On 26 May 2021, the Embassy of Georgia to the Commonwealth of Australia held a reception dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia. The reception held in Canberra’s famous Commonwealth Club was attended by the representatives of Australian Governmental Institutions, Parliament, cultural, academic and business circles, media, Diplomatic Corps accredited in Canberra as well as Georgian compatriots.
In the beginning of the reception, the official toasts were proposed by H.E. Mr George Dolidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Commonwealth of Australia and by Mr. Ian McConville, Chief of Protocol of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia.
George Dolidze addressed the audience, speaking about the importance of establishing Georgia’s First Democratic Republic on 26 May 1918 and about the path traveled by Georgia and its achievements over the 30 years since the restoration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. He also touched upon the rich historic and cultural heritage of Georgia. In his speech, Ambassador emphasized the importance of close relations between Georgia and Australia and extended gratitude to Australia for Georgia’s unwavering support both on bilateral and multilateral levels.
The event was accompanied by Georgian polyphonic songs. The folk songs from different regions of Georgia were performed by Canberra’s community Choir – “Worldly Goods” featuring Australian vocalists.
The guests had an opportunity to taste Georgian wines and traditional dishes.