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Exhibition at residence of US Ambassador
Publish Time: 2016-02-27 12:55:00
An exhibition of works of photographers and painters was opened at the residence of Ian Kelly, US Ambassador to Georgia. The exhibition, which unites 13 works, reflects American modern art and is titled “Art at Embassy.” The exhibition is organized by US Department of State and will be opened until expiration of Kelly’s duty terms in Georgia. 
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Shooting of video clip for the song "Midnight Gold" starts
Publish Time: 2016-02-22 19:22:00
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz - Georgian participants of 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) start shooting video clip for the song "Midnight Gold". The song, which won the internal competition, was recorded at Red Bull Studio in Berlin, Germany.The video will be prepared by several directors and be aired by the First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster as well as by broadcasters of the participant countries. The 61st ESC will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Forty-three countries will participate in the musical competition. Georgia will perform in the second semi-final on May 12. Grand Final of ESC will take place on 14 May 2016.
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Italian writer Umberto Eco dies at 84
Publish Time: 2016-02-21 16:32:00
The Italian writer and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, has died aged 84, - BBc reported.According to a family member who asked not to be identified, he died late on Friday from cancer.The Name of the Rose was made into a film in 1986 starring Scottish actor Sean Connery.Eco, who also wrote the novel Foucault's Pendulum, continued to publish new works, with Numero Zero released last year.He also wrote children's books and literary criticism.Eco once wrote that "books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told"."I am a philosopher," he was quoted as saying. "I write novels only on the weekends."Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi led tributes to Eco."He was an extraordinary example of a European intellectual," Mr Renzi said."He embodied both the unique intelligence of the past and a tireless capacity for anticipating the future."Eco founded the communications department at the University of San Marino in the 1980s.
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Bachana Bregvadze to be buried at Mtatsminda Pantheon
Publish Time: 2016-02-18 13:12:00
Bachana Bregvadze, Georgian writer and translator will be buried at Mtatsminda Pantheon of Prominent Public Figures today. The public funeral is being at Sioni Cathedral. Bregvadze died on February 14 at the age of 80.
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Georgian entry song for ESC 2016 to be recorded in Germany
Publish Time: 2016-02-16 17:32:00
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will present Georgia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) with the entry song, "Midnight Gold". The song, which won the internal competition, will be recorded at Red Bull Studio in Berlin, Germany. Georgian musicians have already left for Germany. The entry song was revealed through combined 50/50 results of the international jury and SMS in Communicator Program of First Channel on February 15. TV Viewers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite song out of 5 ones during 11 days through SMS and internet. The 61st ESC will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. Forty-three countries will participate in the musical competition. Georgia will perform in the second semi-final on May 12. Grand Final of ESC will take place on 14 May 2016.
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Five Songs Presented During the Communicator Show on GPB's First Channel
Publish Time: 2016-02-04 12:12:00
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will represent Georgia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. In an open competition, songwriters have sent in their songs. The five songs chosen by an expert commission out of more than 100 entries have been presented during the Communicator show on GPB's First Channel for the first time yesterday:Sugar And Milk - written by Gia Iashvili (95302, 2409501)Midnight Gold - written by Kote Kalandadze (93303, 2409502)Right or Wrong - written by Sandro Sulakvelidze (95304,2409503)Pain In My Heart - written by Giorgi Sikharulidze (95309, 409505)Weagree - written by Nika Kocharov and Vazha Marri (95306,2409504) Now the voting window for the TV public to decide the entry for Stockholm has opened. TV viewers can vote for their favourite song untill February 15th. The video clips of all the songs are available online.At the same time, an international expert jury is also evaluating the songs. In the end, the combined 50/50 vote will decide with which song Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will represent Georgia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. The result of the voting will be announced in the Communicator show on February 15th.
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Presentation of Selected Five Songs to be Held in “Communicator” Tonight
Publish Time: 2016-02-03 18:08:00
Presentation of the selected five songs will be held in “Communicator”, programm of First Channel of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) tonight. Earlier, GPB has announced the contest to select the Georgian entry song for 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. More than 100 applications have been received. The best five songs were selected out of received applications, by production team of Eurovision. From February 4 to February 15 the audience will be able to vote for their favorite song. Finally, the winner song will be revealed by a 50/50 combination of the votes of the viewing audience and the international expert jury. The winner song will be revealed in “Communicator” on February 15. Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will present Georgia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm. The Semi-Finals will be held on 10 and 12 May, the Grand Final on 14 May 2016. 
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Preparation for 2016 Eurovision continues – the best five songs were selected
Publish Time: 2016-02-01 20:57:00
Preparation for 2016 Eurovision continues – the first phase of the contest for revealing the Georgian entry song has ended. More than 100 applications have been received. The best five songs were selected out of received applications by production team. Presentation of the selected five songs will be held in “Communicator” programm of First Channel of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) on February 3. Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will present Georgia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm. The Semi-Finals will be held on 10 and 12 May, the Grand Final on 14 May 2016.
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Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater solemnly opened
Publish Time: 2016-01-31 12:43:00
After 6-year-pause, Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater has been solemnly opened yesterday. Premiere of opera “Abesalom and Eteri” by Georgian composer Zakaria Paliashvili was held on stage.  Gizo Jordania directed the opera. Gogi-Aleksi Meskhishvili worked on scene decorations. Choreography belongs to Iliko Sukhishvili. Worldwide famous Georgian opera singers Tamar Iveri and Lado Ataneli acted in leading parts.  
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Solemn opening of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater
Publish Time: 2016-01-30 20:19:00
After 6-year-pause, Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater has been solemnly opened this evening. Premiere of opera “Abesalom and Eteri” by Georgian composer Zakaria Paliashvili will be held on stage. Gizo Jordania directed the opera. Gogi-Aleksi Meskhishvili worked on scene decorations. Choreography belongs to Iliko Sukhishvili. Worldwide famous Georgian opera singers Tamar Iveri and Lado Ataneli will act in leading parts.  A photo exhibition will be held which reflects history of the building. The Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater was rehabilitated with financial support of Kartu Foundation. Reconstruction works began in 2009 and cost USD 40 million.
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Solemn opening of Opera and Ballet Theater
Publish Time: 2016-01-30 13:08:00
After 6-year-pause, Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater will solemnly open this evening. Premiere of opera “Abesalom and Eteri” by Zakaria Paliashvili will be held. Gizo Jordania directed the opera. Gogi-Aleksi Meskhishvili worked on scene decorations. Choreography belongs to Iliko Sukhishvili. Worldwide famous Georgian opera singers Tamar Iveri and Lado Ataneli will act in leading parts.  A photo exhibition will be held which reflects history of the building. The Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater was rehabilitation with financial support of Kartu Foundation and cost USD 40 million.
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Presentation of Selected Five Songs to be Held in “Communicator” on February 3
Publish Time: 2016-01-29 15:36:00
Presentation of the selected five songs will be held in “Communicator”, programm of First Channel of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) on February 3. Earlier, GPB has announced the contest  to select the Georgian entry song for 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. More than 100 applications have been received. The best five songs were selected out of received applications, by production team of Eurovision. The shooting of video clips for the songs will take place in the pavilion of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), on January 31.From February 4  to February 15 the audience will be able to vote for their favorite song. The winner song will be revealed by a 50/50 combination of the votes of the viewing audience and the international expert jury.Finally, the winner song will be revealed in “Communicator” on February 15.Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz  will present Georgia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Stockholm. The Semi-Finals will be held on 10 and 12 May, the Grand Final on 14 May 2016.
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Legendary curtain returns to Opera and Ballet Theater
Publish Time: 2016-01-27 19:41:00
The famous curtain of Sergo Kobuladze, burnt in 1973 during the fire has been restored and returned to the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater after 43-year pause.A premiere of the film directed by Giorgi Kalandia was held at National Museum within the framework of the Opera Week. The film is about the story of the legendary curtain. 
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Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz to Perform in the Second Semi-Final of 2016 ESC
Publish Time: 2016-01-25 15:57:00
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz - Georgian participants of 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) will take part in the Second Semi-Final of the contest, to be held on May 12.The Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place in Stockholm. The results are as follows:Semi-Final OneFirst halfArmeniaFinlandGreeceCroatiaMoldovaNetherlandsRussiaSan MarinoHungarySecond halfAzerbaijanBosnia and HerzegovinaCyprusEstoniaIcelandMaltaMontenegroCzech RepublicAustriaSemi-Final TwoFirst halfAustraliaIrelandIsraelLatviaLithuania
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Opera and Ballet Theater to open
Update Time: 2016-01-23 20:27:00
After 6-year-pause Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater will open on January 30 traditionally with the legendary opera “Abesalom and Eteri” by Zakaria Paliashvili. The premiere opera will be staged 4 times. The ballet of Vakhtang Chabukiani “Gorda” will be on stage on February 12. Unique collection of Opera and Ballet costumes will be also at display during the opera week. 
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Scandal around Georgian song “Yvavilebis Qveyana”
Publish Time: 2016-01-20 17:16:00
Scandal once again has been mounted around the Georgian song “Yvavilebis Qveyana” (Country of Flowers). The song and a video-clip “Haystan” by Armenian singer Serob Arjemyan has been recently released in the internet. The text is written on tunes of the famous Georgian song and reportedly, the song had to be presented at Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). The Georgian representation of Eurovision does not confirm the information and says that Iveta Mukuchyan will present Armenia at 2016 ESC with the song specially written for the competition. 
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Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over all-white acting nominees
Update Time: 2016-01-19 21:00:00
Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars' second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year's ceremony.In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said he "cannot support" the "lily white" Oscars. Noting that he was writing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lee — who in November was given an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards — said he was fed up: "Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all," he wrote. "We can't act?!"In a video message on Facebook, Pinkett Smith also said she wouldn't attend or watch the Oscars in February. Pinkett Smith, whose husband Will Smith wasn't nominated for his performance in the film about NFL head-trauma, "Concussion," said it was time for people of color to disregard the Academy Awards. "Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity and diminishes power," she said. "And we are a dignified people and we are powerful."She added: "Let's let the academy do them, with all grace and love. And let's do us differently." The video had amassed 4.5 million views by mid-Monday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.Last year's all-white acting nominees also drew calls for a boycott, though not from such prominent individuals as Lee and Pinkett Smith. Whether it had any impact or not, the audience for the broadcast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, was down 16 percent from the year prior, a six-year low.This year, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has made a point of presenting a more inclusive show. The Feb. 28 broadcast will be hosted by Chris Rock and produced by "Django Unchained" producer Reginald Hudlin and David Hill. On Saturday, Rock, unveiling a new promotion for the broadcast, called the ceremony "The White BET Awards."The academy didn't respond to messages left Monday. When Oscar nominations were announced Thursday, Isaacs acknowledged she was "disappointed" that all 20 acting nominees were again white. Isaacs has worked to diversify membership for the academy, which a 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times found is overwhelmingly white and male.Many awards handicappers expected nominations for Idris Elba of "Beasts of No Nation" and Benicio Del Toro for "Sicario." The N.W
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Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69
Update Time: 2016-01-14 20:35:00
Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.He became one of Britain's best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.He also won a Bafta for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.A family statement said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."Other film credits included 1995's Sense and Sensibility and Michael Collins the following year, both of which earned him Bafta nominations.Source: BBC
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Two people to be questioned at Investigation Service into Van Dyke smuggled painting
Update Time: 2016-01-12 13:11:00
Zahir Huseinov and Malkhaz Makharadze will be questioned today at Investigation Service of Georgian Finance Ministry into case of smuggled Van Dyke painting. The Investigation Service says that it will react accordingly if signs of criminal activities are found around the case. Eka Abashidze, a presumable owner of the painting also had to be questioned for the second time today but her questioning has been postponed. Abashidze will present the documentation about confirmation for ownership of the painting within 5-days term. Zahr Huseinov and Malkhaz Makharadze received permission for exporting the paining. The document describes the paining as the work of an unknown European artist and it is dated back to the 19-20th centuries. The permission is signed by three experts.
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David Bowie dies at 69
Update Time: 2016-01-11 20:49:00
Singer David Bowie has died at the age of 69 from cancer, - BBC reported.His son, film director Duncan Jones, confirmed the news and a statement was issued on his social media accounts."David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer," it said."While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."Bowie's hits include Let's Dance, Space Oddity, Starman, Modern Love, Heroes, Under Pressure, Rebel, Rebel and Life on Mars.He was also well known for creating his flamboyant alter ego Ziggy Stardust.The singer only released his latest album Blackstar on his birthday on Friday. The album, which includes just seven songs, has been well received by critics. Tributes have been paid to Bowie from across the world of entertainment.
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