The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili awarded the Order of Queen Tamar to eight women working in the field of culture.
At the award ceremony, which was held at the Orbeliani Palace, the President of Georgia thanked the winners of the state award for their work and once again emphasized the special role of women in the development of the country.
Awarded the Order of Queen Tamar:
Art critic Elene Kavlelishvili (after her death) — for her special personal contribution to the research and protection of the Georgian national treasure, for her outstanding public activity;
Opera singer, People’s Artist of Georgia Medea Amiranashvili — for her special personal contribution to the development and popularization of Georgian opera, for her outstanding public work;
Doctor of Philological Sciences, Academician Mzekala Shanidze — for her special personal contribution to the development of Kartvelology, research of old and new Georgian language and literature, history of Georgia, Georgian cultural heritage and outstanding public activity;
Actor Natela Machavariani — for her special personal contribution and outstanding public activity in the development of Georgian theatrical art;
Art critic Ketevan Kintsurashvili — for her special personal contribution to the research and popularization of Georgian artistic art abroad;
Director Ketevan (Keti) Dolidze — for special personal contribution to the development and popularization of Georgian theatrical and cinematic art, for outstanding public activity;
Rusudan Mirzikashvili, ICOMOS International Secretariat Advisor for the Assessment of World Heritage Nominations — for outstanding personal contribution to the protection of Georgian cultural heritage, promotion abroad, and best presentation;
Rusudan Tsurtsumia, director of the International Center for the Study of Traditional Polyphony, is an art critic for her outstanding personal contribution to the study of Georgian polyphonic music abroad, to the popularization of Georgian polyphonic music abroad, and to world polyphonic music in Georgia.
The award ceremony was attended by representatives of the cultural sphere and government, including the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Culture Tea Tsulukiani.