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Festival River’s Magic Garden Holds on September 1-7

The „River’s Magic Garden“ festival aims to transform about half a hectare meadow on the right embankment of the river Mtkvari, where Vere River and Mtkvari meet, into public space.

Not yet being accordingly apprehended by the city, the naturally grown garden represents an alternative reality by the riverside embedded with concrete walls. This riverbank closest to the city center provides a unique gateway to the river Mtkvari.

The venue, chosen for the festival, will host local and international cultural events on one side and will also provide the invisible and mysterious place as a potential social space to the visitors.

The Mtkvari River as a unique and ecologically protected area will be cleaned up and during the festival will become a venue for the workshops, exhibition, contemporary music, book presentations, installations and etc.

Festival space will be open every day, from 17:00.

Official Program will start from 18:00 until 23:00.

An eponymous exhibition of young Georgian and international artists will take place here. Their works will address the challenges of environment and nature protection, urban development and alternative approaches within the city.
The exhibition concept implies the attempt of an artistic reaction to the prevalent settings in urban spaces, particular places, and current societal discourses.

Participants in the Exhibition are as follows:
Nino Chubinishvili /AKA Chubika
Temur Bakuradze
Mamuka Samkharadze
Gvantsa Jishkariani
Giorgi Geladze
Giorgi Mozgovoi
Giorgi Tsagareli
Nika Kutateladze
Ninutsa Shatberashvili
Sandro Sulaberidze
Keti Siamashvili
Nodar Khachiauri
Ilia Makharadze

The exhibition is funded by Creative Georgia.

The central meeting point of the festival will be the Space of Knowledge, where workshops, presentations, and everyday audio performances will take place.
Audio Performances - every evening / from 21:00
Participants are as follows:
1 September – Levan Shanidze
2 September - Community Radio Tbilisi
3 September – Jorjick
4 September – Scott McCulloch
5 September – Tamo Nasidze
6 September – Berika
7 September – Radio Antenna

Workshops (on Georgian language):
2 September – 19:00 Wato Tsereteli / Art and Innovation Hub
3 September – 19:00 Irakli Lomouri / Creative Futurology
4 September - 19:00 Zura Tsofurashvili, Juba Peikrishvili / Parallel Class
5 September – 19:00 Gia Razmadze / Regenerative Agriculture
6 September – 19:00 Ramaz Kiknadze / - Vernacular Building Traditions-Research and Adaptation Platform
7 September – 19:00 Aleksi Soselia / Georgian Video Art Archive

Book Presentations (on Georgian language):
2 September – 20:00 Alagt Hambavi / Tetritskaro Youth Center
5 September – 20:00 The Way / Gia Razmadze, Irakli Lomouri
6 September - 20:00 Nicholas Bourriaud book Relational Aesthetics/ Koka Vashakidze

Admission is free of charge.

The partners of the Festival are Tbilisi City Hall and Creative Georgia.

Please take into consideration that the location is accessible on foot, starting in Deda Ena Park.
There are no car parking facilities – only for motor scooter or bicycles.