Explore festivals and holidays in Georgia - Part 2
17 August, 2018
Explore festivals and holidays in Georgia - Part 2
To truly experience Georgian culture and its many traditions, you must attend a few of the festivals held both in the capital and throughout the country. Traditional Tushetian Cheese Festival is celebrated in the Tusheti region, which is famous for its goat cheese. The festival takes place in the last week of May in Akhemta and attracts cheese producers from the nearby municipalities. Moreover, you can watch various sporting activities, horse-races, handmade crafts and listen to local folk.
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Tushetian Cheese Festival,
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The Cheese Festival takes a place also in Tbilisi . Georgia produces a wide selection of cheese, and the best place to try all the different types is the Cheese Festival held in Tbilisi. Since 2015, Armenian and Azerbaijani cheese producers started to participate in the festival offering more cheese varieties to its visitors! You can try dambal-khacho (a soaked cottage cheese that is dried afterwards), goat’s cheese called Guda, tenili – tightly woven into a braid, or cheese dipped in oils, spices, wine, honey, flowers and much more. Last year the festival was held in November.
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Cheese Festival, Photo courtesy: https://www.advantour.com

In the last few years Tbilisi, during the month of May has felt great not just because of the blooming nature and splendid weather, but also because of the New Wine Festival held in the city. It focuses on the wine made from the latest harvests. Spring is considered to be the best time to unseal vessels of wine and bring them out for everyone to taste. The Festival’s venue is changeable, as are the companies or family wineries who showcase their products. The festival is fast gaining popularity with increasing numbers of participants each year. Travellers, bloggers, journalists, winemakers and sommeliers from all around the globe enjoy tasting more than 60 varieties of excellent Georgian wine from the previous harvest. Traditional Georgian barbeques and fresh bread are also available at the festival to try and keep everyone sober. Accompanied by Georgian dances and song performances, the festival lasts the whole weekend.
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New Wine Festival, Photo courtesy: http://rbs-travels.com

Rtveli is an old traditional rural harvest holiday in Georgia accompanied by feasts, musical events and other celebrations. It normally takes place in late September in eastern Georgia and in mid-October in western Georgia. In Georgia, where wine has an iconic significance, the tradition of rtveli dates back to ancient times, having its roots in the abundance and variety of mid-Autumn. Rtveli usually lasts for several days. People start working from early morning and end the day with a feast to the accompaniment of old folk songs.

Georgia has been producing wine for 8,000 years already and the tradition of Rtveli dates back to that time as well.


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Rtveli in Kakheti region

Held since 2003, Art-Gene is a traditional music festival held at the Ethnography Museum in Tbilisi. The festival features musicians specializing in traditional folk music, contemporary Georgian artists, and traditional dance troupes. Held in the summer months, unlike other festivals in Georgia, Art-Gene is a week or more of daylong celebration where locals come to enjoy nature, the evening summer breeze, and great music. During the day, you can wander through the stalls of handmade crafts, taste various meals and drink local wine or beer. There are plenty of possibilities to have a picnic with pleasant melodies in the background.
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Art-Gene Festival, Photo courtesy: www.likealocalguide.com

The Black Sea Jazz Festival is held in Batumi annually in July and hosts some big name musicians. The first event was held in 2007, and the festival now includes R&B, disco, hip-hop, soul and funk. The festival is so famous that the tickets sell out very quickly.
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Black Sea Jazz Festival, Photo courtesy: www.argophilia.com

Tbilisi Open Air is an annual international music festival that emphasis rock and electronic music genres. First held in 2009, it quickly became popular among locals and youngsters from neighboring countries. The festival’s program varies each year.

The Festival usually lasts three to four days in a remote area outside the city centre. It starts in the late afternoon and continues until early morning. Several stages host a variety of performers, so visitors will never be at a loss for good music.
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Tbilisi Open Air, Photo courtesy: http://hellomagazine.ge

First photo courtesy: http://georgiatoday.ge

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