BGS members visit to the British Library Georgian collection 26 February 2013
At 4pm on Tuesday 26th February there will be a special visit to the British Library for members of the British Georgian Society meeting at the BL main entrance. Those attending will be welcomed by Janet Zmroczek, Head of European Studies, and then given an exclusive guided tour of the British Library. This will be followed by a presentation from the Georgian curator Anna Chelidze, and an opportunity to explore the BL Georgian collection. The presentation will focus on: the star items of the Georgian collection - highlights from which include medieval manuscripts, early printed books and rare newspapers published by émigrés after the establishment of Soviet power; important avant-garde journals from the 1920s; and early gramophone recordings made in Tbilisi 1901-1914. The visit will last approximately two and a half hours and refreshments will be available from the British Library cafe.
Will There be a Theatre Up There? (Netavi iq Teatri aris?!) 12 February 2013
Will There be a Theatre Up There? (Netavi iq Teatri aris?!) 2011. 55min. Georgian with English subtitles.
Nana Janelidze's award winning documentary has one of the most popular Georgian actors Kakhi Kavsadze, as the main character of the film. But it is not just about an actor, and chronicles the life ordeals of a big family - the Kavsadzes, a family of great folk singers - which reflects the lives of millions who lived in the former USSR.
Born 1955 in Tbilisi, Nana Janelidze graduated from the Georgian State Theatric and Cinema Institute (Master class of Tengiz Abuladze) in 1981. Subsequently worked with Abuladze as script writer and music-designer on the film Repentance. She was awarded the Russian Cinema Academy Prize for the script of the film Nika (which was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes XXXX International Film Festival). She was also awarded the State Prize of Georgia and Jakob Gogebashvili pedagogical prize for her film Lullaby.
2010 The Knights of Georgian Chant / Galobis Raindebi (doc.), 2005 Cristmas Gift / Sashobao Sachukari (short), 2003 Dreams of the Dry Bridge / Mshrali Khidis Sizmrebi (short), 2002 One Drop of Georgia / Erti Tsveti Sakartvelo (doc.), 1998 Lullaby / Iavnana, 1985 The Family / Ojakhi (short), 1978 A Big Boy and a Little Boy /Didi bichi da patara bichi (short)
Tuesday 12th February 2013, at 7pm, Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ.
Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and David Rose 23rd January Georgian Embassy
BGS Christmas Event at the Georgian Embassy 8 January 2013
We are pleased to announce the BGS Georgian Christmas event on
Tuesday January 8th 2013, 6.30pm, at the GEORGIAN EMBASSY, 4 Russell
Gardens, London W14 8EZ
Professor DONALD RAYFIELD will be talking about the great Georgian
writer OTAR CHILADZE, who died in 2009.
Donald has recently finished the translation of 'A MAN WAS GOING DOWN
THE ROAD' to be published in December 2012, and 'AVELUM' to be
published in April 2013. Hardback copies of 'A Man Was
Going Down the Road' will be available at a 25% discount to members (i.e. £12
instead of £16).
His talk will be followed by a short presentation about regional
differences in the celebration of Georgian Christmas with Georgian
wine and special seasonal snacks.
Logic In Georgia 11 December 2012
BGS member Dr Nick Bezhanishvili, who was at Imperial College London and is now at the University of Utrecht, will give a talk on the historical development of mathematical logic in Georgia. At the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, Tuesday 11th December, 6.30pm.
This fascinating illustrated talk is now available to downlaod as a pdf.
Keep Smiling (Gaigimet) Embassy Screening 5 December 2012
As a 'taster' for the 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013 and for the last screening of this year, BGS will show Rusudan Chkonia's successful 2012 debut feature Keep Smiling (Gaigimet) for members only. Having had much recognition at various festivals including Venice Days 2012 (a parallel programme to the Venice Festival) the film has been selected as the Georgian entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language nomination.
Keep Smiling is a black comedy with dramatic events taking place during a beauty contest. There are 10 mothers, half of whom are from the poorest section of society, and between them have a large number of children. They are all after the main prize of an apartment and $25,000 USD. 91 minutes. Georgian/French/Luxemburg co-production.
Wednesday 5th December, Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, 7pm.
Epic Poetry East and West: Rustaveli & His Contemporaries 30 November 2012
As the final event of our celebration of 100 years of Rustaveli in English, David Gigauri and Anna Chelidze have organised the following event at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Friday 30th November, from 5.30pm to 9pm.
Epic Poetry East and West: Rustaveli & His Contemporaries
Welcome by Janet Zmroczek (Head of European Studies, BL) and HE Giorgi Badridze (Georgian Ambassador)
Paper 1 'The Epic Traditions in Medieval France and Spain' Dr Geoff West (Head Hispanic Collections, British Library)
Paper 2 'Shahnameh & Persian Epic Poetry' Prof Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge)
Paper 3 'Rustaveli the Poet and Medieval Georgia' Aka Morchiladze (Georgian writer and literary historian)
Followed by a discussion and reception with Georgian wine and songs from the Maspindzeli Choir
Robert Parsons Royal Asiatic Society 30 October 2012
An evening of talks, film and song to celebrate Rustaveli
British Georgian Society and the Royal Asiatic Society are delighted to announce an evening of talks, film and song on October 30th to mark 100 years since the publication of the first English Translation of the epic Georgian poem 'A Man in a Panther's Skin' by the 12th century poet Shota Rustaveli.
Our programme centres on song which still thrives today amongst Georgia's cultural traditions.
6.45pm - Welcome by RAS Director Alison Ohta.
7.00pm - Introduction to Georgian music by Tamta Turmanidze (Leader of UK based Georgian Choirs Maspindzeli and Tabuni)
7.15pm - Screening of the film 'Songs of Georgia' directed by Jason Osborn
8.00pm - Talk by Robert Parsons who narrated the film, will speak and reflect on contemporary Georgia
8.30pm - Questions followed by Georgian wine and snacks provided by Little Georgia restaurant and music by Maspindzeli Choir
The film 'Songs of Georgia' features some of the finest musicians in different regional communities in the Caucasus and explores a culture deeply rooted in the daily lives of the people. Despite an often harsh and precarious existence, a feast is nearly always on offer and a new generation performs the songs and dances of their ancestors. All the music for the film was recorded on location by the BBC World Routes team and narrated by Robert Parsons, who was amazed, when he first went to Georgia, that nearly every family he visited could sing traditional Georgian songs in complex harmonies.
We are very pleased that Robert will be with us for the evening and will speak after the film. He first went to Georgia in the 1980s and has since become one of the most respected and knowledgeable journalists to cover Georgia. He is currently international affairs editor at France24 TV and recently spent 18 months in Tbilisi as head of the independent Georgian channel Kanal PIK TV.
British Georgian Society AGM 27 November 2012
The 2012 AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 6.30pm. The Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, has again kindly agreed to host us. After the AGM there will be a break for networking over a glass of Georgian wine, courtesy of the Embassy.
Then there will be some short talks to members:-
a) A review of the past year by HE Giorgi Badridze
b) A talk on portage in Georgia by Dr Sean Cameron
c) Talks by two Georgian students in London, Elene Melikishvili (KCL) and Ana Lomtadze (UCL).
It promises to be an interesting evening.
This event is for members only who should already have received the notice, report and accounts.
Richard Lewington: A Personal View of My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia - 3 October 2012
The Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme and British Georgian Society are holding an expert roundtable with Richard Lewington Wednesday 3 October 2012:
A Personal View of My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission
at Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE 16:00 until 17:30 (coffee at 15:45).
The European Union's engagement in the conflicts of the South Caucasus has often been criticised for being neither sufficiently visible nor consistent in its approach. The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia was established following the August 2008 war to help stabilise the situation on the ground. The Mission's observation and reporting activities have faced several problems, lack of access to to Abkhazian and South Ossetian territory among them. Richard Lewington will discuss the objectives, the achievements and the failures of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the challenges posed by state and non-state actors in the region. He will speak for approximately 15 minutes, followed by an hour for questions and discussion.
Richard Lewington worked with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia between August 2011 and August 2012. He joined the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1967 and his postings included Mongolia, Peru, the Soviet Union, Israel and Yugoslavia. He served as British Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1999-2002) and to Ecuador (2002-2006). From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief Technical Adviser on Tajikistan for the EU Border Management and Drug Action Programmes in Central Asia (BOMCA/ CADAP).
A transcript of the meeting will be available shortly.