On the day of 31th of March, we had a chance to change the scenery a little. The whole team visited Tbilisi for a guest lecture about two Georgian social initiatives, followed by city exploration and the highlight of the day – so called Supra, traditional Georgian dinner.
The first part took place in a vegan cafe Kiwi, where all the supporters of the animal rights, environmental protection, and any other social movements can share ideas. For more information, you can visit their facebook profile – Kiwi-Cafe Tbilisi.
Our first guest was Elene, who represented Iare Pekhit movement. They are focusing on the pedestrian rights, mainly lack of public space and road safety issues. Their current action „Iare Pekhit“ tries to attract the attention of the citizens, who unfortunately are not engaged in creating the safe surroundings for themselves. They are organizing open events, flashmobs, and also they use social media to broaden their range #SOSTbilisi . In cooperation with other organizations, they are working on Project PaNOrama Tbilisi in order to make Tbilisi a better place to live in.
The second presentation was about OC Media – Open Caucasus Media, conducted by one of its co-founder Dominik. They have correspondents in all the Caucasian countries, introducing the issues of the local communities, such as job market, women rights, and ethnic minorities struggles. The news is shown in an alternative way to what is usually published in the public media, in, as Dominik said, „no sensational way“.
Next, we had a free time to explore the capital city, topped off with Georgian Supra.
We had a chance to try the traditional cuisine, listen to their music and admire the national dances. Supra was conducted by the Tamada – ceremony master, who was taking care of raising all the toasts through the entire evening.
It was a long day, but we were really glad that we had a chance to get to know Georgian social movements, the city of Tbilisi and unique national traditions.