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Georgian Theatre Day
14 January, 2017
January 14, 1850, is a historical and a very special day, since it marks the establishment of Georgia’s first professional theatre by Giorgi Eristavi, a famous playwright and journalist. The very first play “Gakra” (Divorce) by Giorgi Eristavi was held exactly on this day that laid the foundation of modern Georgian theatre.

Yet apart from this event of high importance, Georgian theatre’s history goes far back to the past centuries and traces its roots back in ancient times. Many archeological artifacts such as silver bowl, masks and coins with the scenes of performances engraved on them serve as proof to that. Old Georgian folk literature and poetry is another testimony that Georgian nation appreciated art and acting. Moreover, masquerade and improvised theatre celebrations named Berikaoba and Keenoba were widely popular throughout the country centuries ago. In XVII century school and church theatre was restored in the cities of Tbilisi and Telavi. By the end of XVIII century civil theatre was established at Georgian King Erekele II’s court. 

Since 1850 Georgian theatre has undergone many obstacles and reached great heights of success. Iconic Georgian directors and actors such as Kote Marjanishvili, Sandro Akhmeteli, Ushangi Chkeidze, Akaki Khorava, Veriko Anjaparidze, Sergo Zakariadze and many others played significant role in the development of modern Georgian theatre and the art of acting. Thanks to these highly-respectable persons, Georgian theatre firmly established itself not only in its homeland but earned international recognition as well.  This photo symbolically depicts one of the most vivid and distinguished theatres of Tbilisi, Movement Theatre, located in Mushtaid Garden. This magical place hosts various interesting performances as well as live musical events.

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