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Friday, April 22
Brooklyn Cultural Center Opens First Georgian Library in US

A small Brooklyn-based cultural centre has opened the US’ first all-Georgian language library with the help of the Miniatura publishing house and the Presidential Administration of Georgia.

The Dancing Crane Cultural Center, located in New York’s iconic borough of Brooklyn, currently houses exhibits highlighting Georgia’s rich artistic and literary heritage and conducts educational programmes focusing on national traditions, including dance and language studies.

“When I see what is happening with Georgian emigrants in America, especially with children, I notice that most of them can only speak English. None of them are literate in Georgian. Opening a Georgian library will help Georgian emigrates who live here,” said the centre’s director, Victor Sirelson.

The opening of the Dancing Crane’s library comes less than year after a Georgian book corner was unveiled at a library in nearby Queens. Many of Georgia’s best-known publishers and private citizens were contributors to the new library’s collection. (

Darejan Tvaltvadze wins TSU acting principal election

The TSU acting principal election has been over. As reported, the election process was conducted peacefully. The voting process began at 10:00.

As a result of the elections, Darejan Tvaltvadze has become the acting principal of Tbilisi State University, having previously been both a TSU Associate Professor and Deputy Principal.

She received a total of 526 votes, winning the elections.

Four candidates were registered to take part in the elections: Tsira Baramidze (a TSU Professor), Levan Gordeziani (a TSU Professor), Darejan Tvaltvadze (TSU Professor and Deputy Principal) and Giorgi Andriadze (Doctor of Theology, Head of Patriarchate Georgian University Supervisory Board). (IPN)

Seven Georgian wine companies at The Real Wine Fair, London

Seven Georgian wine companies have poured their wines for guests to enjoy at a wine fair in England honouring natural wines.

The Real Wine Fair, held on April 17 and 18, celebrates artisan growers who work with minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery, thus producing natural wines.

The two-day wine festival in England’s capital London saw wine trade professionals, industry experts, members of the international press and general consumers sample Georgian wine and learn about how wine is made in Georgia.

Wines made from organically and bio-dynamically farmed vineyards, wines made without any additives, skin contact "orange” wines and others fermented and matured in amphora and terracotta vessels will be poured,” read a statement from the The Real Wine Fair.

Over 150 growers and winemakers presented more than 500 wines to guests at The Real Wine Fair.

The following Georgian wine companies participated in the The Real Wine Fair:

• Giorgi Revazashvili;

• Iago Bitarishvili;

• Iberieli;

• Mandili;

• Nikoladzeebis Marani;

• Okro’s Wines; and

• Pheasant’s Tears.

In addition to the extensive range of wines on show, the fair featured an array of artisan food producers, an on-site shop and a series of seminars and masterclasses on themes surrounding natural wine.

Georgia embraced this aspect of the wine fair and hosted a presentation about the Georgian supra (feast). People were invited to taste Georgian cuisine and get introduced to Georgian folk songs.

The Georgian National Wine Agency said events like The Real Wine Fair helped raise awareness of Georgian wine abroad.

The exhibition will help Georgia to raise awareness of its wine, attract more export markets and popularise its touristic potential. Thousands of visitors came to attend the exhibition including wine consumers, wine traders and media representatives. The interest towards Georgian wine is growing this year as well,” said Tamta Kvelaidze of the Agency.

The Real Wine Fair is an annual event. This was the fifth time Georgian wine companies participated at the prestigious fair. (

Murder committed 2 years ago solved

A crime committed in 2014 and surrounded with mystery has been declared as solved today. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports that the corpse of a young man found in a yard of one of the houses at Baratashvili Street in Kojori settlement belongs to Guram Kvezereli killed in 2014 in a refugee settlement close to Tbilisi Sea.

Kvezereli was killed, put in a barrel and then had his body mutilated by having acid poured onto it. Kvezereli’s mother was also murdered during the attack.

An unnamed suspect has been detained, while another remains wanted. (