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Industrial Heritage Research of Tbilisi

Mua‘s team has been exploring Tbilisi’s industrial sites for the past few months, and the process is nearing completion. At the end of October, The Exhibition of Tbilisi Industrial Heritage will be held accompanied by the lectures around the same topic until the end ...

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Georgian artists’s Exhibition in Burgos

We are happy to inform you that from September 25, within the frame of the Art | Up – Street Gallery and F-Orma Network, a collaboration project between different European cultural spaces, the selected works of Georgian artists are presented in Burgos, Spain, in the exhibit...

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A New Academic Year Begins at CES

Tomorrow, September 5, Creative Educational Studio will host the first open day of the new 2020-21 academic year. Courses in the Creative Education Studio take the form of theoretical lectures, discussions with students, practical work, and homework. Registration is open for th...

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CES Records Presenting Natela Svanidze’s Unique Recording from 1974

We are happy to be able to share with you this amazing news from  CES Records CES Records is fortunate enough to present to you Natela Svanidze and to be releasing for the very first time her unique recording from 1974 on Synthi-100. The following issue aims to showcase Natela Sv...

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CES’s New Course to Start from the New Semester

Creative Educational Studio‘s New course – Music Industry and Journalism to start from the new semester Music and journalism are two independent and exciting interconnected areas of the creative industry. Over the past 15 years, the intensification of digital journali...

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Pandemic and Impact Hub Tbilisi – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of Impact Hub Tbilisi is another part of our residents’ adaptation series: “Impact Hub Tbilisi is a shared workspace that is part of Impact Hub, a fast-growing global network. Impact Hub unites more than 100 cities and more than 20,000 members around...

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Pandemic and MUA – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of MUA – Multiverse Architecture, is the following part of our Resident Adaptation series: “MUA was founded in 2010, underwent changes in 2013-2014. The main direction of ​​our activity is architecture, but the big steps towards urban planning are cl...

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Save Georgian Club Culture

5th of June, United We Stream Tbilisi opened its doors for the 2nd time and hosted the online event from Georgia, Vodkast records with it’s 3 lovely artists, all of them representing the record store. Line up: Ani Kvirkvelia JD J (Zeinkali) Zurkin United We Stream Tbilisi ...

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Pandemic and Ceramic Studio 1300 – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

Covid-19 and Ceramic Studio 1300  – a series of adaptation stories from Fabrika’s residents: “Recent events have had a profound effect on our activities. Since March we had to temporarily lay off our staff members. Our store was closed so we opened an online sho...

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Pandemic and CES – adaptation stories of Fabrika’s residents

The success story of Creative Educational Studio, the same creative education studio, is the first in a series of stories of our residents adapting: CES –  Creative Education Studio is an independent, creative media school that specializes in sound and design. The school wa...

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Ceramic Studio 1300 – Georgian red clay as part of a Pop Culture

The production of ceramics means the beginning of a new stage in the history of mankind.  BC. VII-VI centuries, roasted red clay pottery was already being made in Georgia. Along with the development of metallurgy techniques in the history of Georgian ceramics, options of creatin...

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Fuckup Nights In Georgia – Interview with Hayk Asriyants

21th of May Fuckup Nights Georgia in quarantine will take place online. It was just 2 years ago when Fuckup Nights Georgian edition was held for the first time in Fabrika. After many interesting stories told during these 2 years and 20 public events, it has grown and became even ...

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Zoom Meeting Background: Fabrika Edition

Do you also miss visiting Fabrika? We’ve got you! Change up each Zoom meeting with a new Fabrika themed background. Take your accounting call or spice up your online interactions with your friends with our  Fabrika’s walls. For higher quality click on the photos            ...

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Online hackathon for cultural and creative workers

Cultural and creative industries across Europe have been disrupted by the current COVID-19 crisis. The challenging time is also a time of opportunity for transformation, collaboration, and learning. This is a chance for all creative industry leaders, artists, creatives, event or...

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Updated working modes and availability

Dear Friends, The idea behind Fabrika is bringing communities together, creating, sharing, creating, collaborating, and interacting. Due to the current events, the time has come when we need to have the least face-to-face interactions and maximize our physical distances. Fabrika...

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A woman who fight for the truth in the Soviet Union

Nazi Shamanauri is a Georgian journalist who was killed in the communist regime in 1982. After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism in 1971, Nazi Shamanauri began working for the radio station of the former Tbilisi Orjonikidze Sewing Factory on the site of today’s R...

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AlphaBeta Workshops – Spring Weekend Intensives

AlphaBeta Workshops – Spring Weekend Intensives course in Georgian calligraphy & Lettering by Black Dog Studio with young Georgian calligraphers Ana Sanikidze and Matassi Sulakauri. Every weekend, from 7-8 March – Language: Georgian / English – 2 Days / 6 full wo...

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Showcase your work at 5 European exhibition spaces

Art Up | Street Gallery and Fabrika became members and partners of F-Orma, an exhibition network formed of independent national and international creative players, which host, curate, promote and disseminate projects by young, up-and-coming artists. Art Up | Street Gallery announ...

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Fabrika in 2019 – Highlights

At the edge of the new decade, let’s have a look at 2019 and highlight the top 10 happenings at Fabrika. #1. We became the members of Trans Europe Halles! And Georgia appeared on the map of European Cultural Centers for the first time. #2. We hosted 575 events #3. We host...

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FABRIKA on the map of European cultural centers!

When we were starting, we had the goal to create a platform for people in creative industries for sharing, creating, socializing and exchanging ideas. Later we discovered that there are tens of places similar to us with similar missions and visions throughout Europe that are call...

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CES Records Presenting Natela Svanidze’s Unique Recording from 1974

We are happy to be able to share with you this amazing news from  CES Records

CES Records is fortunate enough to present to you Natela Svanidze and to be releasing for the very first time her unique recording from 1974 on Synthi-100.

The following issue aims to showcase Natela Svanidze’s electronic music from the Georgian Lamentations oratorio, part 5. “Epitaphium”.

This unique recording from 1974 has been treated with care and supported by 3 young and extremely talented Georgian music producers: HVL; Tamo Nasidze and Mess_Montage.

Release Date: 04.09.2020
EP
Digital/Vinyl

“I have come early…”

Natela Svanidze (1926 – 2017) is an Honored Art Worker and one of the most distinguished Georgian composers, whose creations have not been explored and praised sufficiently to this day. The key period of the artist’s comprehensive work coincided with Soviet times, resulting in a variety of impediments—both in the creative and personal realms of her life.

We may divide N. Svanidze’s creations into two radically different stages. Up until 1962, the composer followed Neoromantic traditions established in Georgian music at the time; whereas from 1963 (the year she traveled to Poland and attended the famous Warsaw Fall contemporary music festival) onwards, her pieces are characterized with peculiar composition methods and techniques, including dodecaphony, aleatory, sonorism, minimalism and polystylism, synthesized with linear style characteristic to Georgian folk polyphony. Folklore holds a special place in the composer’s work and life at large. For years, she would take part in a variety of expeditions (to Siberia and Northern Caucasus), researching a Caucasian style of musical thought and Georgian-Basque musical connections.

“I write little because I do not repeat forms. I have never composed a piece for pay—my work has never turned into an occupation of sorts. I create something only after it ripens for creation. Each piece is a progression to a new level,” claimed the composer. The following works are N. Svanidze’s key pieces: four symphonic poems (Symphonic Dances, 1949; Samgori, 1951; Kvarkvare, 1963; Burlesque, 1965) and two symphonies; the Heart Dripping Blood monodrama, dedicated to her only daughter, Maia Tomadze, who passed away at an early age in 1999; the Phirosmani (1969) and Georgian Lamentations (1974) oratorios, etc.

The Georgian Lamentations oratorio, composed for a mixed choir comprised of female sextet, baritone—Sprechstimme, soprano, flute, violin, bells, 12 cellos, organ, and electronic music, is a magnificent piece that synthesizes traditional ethnic music principles with contemporary musical language and technique of its time. The oratorio consists of six parts: Prologue, Khorumi (Georgian traditional dance), Bell, Lament, Epitaphium, and Epilogue. The first part combines chanting with serialism technique, while the third part is a synthesis of Svanetian bells and serialism technique. The fifth part of the oratorio was particularly groundbreaking for the time being, as it is based on electronic music, developed into four dynamic waves, with rhythmic whispering of the choirs. Several aspects make this part exceptional: this is the first electronic music piece in Georgian music, composed by a female composer, and simultaneously recorded on Synthi-100, a popular synthesizer (invented by P. Zinoviev and imported to Moscow from England in the early 1970s) at the time. This very synthesizer was used by E. Artemiev, V. Martinov, and I. Bogdanov, as well as famous movie soundtracks, including Stalker by A. Tarkovsky, Sibierade by A. Konchalovsky, A Few Days from the Life of I.I. Oblomov by N. Mikhalkov and many more. At the time, Natela Svanidze was living in Moscow and had access to Synthi-100.

“I really trust the tempo of development. One must never stop. I always fear lagging behind and coming to a halt,” Natela Svanidze would say.

Indeed, she is one of the rare Georgian composers that boldly experimented with contemporary musical and expressive tools and methods. That is precisely why she became interested in electronic music, which had virtually no room for development in Georgia at the time.
Natela Svanidze is an artist with a somewhat tragic story, who never got the chance to fully realize her creative ideas into fruition due to objective impediments of her time. “I regret to say that I have come early… I was born for electronic music, but with virtually no technical capabilities to create such music in my time…”, said she once with regret.

Natela’s credo:
“I have never violated my principles, agreed to compromise, or give up on my inherent aspiration to manifest my intrinsic truth through art for the sake of success, fame, or money. I have never sold a counterfeit to my audience. What I have created is something that simply had to be.”

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