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Holly Tailor-Zuntz

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Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much as possible. I love to visit villages where singers live, especially if they are surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers! My favourite place in Tbilisi is the bazroba (central bazaar) where I find all manner of interesting foods! My favourite Georgian food is soko ketze - mushrooms sizzling in a clay pan with Georgian cheese melting on top. 

 

I have performed Georgian songs in festivals such as the Batumi Folk and Church Music Festival, and the Polikarpe Music Festival in Anaklia. I sing with Maspindzeli, the London Georgian choir of 20-30 people, and Stumbrebi, an octet from around the UK who come together to sing complex and unusual Georgian harmony songs. 

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DAY 2 -Main Themes of Exploration in Samegrelo:

If myths, legends and people’s own story of a country is key to their understanding then the legend of old Cholcha certainly looms largest in the Georgian psyche.

Here, in Samegrelo we will expand on the question of civilisational belonging and cultural identity of this complex country called “The Edge of Empires”. 

“When it comes to food, Samegrelo presents the most characteristic Georgian flavours with fiery and exotic dishes and has been called the mother load of Georgian cuisine” - Carla Capablo.

Here we will explore the superb quality and sophistication of Georgian cuisine and Georgian supra as an expression of society's deepest values. 

Civilizational Identity at the Crosspoint of Civilizations

Civilizational Identity at the Crosspoint of Civilizations

If myths, legends and people’s own story of a country is key to their understanding then the legend of old Cholcha certainly looms largest in Georgian psyche. It was here in Samegrelo where river Phasis (current day Rioni) joins the Black Sea that Jason and Argonauts anchored their ship and visited King Aeetes Of Cholcha in his glorious palace. Memory and imaginary presence of this myth and the marvelous kingdom of the sun is still astonishingly fresh here some over three thousand years later.

After being the centre of the Oldest known Kartvelian Kingdom - Cholcha, Samegrelo played a key role in Georgia’s history from the formation of Georgian Royal dynasties to building an unified nationhood and the state. 

Prosperous Cities established in Samegrelo by Greek settlers peacefully coexisting with natives took roots in ancient history and were well developed during pre-Hellenistic period. Hippocrates called it an emporion, "a trading place” and it seems to have been a vital component of the presumed trade route from India to the Black Sea attested by the Classical authors Strabo and Pliny. It had a great strategic importance and was an important region for trade with Asia and the West, on both the Silk and Spice Routes. 

Samegrelo became a vital link to the Greek world and remained an anchor to the west and Christianity whilst eastern Georgia endured dominance of Persia and eastern powers.

Samegrelo fought major wars that are deeply symbolic in a great civilisational battle between East and West and a dramatic reflection of the country being a battle-feild of world power divide. 

Here, in Samegrelo we will expand on the question of civilisational belonging and cultural identity of this complex country called “The Edge of Empires”. Why does this nation “look so longingly to the West” and why do powerful forces pull it to the other side that this small country needs to endure not in the main realm of Euorope but at the far edge of it.

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Georgian Cuisine - Superb Quality Food and Enactment of Deepest Social Values

Breathtaking beauty of its nature, mystical customs, rich folklore and uniquely colourful culture make it an adventurous place of exploration. As Carla Capablo put it, “when it comes to food, Samegrelo presents the most characteristic Georgian flavours with fiery and exotic dishes and has been called the mother load of Georgian cuisine. Western Georgian cooks have turned their bounty of fertile soil and abundant harvests to a good advantage developing a sophisticated cuisine”.

Food goes to the core of the identity of Georgians. Understanding their food culture means understanding a big part of who they are. Here we will explore the superb quality and sophistication of Georgian cuisine and Georgian supra as an expression of society's deepest values

 

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DAY 2 -Main Themes of Exploration in Samegrelo:

If myths, legends and people’s own story of a country is key to their understanding then the legend of old Cholcha certainly looms largest in the Georgian psyche.

Here, in Samegrelo we will expand on the question of civilisational belonging and cultural identity of this complex country called “The Edge of Empires”. 

“When it comes to food, Samegrelo presents the most characteristic Georgian flavours with fiery and exotic dishes and has been called the mother load of Georgian cuisine” - Carla Capablo.

Here we will explore the superb quality and sophistication of Georgian cuisine and Georgian supra as an expression of society's deepest values. 

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Journey Points

Stop 1 - Salkhino Complex

After having breakfast at the hotel in Tskaltubo, guests will travel to the Very special place for presenting culinary treasures of Samegrelo, treasure itself - Salkhino complex. 

  • Fascinating Story of Georgian Cuisine Presented in the Historic Hall of the Wine Palace
  • Passionate master class of 5 prominent Georgian dishes done by Two beloved local celebrity chefs 
  • Memorable Lunch at the local-themed Restaurant
  • Tasting Ojaleshi from a centuries-old pitcher at Salkhino Wine Cellar

 

Stop 1

Salkhino Complex

Stop 2

Tsikhe Gogi Fortress

Stop 3

Evening Supra

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Tour Leader

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much a ...

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Holly Tailor-Zuntz

Growing up in Oxford, UK, I was always singing in different folk choirs and bands. I trained as an actor, first in Musical Theatre and then European Theatre. But singing in harmony with others is my main pleasure in life.

 

In 2017 I travelled to Georgia (Kutaisi, Samegrelo, Svaneti, Ajara and Guria) to learn about the ancient tradition of polyphonic singing. Since then I keep coming back, taking longer and longer trips. Now I spend most of my time in Tbilisi but visit other regions as much a ...

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