People+Stories

We’re always looking for interesting Tbilisians, people from all walks of life who have inspiring stories to tell. We would love to tell your story and share it with our community.

If you have an interesting profession or a story to talk about or know someone who does, please contact us. Thank You!

Filmmaker Anuna Bukia

Filmmaker Anuna Bukia

By Liza Tsitsishvili I’m going to introduce to you about a young woman, Georgian film director Anuna Bukia, who had to leave her home with her parents in the 90s, during the conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia. She has been living in Tbilisi, far away from her home,...

Assa Novikova

Assa Novikova

Five Questions For Expats  By Stan Gaivoronsky   Assa, where did you come from and why? I moved here from Moscow because I fell in love with a Georgian guy named Gabriel. I’ve been visiting Tbilisi very frequently since last year and dreamed of making it my home...

Tam OOnz

Tam OOnz

One of my favorite things to do is to get lost in any city and find street art, somewhere off the beaten path. While wandering in Tbilisi, I realized that I am specifically drawn to the works of TAm OOnz. I had no idea who she was. But I sensed that it was a female...

Ezo – The Tbilisian Courtyard

Ezo – The Tbilisian Courtyard

By Salome Berdzenishvili The Walls Have Ears “Shh! Shh! No one should hear us!” – a phrase from the film “Keto and Kote” (comic Opera by Victor Dolidze; premiered in Tbilisi in 1919) This is not a story about walls, nor ears. This is a story about an old Tbilisian...

Mako Lomadze

Mako Lomadze

By Ana Mikatadze I met with Mako Lomadze in her studio for our conversation. Her paintings were laying in every corner, and the atmosphere was quite appropriate for the place – filled with positive, creative energy. Having an interview in such a lovely space while...

Tato Rusia

Tato Rusia

By Ana Mikatadze   The influence of modern times is probably most noticeable in the Georgian music industry. Apart from the development of the electronic music scene, a lot of bands we don’t get tired of listening to started to pop up. So, we decided to approach...

Interview With Eka Mazmishvili

Interview With Eka Mazmishvili

By Liza Tsitsishvili I had the greatest pleasure to sit down for an interview with the director of the Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre and Kote Marjanishvili Theatre Eka Mazmishvili. Eka graduated from the faculty of History and Theory of Art at Ivane...

Interview With Luka Metreveli (L8)

Interview With Luka Metreveli (L8)

By Ana Mikatadze   I first met Luka at the 4GB music festival. Back then I didn’t know his name or the fact that he was a DJ. We both practically lived there and would warmly greet each other. The same would happen at the Open Air festival and at Mzesumzira fest...

The Pantomimist – Amiran Shalikashvili Junior

The Pantomimist – Amiran Shalikashvili Junior

By Ana Mikatadze   The story of Amiran Shalikashvili’s Pantomime Theater turned out to be far more interesting than I had anticipated. It was also unexpectedly sad. We talked about a lot of things: pantomime as a way of life, the state of the current theatre and...

Tea Purtseladze

Tea Purtseladze

Tea Purtseladze opened the opera Oscar nomination with legendary singer Andrea Bocelli in Venice on October 1st. We reached out to Tea to congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment and chat with her about her career and future plans. First of all, please,...

Who is Sofia Melnikova?

Who is Sofia Melnikova?

By Stan Gaivoronsky   Who is Sofia Melnikova? Firstly, she was an actress and a muse, secondly, it is a Fantastic Douqan. Everyone knows the story of Niko Pirosmani and actress Margarita. But that’s a different story. On November 12th, 1917, the Poets Club, the...

Lasha Devdariani

Lasha Devdariani

By Ana Mikatadze  It wasn’t hard to find Lasha’s house. Number 29 was the only one on his street covered with beautiful flowers. So, we weren’t surprised to find ourselves inside an interesting mix of a small botanical garden and a workshop when we walked in. Tell us...

Gia Gugushvili’s Fantastical World

Gia Gugushvili’s Fantastical World

By Liza Tsitsishvili   Extraordinarily prolific, Gia Gugushvili creates countless oil paintings in his studio, mostly on cardboard. His work generally consists of figurative compositions that demonstrate a distinctive artistic style defined by squiggly...

Tbilisi through the eyes of Tinatin Bregvadze

Tbilisi through the eyes of Tinatin Bregvadze

By Liza Tsitsishvili Hi, Tinatin! Can you tell us about yourself? Tinatin: I’m Tinatin Bregvadze, born on August 6, 1980 (probably that is why winter is so hard on me). I have a Master’s Degree in Geography and Governance and in the last ten years, I’ve been occupied...

Photographs that speak volumes

Photographs that speak volumes

By Ana Mikatadze Stories told without a single word provoke a special kind of emotion within us as if individual interpretations caused by our personal experiences are freed from all boundaries. It’s hard to capture emotion everyone can feel on a simple, brown film,...

Aison Ower

Aison Ower

Five Questions For Expats By Stan Gaivoronsky Aison, where did you live before moving to Tbilisi and what brought you here? I lived in Moscow for three and a half years and then moved to Tbilisi. What was the reason? I don’t even know, it happened by chance (I never...

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