The 4th revised and expanded edition of Peter Nasmyth's classic book first published in 1998.

Peter Nasmyth is a writer, photographer and former arts journalist published in most major UK magazines and newspapers, along with American publications such as the Washington Post. He has lived between Tbilisi and London for the last thirty years and co-founded the first English-language bookshop, Prospero, in Tbilisi. He is currently involved in forming the National Trust in Georgia.

BGS is delighted to support this special event being held at the British Library (96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB) on Saturday 30th September 2017. The world famous Rustavi Choir will perform in a concert at 7.15pm preceded by a series of illuminating talks from Professor Rezo Kiknadze, Rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory and Professor Anzor Erkomaishvili, the prominent singer and musicologist who helped establish the Rustavi Choir nearly fifty years ago. They are joined by British Library curator, Will Prentice, who tells the surprising story of the Gramophone Company and its recording expeditions in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the early 20th century and plays extracts from recordings now housed at the Library. Other presentations will be given by the British Georgian Society and the Georgian Chanting Foundation. For further details and how to purchase tickets please follow this link http://www.bl.uk/events/rustavi-choir

Tbilisoba 2012The 2017 BGS Annual Georgian Supra will be held at Tbilisi Restauarant (91 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT) at 6pm on Sunday 8th October. A charge of £25 per person (excluding drinks) will be collected on the evening. You are welcome to order your drinks individually.  A special theme  for the Supra will be Tbilisi and ’Tbilisoba'. Please let us know if you are planning to join.

 

Photos by Armand Wang from this event on Facebook available here

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Join out street party to raise money to support: children living below poverty line; children of Georgian heroes who have lost their lives in active service and for the rehabilitation centre. 


What's on the menu: Home-made cakes, freshly baked Khachapuri (traditional Georgian dish of cheese bread), Khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and Mtsvadi (barbecued meat) a variety of vegetarian mezes and… of course some Georgian wine!

What's on the agenda: Face-painting, DIY cupcakes and other entertainment for kids; Music, songs and dances throughout the day; Stalls of arts, crafts and souvenirs from Georgian photographers, artists and designers; Backgammon tournament, tombola, auction and surprise challenges. Just pop by on the day, and bring your friends and family.

If you are unable to join us on the 25th June you could donate ahead of the event: www.bgsfund.co.uk 

‘That which we give makes us richer’
Shota Rustaveli

A concert by Chela, the Cambridge Georgian Choir, will take place on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm in Jesus College Chapel, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL

Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection to support training of the choir and charitable causes in Georgia. Book your seats at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Chela Easter Concert 2017

Members of the British Georgian Society are invited to a lecture by Professor Donald Rayfield on the subject Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia?

Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders. Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian. In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction?

Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He has written many books about Russian and Georgian history and literature. He has translated Georgian poets and prose writers into English and is also the author of the Georgian-English dictionary.  He is much in demand as a lively and entertaining lecturer on Georgian history and literature.

The lecture will be held on 18th April at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, at 36 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y, UK.  Doors will open at 6.30 for guests to meet and have a drink at the cash bar before the lecture.

Those wishing to attend are requested to register with Antony Wynn, chairman of the Iran Society, no later than 16th April, so that they will be admitted to the club premises. The club may refuse admission to those who are not registered. Please register with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the lecture, please see here.

 

Follow two BGS members, Steve & Anni Gregson, as they tour Georgia by bicycle. Firstly Iveria to the east in order to acclimatise  and taste the wine. Secondly up the Georgian Military Highway. Then a successful ascent of the Didgori Pass followed by a more leisurely couple of weeks cycling in the Lesser Caucasus, visiting the Vardzia caves, classy Borjomi, the nearby Bakuriani ski resort and finally Gori, Stalin's birthplace. "Cycle touring is a very stress-free way to travel, all you have to do is pedal, the rest is easy."

The talk, which will illustrate the gastronomic welcome in Georgia, will be followed by some Georgian wine, on what is after all Burns Night!

6.30pm Wednesday 25th January Georgian Embassy

Eric Lee

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BBC Radio 4 Food Programme on Georgia

Two excellent programmes presented by Dan Saldino are available on BBC iPlayer Radio. Feast Like a Georgian: A Food Guide to the Caucasus., first broadcast on 4th September, features food writer Carla Capalbo, author of Tasting Georgia (published earlier this summer), guiding Dan through a supra. Zero Compromise: A (Georgian) Natural Wine Story., broadcast on 11th September, has Dan Saladino travelling into the Caucasus in search of "zero compromise" natural wine makers. He finds them in Georgia, thought to be the birthplace of wine, and home of the qvevri.

Armand Wang's photos of BGS events available on Facebook

Photographer Armand Wang, a BGS member, wonderfully captures the atmosphere at BGS events in his descriptive photos and regularly posts them on the BGS Facebook page. Here are links to recent events Conversation with the two Ambassadors and Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada

Cancellation of 12 June event at Pembroke College

On behalf of the British Georgian Society, the board would like to update you about this year's BGS Cambridge Seminar at Pembroke College. The event at Pembroke on Monday 12 June is now cancelled. The keynote speaker, Georgian Defence Minister Levon Izoria, had to call off his visit to the UK in mid June. We apologise for any inconvenience - and hope you will understand the organisers' decision in the circumstances to put the event off for a future occasion.

A Poet Is Born: Nikolaz Baratashvili 27th April 2017 Asia House

As the first month of spring slowly comes to an end, on Thursday 27th April, 18.45 at Asia House Donald Rayfield remembers Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili  (1817-1845). On the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary, Donald Rayfield Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London will give a talk, A Poet Is Born: Nikolaz Baratashvili. For further information and tickets go to the Asia House website.

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Direct Flights From London To Georgia

There have been recent announcements that various airlines will operate direct flights from London to Georgia. The Hungarian owned low cost Wizz Air will commence bi-weekly flights from Luton to Kutaisi from 18th June 2017. This will be followed by Georgian Airlines (Airzena) flying directly from Gatwick to Tbilisi, also twice a week. Start dates to be confirmed. There is also an article on the online outlet commersant.ge that Ryanair will also commence flights from London to Tbilisi. 

Anthony Bryer OBE

An obituary by Bruce Clark

PROFESSOR ANTHONY BRYER, who has died aged 78, was an exuberant, charismatic historian and lecturer who did more than anybody in his generation to stimulate the study of Byzantium in Britain and beyond.

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Anthony Bryer OBE

A short appreciation by Professor Judith Herrin

Anthony Bryer OBE, the wonderful, inspiring teacher and promoter of Byzantine, Greek and Turkish culture, died at his home in Birmingham on 22 October, 2016. He established the field of Byzantine Studies in the UK and embodied its international significance through his work on the region of Trebizond/Trabzon in eastern Turkey.

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Religion, Conversion and Identity among Armenians and Georgians in Safavid Iran 29 September 2016

Professor Edmund Herzig of Oxford University will give this lecture on 29 September 2016, 7.30pm. Armenian House, 25 Cheniston Gardens, London W8 6TG Tube: High Street Kensington. Admission £5 (£3 students) payable on the door, to include wine and nibbles. For full information see here

Georgian Singing Events and Dance Performed to Rustavi Choir Songs in May and June

For those of you within reach of London here are details of two concerts with Georgian singing coming up soon:

Tbilisi Opera House to Reopen

The Tbilisi Opera House is to reopen after extensive refurbishment. Through 165 years of history it has survived Tsars, Soviets and civil war. Here is a link to a recent Guardian article