In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) 2013 UK Premiere 8 April 2014
BGS 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 Bokeria, Georgia-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.
Roy Reeve "Conflict Resolution - Georgian Style: A Look Back." 24 April 2014
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
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 Roelofs talk to BGS members 17 March 2014
BGS 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: from fact to fiction Meg Clothier 24 March 2014
BGS 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)
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 Mountains of Georgia - Illustrated Talk by Vano Vashakmadze 25 March 2014
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).
The Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 1QF (nearest tube Old Street)
Memories Without Borders - film screening and discussion 5 December 2013
There 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).
BGS AGM 19 November 2013
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.
Medieval Georgia: Researching and Preserving the Royal Wall Paintings of Vardzia 13 October 2014
BGS 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,
Strand, London WC2R 0RN
There will be a reception afterward in the Entrance Hall.
Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze Exhibition 26 - 30 September 2013
To 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
BGS Annual Supra 24 October 2013
The BGS annual supra will take place at 7pm on Thursday October 24th at Georgia Restaurant, 1 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PP. Tony Anderson, author of Bread And Ashes, will give an illustrated talk on Early British Travel Writers on Georgia. The evening will be accompained by live Kalakuri/City music.