The next BGS film screening at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ, is on Wednesday 23rd January, 6.45pm for 7pm start.  Wanted: Marjory and Oliver directed by Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili is a British and Georgian co-production made in 1989 (95 minutes).  The film was first screened on Channel 4 and is in Georgian (with English subtitles) and English. Actress Alex Kingston visits Georgia searching for Marjory and Oliver Wardrop, who at the turn of the 20th century became heroes of Georgia. For a fuller description of the Wardrops please see the BGCC website.

As the BGS has historic links with the Wardrops, and as we have just celebrated 100 years since the first publication of ‘The Knight in the Panther Skin’ in the UK (1912), this seems a particularly appropriate screening. 

We are very pleased that director Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili will be present to introduce the film and the distinguished Channel 4 Commissioning Editor and producer David Rose will also be present. As one of the most influential film producers in British Television and having collaborated with Levashov-Tumanishvili on various projects, Rose will recall filming in Georgia in the 1990s. This was the first project that they collaborated on and was followed by a feature film Lucky Village (1993). 

They are also in the process of finishing another film Ready to Live which we hope to show in the next BGS film festival in September 2013. 

       We are pleased to announce the BGS Georgian Christmas event on
Tuesday January 8th 2013, 6.30pm, at the GEORGIAN EMBASSY, 4 Russell
Gardens, London W14 8EZ

        Professor DONALD RAYFIELD will be talking about the great Georgian
writer OTAR CHILADZE, who died in 2009.

        Donald has recently finished the translation of 'A MAN WAS GOING DOWN
THE ROAD' to be published in December 2012, and 'AVELUM' to be
published in April 2013. Hardback copies of 'A Man Was
Going Down the Road' will be available at a 25% discount to members (i.e. £12
instead of £16).

        His talk will be followed by a short presentation about regional
differences in the celebration of Georgian Christmas with Georgian
wine and special seasonal snacks.

       There will be a small charge of £7 per person for this event to cover the cost of the seasonal fare. RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BGS member Dr Nick Bezhanishvili, who was at Imperial College London and is now at the University of Utrecht, will give a talk on the historical development of mathematical logic in Georgia. At the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, Tuesday 11th December, 6.30pm.

This fascinating illustrated talk is now available to downlaod as a pdf.

Keep SmilingAs a 'taster' for the 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013 and for the last screening of this year, BGS will show Rusudan Chkonia's successful 2012 debut feature Keep Smiling (Gaigimet) for members only. Having had much recognition at various festivals including Venice Days 2012 (a parallel programme to the Venice Festival) the film has been selected as the Georgian entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language nomination.

Keep Smiling is a black comedy with dramatic events taking place during a beauty contest. There are 10 mothers, half of whom are from the poorest section of society, and between them have a large number of children. They are all after the main prize of an apartment and $25,000 USD. 91 minutes. Georgian/French/Luxemburg co-production.

Wednesday 5th December, Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, 7pm.

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

British Library 100 years of Rustaveli in English

 

 

 

As the final event  of our celebration of 100 years of Rustaveli in English, David Gigauri and Anna Chelidze have organised the following event at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Friday 30th November, from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Epic Poetry East and West: Rustaveli & His Contemporaries

Welcome by Janet Zmroczek (Head of European Studies, BL) and HE Giorgi Badridze (Georgian Ambassador)
Paper 1 'The Epic Traditions in Medieval France and Spain' Dr Geoff West (Head Hispanic Collections, British Library)
Paper 2 'Shahnameh & Persian Epic Poetry' Prof Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge)
Paper 3 'Rustaveli the Poet and Medieval Georgia' Aka Morchiladze (Georgian writer and literary historian)
Followed by a discussion and reception with Georgian wine and songs from the Maspindzeli Choir

Download pdf for more information. Tickets at £7.50 available from the British Library box office

Ukrainian airlines

 

 

     Ukranian airlines

Sponsored by Ukrainian International Airways who have also made some exclusive offers on flights to BGS members. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


An evening of talks, film and song to celebrate Rustaveli

British Georgian Society and the Royal Asiatic Society are delighted to announce an evening of talks, film and song on October 30th to mark 100 years since the publication of the first English Translation of the epic Georgian poem 'A Man in a Panther's Skin' by the 12th century poet Shota Rustaveli.

Our programme centres on song which still thrives today amongst Georgia's cultural traditions.

6.45pm - Welcome by RAS Director Alison Ohta.
7.00pm - Introduction to Georgian music by Tamta Turmanidze (Leader of UK based Georgian Choirs Maspindzeli and Tabuni)
7.15pm - Screening of the film 'Songs of Georgia' directed by Jason Osborn
8.00pm - Talk by Robert Parsons who narrated the film, will speak and reflect on contemporary Georgia
8.30pm - Questions followed by Georgian wine and snacks provided by Little Georgia restaurant and music by Maspindzeli Choir

The film 'Songs of Georgia' features some of the finest musicians in different regional communities in the Caucasus and explores a culture deeply rooted in the daily lives of the people. Despite an often harsh and precarious existence, a feast is nearly always on offer and a new generation performs the songs and dances of their ancestors. All the music for the film was recorded on location by the BBC World Routes team and narrated by Robert Parsons, who was amazed, when he first went to Georgia, that nearly every family he visited could sing traditional Georgian songs in complex harmonies.
We are very pleased that Robert will be with us for the evening and will speak after the film. He first went to Georgia in the 1980s and has since become one of the most respected and knowledgeable journalists to cover Georgia. He is currently international affairs editor at France24 TV and recently spent 18 months in Tbilisi as head of the independent Georgian channel Kanal PIK TV.

The event is free and everybody is welcome! For directions to the Society please visit the RAS website or for more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2012 AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 6.30pm. The Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, has again kindly agreed to host us. After the AGM there will be a break for networking over a glass of Georgian wine, courtesy of the Embassy.
Then there will be some short talks to members:-
a) A review of the past year by HE Giorgi Badridze
b) A talk on portage in Georgia by Dr Sean Cameron
c) Talks by two Georgian students in London, Elene Melikishvili (KCL) and Ana Lomtadze (UCL).
It promises to be an interesting evening.

This event is for members only who should already have received the notice, report and accounts.


Chatham House

 

 

The Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme and British Georgian Society are holding an expert roundtable with Richard Lewington Wednesday 3 October 2012:

A Personal View of My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission
at Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE 
16:00 until 17:30 (coffee at 15:45).

The European Union's engagement in the conflicts of the South Caucasus has often been criticised for being neither sufficiently visible nor consistent in its approach. The EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia was established following the August 2008 war to help stabilise the situation on the ground. The Mission's observation and reporting activities have faced several problems, lack of access to to Abkhazian and South Ossetian territory among them. Richard Lewington will discuss the objectives, the achievements and the failures of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia and the challenges posed by state and non-state actors in the region. He will speak for approximately 15 minutes, followed by an hour for questions and discussion.

Richard Lewington worked with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia between August 2011 and August 2012. He joined the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1967 and his postings included Mongolia, Peru, the Soviet Union, Israel and Yugoslavia. He served as British Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1999-2002) and to Ecuador (2002-2006). From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief Technical Adviser on Tajikistan for the EU Border Management and Drug Action Programmes in Central Asia (BOMCA/ CADAP).

Admission by invitation only. For further details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A transcript of the meeting will be available shortly.

First SwallowA delightful film about the first football team to be formed in Georgia. Directed by Nana Mchedlidze, and starring Dodo Abashidze, Ipolite Khvichia and Guram Lortkipanidze the film tells the tale, set in the early 20th century, of the rise and probable fall of the first soccer team in Georgia from Poti, West Georgia. BGS is very fortunate that one of our directors David Mamatsashvili, has been able to prepare the first version with English subtitles. 1975 73 mins. Wednesday 17 October 7pm Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, 020 7603 7799 RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kew Tour and Lecture

A rare opportunity to receive a guided tour specific to the plants of Georgia and the Caucasus presented by official Kew guides. This will be followed by a double lecture at the Jodrell Theatre; the first by Clare Trivedi of the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership Kew who will update us on the important Seed Bank preservation work in Georgia (following on from the excellent BGS talks given by her and Guy Moore last year). The second is by Tinatin Barbishvili a botanist from the National Botanic Garden of Georgia, currently being hosted by Kew.
We will meet at Kew’s Orangery Restaurant (near the Main Gate) at 2pm ready for a 2.30 tour departure around the gardens (maximum of 15 per group). Afterwards we will be escorted over to the Jodrell Theatre for the two illustrated lectures.
Some members may want to come earlier, visit the gardens themselves then congregate at the Orangery restaurant around 1pm for lunch.
Peter Nasmyth, who will be there for lunch, will collect the £4 fees between 2 and 2.30pm.
Remember that Kew has four entrances and the walk from the Victoria Gate (nearest Kew Gardens station) to the Orangery is a good 10/15 minutes.
Kew Gardens
A standard day ticket is required for entrance into the gardens. Price for an adult is £14.50. Concessions are available.

Subcategories

Events coming soon...

These events have already taken place.

News

5th Anniversary BGS Cambridge Seminar 12th June 2017

H.E. Levan Izoria, Minister of Defence of Georgia will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 BGS Cambridge Seminar at Pembroke College

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

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

Makhmalbaf's The President released in the UK

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's latest film The President was shot in Georgia with Georgian actors. It is being released in the UK on August 21st and here is a pdf with the details.