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12th International Festival "Night Serenades"

By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, August 10
On August 7th, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia hosted a press conference on the XII Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival, Night Serenades.

The press conference was chaired by Nana Dolidze, Head of the Culture Department of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia, Maka Nasrashvili, Head of the Culture, Education, Sports and Youth Service of Tbilisi City Hall, Nina Tsagareli, Director of the Festival and Vakhtang Matchavariani, Principal Conductor of the Festival.

“I am glad that the Night Serenades will take place regardless of the pandemic. Through close cooperation with the governmental structures and our effort, we managed to organize the traditional festival. We will be offering the diverse program: the greatest classical masterpieces, young performers, ‘Georgian Virtuosos,/ a chamber orchestra founded by Ms. Liana Issakadze, maestro Vakhtang Matchavariani and premiers of the new pieces,” said Nina Tsagareli.

Due to the pandemic regulations, the twelfth Batumi-Tbilisi festival Night Serenades will be held in a different format this year. The concert in Batumi will be broadcast live on Adjara Public Broadcaster and Tbilisi concerts via livestream.

Masterpieces of classical music will be performed at the concert evenings, as well as the premiere of works by contemporary Georgian composers.

The opening of the festival will take place in Batumi on August 27th. Concert evenings will be held in Tbilisi on September 2nd and 4th.

It should be noted that within the framework of this year's festival, the premiere performance of a classic work created by 3 Georgian composers will take place:

Concert by Sandro Nebieridze – created for the Twelfth Batumi-Tbilisi Festival “Night Serenades,” Giorgi Shaverzashvili "Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra N4", Jimsher Chkhaidze's work "Sentiments" for chamber orchestra and harp, which had its international premiere in Germany in 2011, and the Georgian premiere of the work will be held at this year's festival.

Supporters of the Batumi-Tbilisi XII International Festival "Night Serenades" include: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia, Batumi City Hall; Tbilisi City Hall; Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara.

The event is organized by the company "Art Alliance". The official insurer of the festival is the company "Ardi."

“I am happy that we are participating in this great event. I am also very grateful to my colleagues: Liana Isakadze, Nina Tsagareli and the whole team that we are actively working despite this unbearable pandemic. The content of the festival has always been innovative, just like this year,” said Vakhtang Matchavariani.

The International Festival “Night Serenades” was founded in 1982 in Abkhazia with the initiative of a famous Georgian violinist and conductor - Liana Isakadze. Unfortunately, the festival was ceased in 1991 and only after 18 years, in 2009, it was renewed in Batumi.