In 2002 polyphony symposia were initiated on the basis of the International Research Centre, these are held every 2 years at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. The Symposia are held with the patronage of the Georgian President and financial support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection. With its format and diversity of themes it occupies distinguished place among similar scientific forums and allows the researchers of world polyphony to share the results of recent studies to each other. Besides, if before Georgian polyphony was known to the world practically thanks to various ensembles, after the initiation of the symposia this phenomenon became the topic of interest for world scientific circles – from 2002 at each symposium one or more papers of foreign researchers are dedicated to Georgian polyphony.
As part of the symposium the Recital and Grand Halls of the Conservatoire host concerts of polyphony of the Georgians, ethnic minorities of Georgia and world people; in recent years these concerts are organized by the State Folklore Centre of Georgia; films on this themes are projected, and one day is dedicated to the meeting with folk singers from One of Georgia’s regions and visiting cultural/historical monuments.
After the symposium bilingual book of symposium proceedings (enclosed with a CD) is published, with Rusudan Tsurtsumia, Doctor of Arts and Prof. Joseph Jordania as editors. For now 7 books have already been published.