Abkhazia - A Lost Paradise Talk by Oliver Bullough 25 April 2012


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.

 

 

News

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.