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A press conference dedicated to the festival - "Night Serenades" was held at the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. Nana Dolidze, Head of the Culture Department of the Ministry, spoke about the concerts and interesting news planned within the framework of the festival. Maka Nasrashvili, Deputy Head of the Culture, Education, Sport and Youth Service of Tbilisi City Hall, Nina Tsagareli, Director of the Festival and Vakhtang Machavariani, Chief Conductor of the Festival also spoke during the press conference.
The 12th Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival – “Night Serenades" will be held in a different format this year, considering the regulations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival will traditionally open in Batumi on August 27, on the big stage of the Ilia Chavchavadze Professional State Drama Theater of Batumi. The concert evening is dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the famous Georgian composer and teacher - Sulkhan Tsintsadze. Laureate of national and international competitions Tamar Licheli (piano) will take part in the concert together with Gia Kancheli String Quartet.
Concerts will be held on September 2 through September 4 in Tbilisi, within which, the orchestra “Georgian Virtuosos” created by Liana Isakadze will perform.
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 be held:
1. Concert of Sandro Nebieridze - specially for the 12th Batumi-Tbilisi Festival "Night Serenades", the work created by the order of the artistic director of the festival Giorgi Isakadze - "Concerto for Piano N2 and String Orchestra".
2. Giorgi Shaverzashvili's "Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra N4", which was created by the author by the order of the festival's chief conductor Vakhtang Machavariani and dedicated to his daughter.
3. Jimsher Chkhaidze's work "Sentiments" for chamber orchestra and harp, whose international premiere took place in Germany in 2011.
The festival celebrates the 95th anniversary of the famous Georgian composer and teacher, Sulkhan Tsintsadze and the 250th anniversary of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
The international festival "Night Serenades" was established in 1982 in Abkhazia by the initiative of the famous Georgian violinist and conductor, Liana Isakadze. Due to the tragic events of 1991, the festival ceased to exist and only 18 years later, in 2009, in the beautiful Black Sea city of Batumi, it became possible to restore it. The founder of the festival: Liana Isakadze, the artistic director: Giorgi Isakadze. The main conductor of the festival: Maestro Vakhtang Machavariani, the director of the festival: Nina Tsagareli.
Supporters of the XII Batumi-Tbilisi International Festival "Night Serenades" are: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Batumi City Hall, Tbilisi City Hall, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport 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". Partners: German Embassy, Batumi Ilia Chavchavadze Drama Theater; LTD. "PSP"; Wine Company "Georgian Unique Wine"; LTD. "Sarajishvili"; Perfume store chain "Lutecia", "Aromateka". Media supporters of the project: Adjara Television; First Channel of Georgia; TV Imedi; TV First; Artarea; News Agency "Pia.ge"; News.GE; News Agency "Prime-Time"; News Agency "GHN", Internet Media Group - "ITV", "droni.ge" and "presa.ge", English-language newspaper "Georgia Today"; English-language daily "Messenger"; Georgian Press; Video portal "Myvideo.ge"; Magazine "Mirror"; Newspaper "Adjara"; Radio "Fortuna" and the portal fortuna.ge.