With the financial support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and Rustaveli National Scientific Fund, Tbilisi State Conservatoire, The Folklore State Centre of Georgia and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song  holded 8th International symposium on traditional polyphony at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. The Symposium was held under the patronage of Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia.

Among the participants of the 8th Symposium were 22 scholars from 21 countries of all 4 continents, including 15 Georgian researchers. Concerts of folk polyphony, held at the Grand Hall of State Opera House of Georgia, Recital Hall of Rustaveli Theatre and Recital Hall of the Conservatoire, add particular colour to the Symposium’s scientific sessions. The concerts were held with the participation of Georgian and foreign performers of Georgian polyphony, family ensembles, and ensemble Concordu Lussurzesu from Sardinia.

At the symposium were presented two films by Renato Morelli (Italy): “Two Generations of a Cuncordu Singing During Holy Week in Cuglieri (Sardinia, Italy) and “Mravalzhamier: a Singing Journey in Svaneti (Georgia) with Pilpani Family and Melbourne Georgian choir” and the film by Hugo Zemp (France) and Nona Lomidze (Austria/Georgia) “Table Songs in Kakheti”.


The deadline of the registration for the 8th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony expired on 15 April, 2016; On 25 April Symposium Program Committee announced results of the discussion of abstracts.

55 scholars have been selected to participate in the 8th symposium to be held at Tbilisi State Conservatoire on 26-30 September, 2016; of these 32 foreign scholars from 17 countries of the world and 23 Georgian scholars.

International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and the International Centre for Georgian Folk Song are pleased to announce that The scholars working on the problems of polyphony are invited to participate in the 8th International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony will be held on 26-30 September, 2016, in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Please, carefully read the TIMLINE section and pay

attention to the on-line form of CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE 

Call for papers of the 8th Symposium for Traditional Polyphony, Tbilisi, 26-30 September 2016

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Since 2011 the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony of Tbilisi State Conservatory has been a member of the international organization – European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM). Since 2016 – a corporate member of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM).

IRCTP actively collaborates with both organizations.

In 2013 the Centre’s account on folk-musical and ethnomusicological life of Georgia was published in the April volume of the ICTM Bulletin