Meet the famous Georgian Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili 3 June 2014
in cooperation with
British Georgian Society
Kathia BuniatishviliWe 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 (Sayat Nova) 4 June 2014
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 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 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.
At 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.
UK Ambassador to Georgia Briefing to BGS 16 May 2014
Second Annual BGS Seminar at Cambridge 20 June 2014
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.
We are grateful to the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce for donating Georgian wine.
Herbs and Spices - The Flavours of Georgian Cuisine 28 April 2014
A FUND-RAISING WORKSHOP TO SPONSOR A “CASH COW" FOR POOR GEORGIAN FAMILIES IN SAMTSKHE-JAVARKHETI
COME AND LEARN ABOUT GEORGIA’S HERBS AND SPICES – TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF GEORGIAN CUISINE
MONDAY APRIL 28th - 6.30PM WORKSHOP AT THE GEORGIAN EMBASSY
A COW PROVIDES AN INCOME
In the warm glow of post-British-Georgian-Society-Christmas-Party bonhemie we decided to spend the remnants of the celebration budget on buying a cow for a poor Georgian family. Thus we would give them food and an income – sale of the cheese and calves would create a small business
In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) 2013 UK Premiere 8 April 2014
BGS is delighted to support the UK Premiere of In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi), directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross. with Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria, Georgia-France-Germany 2013, 102 mins. The director Nana Ekvtimishvili will be at the opening night of the Bird's Eye View Film Festival for a Q & A. Purchase tickets here.
Celebrated as a major discovery of the 2013 Berlinale, this beautifully crafted story follows two young girls coming of age in post-Soviet Georgia. As civil war rages in the newly independent state, two 14-year-old best friends just want to talk gossip, music and boys. But as insecurity and fear overcome everyday life, their childhoods come to an abrupt halt in this multi-award-winning, semi-autobiographical drama.
Roy Reeve "Conflict Resolution - Georgian Style: A Look Back." 24 April 2014
BGS is pleased to announce that Roy Reeve (formerly Head of the OSCE Mission in Georgia 2003-2007) will give a talk at King's College London - in the Pyramid Room - on Thursday 24th April, 6.15pm entitled "Conflict resolution - Georgian style: A look back." This will be a joint King's College and British Georgian Society event. King's College, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Roy Reeve is a former diplomat. He joined the FCO in 1965 as a Soviet specialist in Research Department. Subsequently served two tours in Moscow (1968-71 and 1978-80), Helsinki and Geneva negotiations on the Helsinki Final Act leading to the founding of the OSCE (1972-75), Belgrade (1976-78) and Northern Ireland (1983-85). Thereafter posted as Deputy Consul General in Johannesburg, Head of Commercial Relations Department in London and Consul General in Sydney. Prior to taking early retirement in 1999, was Ambassador to Ukraine.
Following retirement, he was appointed Head of the OSCE Mission in Yerevan (1999-2003), Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia (2003-2007), Head of the EU Planning Team in Kosovo and Deputy Head of the EU Rule of Law Mission until finally finally retiring in 2011.
Sandra Roelofs talk to BGS members 17 March 2014
BGS is delighted to welcome Sandra Roelofs, who wrote her autobiography First Lady of Georgia: The Story of an Idealist in 2005. Her talk is called Social And Health Challenges In Georgia. This event which is for BGS members only is now full.
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)
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