Category: Georgian culture, fashion and sport.

KUMAGAYA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29: Georgian players stand for the national anthem during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Georgia and Uruguay at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)

SPORT

If the history of Georgian rugby players in Britain has only recently begun in earnest, then the story of British players in Georgia goes back much further. There are even theories that the origins of Georgian rugby come not from the Frenchman Haspekian, but as an accidental export from the British Isles. One story goes that when a British cargo ship stopped in Batumi in the 1890s, some men working in the port invited them for a game of Lelo burti, where the Brits taught the Georgians some of their rugby skills. There are other rumours of games of rugby played between British and Georgian dockers in Poti in the 1920s.

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Georgian ceramics

ACCESSORIES

It’s well documented that Georgia has ancient roots, the first humans – Homo Erectus Georgicus, that is – that were found here date back 1.8 million years. The history of Georgian ceramics starts early on too, in the Neolithic period. It seems Georgians at this time had already mastered relief-making on top of ceramics: A clay wine vessel – considered to be the oldest wine vessel in the world – found in the region of Kvemo Kartli, has details of grapevine canes, signalling that winemaking had become or was becoming a big part of the local culture.

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George Balanchini-Georgian dancer

GEORGIANS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE WESTERN WORLD

Born in 1904, into a highly music-oriented family of a renowned composer as a father, and a mother who excelled at playing the piano, George Balanchine (né Giorgi Balanchivadze) first tried his luck with the piano at the age of five. When he was nine, he was already taking ballet classes and by the time he was fourteen, he had fallen in love so much with the exquisite dance that he refused to move back to Georgia, like the rest of the Balanchivadzes did, finding it harder to part with ballet than his family. He would only see his younger brother, Andrea, 45 years later, when he returned to the USSR with the New York City Ballet troupe.

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CULTURE

Every language is wrought by the history of the people, their land, their labour, their character, customs, mentality, faiths and attitudes. Languages are a testament to the things that matter to its native speakers. The incessant state of war in the country is reflected in Georgian greetings. There is no ‘hello’, ‘good morning’ or ‘good night’ here, instead it’s ‘victory to you’ or ‘morning of peace’ and ‘night of peace’.

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GEORGIAN FASHION

Starting from the late 1950s and continuing to this very day, Georgia has demonstrated a surprisingly diverse and upbeat fashion sense. Tbilisi boasts being a fashion(able) city all throughout modern, post-WWII history. The veteran generation was good at dress-making, with almost every household owning a sewing machine and making their own clothes.

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Dinamo Tbilisi

A GEORGIAN TRIUMPH ON BRITISH SOIL

40th Anniversary of Dinamo Tbilisi’s Iconic Defeat Against West Ham

1981 proved to be a memorable year for Georgian (Important to note: Georgian and not Soviet, for reasons that will be clarified below) football – on 13th of May in Dusseldorf, Germany, Dinamo Tbilisi, the most successful Georgian club, won its most important major trophy – The now abolished UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. But it was another victory, claimed on 4th March in London, that we’ll be talking about here – against West Ham, one of the oldest, most well-known English clubs.

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salomea

GEORGIANS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE WESTERN WORLD

What does a muse of Russian artists, a philanthropist supporting poets in Paris, a cookbook author in post-war London, a prominent socialite in St. Petersburg, a fashion editor of a premier French magazine, a British diplomat’s wife in the USA, and a Georgian aristocrat have in common? They all come in the form of one incredible woman – Salome Andronikashvili, a Georgian princess, whose life is an inspirational example of resilience, grace, gumption and true grit.

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