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30 years of diplomatic relations

Three Muses and the Diversity of Georgia

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the initiation of German-Georgian diplomatic relations, a cultural agreement between the two countries was signed during a ministerial meeting held at the Berlin Foreign Office on September 13. The role of Germany during the past three decades has been of great importance for the formation of Georgian civil society and for cultural as well as scientific exchange. One can think of numerous scientists, authors, artists, sportsmen, politicians, diplomats and thinkers who, after studying in Germany, contributed to the development of the country and laid important milestones in German-Georgian relations.

In this context, three Georgian Europeans working in Germany will present a diverse program. Nino Haratischwili will read from her novel “The Lack of Light,” which traces the friendship of four women against the backdrop of Georgia’s recent history, and Lisa Batiashvili on violin and Dudana Mazmanishvili on piano will enchant the audience with a repertoire ranging from Georgian compositions to classics by Bach and Brahms to film scores. Immerse yourself in another world!


© Dina Oganova

Nino Haratischwili, born in 1983 in Tbilisi, Georgia, is an award-winning playwright, director and novelist. Her great family epic “The Eighth Life (For Brilka)” was translated into 25 languages and became a worldwide bestseller; a major international film adaptation is in preparation. Her work has won many awards, including the Anna Seghers Literature Prize, the Bertolt Brecht Prize and the Schiller Memorial Prize, and her novels “The Cat” and “The General” were shortlisted for the 2019 German Book Prize. Her new novel “The Lack of Light” was sold in 15 countries prior to its publication. The author lives in Berlin.

© André Josselin

The multi-award-winning Georgian-German violinist Lisa Batiashvili has established close and enduring relationships with some of the world’s finest orchestras, conductors and soloists. Batiashvili is artistic director of the Audi Summer Concerts in Ingolstadt. For the 2020 festival, she designed a program to celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary as well as the 2020 Beethoven Year under the motto ‘Lights of Europe.’ Batiashvili regularly appears on stage with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon, Lisa Batiashvili released the album “City Lights” in June 2020.

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Dudana Mazmanishvili, born in Tbilisi, received her first piano lessons from her mother at the age of three. Her extraordinary virtuosity, which never becomes an end in itself but always puts itself at the service of the music, has been honored at numerous piano competitions, including the Busoni Competition in Bolzano, the Washington International Piano Competition, and the Nicolai Rubinstein Competition Paris. Dudana Mazmanishvili performs mainly in Europe and America. At the invitation of Daniel Barenboim, she played a recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival, which was  broadcast by Deutschlandfunk. Her two CD releases have been singled out by the press with outstanding recommendations. In addition to her concert activities, she is a diplomat, member of the European Parliament of Culture and founder of the international Tbilisi Piano Fest.