Tamta's World - Book Presentation By Anthony Eastmond 6 October 2017
Tamta's World: The Life and Encounters of a Medieval Noblewoman From the Middle East to Mongolia
Friday 6th October 2017, 6.30pm, Research Forum,
Courtauld Institute of Art, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Tamta's World tells the compelling story of a Christian noblewoman in the thirteenth century. Born to an Armenian family at the court of Queen Tamar, Tamta was ransomed in marriage to nephews of Saladin, after her father was captured during a siege. Her tale stretches from the Mediterranean to Mongolia and reveals the extraordinary connections across continents and cultures that one woman could experience.
Antony Eastmond is A. G. Leventis Professor of Art History and Dean at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has published extensively on the world of eastern Christianity and its connections with the Islamic world around it, especially in Georgia and the Caucasus, and Trebizond.
Rustavi Choir and the Music of Georgia - The British Library 30 September 2017
BGS is delighted to support this special event being held at the British Library (96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB) on Saturday 30th September 2017. The world famous Rustavi Choir will perform in a concert at 7.15pm preceded by a series of illuminating talks from Professor Rezo Kiknadze, Rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory and Professor Anzor Erkomaishvili, the prominent singer and musicologist who helped establish the Rustavi Choir nearly fifty years ago. They are joined by British Library curator, Will Prentice, who tells the surprising story of the Gramophone Company and its recording expeditions in the Caucasus and Central Asia in the early 20th century and plays extracts from recordings now housed at the Library. Other presentations will be given by the British Georgian Society and the Georgian Chanting Foundation. For further details and how to purchase tickets please follow this link http://www.bl.uk/events/rustavi-choir
BGS Annual Supra 2017 at Tbilisi Restaurant 8 October
The 2017 BGS Annual Georgian Supra will be held at Tbilisi Restauarant (91 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LT) at 6pm on Sunday 8th October. A charge of £25 per person (excluding drinks) will be collected on the evening. You are welcome to order your drinks individually. A special theme for the Supra will be Tbilisi and ’Tbilisoba'. Please let us know if you are planning to join.
Georgia In The Mountains Of Poetry Peter Nasmyth September 24 2017
The 4th revised and expanded edition of Peter Nasmyth's classic book first published in 1998.
Peter Nasmyth is a writer, photographer and former arts journalist published in most major UK magazines and newspapers, along with American publications such as the Washington Post. He has lived between Tbilisi and London for the last thirty years and co-founded the first English-language bookshop, Prospero, in Tbilisi. He is currently involved in forming the National Trust in Georgia.
'A Conversation with the two Ambassadors' in Parliament 6 July 2017
Photos by Armand Wang from this event on Facebook available here
Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada on 25 June
Join out street party to raise money to support: children living below poverty line; children of Georgian heroes who have lost their lives in active service and for the rehabilitation centre.
What's on the menu: Home-made cakes, freshly baked Khachapuri (traditional Georgian dish of cheese bread), Khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and Mtsvadi (barbecued meat) a variety of vegetarian mezes and… of course some Georgian wine!
What's on the agenda: Face-painting, DIY cupcakes and other entertainment for kids; Music, songs and dances throughout the day; Stalls of arts, crafts and souvenirs from Georgian photographers, artists and designers; Backgammon tournament, tombola, auction and surprise challenges. Just pop by on the day, and bring your friends and family.
If you are unable to join us on the 25th June you could donate ahead of the event: www.bgsfund.co.uk
‘That which we give makes us richer’
BGS Members Guided Visit To Kew Gardens 13th May 2017
Easter Songs From Georgia Concert By Chela 5th April 2017
A concert by Chela, the Cambridge Georgian Choir, will take place on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm in Jesus College Chapel, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL
'Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia', lecture by Donald Rayfield on 18th April
Members of the British Georgian Society are invited to a lecture by Professor Donald Rayfield on the subject Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia?
Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders. Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian. In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction?
Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He has written many books about Russian and Georgian history and literature. He has translated Georgian poets and prose writers into English and is also the author of the Georgian-English dictionary. He is much in demand as a lively and entertaining lecturer on Georgian history and literature.
The lecture will be held on 18th April at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, at 36 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y, UK. Doors will open at 6.30 for guests to meet and have a drink at the cash bar before the lecture.
For more information about the lecture, please see here.
Georgia On Two Wheels - illustrated talk by Steve Gregson 25 January 2017
Follow two BGS members, Steve & Anni Gregson, as they tour Georgia by bicycle. Firstly Iveria to the east in order to acclimatise and taste the wine. Secondly up the Georgian Military Highway. Then a successful ascent of the Didgori Pass followed by a more leisurely couple of weeks cycling in the Lesser Caucasus, visiting the Vardzia caves, classy Borjomi, the nearby Bakuriani ski resort and finally Gori, Stalin's birthplace. "Cycle touring is a very stress-free way to travel, all you have to do is pedal, the rest is easy."
The talk, which will illustrate the gastronomic welcome in Georgia, will be followed by some Georgian wine, on what is after all Burns Night!
6.30pm Wednesday 25th January Georgian Embassy
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