Herbs and Spices - The Flavours of Georgian Cuisine 28 April 2014






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 


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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 

If you would like to attend, please email Keti Kalandadze on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 21st April.

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

Sandra RoelofsBGS 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. 

BGS Annual Supra 24 October 2013

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. 

£25 per head excluding wine (payable to the restaurant on the night). Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. confirming attendance.

Medieval Georgia: Researching and Preserving the Royal Wall Paintings of Vardzia 13 October 2014

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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In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) 2013 UK Premiere 8 April 2014

In Bloom at the BFIBGS 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 BokeriaGeorgia-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.

BGS members attending the screening will be invited to the after party, including drinks, dancing, DJs and two young singers from Georgia - Megi and Magda Gagoidze - performing songs from Tusheti. BGS members who have purchased tickets to the screening and wish to attend the after party should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive their invitations. 

3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013

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Architectural Gems Amid Georgia's Fragile Urban Cultural Heritage 28 February 2014

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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BGS AGM 19 November 2013

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.

Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze Exhibition 26 - 30 September 2013

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 

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  1. The Girl King: from fact to fiction Meg Clothier 24 March 2014
  2. The Dash Café with BGS special screening of "Lucky Village" July 3 2013
  3. Memories Without Borders - film screening and discussion 5 December 2013
  4. "Georgia - Political Challenges and Constitutional Solutions" address by Speaker David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
  5. The Mountains of Georgia - Illustrated Talk by Vano Vashakmadze 25 March 2014
  6. BGS Inaugural Georgia Day at Pembroke College Cambridge
  7. "Georgia - Halfway Through Cohabitation" a talk by the UK Ambassador to Tbilisi 20 May 2013
  8. Keep Smiling (Gaigimet) Embassy Screening 5 December 2012
  9. The Banner Of The Passing Clouds by Anthea Nicholson 25 April 2013
  10. Epic Poetry East and West: Rustaveli & His Contemporaries 30 November 2012
  11. Safavid Iran and Georgia: How the Dominated Came to Dominate 12 March 2013
  12. First Swallows (Pirveli Mertskhali) Embassy Screening 17 October 2012
  13. BGS members visit to the British Library Georgian collection 26 February 2013
  14. British Georgian Society AGM 27 November 2012
  15. Will There be a Theatre Up There? (Netavi iq Teatri aris?!) 12 February 2013
  16. Richard Lewington: A Personal View of My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia - 3 October 2012
  17. Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and David Rose 23rd January Georgian Embassy
  18. Robert Parsons Royal Asiatic Society 30 October 2012
  19. BGS Christmas Event at the Georgian Embassy 8 January 2013
  20. Kew Gardens Guided Tour and Lectures on Caucasian Flora 21 September 2012
  21. A Chef In Love (1996) Nana Jorjadze 5th July 2012
  22. Logic In Georgia 11 December 2012
  23. Tao Klarjeti - Legacy & Perception Illustrated talk by Irene Giviashvili 28 June 2012
  24. Lundi Matin (2002) Otar Iosseliani 7th June 2012
  25. Rustaveli and the Wardrop Heritage 6 May 2012
  26. Abkhazia - A Lost Paradise Talk by Oliver Bullough 25 April 2012
  27. A Trip to Karabakh (Gaseirneba Kharabakhshi)
  28. Keto and Kote introduced by Gela Charkviani
  29. Past Events Archive
  30. Salt White (Marilivit tetri) Film screening at Embassy 29 March 2012
  31. My English Grandfather (1986) anu chemi ingliseli Papa
  32. Georgian Studies Day 2nd November 2011
  33. Prospect of Georgian Elections and Beyond - Talk by HE Judith Gough 8 May 2012
  34. Confidence-building efforts in the Caucasus: the NGO dimension 19th January 2012
  35. Kancheli at 'Little Georgia' 17 - 18 December 2011
  36. 'An Orphan in the Caucasus' - Talk by Donald Rayfield 17th November
  37. Botanical Introduction to Georgia
  38. BGS Annual Dinner
  39. BGS Christmas Party and Kancheli Book Launch 18/12/2011
  40. 2011 AGM



In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) Premiere on Curzon Home Cinema 8 April 2014

For the first time in the UK, Birds Eye View Film Festival brings you a festival Premiere to your home. The opening night and UK Premiere of the Georgian film IN BLOOM will also be available to watch on demand, screening online on the same day on Curzon Home Cinema, for one day only. This will happen on Tuesday 8th of April. 

This is an opportunity for people who don’t live in London to be able to watch the film and really hope it’s of interest to you and your community. If you can’t attend the physical screening, this is not a problem anymore. Get together with your friends or family and enjoy the film together, on the same night of the Premiere, from home!

About In Bloom: Tblisi, 1992: as civil war rages in the newly independent state, 14 year-old best friends Eka and Natia 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. 

The film will be available to watch online from this page, visible from April 8th: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/film_on_demand/

Find out more about the event here and download a pdf

Sports News

Rugby World Cup 2015

… Georgia qualified on Saturday by beating Russia 36-10 in Tbilisi and will now fight out the top qualification slot with Romania.

Football EURO 2016

… highlights of the qualifying draw made on Sunday include the following (Group D):

Saturday 7 September 2014 Georgia v Republic of Ireland

Saturday 11 October 2014 Scotland v Georgia

Friday 4 September 2015 Georgia v Scotland

Monday 7 September 2015 Republic of Ireland v Georgia.

The other teams in the group are Germany, Poland and Gibraltar.

Georgia: Culture in the High Caucasus with Tony Anderson

19-28 September 2014 At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Georgia is a country that lives up to its reputation as a wild frontier. The landscape is dominated by the beautiful High Caucasus  - a thrilling canvas for walkers and climbers, whilst the lush countryside of the lower valleys are wonderfully rich and colourful.

Join this cultural journey into the heart of Georgia with author and expert guide Tony Anderson.  Tony has long been interested in the Caucasus, writing Bread & Ashes, A Walk through the Mountains of Georgia; an exploration of the history and culture of Georgia, and editing ‘Conflict in the Caucasus’; an analysis of the forces at work in the build up to the Abkhaz conflict of 1992-1994. His soon to be published book ‘British Travellers to Georgia’ (Eland Press) is sure to be a must amongst all travellers alike. Having led many groups all over the country, Tony will undoubtedly enliven and enrich the tour with his knowledge and experience. 

For more information click here.

Georgian Language Classes at UCL with Keti Kalandadze

Keti Kalandadze will be teaching Georgian in the Bloomsbury Theatre Building, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1 0AH, at UCL from the 24th September 2013. 

Classes will take place on:

Tuesday room 105 at 7.00pm, Wednesday room 105 at 7.00pm and Thursday room 204 at 7.30pm 

For further details contact Keti on 07525 437850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Georgia's Judo Triumph

Georgia narrowly defeated Russia to win Gold in the men's team event in the recent World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro.

3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013 Home Page

The festival Home Page can be accessed here. The Facebook page here

Tottenham Hotspur v Tbilisi Dynamo

For those interested in attending the game information on getting tickets is on our Facebook pageWe received this email from BGS member Tamara Dragadze:

Dear all, 

I am on holiday in the South of France till September 7th and so, regrettably, I will miss the match! There is a very special historic link between Tottenham Hotspurs and Tbilisi Dinamo, for those of you who do not know it already: During Soviet times, as Tbilisi Dynamo advanced towards the European Cup (which they won!!!) they had to come to White Hart Lane to play against Spurs. To sabotage them, the peeved Soviet Russian authorities took all their equipment and Tbilisi Dynamo arrived in London with NOTHING: no shirts, no shoes, no socks--NOTHING!!! And, of course, they had the minimum foreign currency and so were unable to buy any replacements. In wonderful warm and generous spirit Tottenham bought them, out of their own funds, every single piece of gear and equipment they needed, printed shirts and every detail possible included.

Perhaps few of you are either in the know or are old enough to know this, but perhaps you will understand how sad I am to have to miss this game....

Warm greetings to all,

Tamara D

DR. TAMARA DRAGADZE B.A. (Kent) D.Phil (Oxon)

3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013

The programme at Riverside Studios from 26th to 30th September is now available on their website here

Here is the poster and we have a festival page on Facebook 

Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia to speak on 21st June 2013

BGS is pleased to announce that Mr David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia will be the keynote speaker at a Georgian event BGS will be holding with Pembroke College Cambridge, in the afternoon of Friday June 21st 2013. This will take place in the Old Library at Pembroke College and will be followed by a reception with Georgian wine and song. More details of all the speakers and full details of the event will be announced shortly. 

British Ambassador to Speak to BGS

BGS is pleased to announce a talk by the current British Ambassador to Tbilisi on Monday 20th May 2013. David Moran arrived as Charge d'Affaires to Georgia in January 2013. His previous appointments as Ambassador include Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as well as postings to Nairobi, Moscow and Paris. More details to follow.