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Presentation of the first Georgian theater blog and Georgian theater electronic archive

By Mariam Chanishvili
Thursday, July 11
Georgian theatre possesses ancient past and centuries-old history. Free theatre of the independent state suffered a lot of ordeal in the 90s of the last century and healed these wounds even in the 21st century,” reads the blog by Lasha Chkhartishvili, a founder and chairman of the Modern Georgian Theatre research center.

On July 11, the presentation of the Georgian Theater Electronic Archive will take place at Akaki Khorava Actor’s House (Georgian Theatrical Society). is an electronic archive of Georgian Theatre. The website features critiques, reviews, discussion of art-related issues, information about festivals and theatre performances, etc.

The event also provides the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Georgian Theater Blog. About two million people have visited the blog throughout this timeframe.

Lasha Chkhartishvili, the author of the blog, noted that he writes as a spectator, viewer of the performance, not as a theatre historian, researcher.

“Georgian population is comprised of 3.5 million citizens. In such a small country, up to 50 state and private theatres are functioning, which are headed by the same amount of directors. Functional, active dramatists’ number is more than 10 persons,” reads Lasha’s blog.

Lasha Chkhartishvili is the author of six books and 450 reviews.

He was awarded The best teacher of the year in History of Arts (Georgian Ministry of Education), 2004; The most successful teacher of Arts History (Georgian pupils and youths’ palace award), 2004; The best student-theatre study of year (Student’s Films and Performances international festival “debut”), 2004; The best author of a theatre review of the year (The Union of Georgian Theatre), 2005; The best author of the theatre review of the year (The Union of Adjara Theatre), 2011; The best author of a theatre review of the year (The Union of Georgian Theatre), 2012.

He is a member of the International University Theatre Association (IUTA) and the International Association of Theatre Critics.