A Talk by Clementine Cecil on the Campaign to Save Tbilisi's Historic Buildings March 10
BGS is delighted to welcome Clementine Cecil, Director of SAVE Britain's Heritage, SAVE Europe's Heritage and Chairman of the Moscow Architectural Preservation Society, for this talk on the Campaign to Save Tbilisi's Historic Buildings. She will discuss the threats to historic Tbilisi, show how the reports of SAVE & MAPS (Moscow Architectural Preservation Society) can be used as a campaign tool, and tell us how some of the successful campaigns using such reports have been waged in Moscow, in Russia and in the UK.
Clem Cecil was the Moscow Correspondent for The Times (2001-2004) & co-founder of MAPS which she has chaired since 2012. She has written reports on the Architectural Heritage of Samara, St. Petersburg and Moscow, & writes freelance for The Times on Russia, Architecture and Conservation. She is currently working on a City Guide to Moscow and a report on rural Russian churches under threat. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Tbilisi Heritage Group. She is a tremendous advocate for the conservation of historic buildings, helped to lead SAVE's campaign to save Smithfield Market (www.savebritainsheritage.org) and is a most engaging speaker. SAVE has been described as "the most influential conservation group to have been established since William Morris founded the Society for the Protection Ancient Buildings over a century ago".
Tuesday 10th March, 7pm at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
Batumi Raptor Count present an illustrated talk on their work 24 March
Nikolai Marr - a talk by Donald Rayfield 17 February
BGS is delighted to invite all members and friends to a talk by Professor Donald Rayfield, on the fabulous genius of Nikolai Marr, Stalin's favourite linguist, a man whose theories, particularly about the Georgian language, had the most extraordinary and unexpected results within the field of linguistics and far beyond.
Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian & Georgian at the University of London. He is the author of seminal books on Russian and Georgian Literature, & on Stalin; he wrote the definitive History of Georgia, "The Edge of Empires", and is the editor-in-chief of the Georgian-English Dictionary. Not only an extremely distinguished academic, Professor Rayfield is also a most entertaining and erudite speaker, whose great knowledge - & personal experience - of Russian and Georgian history & politics adds immeasurably to all his reflections.
Georgian wines will be served!
Where: The Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
When: Tuesday 17th February at 7 pm
Donald Rayfield has kindly supplied a printed version of his talk which can be read below.
The Healing Power of Georgian Polyphonic Music – Nana Mzhavanadze 24 February
Nana Mzhavanadze, as the many of us who have been delighted by her singing or attended her workshops already know, is an eminent ethnomusicologist from the Tbilisi Music Conservatoire with deep knowledge of Georgian polyphony. She was born in Western Georgia into one of Guria's leading musical families, and grew up with polyphonic singing still a way of life. She is a member of the female Ensemble Sathanao who have researched and revived ancient chants, discovered in early 19th century transcriptions and on the edge of extinction.
Nana has taken her research further and this time will talk about the healing powers of polyphonic music that are being rediscovered in modern-day therapy and medical practice. She will describe, and illustrate, how Georgian polyphony played a traditional role in daily life as healing rituals to ensure the welfare of the individual, family and the village group. This is now seen as offering many lessons for us today.
Where: The Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
When: Tuesday 24th February 2015 at 7.00pm
Christmas Party 9 January 2015 Georgian Embassy
Special Lecture on Rustaveli and Shakespeare by Professor Elguja Khintibidze 13 November
BGS and the Georgian Society of University College London are pleased to announce that Professor Elguja Khintibidze, Academian of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Head of the Institute of History of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi State University is giving a lecture:
Rustaveli’s “THE MAN IN THE PANTHER SKIN - A LITERARY SOURCE OF SHAKESPEARE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES”
The lecture is based on research Professor Khintibidze has carried out into early connections between Georgia and England and the potential transmissions of ideas and sources between the two countries.
Thursday 13th November 2014 at 8.00pm.
Anatomy Building G29 J Z Young Lecture Theatre, UCL Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Georgian wine and nibbles will be provided afterwards.
Women's Fund in Georgia screen Women From Georgia (Qalebi Saqartvelodan) 21 November
BGS is pleased to announce a special fundraising event supporting women's rights in Georgia on Friday 21st November at 6.30pm. With the Women's Fund in Georgia, BGS will be presenting a screening of Levan Koguashvili's 2008 documentary Women From Georgia (53 minutes) followed by an open discussion moderated by BBC journalist Natia Abramia. There will also be a short talk by Bella Radenovic on the creation of the myth of Tamar Mepe (Tamar the King), Queen of Georgia from 1160 - 2013. Bella will speak about the discrepancies between the way Tamar Mepe is presented in historical writing and in visual culture. She will touch upon the folk traditions pertaining to Tamar as well as how Georgians see her today in relation to gender identity.The evening will be accompanied by Georgian wine and canapés. Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ.
Many of us will be horrified by this documentary featuring the everyday life of immigrant women working illegally 24/7 to support their families back in Georgia. However, at the same time, we will be presenting a new book by one of the most successful Georgian immigrant female artists, Eteri Chkadua (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2013). Eteri’s book will be on sale along with her postcards to raise money for the ‘Women’s Fund'
For information about Eteri Chkadua click here
The mission of the Women's Fund in Georgia is empowering women in Georgia for protection of their rights, full self-realization and participation in society's life through providing financial and technical support, capacity building and development of feminist philanthropy. For further information about the Women's Fund in Georgia click here
Bella Radenovic studied History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge before taking an MA in Byzantium and its Rivals at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She plans to pursue doctoral research in medieval visual culture.
We are very grateful to the Georgian Embassy for hosting this event and to Mako Abashidze of BGCC for providing Georgian wine.
The event is free to attend. DONATIONS ARE WELCOME BUT NOT A MUST.
Influence of Georgian Ancestry and Traditions Abroad 26 November
BGS Annual General Meeting 2014 5 December
The BGS Annual General Meeting will take place at the Georgian Embassy on 5th December 2014 at 6.30pm. As well as the usual business of the meeting, electing directors and receiving the annual Report and Accounts, we will have two speakers: HE Professor Revaz Gachechiladze, the recently appointed Georgian Ambassador, will give a talk 'Political Situation in and around Georgia'; Peter Dodge, the BGS honorary legal adviser, will give a talk "We're playing Dynamo Tibilski": Personal Reflections of a Sports Fan on Georgia's Place in International Competition.
As the AGM was non-quorate, the directors will shortly reconvene the meeting to ratify decisions taken.
Jonathan Djanogly Reflects on the APPG Georgia Visit 2014
The MP for Huntingdon and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia will give a special talk to BGS members reflecting on the APPG visit to Georgia in Summer 2014. This will take place in the IPU Room in the Houses of Parliament on 15th December 2014 at 6.30pm.