Christmas Party 9 January 2015 Georgian Embassy

The BGS Georgian Christmas Party will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 9th January 2015, at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st December 2014. Christmas Party 2015

Jonathan Djanogly Reflects on the APPG Georgia Visit 2014

The MP for Huntingdon and member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Georgia will give a special talk to BGS members reflecting on the APPG visit to Georgia in Summer 2014. This will take place in the IPU Room in the Houses of Parliament on 15th December 2014 at 6.30pm

Jonathan Djanogly talk in Parliament

Second Annual BGS Seminar at Cambridge 20 June 2014

After the successful inaugural event in Cambridge at Pembroke College in June 2013, which featured Chairman of the Georgian Parliament David Usupashvili as a keynote speaker, this year's seminar will be held at Clare College, and is organised in conjunction with CamCREES. The keynote speaker in 2014 will be the Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania

British Georgian Chamber of Commerce

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We are grateful to the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce for donating Georgian wine. 

Seminar at Cambridge 2014

 

BGS Annual Supra 2014 at Little Georgia October 22

Brides Patardzlebi 2014

BGS ANNUAL SUPRA & TALK BY TINATIN KAJRISHVILI at 7pm on Wednesday October 22nd - Little Georgia Islington Restaurant, 14 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HB, UK 0207 278 6100. (Angel tube station).

Tinatin Kajrishvili will give a talk on her latest film Brides (Patardzlebi) 2014, which was shown as part of the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. The film, which is written, produced and directed by Tinatin, is a personal account of her own experiences. Her previous films include Paradjanov, Shavi Tuta, Unknown Soldiers, etc.Little Georgia table

We will also have a presentation by Costanza Curro, PhD candidate in Social anthropology at SSEES-UCL on Georgian Hospitality.

The cost is £25 per head for a multiple course dinner (payable to the restaurant on the night): wine will be extra. The evening will be accompanied by live Georgian (ქალაქური-‘kalakuri’) city song. 

Special Lecture on Rustaveli and Shakespeare by Professor Elguja Khintibidze 13 November

Rustaveli and ShakespeareBGS and the Georgian Society of University College London are pleased to announce that Professor Elguja Khintibidze, Academian of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Head of the Institute of History of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi State University is giving a lecture:

Rustaveli’s “THE MAN IN THE PANTHER SKIN - A LITERARY SOURCE OF SHAKESPEARE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES”

The lecture is based on research Professor Khintibidze has carried out into early connections between Georgia and England and the potential transmissions of ideas and sources between the two countries.

Thursday 13th November 2014 at 8.00pm

Anatomy Building G29 J Z Young Lecture Theatre, UCL Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT 

Georgian wine and nibbles will be provided afterwards. 

The event is free to attend but please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.

The Colour Of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) 4 June 2014

The Colour of Pomegranates

Dash Arts in collaboration with BGS presents The Colour of Pomegranates; a biography of the Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova (King of Song). One of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, Sergei Parajanov's film reveals the poet's life depicting his coming of age, discovery of the female form, falling in love, entering a monastery and dying, all framed through both Sergei Parajanov's imagination and Sayat Nova's poems. The film was illicitly smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the 1970s for its UK premiere at the ICA. We are delighted that before the film at 8.05pm there will be a pre-show discussion with Donald Rayfield and Bill McAlister in discussion with Dash Art's Artistic Director Josephine Burton

Bill McAlisterBILL MCALISTER  Born Yorkshire 1940. Father William Katz Nelson killed in Spitfire in Battle of Britain. Childhood in Canada. Educated at St. Edwards School Oxford and University College London. BA Hons Psychology & Philosophy. Early career: community activist founding playgroups, adventure playgrounds, Housing associations, Almost Free Theatre, Community Bus Company, Trade Union of Father Xmases etc. Director of Battersea Art Centre. Director (ICA) Institute of Contemporary Arts 1976-1990. Cultural Policy Director Soros Foundations 1990-95. Awarded: Order Chevalier Des Arts et Des Lettres. Honorary Citizenship of Commonwealth of Maryland. Independent Arts producer and Trustee of various educational and cultural foundations. Baptism in film-making at age 74 with Georgian film ‘Pret a Vivre’ and film about street dogs in Istanbul ‘Taskafa’. Lives in Islington and has a passion for tennis, mushroom foraging and fishing.

Donald RayfieldDONALD RAYFIELD Born 1942, educated at Dulwich College and the University of Cambridge, Donald Rayfield has been most of his life a lecturer and then Professor of Russian. In 1973 he first visited Georgia and has since then written a history of Georgian literature, edited A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary and recently published a history of Georgia (Edge of Empires), which will soon be published in a Russian edition. He is also the author of a biography of Anton Chekhov and a study Stalin and his Hangmen, both of which have been translated into other languages, including Russian. He has translated a number of Russian and Georgian poets, playwrights and prose writers and written on a various topics in comparative literature. He is now an emeritus professor, but continues research. He lives in Kent and has a passion for horticulture, especially exotic trees.

ThéKo ParajanovAt 7.30pm alternative singer and multi-instrumentalist THéKO (Parajanov) will transport us into an intimate poetic landscape shaped with tales and notes of her own human tragedies and quixotic moments, with ukulele, djembe and guitar adornments. Her stories are dispersed through her multilingual Georgian, English, Russian, Portuguese, French, Italian, Arabic, Turkish tongue and will be the perfect warm up to this extraordinary film.

Dash Cafe at Rich Mix, London E1 6LA, doors open at 7.00pm, FREE admission with pay bar, but email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say you're coming. 

Women's Fund in Georgia screen Women From Georgia (Qalebi Saqartvelodan) 21 November

Women From GeorgiaBGS is pleased to announce a special fundraising event supporting women's rights in Georgia on Friday 21st November at 6.30pm. With the Women's Fund in Georgia, BGS will be presenting a screening of Levan Koguashvili's 2008 documentary Women From Georgia (53 minutes) followed by an open discussion moderated by BBC journalist Natia Abramia. There will also be a short talk by Bella Radenovic on the creation of the myth of Tamar Mepe (Tamar the King), Queen of Georgia from 1160 - 2013. Bella will speak about the discrepancies between the way Tamar Mepe is presented in historical writing and in visual culture. She will touch upon the folk traditions pertaining to Tamar as well as how Georgians see her today in relation to gender identity.The evening will be accompanied by Georgian wine and canapés. Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, W14 8EZ. 

Women From Georgia

Many of us will be horrified by this documentary featuring the everyday life of immigrant women working illegally 24/7 to support their families back in Georgia. However, at the same time, we will be presenting a new book by one of the most successful Georgian immigrant female artists, Eteri Chkadua (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2013). Eteri’s book will be on sale along with her postcards to raise money for the ‘Women’s Fund'

Women From Georgia

For information about Eteri Chkadua click here

The mission of the Women's Fund in Georgia is empowering women in Georgia for protection of their rights, full self-realization and participation in society's life through providing financial and technical support, capacity building and development of feminist philanthropy. For further information about the Women's Fund in Georgia click here

Bella Radenovic studied History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge before taking an MA in Byzantium and its Rivals at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She plans to pursue doctoral research in medieval visual culture.

Women From Georgia

We are very grateful to the Georgian Embassy for hosting this event and to Mako Abashidze of BGCC for providing Georgian wine.

The event is free to attend. DONATIONS  ARE  WELCOME  BUT  NOT  A MUST. 

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Read more: Women's Fund in Georgia screen Women From Georgia (Qalebi Saqartvelodan) 21 November

Meet the famous Georgian Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili 3 June 2014

BGS and MCS supported by the Embassy of Georgia and the Georgian Community in UK are pleased to announce that the international pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili, has agreed to give a short recital and to be interviewed by Michael Church, classical music critic of The Independent. 
 
The event will take place at Wetherby School (near Marble Arch) at 7pm on June 3rd. There will be a welcome drink on arrival and then after the recital and conversazione, a reception with Georgian wine and canapes and a chance to meet Khatia. There will be a charge of 15 Pounds for the event. Please book by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

M.C.S.
in cooperation with 
British Georgian Society

present

Kathia Buniatishvili
pianist

We are proud and excited to invite you  to this unique opportunity to hear a rising international  Georgian pianist - Kathia Buniatishvili. A prominent classical music critic at the Independent Michael Church will interview the artist. Alongside her performance, the evening will be followed by Q&A.
 
 

Book Launch at Georgian Embassy November 4 2014

BGS and the Georgian Embassy are happy to host the UK launch of a new book about Georgia taking place on Tuesday 4th November at 6.30pm:-

Georgia, the Land Below the Caucasus - A Narrative History by Peter F Skinner, an English writer who lives in New York, where the book was launched two months ago (see review below).

The 500-page book is a full colour illustrated history of the Georgian nation, with many maps, photographs and a clear, well-written text.

BGS director Peter Nasmyth will introduce Peter Skinner, and the new ambassador, HE Rezo Gachechiladze, will say a few words. Peter Skinner will give a short talk and then take questions and sign copies of his book for sale.

There will be Georgian wine (by kind courtesy of the Embassy) and some nibbles.

Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ. If you would like to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Read more: Book Launch at Georgian Embassy November 4 2014

Influence of Georgian Ancestry and Traditions Abroad 26 November

Rustaveli Day 2014

Read more: Influence of Georgian Ancestry and Traditions Abroad 26 November

More Articles...

  1. UK Ambassador to Georgia Briefing to BGS 16 May 2014
  2. Herbs and Spices - The Flavours of Georgian Cuisine 28 April 2014
  3. BGS Annual General Meeting 2014 5 December
  4. Roy Reeve "Conflict Resolution - Georgian Style: A Look Back." 24 April 2014
  5. In Bloom (Grdzeli nateli dgheebi) 2013 UK Premiere 8 April 2014
  6. The Mountains of Georgia - Illustrated Talk by Vano Vashakmadze 25 March 2014
  7. The Girl King: from fact to fiction Meg Clothier 24 March 2014
  8. Sandra Roelofs talk to BGS members 17 March 2014
  9. Architectural Gems Amid Georgia's Fragile Urban Cultural Heritage 28 February 2014
  10. BGS AGM 19 November 2013
  11. BGS Annual Supra 24 October 2013
  12. Medieval Georgia: Researching and Preserving the Royal Wall Paintings of Vardzia 13 October 2014
  13. 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival 2013
  14. British Georgian Society AGM 27 November 2012
  15. Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze Exhibition 26 - 30 September 2013
  16. Memories Without Borders - film screening and discussion 5 December 2013
  17. The Dash Café with BGS special screening of "Lucky Village" July 3 2013
  18. "Georgia - Political Challenges and Constitutional Solutions" address by Speaker David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia
  19. BGS Inaugural Georgia Day at Pembroke College Cambridge
  20. "Georgia - Halfway Through Cohabitation" a talk by the UK Ambassador to Tbilisi 20 May 2013
  21. Safavid Iran and Georgia: How the Dominated Came to Dominate 12 March 2013
  22. The Banner Of The Passing Clouds by Anthea Nicholson 25 April 2013
  23. Will There be a Theatre Up There? (Netavi iq Teatri aris?!) 12 February 2013
  24. Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and David Rose 23rd January Georgian Embassy
  25. BGS Christmas Event at the Georgian Embassy 8 January 2013
  26. Epic Poetry East and West: Rustaveli & His Contemporaries 30 November 2012
  27. BGS members visit to the British Library Georgian collection 26 February 2013
  28. First Swallows (Pirveli Mertskhali) Embassy Screening 17 October 2012
  29. Richard Lewington: A Personal View of My Year with the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia - 3 October 2012
  30. Robert Parsons Royal Asiatic Society 30 October 2012
  31. Kew Gardens Guided Tour and Lectures on Caucasian Flora 21 September 2012
  32. A Chef In Love (1996) Nana Jorjadze 5th July 2012
  33. Logic In Georgia 11 December 2012
  34. Tao Klarjeti - Legacy & Perception Illustrated talk by Irene Giviashvili 28 June 2012
  35. Lundi Matin (2002) Otar Iosseliani 7th June 2012
  36. Rustaveli and the Wardrop Heritage 6 May 2012
  37. Abkhazia - A Lost Paradise Talk by Oliver Bullough 25 April 2012
  38. A Trip to Karabakh (Gaseirneba Kharabakhshi)
  39. Keto and Kote introduced by Gela Charkviani
  40. Past Events Archive

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Women's Fund in Georgia 21 November event update

BGS is pleased to announce that BBC journalist Natia Abramia will moderate the discussion following the screening of Levan Koguashvili's Women From Georgia. We will also have a short talk by Bella Radenovic on the creation of the myth of Tamara Mepe (Tamar the King), Queen of Georgia from 1160 - 2013. Bella will speak about the discrepancies between the way Tamar Mepe is presented in historical writing and in visual culture. She will touch upon the folk traditions pertaining to Tamar as well as how Georgians see her today in relation to gender identity. Women's Fund in Georgia screen Women From Georgia (Qalebi Saqartvelodan) 21 November

26th Georgian Studies Day 2014

Georgian Studies Day is designed to bring together delegates from governmental, non-governmental and business circles, academic and communities in order to address all significant issues of Georgia’s political, economic and cultural life. The event will also provide a platform for spreading and sharing of information about participants’ activities.

This year the title of the meeting is Georgia and the future of young people and will be held on Thursday 6th November, at the University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW. Some refreshments will be provided.  

We would be delighted if you could join us. Here is a PDF of the preliminary programme.

The conference room is limited to 80 persons and therefore places will be on a 'first come, first served' basis. We also need to have names of attendees not later than 1 week before the meeting in keeping with the University of  Westminster's security policy.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP to guarantee a place.

Georgian Language Classes in UCL 2014 with Keti Kalandadze

These are the options for those interested in learning the language:

Tuesdays (intermediate class) is held in Kathleen Kenyon Meeting Room, which is on the 2nd Floor of Lewis’s Building, University College London, Gower Street. WC1E 6BT from 7. 00pm-8.00pm. (The knowledge of alphabet and simple conversational experience is necessary)

Wednesdays (complete beginners ) is held in Kathleen Kenyon Meeting Room, which is on the 2nd Floor of Lewis’s Building. University College London, Gower Street. WC1E 6BT from 7.00pm-8.00pm (no knowledge of any Georgian required)

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07525 437 850 or just turn up on the day.

Eduard Shevardnadze dies aged 86

Ex-President Shevardnadze was born 25 January 1928, in the Gurian city of Lanchkhuti. As Soviet Foreign Minister from 1985 until 1990, he became one of Georgia's most internationally known politicians and has said "I'm proud that I had a part in ending the Cold War, in the reunification of Germany, the destruction of nuclear weapons, disarmament". He returned to Georgia in 1992 and was probably more popular abroad than at home but became President of Georgia in 1995 until ousted from power in 2003 in the bloodless Rose Revolution. Although a controversial figure, since his fall from power and retirement he was able to live peacefully in Tbilisi, despite occassional protesters camped outside his residence, until his death after a long illness earlier this week. A book of condolence will be available to sign at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ, from 10am to 3pm on the 10th and 11th of July. For further comment please see the following links: The National InterestBBC

Georgian Language Day in UCL 7 May 2014

You are invited to come and listen to an intriguing talk by esteemed Professor Donald Rayfield on the Georgian Language, followed by a brief presentation on the benefits of studying Georgian. There will be a Q&A at the end.

‘Mysteries and controversies - the Georgian Language’s Origins and Identity’ Professor Donald Rayfield

‘Why I Study Georgian’ Maximilian Hess – Political Analyst AKE Group

Wednesday, 7th May 2014 7.00 - 8.30pm 

Anatomy Gavin de Beer LT, MEDICAL SCIENCES AND ANATOMY BUILDING, GOWER STREET, LONDON, WC1E 6BT

This event is organised together with the UCLU Georgian Society and the Georgian Embassy. If you wish to attend please email Keti Kalandadze on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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.