A music group made of elders from western Georgia prepare to go on stage during the festival of Georgian traditional folk music at the Ethnographic Museum in Tbilisi on July 25.
Art Gene Festival was started by several Georgian friends in 2004 to preserve and popularize the traditional and folk culture of Georgia. The organizers travel to the country's regions to find local performers for the festival. For many people living in remote villages the festival offers the opportunity to perform on a live stage for hundreds of listeners.
Justyna Mielnikiewicz is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.