Georgian clubbers call off protest after interior minister promises investigation of police brutality

by | May 14, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi youth outraged by police raids of two night clubs called off their two day long protest Sunday night after the interior minister publicly apologized for police brutality and promised an investigation.


GEM Fest 2018 thrown into doubt after application for permit rejected

by | April 4, 2018

TBILISI, DFWatch--GEM Fest may be canceled this year, after an agency of the Georgian government denied the festival a permit to rent a land plot. The fate of the annual electronic music festival, which is popular among youth in Georgia and neighboring countries, was thrown into doubt because the The National Agency of State Property (NASP)


Georgia moves toward legalizing marijuana with Constitutional Court ruling

by | November 30, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a law requiring a doctor's prescription to use marijuana, scoring another victory for campaigners who want the soft drug fully decriminalized. An individual's right "to choose the desired kind of the relaxation [...] including marijuana,


22-year-old woman dies from suspected drug use at music festival

by | August 6, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Police in Georgia have brought in stricter anti-drug measures at a youth festival after a 22 year old woman tragically died. The female bank employee became ill Friday after allegedly ingesting the drug ‘bio’. She was rushed to hospital but died 8 hours later.


Rappers whose arrest sparked review of drug policy released on bail

by | June 13, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Appeals Court in Georgia released on bail two rappers whose controversial arrest on drug charges may have hastened a review of the drug policy. The court released the two on bail Monday after their arrest June 10 for possession of between 1.5 and 2.3 grams


PM responds to groundswell of support for Georgia’s jailed rappers

by | June 11, 2017

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia's prime minister promised to soften the country's drug policy Saturday evening as a large crowd gathered in the capital Tbilisi in support of two detained rappers who claim drugs were planted on them by police as revenge for a music video.


Constitutional Court decides prison is too harsh punishment for marijuana use

by | December 26, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Constitutional Court has struck down a law which sent many young people to prison for using marijuana. Being charged with possession and consumption of marijuana will no longer land you in jail in Georgia, after the Constitutional Court


Protest for drug liberalization leads to detentions in Tbilisi

by | December 12, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--A protest against Georgia’s strict drug policy led to clashes with police and two people being detained in Tbilisi on Saturday.  Protesters gathered in front of the parliament building on Rustaveli Ave in Tbilisi to demand a softer drug policy.


TSU students begin new sit-in, demand election cancelled

by | November 27, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Student at Tbilisi’s largest university began another round of protest this week, breaking into building number 6 of TSU and refusing to leave until there are reforms of the education system. Using the same name as the ad hoc group during a wave of protests


Georgia’s Constitutional Court strikes down tough marijuana law

by | October 2, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a law that has landed many young people in jail for years for using marijuana. The court abolished part of article 273 of the Criminal code, which mandated jail sentence for anyone caught


TSU students threaten to resume protest after rector’s election

by | September 25, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at Tbilisi State University threaten to resume their sit-ins and blockades after a former deputy education minister Friday became new rector in what they claim was rigged a election. Gia Sharvashidze was backed by 21 members of TSU’s academic council.


Protesters blame Georgia’s drug policy for young man’s suicide

by | August 21, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Activists clashed with police in a town in western Georgia on Saturday. The protesters blame the government’s drug policy for driving a 22-year-old man to take his own life. Protesters gathered in front of the Samtredia

Minorities, Youth

New cafe offers youth a place to meet in Pankisi

by | August 12, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new café in Pankisi Gorge will offer young people a place to gather. Locals say they cannot remember ever having had a place for young people to get together. The café opened Wednesday in the village Duisi, the central village in Pankisi Gorge,


Auditorium 115 to ask court’s help to break student union’s ‘monopoly’

by | May 10, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--The student movement Auditorium 115 plans to file a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court demanding to amend several regulations in the law about higher education. Members of the organization which was created during protests


Pro student union rally draws people who don’t know why they’re there

by | April 27, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Groups from different universities in Georgia demonstrated in the streets of Tbilisi on Tuesday, mainly demanding education reform, but local media wrote that many of the students didn’t know what the goal of the event was. The


Tbilisi students object against Soviet style surveillance methods

by | April 26, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at Tbilisi State University (TSU) protested on Monday against what they call a ‘police regime’, demanding that law enforcement bodies stop threatening their families and that the so-called ODRs are removed from publicly owned universities.


Darejan Tvaltvadze elected acting rector of Tbilisi State University

by | April 21, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Academic staff at Tbilisi State University voted for a new acting rector on Wednesday. The winner was the vice rector, Darejan Tvaltvadze, who received 526 out of 967 votes cast. Other candidates were TSU professors Levan Gordeziani


Student activists say police threatened their families

by | April 19, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--The student movement Auditorium 115, which sprang up a during a protest at Tbilisi State University (TSU) in March, claims that law enforcement bodies are putting pressure on them and their families. The State Security Service denies this.


Students and lecturers in joint protest at Georgian Technical University

by | April 18, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--For the last week, several lecturers at Georgian Technical University (GTU) have been on hunger strike demanding the resignation of the rector, who has been elected three times in a row. Five lecturers, with the support of students,


Revived TSU student protest called off after talks with PM

by | April 18, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--After two days of blocking the journalists’ campus at Tbilisi State University, the Auditorium 115 movement Sunday evening left the building after meeting several hours with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. Students of Tbilisi


TSU students reject reform proposal, relaunch protests Saturday

by | April 14, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at Tbilisi State University (TSU) will resume their protests on Saturday, after negotiations with the Ministry of Education failed. After a meeting with Education Minister Tamar Sanikidze Wednesday evening, members of the group Auditorium 115,


TSU rector resigns after weeks of protests

by | March 31, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Vladimer Papava, the rector of Tbilisi State University (TSU), resigned Wednesday, but denied that he had done so because of pressure. “A lot of things influenced this decision. Their hunger strike and your demands, but many other things,” Vladimer Papava said.


Intelligence official denies the presence of agents at TSU

by | March 30, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--The conflict at Tbilisi State University (TSU) seemed to be over a few weeks ago, but now Georgian intelligence has jumped into the fray, announcing that it hasn’t had agents at TSU since the beginning of this year. The presence


Tbilisi State University initiates impeachment procedures

by | March 18, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--The academic council at Tbilisi State University (TSU) has started impeachment procedures against the rector after a meeting with members of the student’s union (Tvitmmartveloba). Classes were resumed Friday at TSU after more than a week of conflict


Classes resume at TSU, but conflict still simmers

by | March 18, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--After a week-long student sit-in, teaching has resumed at the main building of Tbilisi State University (TSU), while the opposing groups continue to fight for their demands. Friday, Professor Gogi Gogsadze at the Social and Political Studies Faculty


Students leave Tbilisi State University after nearly a week’s sit-in

by | March 17, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--The protests at Tbilisi State University are over. Auditorium No 115 and members of student government (Tvitmmartveloba) have left the main building after occupying it for about a week. Police, security guards and journalists also left the building. The student


Negotiation attempts fail to solve TSU student protest

by | March 16, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--For more than a week, students have been protesting at Tbilisi State University and the tension continues to escalate. TSU is split in two, with the police and security guards protecting every entrance to the two-wing building occupied by students.


Student conflict escalates as rector refuses to resign

by | March 15, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--On the fifth day of protests, two opposing student groups continue to occupy a building at Tbilisi State University. Both groups grew increasingly frustrated with a decision by police not to allow anyone to enter the building except accredited journalists.


Opposing sides clash in corridors of TSU as student protest continues

by | March 15, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--After several clashes during the day, the tension at Tbilisi State University continued on Monday, between the student government, called tvitmmartveloba, and another group of students calling themselves Auditorium 115. Even though


Gaprindashvili withdraws candidacy after student protests

by | March 14, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--After four days of students occupying a building at Tbilisi State University, Giorgi Gaprindashvili announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for university chancellor. “I am ready to step [aside] considering the interests


Sanikidze calls for inquest into intel agents at TSU

by | March 13, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Education Minister Tamar Sanikidze is considering asking parliament to hold an inquest into the presence of intelligence agents at Tbilisi State University. Saturday evening, Sanikidze met students at TSU who for the last three days


Students occupying university building in Tbilisi

by | March 11, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Protesters continue to occupy a building at Tbilisi State University, demanding a transparent process for electing the university’s management amid allegations of interference by the State Security Agency. On the second day of protest,


Students clash with police over candidate for university assembly

by | March 11, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students clashed with security guards and police at Tbilisi State University on Thursday while trying to prevent the election of a new chancellor of the university senate. The assembly of the senate had to be canceled. Students continue


Protest in Tbilisi University against ‘student government privileges’

by | March 8, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Activists demand transparent funding mechanisms for student government’s projects over allegations of misspending. On Monday, 7 March, approximately 300 activists gathered in front of the administrative building


Iraqi students didn’t comply with residency requirements: Minister

by | January 16, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian Education Minister Tamar Sanikidze said on Friday that a handful of Iraqi students had their residency permits revoked because they didn't comply with the legal requirements. The students, who are attending Akaki Tsereteli


Iraqi students protested against revoked residency permits

by | January 12, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of Iraqi students protested in Kutaisi on Monday after having their residency permits revoked. The protest at Akaki Tsereteli State University involved up to ten Iraqi students, who asked the university to help them after the Ministry of Justice revoked


Possession of marijuana decriminalized after Constitutional Court ruling

by | October 26, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Possession of up to 70 grams of marijuana is no longer a crime in Georgia, following a ruling in the Constitutional Court. The Court on Saturday struck down as unconstitutional a passage in the law that made it punishable by from 7 to 14 years


GEM Fest kicks off in Anaklia, Georgia

by | July 30, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Gem Fest starts Thursday in Anaklia, a beach resort on the Black Sea coast close to the border with Abkhazia. Georgian Electronic Music Festival will last from July 30 to August 7 and is carried out with the support of the Georgian


British band Placebo donates USD 40,000 to Tbilisi flood victims

by | July 28, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Placebo, a British band which recently played at Tbilisi Open Air festival, has donated about USD 40,000 to the victims of the flood on June 13-14. The website Indiegogo, which raises funds for charity, said it had received USD 39,974 from Placebo


KaZantip manager calls Georgians ‘ridiculous’ for removing sculpture

by | July 8, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The manager of KaZantip has called Georgians ‘ridiculous, poor and wild’ people after learning that someone demolished a sculpture built by the music festival’s organizers in Anaklia last summer. KaZantip is an electronic music


Anaklia hosts GEM Fest, instead of KaZantip, in July

by | June 29, 2015

Tbilisi, DFWatch - A western Georgian Black Sea resort Anaklia is going to host one of the largest electronic music festivals this summer. GEM Fest features popular electronic music stars, such as world renowned Dutch DJ and trance guru Armin van Buuren,

News, Youth

Music festival KaZantip returns to Crimea

by | June 10, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The popular Ukrainian festival KaZantip, which took place in Georgia last year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, may this year return to Ukraine but with a different name. An alternative music festival will take place in Anaklia, where the festival was held in 2014.


Legalize pot rally in Tbilisi gathers hundreds

by | June 3, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of mostly young people gathered outside the government office in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday to demand the decriminalization of marijuana. The annual protest brought together youth, politicians, journalists, non-governmental organizations and others.


May Day rally in Tbilisi focused on dangerous work conditions

by | May 2, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Youth activists marched through the streets of the Georgian capital on Friday to mark the International Workers' Day and protest against intolerable work conditions. There were demonstrations and gatherings several places in Tbilisi on May 1, separately organized


Youth activists mark International Workers’ Day in Tbilisi

by | May 1, 2015



Placebo and Archive will play at Tbilisi Open Air festival

by | April 30, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--The two English bands Placebo and Archive are headliners at this year's Tbilisi Open Air festival, to be held by a lake near the capital July 3 to 7. Tickets sales have started for the festival, which has been organized every year since 2009 by the AlterVision Group.


40,000 have registered for entrance exams to study in Georgia

by | March 18, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--More than 40,000 candidates will try to pass the national exams this summer, in order to enter universities in Georgia. According to the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC), registration for exams in 2015 finished on Tuesday.


Six detained in clashes outside parliament in Tbilisi

by | March 12, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Six people were detained during clashes at a rally against the government’s economic policy outside the old parliament building in Tbilisi on Thursday. Free Zone, an activists group which supports the National Movement, demonstrated


Red paint bombs thrown at Saakashvili Library in Tbilisi

by | February 21, 2015

TBILISI, DFWatch--Five people were detained during tumults outside the Saakashvili Presidential Library in Tbilisi on Friday. Inside the building, activists for the National Movement held an exhibition dedicated to the one year anniversary of the revolution in


Youth activists rally outside PM’s residence

by | December 22, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Youth activists continued to protest against the destruction of an ancient mine in the south of Georgia on Sunday and gathered outside the house of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. The reason was a comment by Garibashvili in a speech


Brain behind Georgian charity success shares his secrets

by | December 19, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--According to the official data, one out of three young Georgians (20-29 years old) is unemployed.  But a senior student at the University of Georgia Boris Kiknadze is not one of them. Less than one year ago he established a crowd-funded


Foreign students facing bureaucracy and complex visa procedures

by | December 5, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--How attractive is Georgia as a country for young students looking for a career path? At the moment, there are 19 public and 47 private higher education institutions in Georgia. According to the National Statistics Office, there were 2,297 foreign students

Minorities, Youth

Pankisi youth choose radical Islam over grim reality

by | November 21, 2014

DUISI, DFWatch--The people in Pankisi Gorge have been under increasing scrutiny for the last few months, as fighters from this region have become high-ranking commanders in the forces of the Islamic State. Pankisi is merely a 34 square kilometers cut into the Greater

Minorities, Youth

Students demand decision about Kobuleti madrasa

by | November 12, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at a Muslim school demonstrated outside the government house in Batumi a few days ago, demanding that the the Kobuleti Boarding School issue be solved soon. Also university students joined the rally. They claim that the local government


Students demonstrated against ‘nepotism’ at Tbilisi State University

by | November 11, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students at Tbilisi State University on Monday demonstrated against what they say is a clan-run education system which doesn’t encourage scientific activities. The march started from the central branch of the university and ended outside the


Georgian ombudsman against use of video in children’s psychology sessions

by | October 30, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s public defender recommends that the Ministry of Education reconsiders a decision to allow the use of photo and video recordings of children during psychologist consultations. A psychology center for school children was opened in spring

News, Youth

Georgia may make ‘civic equality’ part of university entrance exam

by | October 26, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The exam authority in Georgia has suggested introducing a new test in ‘civic equality’ as part of the entrance exams for university studies. The new test has been proposed by the National Exam Center against the background of a recent discussion

News, Youth

Tbilisi students demonstrate against gas station on university area

by | October 21, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students demonstrated Monday against the construction of a new petrol station on an area that is part of Tbilisi State University. The company claims it owns all rights to the land and is not violating any law by building the gas station. Led by

In brief, Minorities, Youth

Update: Two teens captured for vandalizing a church in Tbilisi

by | October 16, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The police on Thursday arrested two youngsters for suspicion of vandalizing a church just during a religious holiday. The detainees are two teens of 17 and 15 years old. The latter has a prior conviction. While searching the homes of the suspects,

Minorities, Society, Youth

Deadly ‘bridenapping’ in Kakheti

by | October 8, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--When a young man was murdered last weekend in Kazlar, an Azeri village 40km east of Tbilisi, it could have been one among many stories of violence and homicides in rural Georgia, but the circumstances of this case makes it stand out. 21 year

News, Youth

More Georgian students to get scholarships for UK

by | October 3, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--In 2014-2014, six Georgian students will continue their Masters degrees at British universities with support from the Chevening program. The scholarships are mainly given for studies within economy and politics. The UK government

News, Youth

Saakashvili supporters and opponents clash again

by | October 3, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Opponents and supporters of former President Saakashvili clashed again in Tbilisi on Thursday, two days after their first showdown. The two rival political youth groups stood against each other on Pekini Street, cursing opponents and throwing bottles,

News, Youth

Students at TSU protest against ‘low level of education’

by | September 18, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students protested on Tuesday against the level of education at Tbilisi State University. Some of the students left the hall whistling after meeting the rector and the administration of the department for social and political studies. They say that every time such

News, Youth

Music festival KaZantip to be held in Georgia in 2015

by | September 12, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Organizers of KaZantip are determined to hold the electronic music festival in Georgia next year too, despite low visitor numbers last month. But the condition is that the government allows the festival site in Anaklia to be used. KaZantip was held

News, Youth

Discussion: Youth unemployment in Georgia – causes and solutions

by | September 7, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--On September 6, DF Watch organized a discussion about the difficulties youth are having finding employment. We invited students from three different universities to share their views on youth unemployment. They agree that there are problems,

News, Youth

Art students in Tbilisi protesting against new government decree

by | September 6, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Students demonstrated Friday outside the Culture Ministry against a decision to only allow professors at accredited universities to become rector of the Academy of Art. The decree was signed by Culture Minister Mikheil Giorgadze on September 1.

News, Youth

KaZantip festival in Georgia a failure, may be cancelled

by | August 27, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The long-awaited music festival KaZantip turned out a disappointment for some visitors and the head organizer. The electronic music festival, which has been held for the last decade in Crimea, was moved to Georgia’s Black Sea coast after Russia’s

News, Youth

26,000 passed university entrance exams in Georgia

by | August 24, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--More than 26,000 candidates have been accepted as students this year, according to the head of Georgia’s National Exam Center. Maia Miminoshvili told journalists that about 35,500 entrants took their test exams this year, but 9,000 failed to pass.

News, Youth

KaZantip opens as conservatives protest

by | August 20, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Conservative groups continued protesting against KaZantip Wednesday as the music festival opened at 9 pm in the evening. Those opposed to the festival are radical Orthodox Christians and small opposition parties. On Wednesday one such group held a protest

News, Youth

KaZantip organizer to priests: ‘We have a no drugs policy’

by | August 15, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The manager of KaZantip has offered to meet priests and conservative activists to discuss the music festival, claiming that they are misinformed. Orthodox activists demonstrated near the festival site Thursday using biblical slogans warning

News, Youth

Discussion: Georgian youth and higher education

by | August 7, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--DF Watch last week organized a discussion about education and the problem of self-realization among youth. The discussion included representatives of the youth wings of political parties. Tako Kakabadze, chair of the youth wing

News, Youth

Georgian Church plans big demonstration against KaZantip

by | August 4, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Clerics in Georgia plan a big demonstration against the music festival KaZantip, and have started information work and preparing the Church and clerics. Archimandrite Antimoz on Sunday told Interpressnews that the rally is going to be peaceful

Minorities, Youth

Waiting for new school building in Lambalo

by | July 30, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--For seven years, children in the small predominantly Azeri village Lambalo in Georgia have had to attend school classes in old barns. In 2006, a group of experts announced that the old school in Lambalo had been sold and it was closed. The school

News, Youth

Traditionalists are against holding music festival KaZantip in Georgia

by | July 28, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A group of religious radicals protested in Tbilisi on Saturday against the music festival KaZantip, which is planned in the end of August in Anaklia, a sea resort in western Georgia. The same day, locals in Anaklia demonstrated in support of the

News, Youth

Georgian Church wants music festival called off

by | July 26, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s Orthodox Church is against holding the electronic music festival KaZantip in Georgia, claiming that it will ‘harm’ Georgians. The ten-day music festival used to be held in Crimea, but due to the Russian annexation it will this year be held in Anaklia, on the Black

News, Youth

Georgian team won medals at young scientist competition

by | July 23, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A team of Georgian school pupils won one gold and two bronze medals at the 26th International Olympiad in Informatics, which was held in Taiwan July 13-20. The Georgian team consisted of four pupils and two of their leaders. This year, more than 80

News, Youth

Cramped student houses in Tbilisi

by | July 22, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--At the end of Kekelidze Street, in Vake, one of Tbilisi’s most prestigious districts, there is a lane with small houses with tiny rooms. Mostly students are living here, usually those who were born outside the capital. They had to come here

News, Youth

Georgian students: the generation of ‘three nos’

by | July 21, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--DF Watch on July 18 organized a discussion about the situation of students today. What problems are students facing? How can they be let to realize their skills and knowledge? In what way can the government or educational institutions help them,

Environment, News, Youth

Green concert against maximum resource extraction

by | July 21, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--What connects the Khudoni hydro power project, a prehistoric gold mine, shrinking green areas in Tbilisi and human rights abuses in the mining industry? They are all problems caused by the government's economic policy, according to the youth group

News, Youth

Indian medical students in Tbilisi

by | July 19, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of Indians come to Georgia every year to study medicine at Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU). The two Indian friends Nirmal and Samy have been studying at the university for three years and are quite happy about their choice.

News, Youth

Tbilisi beer festival held at Roses Square

by | July 14, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tbilisi beer festival was held July 12-13 for the fifth year. It brought together thousands of people to drink beer, play games, listen to live performances and watch the World Cup final on a big screen. As usual, people could buy tokens as they entered

News, Youth

Bicycle marathon in Tbilisi to promote a healthy lifestyle

by | July 13, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A bicycle marathon Sunday brought together youth from many countries in Tbilisi. “Live with sport” was the slogan of the marathon, which started from the Sports Ministry at 11:00 in the morning and ended at Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi.

News, Youth

Women used as percussion instruments on TV show

by | July 11, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A TV show on Thursday has stirred controversy for showing a man performing music by slapping his hands on the bottoms of two women. Human rights activists as well as the ombudsman say

News, Youth

Candidates for Tbilisi mayor face off in TV debate

by | July 9, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The candidates for Tbilisi mayor are facing off in a televised debate now at 8 PM local time. Davit Narmania from the government coalition has as his main election promise to build a youth center in Tbilisi, while his competitor Nikanor Melia

News, Youth

Art students in Tbilisi protest ‘Russian, socialist’ teaching methods

by | July 1, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Art students in Tbilisi protested Monday against what they see as a backward teaching style and an outdated understanding of art. Students at the Academy of Arts demand transparency and changes in the procedure for electing a rector.

News, Youth

Georgia holds national exams

by | June 26, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--National exams started Thursday morning all over Georgia, on three different levels of education. About 36,000 school graduates will take exams from June 26 until July 16, while 4,500 students will try to pass an ability test which will improve

Minorities, Youth

Language exams prepare Azeri-Georgian youth for university

by | June 23, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Tural is a 19 years old high school graduate who plans to go on to university and study IT. The problem is, the teaching language at university is Georgian, which he doesn’t know well enough. Like many of his peers, Tiral chose to study

News, Sport, Youth

Georgian wins European junior wrestling championship

by | June 19, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Georgian wrestler Tarzan Maisuradze on Tuesday won the European junior wrestling championships in Katowice, Poland. Maisuradze won in Men's Junior Freestyle 74 kg, defeating Konstantin Gkontsis from Greece, Murat Erturk from Turkey,

News, Youth

Music festival KaZantip defends against splinter group

by | June 18, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The Republic of KaZantip, until now residing in Crimea, seems to be experiencing its own share of separatism, but it’s hard to figure out who is breaking away from whom. Perhaps it is more fitting to call the music festival uprooted

News, Youth

Georgia to change its policy toward softer drugs

by | June 3, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Hundreds of people, mostly youth, gathered Monday outside the government office in Tbilisi to demand decriminalization of marijuana. The rally started at 18:00 in the evening. There were no speeches or appeals. People were dressed in green colors

Politics, Youth

Parties in Georgia don’t pay enough attention to youth

by | June 2, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Three youth politicians told DF Watch in a recent discussion that political parties in Georgia do not pay much attention to youth problems. On May 31, Tako Kakabadze from New Rightists Party’s youth wing, Ako Goguadze from the youth wing of the

News, Youth

Demonstration in Tbilisi for decriminalization of marijuana

by | June 1, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Mostly young demonstrators marched through Tbilisi on Saturday, against what they see as a too tough drug policy. Their slogan, ‘Beka is not a criminal’, is in support of a man who may be sentenced to up to 14 years in jail for possession

News, Youth

Youth for legalizing marijuana plan demonstration

by | May 31, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Youth in Georgia also this year plan to demonstrate for decriminalizing marijuana. On June 2 last year, there was a large rally outside the old parliament building in Tbilisi for legalizing pot, and this year’s rally is planned at the government

News, Youth

Youth Parliament – learning to put words into action

by | May 30, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--In Georgia, a group of young students have created their own parliament. It has 100 MPs and prepares real draft laws which are sent to the real parliament. A few weeks ago, this youth parliament held its 2014 opening session in the parliament

News, Youth

KaZantip festival will go ahead in Crimea after all

by | May 28, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--The electronic dance music festival KaZantip will be held in Crimea after all. Earlier it was announced it had moved to Georgia. For the last 22 years, KaZantip has been held in Crimea. But this year, it was first announced it had moved to Georgia,

News, Youth

School closure in Georgia extended four days due to virus

by | May 27, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian kindergartens and schools up to sixth grade will remain closed until the end of the week to deal with an outbreak of viral meningitis. The schools should have been opened today, but Health Minister Davit Sergeenko announced Monday that they

News, Youth

Music festival KaZantip moved from Crimea to Georgia

by | May 22, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--For the first time, the electronic dance music festival KaZantip will take place in Georgia, due to recent events in Ukraine. The festival has been held annually in Crimea since 1992. Now, following the Russian annexation of the peninsula, it is

News, Youth

Young inventors from 37 countries met in Tbilisi

by | May 16, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--International Young Inventors Project Olympiad (IYIPO) for scientists and inventors was organized in Tbilisi from May 3 to May 5. This was the eighth Olympiad, and 120 inventors from 37 countries participated. Last year, there were 25 countries

In brief, Youth

Youth groups in Georgia plan several rallies on May 1

by | May 1, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Young people in Georgia plan to mark the International Worker’s Day, May 1, with rallies different places in the country. A rally will be held at Tbilisi State University at 14:00 by Young Social-Democrats, Georgia’s Young Greens, Georgia’s

In brief, Youth

Georgian and South Ossetian youth kick off Balkan tour

by | April 26, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A bus with Georgian and South Ossetian youth was to start a tour of Turkey and the Balkans Saturday morning, Interpressnews reports. The trip, called Georgian - South Ossetian Youth Peace Express, will last 17 days and bring the youth by bus through

News, Youth

The economy isn’t everything, say Georgia’s green activists

by | April 23, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new movement has sprung up in Georgia in response to the government forcing through a gigantic hydro power project against strong popular resistance. The movement is called Green Fist and began as a group of twenty youth who travelled

Minorities, Youth

School children in Tbilisi harassed due to teacher neglect

by | April 19, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A new study has found that children in Georgian schools are verbally and physically harassed because of their ethnicity, belief, appearance or for other reasons. The study is based on interviews with all pupils from 8th to 11th grade at six public

Minorities, News, Youth

Why do so few girls finish school in Duzagrama?

by | April 13, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--Pariz Alakhverdiani, 17, is in 12th grade at the public school in Duzagrama, a small village in southeast Georgia populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis. Alakhverdiani wants to study at the Medical University in Tbilisi and has decided to become a dentist.

News, Youth

Campaigners launch protest camp to defend ancient Georgian site

by | April 11, 2014

TBILISI, DFWatch--A campaign to save an ancient gold mine in southern Georgia is planning to start a protest camp on Monday. The Public Committee to Save Sakdrisi, which consists of students, scientists and an initiative group of non-governmental organizations, plans

News, Youth

Third day of Batumi Summer Set canceled due to bad weather

by | August 26, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--The third day of Batumi Summer Set electronic music festival had to be canceled due to bad weather as water flooded the festival area and destroyed equipment. The festival in Georgia's largest Black Sea beach resort started on August 22 with Danish

News, Youth

Batumi Summer Set Festival kicks off Thursday

by | August 22, 2013

TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgia’s sea resort Batumi is hosting a three-day summer festival of electronic music starting Thursday. Batumi Summer Set Festival runs from August 22 to 24 and will host many well-known names in the genre. Among the headliners are Denmark’s

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