Street art in Georgia: Vandalism or self-expression?
Not so long ago Georgians would not hide their outrage at the ‘blemish’ of street art on the buildings and alleys of their capital. Now street art is widely accepted as one of the city’s cultural treasures — even as its legality remains murky.
Iran’s Caspian Coast – Memories From a 1984 Journey
Mark Elliott remembers his first visit to the Caspian and ponders the apparent contradictions of seaside resorts where attractions include rain and the chance to swim fully dressed.
Azerbaijan’s Mountain Jews A Model For Jewish-Muslim Coexistence
In the picturesque region of Quba - the Jerusalem of the Caucasus.
The Art of the Kelaghayi – Azerbaijan’s Unesco-celebrated Silk Scarf
The Caspian Post visits the ancient village of Basqal to see master scarf makers at work in a simple workshop that has captured the national imagination with its traditional craft.
Georgia's Tusheti Region Is One of Europe's Last Hidden Gems
Remote valleys, mountain villages with stone towers, ancient gods worshipped at shrines: Few places in Europe look quite as primal as Georgia's Tusheti region.
The Fascinating Graveyards of Shamakhi
Photographer Orxan Azim visits three very different cemeteries around the Azerbaijani city that was once a great regional capital.
The Dagestani Writer Who Isn't Afraid to Tackle Russia's Social Ills
Alisa Ganieva's ability to unflinchingly examine the problems of Russian society in her novels has found a large audience. Whether it's a politician's unexplained death or stereotypes about Dagestanis, there are few topics the 35-year-old won't touch.
The ‘Spirit Wrestling’ Doukhobors – Tracing a Russian Religious Sect’s Journey through the Caucasus to Canada
Azerbaijani Georgians Seek Recognition of Their Culture
Azerbaijanis, the largest ethnic minority in Georgia, say that Tbilisi neglects their culture while Baku tries to co-opt it. Now they are claiming it for themselves.
Sari Gelin - Who Does it Really Belong To?
Rediscovering the folk song whose melody bridges cultures in a divided region.
Why Georgia Reminds Me of Scarlett O'Hara
“Scary Azeri” on her first first trip to Georgia – is it really more beautiful than Azerbaijan?
Am I Too Azeri for the TikTok Dance Generation?
Standing like that, with no inhibitions, not at all intimidated or worried about looking ridiculous- which in fact, she for sure did – who can do this
The Origin of the Name "Shusha"
In folk etymology, Shusha comes from ‘Shisha,’ a word for “glass” in local languages. This is thought to symbolize the startling purity of the fresh local air. It’s a pleasing myth.
The Caspian’s Culinary Kaleidoscope
This is truly a region where home-grown culinary traditions remain paramount.