A FUND-RAISING WORKSHOP TO SPONSOR A “CASH COW" FOR POOR GEORGIAN FAMILIES IN SAMTSKHE-JAVARKHETI

 COME AND LEARN ABOUT GEORGIA’S  HERBS AND SPICES – TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF GEORGIAN CUISINE

 

 MONDAY APRIL 28th - 6.30PM WORKSHOP AT THE GEORGIAN EMBASSY

   A COW PROVIDES AN INCOME

In the warm glow of post-British-Georgian-Society-Christmas-Party bonhemie we decided to spend the remnants of the celebration budget on buying a cow for a poor Georgian family. Thus we would give them food and an income – sale of the cheese and calves would create a small business 

 

We wanted to find a family with old people to support. (Though old people by themselves would not be about to look after a cow.)

We decided on one on Georgia’s poorest regions – Samtskhe-Javakheti, where over 50% of the population have been living below the poverty line for many years.   Plus, this is a key area for Georgia as, with its huge number of very poor families who have originated from just over the border with Armenia, this is a potential conflict zone.

Aid workers in the region gave us three candidate families

1. A family from Apkhazia living in the village Daba where forest fires have destroyed much of the vegetation. 

2. A young family in the village Tsagveri with three small children.  

3. A family where a mother of three is working hard, “she is one of our best farmers”, whose husband is mentally disabled.

THEN WE GOT A VERY NASTY SHOCK – EVEN IN GEORGIA A GOOD COW COSTS £400. (THIS IS THE PRICE FOR A HEALTHY PROVEN MILKER.)

SO WE HOPE TO RAISE THE MONEY TO BUY AT LEAST ONE COW, PREFERABLY THREE. THE WORKSHOP WILL COST £5, BUT WE HOPE YOU’LL GIVE MORE!!!

NOW -  we are going to hold several fund-raising events built around some of the most magic aspects of Georgia – the flavours of its cuisine, its folklore and its wine. The first event will be the flavours and all about them – why and in which dishes they are used.

News

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

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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.

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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