The impressive opening of the Festival included the participating actors and Khetiala, a 6-meter puppet, walking the streets of Batumi, and musical performance by Kakhaber at the Square of Wonders, giving amazing emotions to the local residents and visitors of the city.Seven professional state theaters participate in the Theater Festival. They present 8 competition and two non-competition performances to the international jury composed of representatives of Turkey, Kazakhstan and Poland. Spectators are free to attend performances.The award ceremony of the festival will be held on September 13, and the winners in different categories will be announced.Within the framework of Batumi International Festival, Georgian and international directors and art critics will hold master classes for Georgian actors.The International Puppet Theater Festival was founded by the Professional State Theater of Puppets and Young Spectators of Batumi together with the Union of Professional Puppet Theaters of Georgia, intended to become an annual event."Basisbank makes a significant contribution to the promotion of Georgian theater and the support of modern artistic processes. We believe that the support of the business sector will give Georgian culture even more opportunities for development. We are pleased that our support laid the foundation for the first International Puppet Theater Festival in Batumi, which acts to promote puppet theaters and develop the puppet theater art. We are convinced that with the support of Basisbank, a number of interesting projects will be implemented across the country in the future." - Tamar Khaduri, Head of Strategic Communications Department of Basisbank.
Every Saturday, starting from June 24, the most exciting intellectual game show of the Georgian television returns to the air of the first channel of the Public Broadcaster with the summer series of 2023.Basisbank will give a cash prize to all the winning TV viewers who send questions, and if the TV viewers win the finale, the Crystal Owl prize and GEL 5,000 from Basisbank will be given to the author of the best question.“What? Where? When? intellectual game show has maintained its popularity among TV viewers for the third decade. The project offers its 21st consecutive season to the viewers this year, proving to be one of the longest running shows in the Georgian television. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Basisbank, our loyal partner, for their friendship and commitment to sustainably protecting the interests of TV viewers for the second decade,” Giorgi Mosidze, project leader, said."What? Where? When?, the elite intellectual game show is an outstanding project of the Georgian television, and it is a great honor for us to continue to faithfully protect the interests of TV viewers. We have good news for the authors of the question: from June 24, each winning TV viewer will receive an increased monetary reward of GEL 800.I am sure that the summer series will traditionally offer very interesting, intense and unforgettable games to TV viewers," Tamar Khaduri, Head of the Strategic Communication Department of Basisbank, said.
Of these, 150 persons committed a crime before the probationary period expired, which is 7.2% of the persons prosecuted.
''If somebody wonders how a Demna perfume would look like, it would definitely not smell how people would imagine,'' said Demna, asked to respond to online commentators wondering how and when Balenciaga will dive into fragrances. Demna Gvasalia is currently the creative director of Balenciaga and the co-founder of Vetements.
The city fell in love with the work during the painting process.“The inspiration for this mural came from Georgian traditional ornaments.I made a mix of old Georgian ornaments from books and composed a Georgian Blue Tablecloth that I spread on the wall. My goal was to show traditional ornaments in a modern art shape and space. As a bonus, there is a hidden story of a woman entrepreneur - a writer, a doctor, an agronomist, and a winemaker,'' said Tina Chertova.
According to him, the said works not only color the city but also allow novice and experienced artists to present their creativity and vision."In the background of the infrastructural development of the capital city, its cultural appearance is also changing and is organically connected with street art.Georgian artists and curators saw the prospect of becoming an important part of the urban identity of cities and their attractiveness, following the example of Berlin and other European cities, and Street Art became an organic part of the urban culture of Western countries. We welcome and support this.In total, around 100 walls have been painted across the capital, among their authors are experienced foreign artists, famous Georgian artists and novice street artists, for whom this was a great challenge. Within the framework of the festival "Nikosa" and "Tbilisi Mural Fest", as well as several other organizations and independent artists, the works of different themes not only color the city but also create a platform where both novice and experienced artists have the opportunity to present their work,'' Kakha Kaladze said.The mayor of Tbilisi instructed the deputies to encourage street painting and to hold a meeting with young artists for this purpose."In 2019, we allocated approximately 100,000 GEL for the implementation of similar projects. These funds increase every year. We are ready to allocate 500,000 GEL to make Tbilisi even more colorful and to give young people the opportunity to develop their talents,'' noted the mayor of the capital.
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The Georgian official was invited to the event as a special guest by Aliyev, the Government Administration said.Their meeting discussed the “strategic” cooperation in trade, economy, energy, transport and logistics, as well as prospects for development of the Middle Corridor - a transportation route network connecting China with Europe through the South Caucasus region - through modernisation of railways and expansion of ports and roads.The meeting noted Azerbaijan was one of the “leading” trading partners of Georgia.The construction of the East-West Highway in Georgia and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project were also among the discussed topics. The officials said the railway would become a part of the Europe-South Caucasus-Asia railway corridor in the future.The meeting also discussed the Black Sea submarine electricity cable project, intended to connect the grids of the South Caucasus and European Union member states.Garibashvili and Aliyev reviewed security issues in the region and the wider world and expressed hope for a peace agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia over their long-running conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region “very soon”.
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Garibashvili will take part in thematic discussions planned at the Summit in a round table format, the Government Administration said.The Government head will also hold “high-level” bilateral meetings within the framework of the Summit that will take place between Thursday and Friday.At the first meeting in October 2022, leaders mainly discussed peace and security issues, with an emphasis on Russia's war in Ukraine and the energy crisis. At the June 2023 edition they discussed joint efforts for peace and security, energy resilience and connectivity and mobility in Europe.
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Garibashvili noted the two countries had achieved “significant” progress in cooperation, reflected in both economic and political dimensions, the Government Administration said.The Georgian official stressed the existing regional projects were a “clear” example of “effective” strategic cooperation, sustainable development and reliable partnership between the two countries that would bring “more economic independence, security and prosperity” to both countries.The officials also reviewed the security environment in the Black Sea region, with Garibashvili emphasising the importance of settling issues through peaceful negotiations.He also extended his gratitude to Erdoğan for his “strong” support for Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity, as well as EU and NATO integration.
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According to Zourabichvili, the Georgian government gradually transformed.“Instead of strengthening state institutions, being the cornerstone of democracy, the one-party system and its influence get stronger. Laws adopted in an expedited manner (on covert recordings, abolishment of state inspector, changes in the rule for appointment of judges and foreign agents bill) serve your power’s prolongation instead of serving democracy strengthening and citizens’ welfare. The court reform, vital for the country’s future, is at a deadlock,” President said.Salome Zourabichvili went on to say that the ruling party members speak in unison, and those having different viewpoints, tend to quit the party.“The party influence is evident in the government and parliament. The party turned into a decision-making space. The party chairman announces his standpoint on all political issues in advance, and the decision-making process is vague, not to mention open discussions.You are the government confronting the country’s foreign goal, the people’s mandate. By inviting Gavrilov (Russian MP) in 2019, you raised doubts and questions for the first time, though the actual transformation began in 2021 when the Georgian Dream former Chairman Bidzina Ivanishvili quit politics,” she said.President also recalled the annulling of the document drafted with the engagement of the European Council President and rejection of the EU loan.“You have never stopped the anti-European rhetoric, blaming and insulting our partners. All this finally came to the extent that we expelled the former EU ambassador from the country with reprimands and accusations,” Zourabichvili stated.