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Georgia is a small country situated on the crossroad of Europe and Asia. From the south-east it has a border with Azerbaijan, from the south – with Armenia and Turkey, from the north - with Russia. The western part of Georgia is washed by the Black Sea. Tbilisi is a capital of Georgia founded in the fifth century. Population of the country with total area of 69 700 square kilometers is 3 720 000 people. It is amazing but on this small land there are 26060 rivers and over 40 protected areas. 

In almost every region of Georgia various  kinds of festivals are held. Among them the most important are literary, theatrical, musical, cinema and contemporary art festivals, as well as photographic, literary, choreographical, and fashion festivals, which have all taken on a traditional shape and add to the development of their subject sphere, as well as reviving the cultural life of the region and, in general, popularising the country.
Each year from 2015, in May, Tbilisi hosts Tbilisi International Festival of Literature (TIFL). All the three festivals were the highlight of cultural life in Tbilisi, with an exciting program, fascinating speakers and guests, and high audience participation. The TIFL is hosted and organized by the Writers’ House of Georgia in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and a number of international organizations based in Tbilisi. The festival shares the platform between Georgian and international authors and humanists, continuing the great literary and cultural traditions of Georgia.
For the next two years Georgia will be in the spotlight of the literary and publishing world, having 2018 declared as the Year of the Georgian Book at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Accordingly, the festival program and main concept for 2017 was focusing on the importance of Humanities and literature in a narrower sense. The festival aims to create a localized platform for connecting international professionals of the literary world: authors with significant records, translators, researchers, biographers, scholars and other interested members of the public, and most importantly, allowing local lovers of literature to observe the processes and even participate in discussions.
Among the active theatrical festivals in Georgia the most prominent are the Tbilisi International Theatrical festival, the Mikheil Tumanishvili international festival of the arts (Sachukari), the international regional theatre festival in Poti, the Gori comedy festival, as well as others which bring together the world’s most loved theatre companies and the leading theatrical collectives. We should note the participation of the world-famous actor John Malkovich in the festival programme which is being put on by the Tbilisi Theatre Festival. Also noteworthy is the fact that Georgian spectators have, at various times, have been able to see at this festival famous stagings by Peter Brooks and Eimuntas NekroŇ°ius.
One important fact is that cinema and animation festivals have long been traditionally held in the country: Tbilisi’s International Film Festival, the International CineDoc Festival of Documentary Films, television cameramen’s international festival The Golden Eye, the Tofuzi international animated film festival, the Nikozi Episcopal Palace’s international festival of animated films, Batumi’s Biaff authored film festival, and so on
allplay an important part, not only in the nation’s, but in the whole Caucasus region’s development.
Several major music festivals of various kinds are being held in Georgia: Tbilisi’s chamber music festival, the international Baroque music festival, the Telavi music festival, the Art-Geni festival, the international Night Serenade festival, the Caucasus-Jazz festival, the Black Sea and Tbilisi jazz festival, and so on. As part of the festivals, over the years a number of world-famous performers have been guest performers at these festivals: Quincy Jones, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Till Bronner, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, and so on.
Within the framework of these festivals the country continues to host performers of the same calibre.
A number of festivals of electronic music have been established in Georgia and have become a tradition, the most important among them being GemFest, in which, over the years, many leading musicians in the field of Georgian electronic music have been a guest. They include: Armin van Buuren, David August, Paul Kalkbrenner, Solomun, The Prodigy, and others.
In 2016, at the initiative of the Georgian government, a significant project, Check-In Georgia was launched: it has now become a traditional event and it unites almost every existing undertaking in the country. The project’s main aim is to strengthen the country’s tourist potential and economic situation. Under this project several major concerts have been put on, where world-famous stars perform. In recent years such distinguished performers as: Robbie Williams, Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Sting, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, and others, have played.

Travel to Georgia
Amazing natural beauty and the country’s diversity have been the source of inspiration for many writers and poets. Here we have everything that the traveller can dream about: mountains of eternal snow, mountain lakes, alpine meadows, canyon rivers full of flowers and fruit, palm-tree coasts, natural canyons, ancient caves, mineral waters and sulphur water pools: this country is indeed heaven on Earth! As one of the first countries in the world to convert to Christianity (as early as the 4th century AD), today Georgia is distinguished by its full religious freedom and tolerance. Here for centuries people of different faiths and religions have coexisted peacefully.
Georgia has a diverse culture, rich history and unique artefacts. This is an ancient country at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western civilizations, where the European and Asian ways of life and traditions have fused together over thousands of years.
Georgian polyphonic music is globally famous for its special harmonious sonority, which is the part of Georgians’ DNA and best expresses the character of this nation. Since 2001, Georgian polyphonic music has been placed on UNESCO’s world intangible cultural heritage list. The polyphonic structure of this music has not changed over the centuries and still can be heard all over the country.
Rhythm, dynamics, geometric order, discipline, wild energy, beautifully timed teamwork and individualism is what constitutes Georgian folk dance. To a foreign eye, Georgian dances remind one of action scenes from Hollywood, saturated with special effects.
Hectares of vineyards, the rtveli (Georgian harvesting), accompanied with polyphonic singing and clay vessels (Kvevri) full of wine – this is Georgia. Wine is everything here — everyone loves it. It is worth mentioning that in 2013 the kvevri wine making method was included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. In Georgia there are more than 500 different endemic species of grape, from which the best quality wine is made.
Nothing tells you more about the spirit and culture of a country than its cuisine. Georgian national dishes are amongst the best in the world for their diversity and taste. Each historical province of the country has its own distinct culinary tradition that has been refining for centuries. The secret of this taste is Georgian soil, the natural extension of a fertile, mineral-rich landscape fed by the pure waters of the Caucasus Mountains. It seems that the nature lives on harmoniously in these products and creates unique, delicious, and organic Georgian dishes.