Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze has announced that the city’s annual festival, Tbilisoba, will be held this year on October 6-7.

Moving forward, Kaladze said, Tbilisoba will be consistently held the first weekend of October.

Tourism agencies have been asking for the date of the two-day festival in advance, and setting a regular date will help tourists plan their visit to the capital.

Tbilisoba involves the closing of several major streets, including Rustaveli Ave., that are lined with vendors offering food, wine, and crafts. 

The Mayor also noted the other cultural events and festivals that will be in the capital this autumn, including the Tbilisi International Theater Festival and Autumn Tbilisi. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Tbilisi International Theater Festival, and will feature special guests, including legendary ballet dancer Mikheil Barishnikov.

“We have a special gift for Tbilisi residents, its guests and visitors,” said Kaladze, introducing the project “Under the Sky of Tbilisi.” On September 16, at 21:00, Katie Melua will sing with her band on Europe Square. Kaladze continued, “Katie is very fond of Georgia, she is very popular all over the world and her arrival will be very appealing to everyone. On September 21st, British band Tiger Lily will visit us.”

By Samantha Guthrie

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