Tsinandali Award:
Meet new generation of Georgian scientists, artists

The 2016 Tsinandali Award ceremony was hosted at the Fabrika venue in Tbilisi. Photo from Open-Mic Art/Jako FM.
Agenda.ge, 01 Nov 2016 - 15:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

A group of young Georgian individuals engaged in professions from theatre art to natural sciences went under the spotlight within an awards ceremony held in capital Tbilisi on Saturday.


The Zurab Zhvania Tsinandali Award for Young Scientists and Artists was staged for the second time after the prize established in 1998 under the auspices of Georgia's late prime minister and parliament chair Zurab Zhvania was restored in 2014.

The award was founded to reveal some of the brightest young Georgians working in art and science.

Artist Tezi Gabunia was awarded the 2016 Tsinandali Visual Arts Award. Photo from Tsinandali Award.

On October 29, an awards ceremony honoured winners of this year's prize after they were selected by a jury team of famous local artists, critics and public figures.

The jury included celebrated film director and Shota Rustaveli State Prize laureate Merab Kokochashvili, medical scientist Zaal Kokaia and art historian and curator Nino Tchoghoshvili.

Filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili received the 2016 Tsinandali Cinema Art Award for her work. Photo from Tsinandali Award.

Picked from a shortlist of 24 nominees, the 2016 winners of the prize were:

  • Natural Sciences Award: Levan Tielidze
  • Humanitarian Sciences Award: Giorgi Ugulava
  • Theatrical Art Award: Giorgi Chachanidze
  • Cinema Art Award: Dea Kulumbegashvili
  • Visual Arts Award: Tezi Gabunia
  • Music Award: Lizi Ramishvili
  • Literary Fiction Award for Poetry: Giorgi Arabuli
  • Literary Fiction Award for Prose: Tamar Subeliani

The ceremony was held at Fabrika, a former Soviet sewing factory now used by a community of artists for creative exhibitions, installations and events in the heart of Tbilisi's Old Town.

The 2016 Tsinandali Literary Fiction Award for Poetry went to writer Giorgi Arabuli. Photo from Tsinandali Award.

The awards occasion was prepared and staged by selected young artists in a bid to underline the focus of the Tsinandali Award on the young generation of creators.

The Tsinandali Award was discontinued shortly after its establishment in 1998 and was only restored in 2014 by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, with the first ceremony since its reinstatement held in 2015.

Now organised by the Zurab Zhvania Foundation, the prize is presented to laureates aged 18-30 in recognition for their "innovation" and "quality" in creative or research work.