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 

 


In Bloom at the BFIBGS is delighted to support the UK Premiere of In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi), directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. with Lika Babluani and Mariam BokeriaGeorgia-France-Germany 2013, 102 mins. The director Nana Ekvtimishvili will be at the opening night of the Bird's Eye View Film Festival for a Q & A. Purchase tickets here

Celebrated as a major discovery of the 2013 Berlinale, this beautifully crafted story follows two young girls coming of age in post-Soviet Georgia. As civil war rages in the newly independent state, two 14-year-old best friends just want to talk gossip, music and boys. But as insecurity and fear overcome everyday life, their childhoods come to an abrupt halt in this multi-award-winning, semi-autobiographical drama.

BGS members attending the screening will be invited to the after party, including drinks, dancing, DJs and two young singers from Georgia - Megi and Magda Gagoidze - performing songs from Tusheti. BGS members who have purchased tickets to the screening and wish to attend the after party should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive their invitations. 

BGS is pleased to announce that Roy Reeve (formerly Head of the OSCE Mission in Georgia 2003-2007) will give a talk at King's College London - in the Pyramid Room - on Thursday 24th April, 6.15pm entitled "Conflict resolution - Georgian style: A look back. This will be a joint King's College and British Georgian Society event. King's College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS 

If you would like to attend, please email Keti Kalandadze on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 21st April.

Roy Reeve is a former diplomat.  He joined the FCO in 1965 as a Soviet specialist in Research Department.  Subsequently served two tours in Moscow (1968-71 and 1978-80), Helsinki and Geneva negotiations on the Helsinki Final Act leading to the founding of the OSCE (1972-75), Belgrade (1976-78) and Northern Ireland (1983-85). Thereafter posted as Deputy Consul General in Johannesburg, Head of Commercial Relations Department in London and Consul General in Sydney. Prior to taking early retirement in 1999, was Ambassador to Ukraine.

Following retirement, he was appointed Head of the OSCE Mission in Yerevan (1999-2003), Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia (2003-2007), Head of the EU Planning Team in Kosovo and Deputy Head of the EU Rule of Law Mission until finally finally retiring in 2011.

Sandra RoelofsBGS is delighted to welcome Sandra Roelofs, who wrote her autobiography First Lady of Georgia: The Story of an Idealist in 2005. Her talk is called Social And Health Challenges In Georgia. This event which is for BGS members only is now full. 

The Girl King by Meg ClothierBGS is delighted to welcome author and journalist Meg Clothier to talk about her historical novel based on Queen Tamar of Georgia. Monday 24th March at 6.30pm

Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ (nearest station Olympia)

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Before turning to novel writing Meg studied Classics at Cambridge, spent a year sailing a boat from England to Alaska, and finally got down to work as a journalist, culminating in two years with Reuters in Moscow. Since Random House published The Girl King in 2011, she has divided her time pretty evenly between having two children and writing a second novel, The Empress, which is set in Constantinople during the run-up to the Fourth Crusade.  

"As I wrote The Girl King, my reimagining of Tamar of Georgia as the heroine of a swashbuckling adventure tale, the journalist and academic in me was constantly at war with the novelist. Every time I made a choice between history and storytelling, I pictured myself justifying my decisions to a room full of Georgians. You could say, therefore, that this talk will be my worst nightmare come true … 

The Alpine Club and British Georgian Society are delighted to welcome Vano Vashakmadze for his illustrated talk: The Mountains of Georgia. Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm (bar opens at 6.00pm).

Kazbek Feb 2013 photographed by Peter NasmythThe Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 1QF (nearest tube Old Street)

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Memories Without BordersThere will be a film screening and discussion with Dr Laurence Broers, on Thursday 5th December at 6.15pm. The meeting will be held at UCL, Room 305, 26 Bedford Way Building, WC1H 0AP (Tavistock Square end). 

Memories Without Borders traces legacies of violence stretching from mass murder in ottoman Turkey in the early 20th Century, to war in Nagorny Karabakh in the 1990s. The joint work of a team of Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani film-makers, Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others, and what do others choose to remember about us? A glass of Georgian wine will follow the discussion in the Common Room next door. 

Laurence Broers from Conciliation Resources will introduce the film, which lasts 50 minutes, followed by a discussion, which will include Georgian themes (Laurence has a PhD on Georgia). 

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British Georgian Society is holding the 2013 AGM on Tuesday 19th November at 6pm. It will be held at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ. After the business part of the meeting our speaker will be Nino Tchanturia and her illustrated talk will be called 'Get Ready for Georgia'. This will be followed by a glass of Georgian wine, courtesy of the Embassy,accompanied by some nibbles. 

Nino Tchanturia lives and works in Georgia. She graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Western European Languages and Literature, with a Masters Degree in English Philology. She has a second Masters in Public Administration from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She has worked for 13 years as Tour Operations and Marketing Manager at GeorgiCa Travel and achieves life balances by practising yoga daily and fencing. She has a great interest in music from Georgian folk to Musette, classical Jazz, Bossa Nova to the classics and worked with Michael Church recording his CD, Songs of Survival - Traditional Music of Georgia.

VardziaBGS and the Courtauld Institute of Art are pleased to host a lecture by Professor David Park at 5.30pm on Wednesday November 13th. Download PDF here.

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre,

Courtauld Institute,

Strand, London WC2R 0RN

There will be a reception afterward in the Entrance Hall.

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Maya SumbadzeTo tie in with the 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival, Riverside Studios and British Georgian Society have organised an exhibition of two Georgian artists Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze at the Riverside Studios Gallery from 26th September - 30th September. Please see Riverside Studios website for opening times. 

Maia Naveriani's work entitled Future Wolves and Chicks So Far is a series of large pencil drawings exploring the female subject through the artist’s own cultural memory fragments as well as the contemporary socio-cultural ‘jungle’. 

Maya Sumbadze’s graphic works  I Like The Design Of My Pain draw on connections between pain and imagination, lived experience and fantasy. Strangely striking and calming at the same time, these figurative artworks juxtapose worlds of innocence and experience.

The exhibition is being sponsored by the cARTveli 

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

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