CULTURE

What Life is Like in Tbilisi, Eastern Europe’s Coolest City


There is nothing more exciting than when a city finds its beat for the first time. Cue: the Parisian avant-garde of the ’20s, the San Franciscan beatniks of the ’50s, and the East Berlin ravers of the ’90s. Now it’s Tbilisi’s turn, the coolest emerging city you most likely never heard of. Sandwiched between Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia, and the Black Sea, the Georgian capital was exonerated from Soviet rule in 1992, and has been gaining steam as a city on-the-verge for its cultural happenings and budding underground scene. From its legendary techno clubs to its museums and culinary scene, Tbilisi is in the midst of a transition, with the help of artists and creatives who flock to and from the city for inspiration. Photographer Julien Boudet, who has attended Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi for several years, has captured life on the streets of Georgia.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.

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Photographs of daily life in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia, by Julien Boudet.