Hello reader! We hope you remember us after being quiet for quite some time. We won’t make any excuses, but we all had rough years, and with travel restrictions and what’s going on all around the globe, we didn’t think it was suitable and applicable to produce articles. BUT we are back! 

And with this article, we want to update you on the most noteworthy events that have happened in Georgia for the past two years. And from now on, expect more great content from us as usual. 

Covid-19 is still a thing in Georgia

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Let’s start with the obvious. Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still unbeatable in Georgia, with numbers rising daily. We have a good number of vaccines, but we also have many anti-vaxxers who don’t believe in science, numbers, and that Covid exists in general. The government is trying to advocate and educate people, but let’s face it, they are not doing a great job. 

And from December 1st, the government implemented a rule that only vaccinated residents can enter specific venues (entertainment, restaurant, fitness center, etc.) after presenting their so-called Green Passport.

Politics is still a never-ending drama

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If you’ve been to Georgia or at least heard about it, politics here is always a never-ending drama against opposition and a ruling party. We won’t get into the details but just mention the two most important events.

In the past two years, we’ve had Parliamentary and Mayor elections. After two rounds for both elections, the Georgian Dream is still a ruling party, which, obviously, created another unpleasant political scene with more demonstrations. 

And to top it off, the third President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, sneaked into the country without the government knowing about it for four days. He was detained and put into prison after publishing a video from Batumi. After more than a month of hunger strike, he feels better and even attends his trials.

Georgia brings two Gold Medals from the Olympics

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On a positive note, the Summer Olympics held in 2021 instead of 2020, our local sportsmen put Georgia on the map again, bringing two Gold, five Silver, and one Bronze medal from various categories.  Judoist Lasha Bekauri and weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze were the subjects of many talks of the locals and the whole world, bringing pride in many Georgians.

Georgian movie selected as Georgia’s Oscars Bid

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Many things are happening in culture, but the most important is that Levan Koguashvili award-winning Brighton 4th was selected as Georgia’s contender for the next Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June 2021 and brought home three awards for the Best International Narrative Feature Film, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. 

Brand new Bolnisi Museum opened in 2020

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The Georgian National Museum network opened a new venue in the town of Bolnisi, showcasing regional natural and historical collections. It also pays tribute to the history of the 19th century German settlers from Swabia. And now, the museum will compete to win the 2022 European Museum of the Year Awards.

Merab Ninidze becomes the best actor 

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Georgian actor Merab Ninidze, who mainly works and lives in the USA, has been awarded the best actor at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2021 for his role in House Arrest

Ninidze plays a Russian Professor, David, who is falsely accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest after criticizing the administration of his city on social media.

His performance was described as ‘abrasive pleasure’ by a British film magazine Screen International. 

Besides Ninidze, Levad Tediashvili was also listed among the nominees for the same prize for the role in Levan Koguashvili’s Brighton 4th.

Demna Gvasalia strikes again

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The Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Georgia-born fashion designer Demna Gvasalia, the International Women’s Designer of the Year award.  Gvasalia, representing Balenciaga, came ahead of Simon Porte Jacquemus for Jacquemus and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino.

In addition to this award, Gvasalia appeared in The Simpsons TV show episode dedicated to the Paris Fashion Week in October. 

Short Film about Samegrelo Wins 2021 UNWTO Tourism Video Competition

The commercial video titled ‘The Grand Tour of Samegrelo’ won the first prize at this year’s video competition. 

This 3-minute commercial focuses on the history, culture, nature, and cuisine of the Samegrelo region, often overlooked by many travelers coming to Georgia.