National Palace of Tbilisi City Hall is leading cultural, non-formal educational center in Georgia. It was opened in the historical building on May 2, 1941, in Tbilisi at 6 Rustaveli Avenue. In 2021 Palace celebrates 80 years anniversary.
- Architectural complex with a history of 200 years is a cultural heritage site.
- Various cultural events, concerts, festivals, conferences and meetings are traditionally held in the historic halls of the Palace.
- Since 2018, the Museum of the National Palace is open to visitors and tourists.
- Tbilisi Youth Orchestra named after Giya Kancheli was established on the basis of the National Palace in 2019.
- Up to 5000 students aged 6 to 26 are annually enrolled into study groups and clubs of the Learning Center of the National Palace.
Tbilisi Youth Club has been established in the year of jubilee. Club supports various educational programs, debates and public discussions, promoting civic education, empowering young people as active citizens and youth initiatives.
Film Education Institute – Georgian Film Education platform established by the Culture and Education Foundation and the National Palace, with the aim of developing a young audience through film. Educational resources based on interdisciplinary methodology include study materials, video lectures, and online training courses. Resources are available to all interested parties, however their use for commercial purposes is prohibited.
Taoba International Youth Film Festival
Founded in 2018, Taoba is the only international youth film festival in Georgia dedicated to young audience development and the promotion of film education.
During the annual Taoba festival, 300 selected teenagers (13-18 years old) participate in festival activities on a daily basis. It is important to mention, that even main location of festival is the capital of country, about 25% of young participants are coming from other towns and rural areas of Georgia. Foreign participants are delegated by partner institutions/festivals. Together they watch films, participate in discussions, masterclasses and cultural program. Each screening is followed by discussions during which young audience freely express their ideas and opinions on every topic important to democratic society.
4th edition of Taoba FF will held in Tbilisi on September 26-30, 2021.
Taoba Youth Music Festival
The National Palace established the annual music festival in 2020. Taoba Youth Music Festival (TYMF) is a part of “Taoba Festivals”. Festival consists with masterclasses, lectures and concerts. It presents young and promising talents to broad audience, while giving the opportunity to young people of sharing experience of successful music professionals. “Taoba Youth Music Festival” covers various genres of music, including Classical, Jazz and Film Score.
Due to restrictions related to COVID-19 pandemic, first edition of TYMF held online. A total of 4 concerts were held and 4 lectures were delivered.
In October 2021, this festival will be held in physical form at several locations in Tbilisi, with participation of Georgian and foreign young musicians.