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Book Club
Tbilisi · 1 year ago

Georgia 🇬đŸ‡Ș is the homeland of many talented writers. There were a few Georgian writers nominated for the most prestigious award in the world - Nobel Prize in literature.

Here is the list of these great writers:

Grigol Robakidze

Merab Kostava (1978)

Otar Chiladze (1998)

Mzechabuk "Chabua" Amirejibi (1996,1999)

David Magradze (2011)

Giwi Margwelaschwili (2016)

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||სოჼუმის áƒĄáƒáƒźáƒ”áƒšáƒ›áƒŹáƒ˜áƒ€áƒ დრამაჱული თეაჱრი|| ➞ მიზნები და ამოáƒȘანები მოკლე ისჱორიული áƒ”áƒ„áƒĄáƒ™áƒŁáƒ áƒĄáƒ˜áƒ—: სოჼუმის თეაჱრის ლემოჄმედებითი ბიოგრაჀია მრავალჀეროვანია. საინჱერესოა სჼვადასჼვა დროს როგორ რეაგირებდა და როგორ ეჼმიანებოდა áƒ”áƒžáƒáƒ„áƒáƒĄ. თეაჱრის áƒšáƒ”áƒ„áƒ›áƒœáƒ˜áƒĄáƒáƒĄ განსაკუთრებული ყურადჩება ეთმობოდა ადგილობრივი – პაჱრიოჱული იდეებით გამსჭვალულ ნაწარმოებებს. áƒ’áƒáƒ›áƒáƒ áƒ©áƒ”áƒŁáƒšáƒáƒ“ საინჱერესო გაჼლდათ საბჭოთა ადრეული, ეგრეთ წოდებული „სჱალინის პერიოდის“ áƒĄáƒžáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒáƒ™áƒšáƒ”áƒ‘áƒ˜. ჄალაჄ სოჼუმჹი თეაჱრს ულამაზესი ისჱორიული ჹენობა სწორედ 1952 – 53 წელს გადაეáƒȘა. ლემორჩენილია დოკუმენჱური ჀილმიáƒȘ, სადაáƒȘ კარგად áƒ›áƒáƒĄáƒ©áƒáƒœáƒĄ ჹენობის სიმდიდრე და áƒáƒ áƒ„áƒ˜áƒąáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒŁáƒ áƒŁáƒšáƒ˜ სილამაზე. ამ პერიოდჹი ლეჄმნილ áƒĄáƒžáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒáƒ™áƒšáƒ”áƒ‘áƒĄ ძალიან მაჩალი სამსაჼიობო საჹემსრულებლო დონე აჼასიათებს. კომუნისჱური ჱერორის მიუჼედავად áƒĄáƒžáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒáƒ™áƒšáƒ”áƒ‘áƒ˜áƒ“áƒáƒœ áƒšáƒ”áƒ€áƒáƒ áƒŁáƒšáƒáƒ“ გამოსჭვიოდა იმდროისთვის áƒáƒ™áƒ áƒ«áƒáƒšáƒŁáƒšáƒ˜ იდეები. ამ იდეებმა ქáƒȘენაზე 70-იან 80-იან წლებჹი უმაჩლეს მჼაჱვრულ-áƒ›áƒ”áƒąáƒáƒ€áƒáƒ áƒŁáƒš მწვერვალს მიაჩწია და ამიჱომ სოჼუმის თეაჱრი გადაიჄáƒȘა საბჭოთა კავჹირჹი ერთ-ერთ საუკეთესო თეაჱრად. სწორედ 80-იან წლებჹი თეაჱრმა გასჱროლებით მოიარა საბჭოთა კავჹირი და თავისი ჼელოვნება მის საზჩვრებს გარეთაáƒȘ გაიჱანა. ამ პერიოდჹი ლეჄმნილი áƒĄáƒžáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒáƒ™áƒšáƒ”áƒ‘áƒ˜ ჼასიათდება ულამაზესი დეკორაáƒȘიებით, თეაჱრალური პომპეზურობით, მასიური ქáƒȘენებითა და გმირულ-ჰეროიკული ქáƒȘენური ჼასიათებით, რომელსაáƒȘ უდიდესი საჼელის მჄონე მსაჼიობები ჰჄმნიდნენ. 90-იან წლებჹი დაჱრიალდა ჱრაგედია. áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒš – რუსული ომი, რიქ ჹედეგადაáƒȘ áƒáƒ€áƒźáƒáƒ–áƒ”áƒ—áƒ˜áƒĄ áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒšáƒ˜ მოსაჼლეობა áƒ’áƒáƒ›áƒáƒáƒ«áƒ”áƒ•áƒ”áƒĄ áƒáƒ€áƒźáƒáƒ–áƒ”áƒ—áƒ˜áƒ“áƒáƒœ. ამ დროს დაიწყო თეაჱრისთვის ყველაზე რთული პერიოდი. დევნილობაჹი მყოჀი თეაჱრი ლეიჀარა თბილისის áƒĄáƒáƒźáƒ”áƒšáƒ›áƒŹáƒ˜áƒ€áƒ თეაჱრებმა: რუსთაველის თეაჱრმა, ჹემდეგ მარჯანიჹვილის თეაჱრმა და სჼვა áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒšáƒ›áƒ თეაჱრებმა. 2016 წელს áƒĄáƒáƒźáƒ”áƒšáƒ›áƒŹáƒ˜áƒ€áƒáƒ› სოჼუმის თეაჱრს გადასáƒȘა ჹენობა, სადაáƒȘ განთავსდა თეაჱრის სარეპეჱიáƒȘიო და áƒáƒ€áƒ˜áƒĄáƒ˜. მოგვიანებით, ამავე ჹენობაჹი მიიჩო თეაჱრმა საკუთარი ქáƒȘენაáƒȘ. თეაჱრის ლემოჄმედებით áƒȘჼოვრებაჹი მოჼდა გარკვეული áƒȘვლილებებიáƒȘ. თეაჱრმა გადაწყვიჱა აჄáƒȘენჱი გააკეთოს თანამედროვე áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒš ლიჱერაჱურაზე. დჩეს მთელი დაჱვირთვით თანამჹრომლობს Ⴤართველ თანამედროვე დრამაჱურგებთან, მწერლებთან. თემები კი უაჩრესად თანადროულია. დევნილთა საკითჼები 21-ე საუკუნის პრობლემა, თანამედროვე áƒ›áƒĄáƒáƒ€áƒšáƒ˜áƒáƒĄ ერთ-ერთი ყველაზე დიდი გამოწვევაა. სოჼუმის თეაჱრი სწორედ ამ კუთჼითაა დჩეს საინჱერესო. იგი აჼორáƒȘიელებს სჼვადასჼვა საერთაჹორისო áƒžáƒ áƒáƒ”áƒ„áƒąáƒĄ. áƒ©áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒšáƒ˜áƒ იუნესკოს თეაჱრის საერთაჹორისო ინსჱიჱუჱის áƒ„áƒĄáƒ”áƒšáƒšáƒ˜ (). áƒ“áƒáƒáƒ€áƒŁáƒ«áƒœáƒ გერმანულ- áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒšáƒ˜ და აგრეთვე პოლონურ – áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒšáƒ˜ თეაჱრალური áƒžáƒšáƒáƒąáƒ€áƒáƒ áƒ›áƒ. გაჼდა რამდენიმე საერთაჹორისო თეაჱრალური კონკურსისა და áƒ€áƒ”áƒĄáƒąáƒ˜áƒ•áƒáƒšáƒ˜áƒĄ პრიზიორი. 
და სიამაყით ლეიძლება áƒ˜áƒ—áƒ„áƒ•áƒáƒĄ, რომ დჩეს სოჼუმის áƒĄáƒáƒźáƒ”áƒšáƒ›áƒŹáƒ˜áƒ€áƒ დრამაჱულ თეაჱრს მნიჹვნელოვანი ადგილი უკავია და ამჹვენებს დიდი ჱრადიáƒȘიების მჄონე áƒ„áƒáƒ áƒ—áƒŁáƒš თეაჱრალურ áƒȘჼოვრებას. About Theatre ARTISTS IN EXILE Sokhumi State Drama Theatre founded in 1885, in one of the picturesque towns of the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia, Georgia). Abkhazia is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Georgia. The “Ancient Kolkhida State” (Medea, Argonauts) existed on the territory of Abkhazia. Since the foundation, the theatre stopped professional work only once in 1993 during the bloody war in Abkhazia. The Russian army occupied Abkhazia and expelled Georgians living there. After this tragic event, Georgia has 400,000 IDPs. Sokhumi theatre troupe arrived in Tbilisi and continued to work in the capital of Georgia. Life in unbearable conditions did not break the theater actors, and Sokhumi Theatre continued to work in exile. Unforgettable performances were performed, which preached peace, love, and great human ideas. The actors got a tragic fortune. Some have lost their family members in this war, but they continue to work on stage. It has been 24 years since these sad events. The younger generation of the actors came to the theatre, but still, there is great desire – a dream to return to their homeland. We strongly believe that our theatre staff has the most moral right to talk about peace, freedom and reconciliation, love of her country, exile, ethnic conflicts and religious confrontations. It’s an essential grain in our creativity. Unfortunately, nowadays Sokhumi Theatre knows the real horrors of WAR. #theatre #art 68 დიმიჱრი áƒŁáƒ–áƒœáƒáƒ«áƒ˜áƒĄ Ⴤუჩა
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What trick does it use to catch its food?Vigorously shakes its tassels to cause underwater waves to dislodge preyFilters fish and plankton through its open mouth as it movesSquirts a cloud of noxious gas to confuse its preyCamouflages itself as coral and wobbles its tail back and forth in a mesmerising dance to lure fishWhich of the following most accurately resembles how the skin of most sharks would feel under your hand?SilkLeatherSandpaperScalesMiss Helen, a female grey horn shark, was abducted from a US aquarium in 2018. How did they smuggle her out?Pretended she was a toy from the gift shopDressed her up as an employeeWheeled her out in a baby’s pramPretended to impound Miss Helen as evidence in a fake cocaine bustSharks are often caught as bycatch in the Mediterranean. 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London · 15 hours ago
Instant Opinion: why was Britain last to ‘do the right thing’ on face masks?
Description Masked commuter in a near-deserted London Underground carriage Credits Getty Images Alt Text Tube, Underground, coronavirus Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 14 July Reaction The Week Staff Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 3:47pm The Week’s daily round-up highlights the five best opinion pieces from across the British and international media, with excerpts from each. 1. Sean O’Grady in The Independent on Britain being behind its neighbours... again Face masks make us all safer. So why was Britain, once again, the last to do the right thing? See related Do face masks protect against coronavirus? “There are downsides to this latest ruling from Boris Johnson that masks must be worn in shops, which are obvious. It makes social interaction weird, and it can feel a bit uncomfortable. But this is trivial compared with the role they play in reducing Covid-19 transmission rates, saving lives and boosting the economy. Like so much in this pandemic, it’s about individuals’ liberties being balanced against the impact on others. You can make your own mind up about the risks you take, but you should not make such judgements on behalf of others. Confidence is the key to restoring economic life: consumer confidence to spend, and business confidence to invest. If people feel safer (and indeed are safer) by wearing masks in shops, on public transport and in other indoor spaces, then the ruling will benefit us all.” 2. Hugo Rifkind in The Times on stomaching the risk of a commute What if we don’t want to go back to the office? “Masks, at any rate, aren’t going to get us back into offices. The question is, will anything? ‘Cultures are formed through shared working, which is in turn the basis of shared values,’ wrote Salma Shah for The Times yesterday, highlighting the eventual cost of us all staying at home. She was right. My trips to the office are to do with my new radio gig... but on a daily, newspaper basis I now work with formerly close colleagues whom I haven’t seen for four months. Our shared values, I hope, linger on but I do wonder whether, had we all always worked like this, they’d have been so easily forged in the first place. A bigger problem is the way that, as soon as vast numbers of people stop leaving the house, going to work and coming back again, often having bought at least a sandwich along the way, huge swathes of our cities simply cease to make any sense. Forgive my Londoncentricism, but parts of the capital paint the problem most starkly. Without tens of thousands of civil servants coming and going en route to Whitehall, Victoria looks like it has been hit by, well, a plague.” 3. Michelle Goldberg in The New York Times on Donald Trump’s pandemic incompetence In Some Countries, Normal Life Is Back. Not Here. “If you’re lucky enough to live in New Zealand, the coronavirus nightmare has been mostly over since June. After more than two weeks with no new cases, the government lifted almost all restrictions that month. The borders are still shut, but inside the country, normal life returned... And America? We had 68,241. As of last week, the worst per capita outbreak on the planet was in Arizona, followed by Florida. The world is closed to us; American passports were once coveted, but now only a few dozen nations will let us in. Lawrence O. Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown, told me he doesn’t expect American life to feel truly normal before summer 2022. Two years of our lives, stolen by Donald Trump.” 4. Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, in The Daily Telegraph on a human tragedy more brutal than Covid’s health impacts The developing world faces a health, economic and security crisis that will dwarf the impact of Covid “Economic downturn, rising unemployment and reduced school attendance one year significantly increases the likelihood of civil war the next. Violent conflict drives famine and mass displacement. Based on current forecasts for food insecurity, refugee outflows could increase significantly. These problems might not be immediately apparent the way virus deaths are, but it is not hard to see that they are coming down the track. When they do materialise, it will be hard to explain why we did not act now. We can claim to have been taken by surprise by Covid-19, but we won’t be able to say the same of the development and security crises it is set to trigger. A call for money right now can be a difficult ask. But spending a little money now is a wise investment. It will save lives, protect decades of investment in development, and reduce the scale of the problems in the future.” 5. Dorothy Byrne, editor-at-large at Channel 4, in The Guardian on showing the truth about our past We can’t erase outdated TV shows, but we can hold their views to account “If much-loved characters in the past made homophobic comments or dressed up as people from other ethnic groups or pretended to be people who used wheelchairs, should we destroy that evidence of the social attitudes of the times? Cleaning up our past erases evidence of how views that we would now consider reprehensible were once normalised. Channel 4 is an anti-racist organisation with a particular remit to reach and reflect the lives of people from diverse backgrounds. But we are also committed to freedom of expression and being deliberately daring and controversial. There are bound to be moments when those principles come into conflict. There may be elements in our programmes which are so offensive that a public service broadcaster should not leave them on any platform.” UK News Europe US Middle East Africa South and Central Asia Media Science & Health Politics Society Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown Donald Trump poverty Child Poverty#world_news
The Guardian UK
London · 2 days ago
Imagine: This House Is Full of Music review – is this Britain’s most talented family?
There are seven accomplished classical musicians in the Kanneh-Mason family, which has made for a noisy yet joyful lockdown environment, as Alan Yentob discoveredAs lockdown eases – at least officially, if not psychologically – many people may be beginning to reflect on the months spent largely confined to their homes. Imagine: This House Is Full of Music (BBC One) is here to bestow an inferiority complex on those of us who had high hopes of learning a language, mastering a musical instrument or making bread that didn’t double up as a doorstop, but have ended up wondering exactly how it was possible to pass the time from March until July without so much as an online certificate in painting-by-numbers.Lockdown inertia does not appear to have been a problem for the Kanneh-Mason family, an extraordinary group of musicians who have spent their lockdown at home in Nottingham. There are seven Kanneh-Mason siblings, aged from 10 to 24, and a family friend from Brazil, Plinio Fernandes, who decided to ride out the pandemic here instead of attempting to make the journey home. All the children are astonishingly accomplished classical musicians, which makes for a very noisy household. Continue reading...#television_&_radio #television#culture#classical_music
The Guardian UK
London · 18 hours ago
Donmar Warehouse to reopen with José Saramago installation Blindness
The London theatre will present a socially distanced adaption of the Portuguese author’s novel, voiced by Juliet StevensonThe Donmar Warehouse in London is to reopen this summer for an immersive sound installation exploring the panic caused by an epidemic. Blindness, an hour-long adaptation of Portuguese author JosĂ© Saramago’s novel, will feature the voice of Juliet Stevenson and will run four times a day, with socially distanced seating for audiences.Saramago won the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, shortly after the publication of Blindness. The Donmar’s artistic director, Michael Longhurst, said the story – in which a city’s inhabitants suddenly begin to go blind – is an “extraordinary allegory about a government’s and society’s response to a pandemic”. Continue reading... #theatre#stage#culture#donmar_warehouse#juliet_stevenson#josĂ©_saramago#books #uk_news
Georgia Today
Tbilisi · 1 year ago
đŸ—ș Some 113,251 people have visited Georgia’s protected areas between January and April of this year, a 13% increase from the same period last year, the Agency of Protected Areas announced. The majority (54%) of visitors were Georgians. The most popular destinations were Tbilisi National Park, Kazbegi National Park and Prometheus Cave, near Kutaisi. Most of the foreign visitors were from Germany, Poland, Israel, India and Russia, according to Agenda.ge. A total of 8.7 million tourists visited Georgia in 2018, a nearly 10% increase from the previous year.
About City
Tbilisi · 9 months ago
Tbilisi joins global screenings of Manhattan Short film fest finalists 🎬. Cinema-goers in Georgia's capital Tbilisi join their counterparts in more than 400 cities around the world in watching and voting for a winning entry among Manhattan Short film festival finalists this week. At the downtown cinema theatre Amirani, 10 finalist works have been screening since Monday, as the city becomes a part of "the world's first global film festival" for the first time. With the event Tbilisi is alongside cities in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Central and South America and over a dozen countries in Europe. The results coming in for the 22nd edition of the festival will be counted before the winner is unveiled in October. Short film 8 Minutes by Georgian 🇬đŸ‡Șfilmmaker Giorgi Gogichaishvili claimed the principal award of the festival in 2017.
The Guardian UK
London · 3 days ago
‘When we can, we’d love to throw a party to show it off’: designers on their lockdown DIY
What do you do if you are an artist confined mainly to your home? Transform the place, of courseI have spent lockdown with my partner, Luke Morgan, and my dog, Elvis, in our live-work building in London. We moved here in 2005: I had done so much work on my previous house, I couldn’t face another project, so painted the walls white and lived with it. That changed in lockdown; most of my commissions were cancelled, and I was finally able to get going. We don’t have children, my parents are no longer alive and Luke’s parents are shielding in Bristol, so we don’t have the same commitments as many people. Continue reading...#interiors #life_and_style#home_improvements#diy#art_and_design#homes