Women From GeorgiaBGS is pleased to announce a special fundraising event supporting women's rights in Georgia on Friday 21st November at 6.30pm. With the Women's Fund in Georgia, BGS will be presenting a screening of Levan Koguashvili's 2008 documentary Women From Georgia (53 minutes) followed by an open discussion moderated by BBC journalist Natia Abramia. There will also be a short talk by Bella Radenovic on the creation of the myth of Tamar Mepe (Tamar the King), Queen of Georgia from 1160 - 2013. Bella will speak about the discrepancies between the way Tamar Mepe is presented in historical writing and in visual culture. She will touch upon the folk traditions pertaining to Tamar as well as how Georgians see her today in relation to gender identity.The evening will be accompanied by Georgian wine and canapés. Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ. 

Women From Georgia

Many of us will be horrified by this documentary featuring the everyday life of immigrant women working illegally 24/7 to support their families back in Georgia. However, at the same time, we will be presenting a new book by one of the most successful Georgian immigrant female artists, Eteri Chkadua (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2013). Eteri’s book will be on sale along with her postcards to raise money for the ‘Women’s Fund'

Women From Georgia

For information about Eteri Chkadua click here

The mission of the Women's Fund in Georgia is empowering women in Georgia for protection of their rights, full self-realization and participation in society's life through providing financial and technical support, capacity building and development of feminist philanthropy. For further information about the Women's Fund in Georgia click here

Bella Radenovic studied History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge before taking an MA in Byzantium and its Rivals at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She plans to pursue doctoral research in medieval visual culture.

Women From Georgia

We are very grateful to the Georgian Embassy for hosting this event and to Mako Abashidze of BGCC for providing Georgian wine.

The event is free to attend. DONATIONS  ARE  WELCOME  BUT  NOT  A MUST. 

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Rustaveli Day 2014

The BGS Annual General Meeting will take place at the Georgian Embassy on 5th December 2014 at 6.30pm. As well as the usual business of the meeting, electing directors and receiving the annual Report and Accounts, we will have two speakers: HE Professor Revaz Gachechiladze, the recently appointed Georgian Ambassador, will give a talk 'Political Situation in and around Georgia'; Peter Dodge, the BGS honorary legal adviser, will give a talk "We're playing Dynamo Tibilski": Personal Reflections of a Sports Fan on Georgia's Place in International Competition. 

As the AGM was non-quorate, the directors will shortly reconvene the meeting to ratify decisions taken. 

The MP for Huntingdon and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia will give a special talk to BGS members reflecting on the APPG visit to Georgia in Summer 2014. This will take place in the IPU Room in the Houses of Parliament on 15th December 2014 at 6.30pm

Jonathan Djanogly talk in Parliament

BGS and the Georgian Embassy are happy to host the UK launch of a new book about Georgia taking place on Tuesday 4th November at 6.30pm:-

Georgia, the Land Below the Caucasus - A Narrative History by Peter F Skinner, an English writer who lives in New York, where the book was launched two months ago (see review below).

The 500-page book is a full colour illustrated history of the Georgian nation, with many maps, photographs and a clear, well-written text.

BGS director Peter Nasmyth will introduce Peter Skinner, and the new ambassador, HE Rezo Gachechiladze, will say a few words. Peter Skinner will give a short talk and then take questions and sign copies of his book for sale.

There will be Georgian wine (by kind courtesy of the Embassy) and some nibbles.

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Brides Patardzlebi 2014

BGS ANNUAL SUPRA & TALK BY TINATIN KAJRISHVILI at 7pm on Wednesday October 22nd - Little Georgia Islington Restaurant, 14 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HB, UK 0207 278 6100. (Angel tube station).

Tinatin Kajrishvili will give a talk on her latest film Brides (Patardzlebi) 2014, which was shown as part of the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. The film, which is written, produced and directed by Tinatin, is a personal account of her own experiences. Her previous films include Paradjanov, Shavi Tuta, Unknown Soldiers, etc.Little Georgia table

We will also have a presentation by Costanza Curro, PhD candidate in Social anthropology at SSEES-UCL on Georgian Hospitality.

The cost is £25 per head for a multiple course dinner (payable to the restaurant on the night): wine will be extra. The evening will be accompanied by live Georgian (ქალაქური-‘kalakuri’) city song. 

BGS and MCS supported by the Embassy of Georgia and the Georgian Community in UK are pleased to announce that the international pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili, has agreed to give a short recital and to be interviewed by Michael Church, classical music critic of The Independent. 
 
The event will take place at Wetherby School (near Marble Arch) at 7pm on June 3rd. There will be a welcome drink on arrival and then after the recital and conversazione, a reception with Georgian wine and canapes and a chance to meet Khatia. There will be a charge of 15 Pounds for the event. Please book by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

M.C.S.
in cooperation with 
British Georgian Society

present

Kathia Buniatishvili
pianist

We are proud and excited to invite you  to this unique opportunity to hear a rising international  Georgian pianist - Kathia Buniatishvili. A prominent classical music critic at the Independent Michael Church will interview the artist. Alongside her performance, the evening will be followed by Q&A.
 
 

The Colour of Pomegranates

Dash Arts in collaboration with BGS presents The Colour of Pomegranates; a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song). One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's film reveals the poet's life depicting his coming of age, discovery of the female form, falling in love, entering a monastery and dying, all framed through both Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems. The film was illicitly smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the 1970s for its UK premiere at the ICA. We are delighted that before the film at 8.05pm there will be a pre-show discussion with Donald Rayfield and Bill McAlister in discussion with Dash Art's Artistic Director Josephine Burton

Bill McAlisterBILL MCALISTER  Born Yorkshire 1940. Father William Katz Nelson killed in Spitfire in Battle of Britain. Childhood in Canada. Educated at St. Edwards School Oxford and University College London. BA Hons Psychology & Philosophy. Early career: community activist founding playgroups, adventure playgrounds, Housing associations, Almost Free Theatre, Community Bus Company, Trade Union of Father Xmases etc. Director of Battersea Art Centre. Director (ICA) Institute of Contemporary Arts 1976-1990. Cultural Policy Director Soros Foundations 1990-95. Awarded: Order Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres. Honorary Citizenship of Commonwealth of Maryland. Independent Arts producer and Trustee of various educational and cultural foundations. Baptism in film-making at age 74 with Georgian film ‘Pret a Vivre’ and film about street dogs in Istanbul ‘Taskafa’. Lives in Islington and has a passion for tennis, mushroom foraging and fishing.

Donald RayfieldDONALD RAYFIELD Born 1942, educated at Dulwich College and the University of Cambridge, Donald Rayfield has been most of his life a lecturer and then Professor of Russian. In 1973 he first visited Georgia and has since then written a history of Georgian literature, edited A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary and recently published a history of Georgia (Edge of Empires), which will soon be published in a Russian edition. He is also the author of a biography of Anton Chekhov and a study Stalin and his Hangmen, both of which have been translated into other languages, including Russian. He has translated a number of Russian and Georgian poets, playwrights and prose writers and written on a various topics in comparative literature. He is now an emeritus professor, but continues research. He lives in Kent and has a passion for horticulture, especially exotic trees.

ThéKo ParajanovAt 7.30pm alternative singer and multi-instrumentalist THéKO (Parajanov) will transport us into an intimate poetic landscape shaped with tales and notes of her own human tragedies and quixotic moments, with ukulele, djembe and guitar adornments. Her stories are dispersed through her multilingual Georgian, English, Russian, Portuguese, French, Italian, Arabic, Turkish tongue and will be the perfect warm up to this extraordinary film.

Dash Cafe at Rich Mix, London E1 6LA, doors open at 7.00pm, FREE admission with pay bar, but email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming. 

Ambassador's briefing to BGS

After the successful inaugural event in Cambridge at Pembroke College in June 2013, which featured Chairman of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili as a keynote speaker, this year's seminar will be held at Clare College, and is organised in conjunction with CamCREES. The keynote speaker in 2014 will be the Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania

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We are grateful to the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce for donating Georgian wine. 

Seminar at Cambridge 2014

 

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BGS Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada on 25 June

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Stand Up For Georgia

BGS director Denis Corboy contributed to a report published today (6th January 2016) for US News and World Report, on the current state of Georgian democracy and prospects for the economy. This generally positive reassessment is a welcome and upbeat note to start the New Year, hoping that this optimism is justified and can be maintained throughout 2016. Here is a link to the article or you can downloaded it as a pdf here