8 February 2019     Festivals 

International Festival of Choirs and Orchestras will be held from 13rd till 17th of April 2019 in Batumi (Georgia) - the Pearl of the Black Sea. 

The event is not a competition. Within two days, two concerts will be held and a meeting of the conductors. Groups will have spare time to walk in the town, that sometimes is called the Las Vegas of the Black Sea because of numerous casinos, to explore the architectural and historical sights, to taste the local cuisine.

Local cuisine is distinguished by its diversity and cooking technology, table-laying and relevant rituals. It has always been complemented with fruit, viticulture and bee keeping products as well as local fish. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates).  A visit to Batumi is unimaginable without Ajarian khachapuri, a dish with a distinctive shape. The bread bowl resembles a boat, while an egg yolk inside represents the sun.

Places to visit: Batumi Boulevard, Old Batumi, Piazza Batumi, Alphabetic Tower, Astronomical Clock,  Argo Entertainment Center And Batumi Cable Car, Monument Ali and Nino, Europe Square, Piazza Square, Holy Mother Virgins Nativity Cathedral, Colonnades, Church of St. Nicholas, Chacha Tower, Ferris Wheel,  Batumi Seaport, Dolphinarium, Batumi Archeological Museum, Botanical Gardens (boasting one of the widest varieties of flora in the world, was established in 1912).

Georgia becomes more and more popular among tourists not because you can try delicious food there or visit ancient sightseeing but also for numerous entertainment options which are available there, such as Iconic clubs, pubs and bars, traditional wine cellars, delicious restaurants.

In Georgia all payments are realized in a national currency – Georgian Lari (GEL). 1 Lari  = 0,33 euro, so if you divide all prices by 3 you get euro prices. When you travel to Batumi there is no need to exchange money. There are ATMs everywhere around the cities. And also plastic cards are usable.  

For all European passport holders it is free to go to Georgia and there are no visa restrictions. You get a stamp at the airport and are free to go.  

Applications for participation in the festival can be submitted on the website of the European Association of Folklore Festivals - EAFF.