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.

Professor Donald Rayfield'An Orphan in the Caucasus': the mysterious origins and connections of the Georgian Langauge

Donald Rayfield will discuss the relationship (proven and possible) between Georgian and other European, Anatolian and other Caucasian languages, and the way various theories have been manipulated over the last century or two.

Emeritus Professor of Russian at Queen Mary, University of London, author of 'The Literature of Georgia', editor-in-chief of 'A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary' and having just completed a 'History of Georgia', Donald Rayfield is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and popular speakers at BGS events. Not to be missed by anyone interested in Georgia.

November 17th at 6.30pm in the Research Forum South Room at the Courtauld Institute.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

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Our grateful thanks to the Courtauld Institute for making this event possible.

 

 

A Trip To KarabakhWinner of the 'Golden Vine' - Grand Prize at the CIS and Baltic States Festival. A collaboration between director Levan Tutberidze and writer Aka Morchiladze. It follows the journey of two young men from Tbilisi to Azerbaijanin search of drugs, who accidentally end up in war-torn Karabakh. This is a poignant and entertaining film about the futility of war and the contradictions and complexities of the South Caucasus. The film is being shown with English sub-titles. 105 minutes. Please email info@britishgeorgian society.org if you wish to attend.

Georgian Embassy 7.00pm Wednesday 12th October

4 Russell Gardens
London W14 8EZ
020 7603 7799

 



GEORGIA REALLY MATTERS celebrating 25 years of the Annual Georgian Studies Day. November 2nd at the University of Westminster, Regent Street campus. Speakers include the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28th October if you wish to attend.

The earliest full-scale Georgian cinematic musical Keto and Kote (1948), based on the comic opera by Viktor Dolidze, was screened at the Georgian Embassy in April 2011, with the first showing of a newly restored print. Directed by Vakhtang Tabliashvili and Shalva Gedevanishvili, starring leading actors of different generations, such as Medea Japaridze, Veriko Andjaparidze, Vaso Godziashvili and Akaki Kvantaliani, the film features splendid music, choreography and humour.

In a wonderfully entertaining and fascinating introduction Gela Charkviani, the distinguished diplomat, TV personality and former Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, described how the Chattanooga Choo Choo did more for American diplomacy than the CIA ever could.

 

Director Nana Djordjadze made the only Georgian film to be nominated for an oscarA Chef in Love (1996). Her 1986 comedy, My English Grandfather also called Robinson Crusoe in Georgia hence Robinsoniada, was entered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious Caméra d'Or as a first feature. Djordjadze (born in 1948) graduated in architecture but started acting and then in 1974 enrolled in the film classes of Tengiz Abuladze and Irakli Kvririkadze in the Faculty of Film Direction at the Rustaveli State Theatre Institute, Tbilisi. Like other leading Georgian filmmakers of the time, Djordjadze left Georgia in the early 1990s and has made her home in Berlin. 

 

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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