Georgian Center in collaboration with Embassy of Georgia will be presenting the Georgian Corner at the Embassy of France as part of Francophone festival organized by Francophonie DC and Smithsonian At 8. See details below...


 La Grande Fête @ La Maison Française - Embassy of France

Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
La Grande Fete


Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe. Its closing celebration, La Grande Fete is always magnifique, and this year’s bash is no exception.

Beginning at 7 p.m., launch into a world tour of francophone cultures. Sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as you explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions. There are plenty of giveaways to take home as souvenirs. Share your experiences throughout the night on Instagram using #at8enfrancais.

Major Handy

Later, DJ Princess Slaya spins music from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and plenty of destinations in between. Don’t miss this chance to experience the best of the French-speaking world—all without leaving home.
Please Note:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance (no sales at the door).
  • Tickets include admission and food and drink samples from 7 to 9 p.m.; a cash/credit bar provided by Tortoise & Hare Bar and Grille is open throughout the night.
  • IDs are checked at the door. Those under 21 will not be served alcohol.
  • No backpacks or bike helmets are allowed.
  • La Maison Francaise does not offer on-site parking. Limited street parking is available on Reservoir Road; public garages are available at Georgetown University Hospital nearby.
  • If you’re looking for public transit options, the Metrobus D5 and D6 routes have stops near the event’s location.
  • For more information about this year’s Francophonie Cultural Festival, visit Facebook

IDs will be checked at the door. Those under 21 will not be served alcohol.

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Independence Day is an annual public holiday in Georgia observed on 26 May. It commemorates the 26 May 1918 adoption of the Act of Independence, which established the Democratic Republic of Georgia in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is the national day of Georgia. Independence Day is associated with military parades, fireworks, concerts, fairs, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history and culture of Georgia.
The Georgian Independence Day celebration will be organized by Embassy of Georgia in Washington DC and Georgian Center plans to contribute with art exhibition and Georgian thematic content.


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Press Release
May 30, 2016

Georgian Center
Arlington, VA, USA

The Second Diaspora Professional Forum “Share Your Experience with Homeland” dedicated to Georgian Diaspora Day was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on May 27-28, 2016 and was attended by the President of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, Georgian Prime Minister Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili and several Georgian Ministers and parliament members. The forum introduced the Georgia National Innovation Ecosystem (GENIE) project’s Diaspora components funded by the World Bank. The Georgian Center had an honor to participate in the forum and present an initiative for the legislative changes into the Georgian law to enhance the financial support of Diaspora organizations which could dramatically increase the cultural, economical and political impact for Georgian initiatives abroad. In addition, Georgian Center presented proposal about the mentorship program to support and engage Georgian diaspora.

The initiative of legislative changes for diaspora activity funding aboard is a very important initiative for entire Georgian diaspora society that will give the opportunity to all diaspora organizations to solicit federal funds and support the Georgian mission around the world, but especially in the countries where most of the Georgian immigrants live.

Georgian Center is a 501(c)(3)non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2015 by the first generation Georgian immigrants in the United States, namely in Washington, DC greater metropolitan district with the mission to popularize Georgian culture, support education and business innovations among Diaspora and motherland.


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Another success story!

Georgian Center in collaboration with Embassy of Georgia presented the Georgian culture and heritage at the Embassy of France. Hundreds of guest visited Georgian table and most learned how to pronounce khachapuri, khanjali, chokha and enjoined Georgian wine and fabulous atmosphere.
The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe, and its closing celebration is always magnifique. Although Georgians are not a French speaking nation we are friends with every friendly nation and this is especially true about France with whom we share culture, history and wine making traditions. 

Our team really worked hard to make this evening most enjoyable and memorable both for guest and for our organization.  And of course we could not have done it without our sponsors:

 Embassy of Georgia provided great Georgian wine and logistical support


 Georgian Feast provided DC's favorite Georgian food khachapuri


My Mom’s Cookbook provided Georgian Bazhe and tea for the guests to sample 



Special thanks goes to Giorgi Shermazanashvili for providing beautiful arial video of Georgia's different regions and sites

Participating organizations and embassies include but are not limited to: Alliance Francais, Belgium, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Haiti, Lebanon, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Quebec, Republic of Congo, Republique de Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, and Uruguay


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For more photos and videos from the event please visit our facebook page at GeorgianCenter

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