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Georgia Today
Tbilisi · 1 year ago

🎶 The full lineup of this year’s 4GB Festival, an annual event showcasing electronic music, was released on Monday.

📆 The festival will run from May 17-18 and May 24-25. Daily tickets cost 60 GEL, a weekend pass costs 100 GEL and a festival pass costs 150 GEL. Tickets can be purchased at www.tkt.ge/4gb.

✅ 4GB is an annual international electronic music festival held in Georgia since 2011. It is dedicated to the memory of one of Georgian pioneer DJs, Gio Bakanidze. Since the very first year it has been headlined by Bakanidze's favourite musician, Michael Mayer.

👇🏼The lineup is as follows:

Sonja Moonear


Michael Mayer

Dave Clarke

Robag Wruhme

DJ Bone


Acid Pauli

Interstellar Funk

Marvin & Guy


Larry Heard

Ivan Smagghe



Christian S


Chica Paula



Dima Dadiani


Paul Cut

Danielle Baldelli

Cosmo Vitelli


Mr Fingers

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London, United Kingdom · 17 hours ago
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Georgia Today
Tbilisi, Georgia · 1 year ago
🎙 Oto Nemsadze, the Georgian contender of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) released a video address and called on Georgian emigrants for his support. 👉🏼 “Greetings to Georgians living abroad. Let us support our country together. I will present Georgia at Eurovision this year and your support is very important. I will sing for you,” - Nemsadze said. 🎙 ESC 2019 will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city’s convention center; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019. Oto Nemsadze, the Georgian contender of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will perform on stage in the first semi-final of the musical competition number 11 on May 14. He will perform the entry song “Keep on Going” on stage. ✅☝🏼Georgian emigrants will have to watch the public broadcaster of the country where they live. They will have to send Georgia’s number 11 to a special phone number. Twenty calls can be sent from one number.
The Week UK
London, United Kingdom · 2 days ago
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Georgia Today
Tbilisi, Georgia · 1 year ago
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Tata Kvara
Tbilisi, Georgia · 1 year ago
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Телеграф Украина
Kyiv, Ukraine · 2 months ago
Принц Гарри записал послание по случаю 75-летия своей любимой детской книги
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The Week UK
London, United Kingdom · 15 hours ago
Are millennials really an ‘infantilised generation’ - and if so, why?
Description New book argues that lack of moral boundaries has created ‘disoriented’ generation and fuelled identity politics Credits Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images Alt Text A woman at Disneyland Shanghai New book argues that lack of moral boundaries has created ‘disoriented’ generation and fuelled identity politics In Depth Arion McNicoll Monday, July 13, 2020 - 4:12pm A whole generation have been “infantilised” and left without “self-sufficiency and intellectual independence” as a result of their parents’ failure to enforce boundaries, according to a new book by a leading sociology professor. Frank Furedi argues that millennials - people born between 1981 and 1996 - have been “disorientated” by this lack of discipline and that as a result, the transition to adulthood “takes much, much longer than ever before”. So are millennials living an extended childhood? Over the course of three or four generations, boundaries for children have been gradually taken down, claims Furedi, the emeritus professor of sociology at Kent University, in his book Why Borders Matter. “Children develop by reacting against those lines, the boundaries that are set, and that is a very creative process to gain self-sufficiency and intellectual independence,” he writes. Yet young people today “are kicking against open doors”, according to the academic. “The whole developmental process becomes compromised and you do end up with a situation where the transition from childhood to adolescence takes much, much longer than ever before and the transition from adolescence to adulthood also takes much longer.” See related What is cancel culture? Furedi’s claims about delayed adulthood appear to be backed up by data published by the Office for National Statistics last year that shows many key milestones are occurring later in life. British people are starting full-time work, moving out of their parents’ homes, marrying, and having children later than any previous generation since records begans. So are parents entirely to blame? A failure to reach an age-appropriate level of maturity can be the result of “unmanageable stress or trauma”, but can also occur “society-wide”, says Simon Gottschalk, a professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Famous socialogists including Herbert Marcuse and Erich Fromm have suggested that “like individuals – a society can also suffer from arrested development”, Gottschalk writes in an article on The Conversation. Today, infantilisation is present not only in people’s approach to parenting, but also in an education system where students are constantly monitored and spoon-fed information, and even in workplaces where managers electronically keep tabs on their employees, Gottschalk argues. He also points to “infantilist trends in language” and in “popular culture – in the shorter sentences in contemporary novels, in the lack of sophistication in political rhetoric and in sensationalist cable news coverage”. When did it begin? The idea that young people are failing to mature quickly enough is nothing new, says Vice writer Leah Mandel. “In fact, it’s been going on since at least as far back as the 1960s, when former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland coined the term ‘youthquake’ to describe the ‘childlike’ mod dresses and mini-skirts of the Beatlemania era,” Mandel writes. In time, the idea became a self-fulfilling prophecy, with “fashion and beauty media latch[ing] onto the idea that what is young, or what the young like, is inevitably going to sell”. “Brands started marketing their inventory as a way of preserving one’s youth and cool. The youthquake never ended,” Mandel says. And the impact? The results, according to Furedi, are manifold. As well as creating a culture where parents aim to be friends with their children rather than authority figures, he argues, the infantilisation of millennials has also fuelled identity politics. In an inherent paradox, the dismantling of moral boundaries has resulted in a generation that abhors those who make moral judgments, leaving millennials to create borders of their own - which in turn, creates a judgmental breed of identity politics, Furedi claims. “The thing about identity politics is that every expression they use is actually a contradiction,” he writes. “They talk about diversity - that’s one of the key values of identity politics - but identity politics is totally hostile to a diversity of viewpoints. So if you argue a different narrative to what they are arguing, that is seen as racist, as offensive, as hate.” World News Science & Health millennials Identity politics #society
Georgia Today
Tbilisi, Georgia · 1 year ago
🎶 Oto Nemsadze, the Georgian contender of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will perform on stage in the first semi-final of the musical competition number 11 on May 14. He will perform the entry song “Keep on Going” on stage. ✅ 👉🏼 Supporters of Georgian contestant have to watch the public broadcaster of the country where they live. They can vote by telephone and SMS through the numbers shown on the screen. Twenty calls can be sent from one number. 👉🏼Televoters can vote for Georgian contender from the following countries: Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Portugal, San Marino, Israel, France, Spain. Voting for Oto Nemsadze can be implemented by phone and SMS through the numbers indicated on the banner👇🏼 ☝🏼 ESC 2019 will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city’s convention center; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019. The Georgian First Channel will provide live transmission of the musical competition on May 14, 16 and 18 starting 23:00