Nino Kirtadze and Pierre Richard in Chef In LoveA Chef In Love (Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) is the only Georgian film to receive an Oscar nomination. There are two great central performances by Nino Kirtadze, making her screen debut, and Pierre Richard as the larger than life chef and bon vivant, traveling to Georgia to find new culinary delights and inspirations in the early 1920s. He falls in love with a beautiful Georgian princess (Kirtadze) and then this wonderfully romantic, sensual and comic story becomes intertwined with historic events as the Red Army take power in Tbilisi. Told as a series of flashbacks from the present the film is in French, Georgian and Russian with English subtitles, and directed by Nana Jorjadze. 100 mins.

7pm Thursday 5th July Georgian Embassy 4 Russell Gardens London W14 8EZ

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Tao KlarjetiAn illustrated  talk will be given at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand at 6pm on Thursday, June 28 by Irene Giviashvili (Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art, History and Heritage Preservation). Followed by glass of Georgian wine.

The term Tao-Klarjeti was used by 20th century Georgian scholars to describe the mediaeval Georgian provinces in modern North-Eastern Turkey and the related cultural heritage.
Tao-Klarjeti was a cradle of Christianity and of Georgian statehood and its cultural renaissance in the Middle Ages. In modern times it has remained a place of spiritual inspiration, which no-one could visit from the Soviet Union until the borders were reopened between Georgia and Turkey in 1992. Thousands of tourists now come every year to visit monuments like Oshki, Bana, Parkhali, Khakhuli, Otkhta Eklesia, Ishkani, Khantsta, Doliskhana

Lundi Matin directed by Otar IosselianiLundi Matin (Monday Morning) 120 mins, written and directed by Otar Iosseliani with Jaques Bidou, Anne Kravz-Tarnavsky and Narda Blanchet, won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2002 and a FIPRESCI prize for Iosseliani's "very professional and elegant protrayal of the absurdity and boredom of every day life". 

This is one of Iosselliani most poetic recent films and is as well an homage to french film not forgetting it was made before the Rose Revolution.The film is in French, Italian and Romanian with English subtitles.

The screening will take place on Thursday June 7th at 7.00pm at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ.

Future dates for screenings at the Embassy in 2012 are Thursday July 5th, Thursday September 20th, Wednesday October 17th and Wednesday 12th December.

BGS is pleased to welcome back Her Excellency Judith Gough, British Ambassador to Georgia. Her talk will take place in the Map Room at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 8th. The FCO is in King Charles Street off Whitehall. Will members please let us know if they are attending as no one will be admitted unless they are on the attendance list provided to FCO security. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Georgian wine courtesy of Helen Smith of Gaumarjos will be provided.

100 years of Rustaveli in English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details on the event please download PDF or see Times and Directions. BGS plans to have further events later in the year to celebrate 100 years of Rustaveli in English. With thanks to Colchis Restaurant, The Georgian Cafe, GeoWines.co.uk and Deliverme.co.uk. Thanks also to BGS director David Gigauri for organising this event.

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Salt White (2011)Keti Machavariani's stunningly shot debut feature traces the intersecting peregrinations of three characters in a Georgian summertime resort on the Black Sea. Virtually plotless, Machavariani's film eschews all backstory, her characters' experiences inferred from their weary or defiantly deadpan faces. But the camera finds beauty in their passage: in the long-limbed walk of the waitress trekking from her daytime restaurant job to her nighttime bar gig, in the workaday rounds of an exiled Abkhazian cop, and in the breathless run of a homeless teenage girl, pursued by police. Prime fest fare, the insistent images signal a director to watch. Ronnie Scheib in Variety

A Gia Bazgadze, Levan Korinteli, Jaga Grip production with the support of the Georgian National Film Center. Produced by Gia Bazgadze, Levan Korinteli, Jaga Grip. Co-producer, Constantine Rizhinahsvili. Directed, written by Keti Machavariani. With: Nino Koridze, Gagi Svanidze, Fea Tsivadze, George Kipshidze. Georgian, 2011, English sub-titles, 80 mins.

Thursday March 29 at 7pm, Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ


 


Award winning author and journalist Oliver Bullough will give a BGS talk on Wednesday 25 April, 6.30pm at UCL Bedford Way Building, Room 305. 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP. Georgian wine will be provided after the talk.

Oliver BulloughAbkhazia is one of two bits of Soviet Georgia that declared independence after the collapse of communism. Although its independence has only been recognised by half-a-dozen countries -- among them, of course, Russia -- it is enough to prevent Tbilisi having any influence over what happens there.

So what is the root of the stand-off? Why do both Abkhaz and Georgians have such strong claims to ownership of this stretch of the Black Sea coast? Oliver Bullough has spent months in Abkhazia studying the history and traces the tale back to its origins. 

Oliver Bullough is a journalist and author who specialises in the Caucasus. His book Let Our Fame be Great tells the history of the Russian conquest of the mountains, while his day job is to edit the Caucasus service of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He is from Wales, studied history at Oxford University, and lived in Russia for seven years. He now lives in east London with his wife and son.

 

 

  

Giya Kancheli

Giya Kancheli is Georgia's leading composer. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Giya Kancheli has written extensively for film and theatre and collaborated with many of Georgia's leading directors including Robert Sturua, Eldar Shengelaya and Georgi Danelia. A book of the composer's themes for stage and screen was published in 2009, 'Simple Music for Piano' with drawings by Rezo Gabriadze. 

BGS is celebrating Kancheli's 75th year at London's exciting and newest Georgian Restaurant, Tinatin Tuskadze's Little Georgia. During the weekend, films with Kancheli scores will be screened and on Sunday evening the Georgian pianist Alisa Tavdidishvili will perform some of the 33 pieces from 'Simple Music for Piano' by Giya Kancheli.

BGS Christmas Party 2011

 

Go to Kancheli at 'Little Georgia' 17 - 18 December 2011 for full details. View summary of timings (as pdf).

A joint BGS/King's College briefing/seminar

War Studies Meeting Room, 6th Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London. 6 - 8 pm.

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5th Anniversary BGS Cambridge Seminar 12th June 2017

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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

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.