Georgia marks the 100th anniversary since the creation First Republic of Georgia today.
The Government of Georgia has organized more than 100 events abroad to specially mark the date. More than 100 start-ups, Georgian and international organisations are involved in organising events.
The presidents of six countries: Armenia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia, as well as the president of the European Commission will attend festivities in Tbilisi.
Parliament Speakers of Estonia, Moldova and Ukraine, Foreign Minister of France, Vice-Prime Ministers of Belarus and Romania, Vice-parliament Speaker of the Czech Republic have also arrived in Georgia to celebrate the day.
Members of the Georgian diaspora, offspring of the leaders of the First Republic of Georgia have also come to their homeland to mark the Independence Day.
The First Democratic Republic of Georgia was established after the collapse of the Russian Empire. Photo: N.Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
They will gift the national cloth of the Georgian hero Kakutsa Cholokashvili to the National Museum of Georgia.
Festive and educative events have been planned in all Georgian regions. Special entertainment will be arranged for kids and people will be able to view the military equipment exhibited on the streets.
What’s up in Georgia and in its capital city of Tbilisi?
- Today, in the hall of Rustaveli Theatre in central Tbilisi, the outfit of General Giorgi Kvinitadze will be exhibited for the first time, as well as his writings and audio recordings.
- A special corner will be arranged on Rustaveli Avenue for the Solidarity Fund. All the money accumulated through the sale of goods will be spent for charity.
- The oath taking ceremony for recruits will be held at six locations in Georgia: Tbilisi, Shindisi, Vardzia, Kojori-Korogli castle, Batumi and Gelati monastery complex. The ceremony will be accompanied by the invited orchestra from Lithuania and famous Georgia opera singer Nino Machaidze. The orchestra will revive the anthem of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia-Glory. One of the units will be dressed in the military clothes used during the time of First Democratic Republic of Georgia.
- At 5:10pm, the Youth Palace next to the Metro Liberty, will host a theatrical performance based on real events about the creation of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia. The interior of the historic building will display the photo materials taken in 1919-1920.
- Gala concert will take place on the Rose Square at 9pm under the title-from Glory to Freedom. Specially for the day five Georgian composers will present their songs made in a different genre. All who wish can attend the concert.
- The Peace Bridge and the Tbilisi tower will light up in the colors of the Georgian flag at 8pm.
- The festive events will end up with mass fireworks.
- At the end of the day the Georgian PM will host local and foreign guests at a festive dinner.
Poeple all around the country, as well as Georgian guests, take parts in the festive events dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia annually. Photo: N.Alavidze/Agenda.ge.
- Part of the events dedicated to the festive event have already been held. The upcoming events are as follows:
- May 26 - an event dedicated to famous Georgian scientist, the founder of the United Europe idea, will be held at the Council of Europe.
- June 4 - Paris will host the concert of famous Georgian pianist Eliso Bolkvadze and the folk group Basiani at the headquarters of UNESCO.
- 17 October - UNESCO Peace Ambassador Eliso Bolkvadze will hold a concert in Bratislava .
- June 16 - The Leuville Estate will host events of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia. The first Georgian-France memorial centre will be arranged on the location.
The Democratic Republic of Georgia (DRG) existed from May 1918 to February 1921 and was the first modern establishment of a republic of Georgia.
The DRG was created after the collapse of the Russian Empire that began with the Russian Revolution of 1917.
Facing permanent internal and external problems, the young state was unable to withstand invasion by the Russian Red Army, and collapsed between February and March 1921 and became a Soviet republic.