The Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili began as a family enterprise and has grown into an internationally renowned company performing on the world’s best stages.

It is almost 70 years since the husband and wife team of Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili created the first steps for the company in which their granddaughter is following.

“My family, they actually started to make the Georgian dance popular even among the young generation and that’s very important, because I don’t know any other country, where folk dance is so popular as in Georgia now. I think that it is the way, one of a very important ways to keep the identity of the nation,” explained Nino Sukhishvili, Director General, Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili.

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The ballet brings to stage the combination of elegant movements of the female dancers in vibrantly colored costumes with the shows of strength, tornado fast spins, jumps, swords, shields and daggers of the male dancers.

The Georgian National Ballet has been represented by world’s many well-known impresarios and companies. The Georgian National Ballet has appeared at the Albert Hall, The Coliseum, The Metropolitan Opera, Madison Square, and dozens of famous venues. In 1967, La Scala welcomed them – it is the first and the only time a folklore group was given a chance to perform there. The curtain was lifted 14 times, a record.

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The Georgian National Gallery was established in 1920. Dimitri Shevardnadze, a well-known Georgian painter, contributed significantly to the development of the gallery. Since its foundation, the gallery has served the development of Georgian fine arts.

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The National Gallery was established in 1920, and quickly became a center for Georgian arts and culture. The Gallery was reorganized in 1932, and the Fine Art Museum was founded on its basis. It exhibited collections from the Historical-Ethnographic Society, Society for the Spread of Literacy, and Tbilisi State University’s ancient Georgian art.

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Epitaphion of Queen Mariam

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The Tbilisi History Museum was founded in 1910 as the City Municipal Museum. More recently, it was given the name of the famous Georgian poet Ioseb Grishashvili. Since 1984, the Tbilisi History Museum has been located in a restored caravanserai, representing the city’s historic role as a Silk Road trading outpost. The museum houses over fifty thousand artifacts. They reflect Tbilisi’s history from the end of the 4 millennium BCE to the present day. The museum presents archeological, ethnological and archival materials as well as the pieces of national and applied arts, and a rich photo-collection. A number of unique works of artistic and graphic arts are also preserved in this museum.

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The Open Air Museum was founded on April 27, 1966 by the famous Georgian ethnographer Giorgi Chitaia. It is located in Tbilisi’s Vake district, to the west of “Turtle Lake”. It occupies 52 hectares of land and houses more than eight thousand artifacts brought from all over Georgia. The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia.

1 Turtle Lake Road, Tbilisi, Georgia

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