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

 

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. 

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." style="color: #196ad4; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">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.
 
 

UK Ambassador to Georgia Briefing to BGS 16 May 2014

Ambassador's briefing to BGS

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

A FUND-RAISING WORKSHOP TO SPONSOR A “CASH COW" FOR POOR GEORGIAN FAMILIES IN SAMTSKHE-JAVARKHETI

 COME AND LEARN ABOUT GEORGIA’S  HERBS AND SPICES – TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF GEORGIAN CUISINE

 

 MONDAY APRIL 28th - 6.30PM WORKSHOP AT THE GEORGIAN EMBASSY

   A COW PROVIDES AN INCOME

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 

 

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

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.

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. 

The Mountains of Georgia - Illustrated Talk by Vano Vashakmadze 25 March 2014

The Alpine Club and British Georgian Society are delighted to welcome Vano Vashakmadze for his illustrated talk: The Mountains of Georgia. Tuesday 25th March at 7.30pm (bar opens at 6.00pm).

Kazbek Feb 2013 photographed by Peter NasmythThe Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 1QF (nearest tube Old Street)

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Read more: The Mountains of Georgia - Illustrated Talk by Vano Vashakmadze 25 March 2014

The Girl King: from fact to fiction Meg Clothier 24 March 2014

The Girl King by Meg ClothierBGS is delighted to welcome author and journalist Meg Clothier to talk about her historical novel based on Queen Tamar of Georgia. Monday 24th March at 6.30pm

Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ (nearest station Olympia)

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Before turning to novel writing Meg studied Classics at Cambridge, spent a year sailing a boat from England to Alaska, and finally got down to work as a journalist, culminating in two years with Reuters in Moscow. Since Random House published The Girl King in 2011, she has divided her time pretty evenly between having two children and writing a second novel, The Empress, which is set in Constantinople during the run-up to the Fourth Crusade.  

"As I wrote The Girl King, my reimagining of Tamar of Georgia as the heroine of a swashbuckling adventure tale, the journalist and academic in me was constantly at war with the novelist. Every time I made a choice between history and storytelling, I pictured myself justifying my decisions to a room full of Georgians. You could say, therefore, that this talk will be my worst nightmare come true … 

Read more: The Girl King: from fact to fiction Meg Clothier 24 March 2014

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. 

More Articles...

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

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News

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.

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