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.
Architectural Gems Amid Georgia's Fragile Urban Cultural Heritage 28 February 2014
This illustrated talk by Maia Mania will mainly focus on Tbilisi but will also look at the historic towns of Telavi, Signahi and Dusheti. The talk on Friday February 28th at 6.30pm.
The Gallery (Farringdon tube)
Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street (entrance by the courtyard), London ECM1 6EL
The Dash Café with BGS special screening of "Lucky Village" July 3 2013
a special screening of
Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 7:30pm | FREE Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
The Dash Café is pleased to present this special event in partnership with the British Georgian Society: a rare screening of the fascinating 1993 Georgian film “Lucky Village”, directed by Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Zurab Kipshidze and Shota Kristeshasvili.
The ward of the Narcotics Unit of the Tbilisi mental hospital, Georgia, is an unexpected safe haven from the civil war which rages beyond the bars and walls of the hospital. A new patient is admitted - a middle-aged alcoholic. As a voluntary inmate of ’Lucky Village’ he pieces together the fragments of his childhood in the streets of Stalin's Georgia. Into this world arrives Michael (Tim Pigott-Smith), a British diplomat, with the DTs.
“Lucky Village” began filming in Georgia in May 1991 and was completed in extraordinary conditions of counter-revolution and imperial collapse, military take-over and civil war.
The screening will be followed by a short discussion and Q&A with Dash Artistic Director Tim Supple and "Lucky Village" Associate Producer Marina Tsitsishvili.
The Café will also feature a set from the The Maspindzeli Choir singing songs from the ancient polyphonic tradition of Georgia.
Bare, beautiful and once heard never forgotten— Time Out, 25 May 2011.