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.




Makhmalbaf's The President released in the UK

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's latest film The President was shot in Georgia with Georgian actors. It is being released in the UK on August 21st and here is a pdf with the details. 

Tbilisi named in top ten of European Holiday Destinations

TimeOut has named Tbilisi as number 6 in Top Ten European destinations in 2015

Articles in the Guardian in July 2015

This month there have been various contrasting articles on Georgia in the Guardian:

The Tragedy of Tbilisi Zoo

William Boyd's Holiday Read translated by Donald Rayfield

Georgia accuses Russia of Territorial Violation

Nikoloz Basilashvili's Wimbledon debut

After a successful Wimbledon debut, Georgia's Nicoloz Basilashvili is likely to break into the top 100. Georgia Today

Emergency Appeal for Funds after June 13 Tbilisi Floods

Following hours of rain on the night of June 13th and 14th, a major landslide dammed up the Vere river 20 kilometres southwest of Tbilisi. The resultant floods caused severe damage to Tbilisi Zoo and nearby houses and roads. There were significant fatalities and injuries, many families were left homeless and animals who escaped from the zoo were seen loose on the streets of Tbilisi. There are various events taking place to help raise money for the massive clean up operation after the disaster.

UCL Aid For Tbilisi Floods on 25th June at 6.30pm  

Katie Melua and Friends in Aid of recent Tbilisi Flood Victims on 26th June at 7pm  

Tamada Restaurant on June 28th from 1pm 

There is also the specially formed Tbilisi Hippo Fund 

Alexander Rondeli 7 June 1942 - 12 June 2015

Dr Alexander Rondeli was one of Georgia's most respected figures and much admired in Georgia and throughout the world. He was a leading political analyst and foreign policy adviser, academic and writer, mentor and ambassador for those who came to Georgia since independence, and an inspiration to so many who took his influential and popular classes at the Tbilisi State University. In 1998 he helped found the highly respected think tank, the Georgian Foundation of Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) with the aim of "helping improve public policy decision-making in Georgia through research and analysis, training of policymakers and policy analysts, and public education about the strategic issues, both domestic and international, facing Georgia and the Caucasus". He was a man of charisma and passion and his insights, wisdom and humour will be sorely missed. Condolences

David Dondua to give Keynote Address at BGS Cambridge Seminar 2015

The First Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, H.E. David Dondua will give the keynote address - Georgia-Regional Challenges and Opportunities - at the 3rd Annual BGS Cambridge Seminar to be held in the Old Library, Pembroke College on Friday, 12th June 2015 (2pm - 6.30pm). For further details look at 3rd Annual BGS Cambridge Seminar 12 June 2015 or here is a pdf

Tangerines (Mandariinid) screening 30 April

After the screening of the OSCAR nominated film Tangerines directed by Zaza Urashadze, there will be a short discussion about the film and also about Corn Island. Screened last month, Corn Island directed by George Ovashvili and was on the short list of 9 films considered for the best foreign language OSCAR nomination 2015. BGS Embassy Screening Tangerines 30 April

Maia Mania's Historic Tbilisi

A number of Maia Mania's evocative prints of beautiful and historic 19th century Tbilisi buildings, are on sale through the BGS website. Please look at the Maia Mania historical Tbilisi prints for sale in the Gallery for some examples and more details. 

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