their hand at cooking and/or tasting a large variety of traditional Georgian dishes.

This year’s Tbilisoba was a treat not only for foodies and lovers of traditional music and dance, but it was also noteworthy for a concert performed by a military orchestra as well as DJs who led the Youth Live Festival, providing modern music with a Georgian twist. Meanwhile the Cultural Entrepreneurship Festival offered a variety of various handicrafts for sale, as well as works by novice Georgian artisans.

Author: Eka Gadakhabadze

A dress-up show in the street

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Photo by Magdalena Konik
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Tbilisi Mayor, Georgia’s Prime Minister and Energy Minister attended Tbilisoba celebration along with their families
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