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Tbilisi International Regional Festival

Degree & Profession

“Life Beyond Tourism - Countries, history, cultural tourism”

Virtual expo and Conference

20-23 April 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia

Organized by Faculty of Media Art, Tbilisi State Academy of Art

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Intro to Tbilisi Regional Festival

Fields of activities, each having the experts boards, consisting of international and local professionals:

  • Architecture - interior, civil architecture, urban planning;
  • Fine art-painting, graphics, plastics;
  • Media art: video art and animation, photography, visual and digital art ( winners will be provided with the free Master's 2-years studies at the Faculty of Media Art);
  • Cultural heritage, art history and theory;
  • Design - fashion, jewelry, textile, artistic ceramic and glass.

Letter of the Dean of the Faculty of Media Art, Nana Iashvili

Signing the memorandum on collaboration between the Faculty of Media Art, Tbilisi State Academy of Art, and the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation in 2007, aimed encouraging intercultural dialogue, stimulating interpersonal and intercultural exchanges by presenting cultural identity, mutual exchanges of knowledge among young students, academicians and professionals from different universities worldwide, as well as agreeing with the Foundation motto : “discovering the past together - working to build a shared future”. I suppose that the major idea of establishing Regional Festivals cover all above noted values; it will make great contribution in achieving joint goals: providing students with the opportunity to present their diploma works, to gain experience by meeting professionals, participate in international conferences and workshops in various fields of art. Regional Festivals will assist in widening the project boundaries by involving more students and professionals. It is a great honour for us to establish first time the Regional Festival in Tbilisi, and hope it will become the annual cultural event in the higher art educational field.

Read the complete letter here.

History of the Tbilisi State Academy of Art

Tbilisi State Academy of Art was founded in 1922. In 1927 department of ceramics was added. From the very beginning staff of lecturers and professors was formed by re-known artists: Gigo Gabashvili, Jacob Nikoladze, David Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Apolon Kutateladze, Sergo kobuladze, , etc., who had won wide fame to Georgian art. In 1959 a number of chairs of applied arts were founded, which later on formed a separate faculty. In 1967 a faculty of history and theory of art was founded. In 2004 there was founded the faculty of restoration-conservation.
In 1997, at the Faculty of Architecture, the separate specialty of digital media (on the fee basis) was opened first time. As a result of the successful start, in 2005, the specialty was transformed into the Faculty of Media Art, one of the most successful and demandable faculty at present. The faculty includes the priority specialties: digital modelling and projecting, digital multimedia, traditional and digital animation, graphic design and visual communications, Photography. At present 280 students are studying at the professional, BA, MA, PhD courses of the faculty.

You can visit the website of Tbilisi State Academy of Art 




History of Tbilisi

Legend has it that the present-day territory of Tbilisi was covered by forest as late as the AD 458. According to one account King Vakhtang I Gorgasali of Georgia went hunting in the heavily wooded region with a falcon (sometimes the falcon is substituted either by a hawk or another small birds of prey in the legend). The King's falcon caught/injured a pheasant during the hunt, after which both birds fell into a nearby hot spring and died. King Vakhtang became so impressed with the discovery that he decided to build a city on this location. The name Tbilisi derives from the Old Georgian word "Tpili", meaning warm. The name Tbilisi or Tbilisi ("warm location") therefore was given to the city because of the area's numerous sulfuric hot springs.

Archaeological studies of the region have revealed that the territory of Tbilisi was settled by humans as early as the 4th millennium BC. The earliest actual (recorded) accounts of settlement of the location come from the second half of the 4th century AD, when a fortress was built during King Varaz-Bakur's reign.
Tbilisi becomes a Capital. King Dachi I Ujarmeli (beginning of the 6th century), who was the successor of Vakhtang Gorgasali, moved the capital from Mtskheta to Tbilisi according to the will left by his father. It must be mentioned that Tbilisi was not the capital of a unified Georgian state at that time (therefore did not include the territory of Colchis) and was only the capital of Eastern Georgia/Iberia. During his reign, King Ujarmeli was also responsible for finishing the construction of the fortress wall that lined the city's new boundaries. Beginning from the 6th century, Tbilisi started to grow at a steady pace due to the region's favourable and strategic location which placed the city along important trade and travel routes between Europe and Asia.

Tbilisi as the Capital of a Unified Georgian State and the Georgian Renaissance.
In 1122, after heavy fighting with the Seljuks that involved at least 60,000 Georgians and up to 300,000 Turks, the troops of the King of Georgia David the Builder entered Tbilisi. After the battles for Tbilisi concluded, David moved his residence from Kutaisi (Western Georgia) to Tbilisi, making it the capital of a unified Georgian State. From 12-13th centuries, Tbilisi became a dominant regional power with a thriving economy (with well-developed trade and skilled labour) and a well-established social system/structure. By the end of the 12th century (A.D.), the population of Tbilisi had reached 80,000. The city also became an important literary and a cultural centre not only for Georgia but for the larger civilized world as well. During Queen Tamar’s reign, Shota Rustaveli worked in Tbilisi while writing his legendary epic poem, “The Knight in Panther’s Skin”. This period is widely known as “Georgia’s Golden Age” or the Georgian Renaissance.
By the 1850’s, and up today, Tbilisi once again emerged as a major trade and a cultural centre.







 The patrons

Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation


Tbilisi State Academy
of Art


 The Collaborations


Georgia State University of Theatre and Film



V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory

Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Georgian Technical University


Museum of Music, Theatre and Cinema






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Award of 2.000 €
Fiona Kavakure
Fiona Kavakure (Burundi)

Medals by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano to:
Maura Caturano
Maura Caturano (Italy)

Delia Casadei
Delia Casadei (Italy)

Anna Vladimirova
Anna Vladimirova (Russia)

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