5th British Georgian Society Seminar in Cambridge
"Twenty Five Years In The Caucasus" by Arnold Zisserman 20 February 2018
With many thanks to the Georgian Embassy for their kind hospitality, British Georgian Society is delighted to welcome back Peter Skinner, author of Georgia, The Land Below the Caucasus, to talk about his newly published Twenty five Years in the Caucasus by Arnold Zisserman.
Tuesday 20th February
4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start
(Georgian wine will be served)
Zisserman’s Travels are a fabulous addition to the growing body of work about Georgia now available in English. Full of detail and insights into the culture, politics, ethnography and history of that fascinating country, enlivened with personal encounters and observations of life at all levels, this is essential reading for anyone with any interest in the Caucasus, Russian colonial expansion, and travel writing of the most immersive kind. Written with considerable narrative flair and wit, Zisserman’s account is especially valuable: an eye-witness to - and participant in - the Russian Conquest of the Caucasus, a Russian himself, still a teenager when he first arrived in Tbilisi as a lowly clerk, he was seized by the spirit of adventure. His book, written over his 25 years in the region, is filled with marvellous encounters and descriptions: of nobles & peasants, of soldiers and officials, of Russians and Georgians and as many tribes of mountain Tush, Khevsurs, Lesgians, Avars & Daghestanis, Chechens, Kists, Azeris and Tartars, as will delight the most demanding of ethnophiles.
Setting The Agenda For Tbilisi's Urban Development 9 January 2018
After graduating with a degree in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University in 2007, Joseph Alexander Smith pursued a brief career in Middle Eastern Studies Librarianship in London. A chance trip to Georgia in 2011 changed the course of his life, and he settled in Tbilisi in 2012. Through working as a multi-media journalist on environmental and cultural heritage issues, Joseph became involved in the flourishing urban activism scene in 2014-2015, particularly through the pedestrian-rights organisation Iare Pekhit. On the basis of this experience in civil activism, Joseph made a bid for a seat in Tbilisi's City Assembly in October 2017, becoming the first British-born Georgian citizen to run for elected office. Despite losing the election, Joseph has continued to be active on urban issues, hosting a weekly radio show specifically on urban development on Radio GIPA.
Tamada At Tamada 11 January 2018
A farewell party ‘Tamada at Tamada’ for Mr. Kakhi Kenkadze, Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Georgian Embassy to the UK
While performing the role of the Tamada (Toastmaster) Mr. Kenkadze will take us through the origin, value and format of the Tamada Institute. He will also perform Georgian songs and read his translation of some pieces of the British and Georgian poetry.
The format: the Georgian Supra
Price: £25 per person including Georgian wine (wine provided from the BGS cellar)
Location: Tamada, 122 Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH
Time: 11th of January at 19.00.pm.
Tamta's World - Book Presentation By Anthony Eastmond 6 October 2017
Tamta's World: The Life and Encounters of a Medieval Noblewoman From the Middle East to Mongolia
Friday 6th October 2017, 6.30pm, Research Forum,
Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Tamta's World tells the compelling story of a Christian noblewoman in the thirteenth century. Born to an Armenian family at the court of Queen Tamar, Tamta was ransomed in marriage to nephews of Saladin, after her father was captured during a siege. Her tale stretches from the Mediterranean to Mongolia and reveals the extraordinary connections across continents and cultures that one woman could experience.
Antony Eastmond is A. G. Leventis Professor of Art History and Dean at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has published extensively on the world of eastern Christianity and its connections with the Islamic world around it, especially in Georgia and the Caucasus, and Trebizond.
Georgia In The Mountains Of Poetry Peter Nasmyth September 24 2017
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.
Rustavi Choir and the Music of Georgia - The British Library 30 September 2017
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
BGS Annual Supra 2017 at Tbilisi Restaurant 8 October
The 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.
'A Conversation with the two Ambassadors' in Parliament 6 July 2017
Photos by Armand Wang from this event on Facebook available here
Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada on 25 June
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’