Memories Without BordersThere will be a film screening and discussion with Dr Laurence Broers, on Thursday 5th December at 6.15pm. The meeting will be held at UCL, Room 305, 26 Bedford Way Building, WC1H 0AP (Tavistock Square end). 

Memories Without Borders traces legacies of violence stretching from mass murder in ottoman Turkey in the early 20th Century, to war in Nagorny Karabakh in the 1990s. The joint work of a team of Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani film-makers, Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others, and what do others choose to remember about us? A glass of Georgian wine will follow the discussion in the Common Room next door. 

Laurence Broers from Conciliation Resources will introduce the film, which lasts 50 minutes, followed by a discussion, which will include Georgian themes (Laurence has a PhD on Georgia). 

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British Georgian Society is holding the 2013 AGM on Tuesday 19th November at 6pm. It will be held at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ. After the business part of the meeting our speaker will be Nino Tchanturia and her illustrated talk will be called 'Get Ready for Georgia'. This will be followed by a glass of Georgian wine, courtesy of the Embassy,accompanied by some nibbles. 

Nino Tchanturia lives and works in Georgia. She graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Western European Languages and Literature, with a Masters Degree in English Philology. She has a second Masters in Public Administration from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She has worked for 13 years as Tour Operations and Marketing Manager at GeorgiCa Travel and achieves life balances by practising yoga daily and fencing. She has a great interest in music from Georgian folk to Musette, classical Jazz, Bossa Nova to the classics and worked with Michael Church recording his CD, Songs of Survival - Traditional Music of Georgia.

VardziaBGS and the Courtauld Institute of Art are pleased to host a lecture by Professor David Park at 5.30pm on Wednesday November 13th. Download PDF here.

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre,

Courtauld Institute,

Strand, London WC2R 0RN

There will be a reception afterward in the Entrance Hall.

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Maya SumbadzeTo tie in with the 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival, Riverside Studios and British Georgian Society have organised an exhibition of two Georgian artists Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze at the Riverside Studios Gallery from 26th September - 30th September. Please see Riverside Studios website for opening times. 

Maia Naveriani's work entitled Future Wolves and Chicks So Far is a series of large pencil drawings exploring the female subject through the artist’s own cultural memory fragments as well as the contemporary socio-cultural ‘jungle’. 

Maya Sumbadze’s graphic works  I Like The Design Of My Pain draw on connections between pain and imagination, lived experience and fantasy. Strangely striking and calming at the same time, these figurative artworks juxtapose worlds of innocence and experience.

The exhibition is being sponsored by the cARTveli 

The BGS annual supra will take place at 7pm on Thursday October 24th at Georgia Restaurant, 1 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PP. Tony Anderson, author of Bread And Ashes, will give an illustrated talk on Early British Travel Writers on Georgia. The evening will be accompained by live Kalakuri/City music. 

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This illustrated talk by Maia Mania will mainly focus on Tbilisi but will also look at the historic towns of Telavi, Signahi and Dusheti. The talk on Friday February 28th at 6.30pm.

Blue House in Gudiashvili Square photographed by Peter Nasmyth

The Gallery (Farringdon tube)

Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street (entrance by the courtyard), London ECM1 6EL

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Dash ArtsThe Dash Café with the British Georgian Society present:

a special screening of

''Lucky Village''

Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 7:30pm | FREE 

Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA 

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The Dash Café is pleased to present this special event in partnership with the British Georgian Society: a rare screening of the fascinating 1993 Georgian film “Lucky Village”, directed by Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Zurab Kipshidze and Shota Kristeshasvili.

The ward of the Narcotics Unit of the Tbilisi mental hospital, Georgia, is an unexpected safe haven from the civil war which rages beyond the bars and walls of the hospital. A new patient is admitted - a middle-aged alcoholic. As a voluntary inmate of ’Lucky Village’ he pieces together the fragments of his childhood in the streets of Stalin's Georgia. Into this world arrives Michael (Tim Pigott-Smith), a British diplomat, with the DTs.

“Lucky Village” began filming in Georgia in May 1991 and was completed in extraordinary conditions of counter-revolution and imperial collapse, military take-over and civil war.

The screening will be followed by a short discussion and Q&A with Dash Artistic Director Tim Supple and "Lucky Village" Associate Producer Marina Tsitsishvili.

MaspindzeliThe Café will also feature a set from the The Maspindzeli Choir singing songs from the ancient polyphonic tradition of Georgia.

Bare, beautiful and once heard never forgotten— Time Out, 25 May 2011. 

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Pembroke College CestOn Friday June 21st from 2pm - 6.30pm, there will be a special BGS Georgian event in the Old Library, Pembroke College Cambridge . The first half of the afternoon will be a high level political seminar entitled Georgia - Political Challenges and Constitutional Solutions with a keynote address by the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili, one of the leading and most influential politicians in Georgia today. Mr Usupashvhili will then join a panel discussion with Sir Tony Brenton (UK Ambassador to Russia 2004-2008), Judith Gough (UK Ambassador to Georgia 2010 - 2013), David Howarth (MP for Cambridge 2005-2010) and Roy Reeve (former head of OSCE mission in Tbilisi 2004 - 2007). The event will be chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, Master of Pembroke College Cambridge. This is a unique opportunity to understand how Georgia is developing a few months after the unexpected election victory for Georgia's Dream Coalition and before the presidential elections in October. 

The second session of the afternoon will focus on Georgian literature in two contrasting important historical eras - Queen Tamar and the twenty years after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Professor Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, Fellow of Pembroke College) and Dr Firuza Melville (Academic Associate, Head of Shahnama Centre, Pembroke College) will talk about Visramiani - the Georgian Perception of a Persian Love StoryFollowed by Professor Donald Rayfield (Author, Historian and Professor of Russian and Georgian, Queen Mary, University of London) on Decade of Chaos and a Decade of Change - as Georgian Writers have Perceived themThe session will be introduced and chaired by Cambridge Historian Dr Hubertus Jahn (Fellow of Clare College Cambridge, lecturer in Russian and East European history). The afternoon will end with a reception with Georgian wine and songs from Chela, the Cambridge Georgian choir. 

This event has been convened by Firuza Melville of Pembroke College and Jason Osborn and Craig Oliphant of British Georgian Society. Admission is free but to reserve a place please register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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David UsupashviliThis keynote address by Speaker David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, on Friday June 21st 2013, 2.00pm, in the Old Library, Pembroke College Cambridge, is the opening event at the BGS inaugural Georgian day at Pembroke. Joining Mr Usupashvili for a panel discussion will be Sir Tony Brenton (UK Ambassador to Russia 2004-2008), Judith Gough (UK Ambassador to Georgia 2010 - 2013), David Howarth (MP for Cambridge 2005-2010) and Roy Reeve (former head of OSCE mission in Tbilisi 2004 - 2007). The event will be chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, Master of Pembroke College Cambridge. 

This promises to be a fascinating occasion just 4 months before the next Georgian Presidential election and 8 months since the election of the Georgian Dream coalition, and the unpredicted democratic change in Georgian politics.  

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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.

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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