A joint BGS/King's College briefing/seminar

War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London. 6 - 8 pm.

Professor Donald Rayfield'An Orphan in the Caucasus': the mysterious origins and connections of the Georgian Langauge

Donald Rayfield will discuss the relationship (proven and possible) between Georgian and other European, Anatolian and other Caucasian languages, and the way various theories have been manipulated over the last century or two.

Emeritus Professor of Russian at Queen Mary, University of London, author of 'The Literature of Georgia', editor-in-chief of 'A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary' and having just completed a 'History of Georgia', Donald Rayfield is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and popular speakers at BGS events. Not to be missed by anyone interested in Georgia.

November 17th at 6.30pm in the Research Forum South Room at the Courtauld Institute.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our grateful thanks to the Courtauld Institute for making this event possible.

 

 

A Trip To KarabakhWinner of the 'Golden Vine' - Grand Prize at the CIS and Baltic States Festival. A collaboration between director Levan Tutberidze and writer Aka Morchiladze. It follows the journey of two young men from Tbilisi to Azerbaijanin search of drugs, who accidentally end up in war-torn Karabakh. This is a poignant and entertaining film about the futility of war and the contradictions and complexities of the South Caucasus. The film is being shown with English sub-titles. 105 minutes. Please email info@britishgeorgian society.org if you wish to attend.

Georgian Embassy 7.00pm Wednesday 12th October

4 Russell Gardens
London W14 8EZ
020 7603 7799

 



GEORGIA REALLY MATTERS celebrating 25 years of the Annual Georgian Studies Day. November 2nd at the University of Westminster, Regent Street campus. Speakers include the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28th October if you wish to attend.

The earliest full-scale Georgian cinematic musical Keto and Kote (1948), based on the comic opera by Viktor Dolidze, was screened at the Georgian Embassy in April 2011, with the first showing of a newly restored print. Directed by Vakhtang Tabliashvili and Shalva Gedevanishvili, starring leading actors of different generations, such as Medea Japaridze, Veriko Andjaparidze, Vaso Godziashvili and Akaki Kvantaliani, the film features splendid music, choreography and humour.

In a wonderfully entertaining and fascinating introduction Gela Charkviani, the distinguished diplomat, TV personality and former Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, described how the Chattanooga Choo Choo did more for American diplomacy than the CIA ever could.

 

Director Nana Djordjadze made the only Georgian film to be nominated for an oscarA Chef in Love (1996). Her 1986 comedy, My English Grandfather also called Robinson Crusoe in Georgia hence Robinsoniada, was entered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious Caméra d'Or as a first feature. Djordjadze (born in 1948) graduated in architecture but started acting and then in 1974 enrolled in the film classes of Tengiz Abuladze and Irakli Kvririkadze in the Faculty of Film Direction at the Rustaveli State Theatre Institute, Tbilisi. Like other leading Georgian filmmakers of the time, Djordjadze left Georgia in the early 1990s and has made her home in Berlin. 

 

Speaker at BGS Annual DinnerThis year's annual Supra for BGS members will take place on 27th September at 7.30pm. There will be a theme this year - Past and Present Georgians in the UK - presented by David Gigauri. The event will take place at Tamada, Tamara Lordkipanidze's popular Georgian restaurant in St John's Wood, with support from Gaumarjos and Geo Wines. The cost of the evening will be £30 per person including a special menu with additional seasonal dishes and wine.

The 2011 AGM took place on Thursday 20th October at 18:30 in the Georgian Embassy. Reports were given by the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and members approved the accounts and appointment of directors to the board. Draft minutes from the meeting will be sent by e-mail to all members. For further details, please contact Robert Scallon, secretary.

Bill McAlister's talk Shadows of Forgotten Memories recalls his adventures in Georgia, a country he first visited in 1998, and his many experiences with various cultural institutions and individuals. 

Georgian Ambassador HE Giorgi Badridze arrived in London in 2007 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission. He spoke about his experiences in London, first arriving when HE Gela Charkviani was Ambassador, the 2008 war, and his own appointment as Ambassador to the UK and Ireland in 2009.

Our thanks to Ambassador Badridze and his staff at the Embassy for hosting the meeting. 

The past events from 2010 back to 2006 are available as PDFs

This fascinating talk by two speakers from the Botanical Gardens at Kew - Clare Trivedi and Guy Moore - was given at the Georgian Embassy on 12 July 2011.

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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.

Read more ...

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