'A Conversation with the two Ambassadors' in Parliament 6 July 2017
Photos by Armand Wang from this event on Facebook available here
Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada on 25 June
Join out street party to raise money to support: children living below poverty line; children of Georgian heroes who have lost their lives in active service and for the rehabilitation centre.
What's on the menu: Home-made cakes, freshly baked Khachapuri (traditional Georgian dish of cheese bread), Khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and Mtsvadi (barbecued meat) a variety of vegetarian mezes and… of course some Georgian wine!
What's on the agenda: Face-painting, DIY cupcakes and other entertainment for kids; Music, songs and dances throughout the day; Stalls of arts, crafts and souvenirs from Georgian photographers, artists and designers; Backgammon tournament, tombola, auction and surprise challenges. Just pop by on the day, and bring your friends and family.
If you are unable to join us on the 25th June you could donate ahead of the event: www.bgsfund.co.uk
‘That which we give makes us richer’
BGS Members Guided Visit To Kew Gardens 13th May 2017
Easter Songs From Georgia Concert By Chela 5th April 2017
A concert by Chela, the Cambridge Georgian Choir, will take place on Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm in Jesus College Chapel, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL
'Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia', lecture by Donald Rayfield on 18th April
Members of the British Georgian Society are invited to a lecture by Professor Donald Rayfield on the subject Whatever did the Iranians do for Georgia?
Georgians made many important contributions to Iran, particularly under Shah Abbas I, as military men, provincial governors and builders. Allahverdi Khan Undiladze, who built the eponymous bridge over the Zayandeh Rud in Isfahan, was a Georgian. In Georgia, however, wherever one looks at a ruined church one is told that it was destroyed by Shah Abbas. Did Iran contribute nothing to Georgia other than ruin and destruction?
Professor Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. He has written many books about Russian and Georgian history and literature. He has translated Georgian poets and prose writers into English and is also the author of the Georgian-English dictionary. He is much in demand as a lively and entertaining lecturer on Georgian history and literature.
The lecture will be held on 18th April at 7pm on Tuesday 18th April at the Army & Navy Club, Pall Mall, at 36 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y, UK. Doors will open at 6.30 for guests to meet and have a drink at the cash bar before the lecture.
For more information about the lecture, please see here.
Georgia On Two Wheels - illustrated talk by Steve Gregson 25 January 2017
Follow two BGS members, Steve & Anni Gregson, as they tour Georgia by bicycle. Firstly Iveria to the east in order to acclimatise and taste the wine. Secondly up the Georgian Military Highway. Then a successful ascent of the Didgori Pass followed by a more leisurely couple of weeks cycling in the Lesser Caucasus, visiting the Vardzia caves, classy Borjomi, the nearby Bakuriani ski resort and finally Gori, Stalin's birthplace. "Cycle touring is a very stress-free way to travel, all you have to do is pedal, the rest is easy."
The talk, which will illustrate the gastronomic welcome in Georgia, will be followed by some Georgian wine, on what is after all Burns Night!
6.30pm Wednesday 25th January Georgian Embassy
'The First Georgian Republic 1918-21’ talk by Eric Lee 22 February 2017
Sacred Spaces "An extremely illustrated talk with Tony Anderson and John Ingham" 6 March 2017
2016 Annual General Meeting Wednesday 6th December 6.30pm
The BGS Annual General Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on the 6th December at the Georgian Embassy.
The AGM will be followed by a talk by Judge Christopher Buckwell. He will give a talk on ‘British Judges in Georgia’, describing a mission he led to Georgia.
Christopher Buckwell is an UK Immigration Judge. He has over 40 years of political experience. In 1997 he contested Sheffield Brightside constituency and currently is an Organising Secretary of Rochester and Strood CCA as well as a writer of a text on European Law. In 2015 he was elected as the President of The Council of Immigration Judges. From 1983 he has been a Local Councillor. For many years Christopher Buckwell was a lecturer in EU Law, Development Studies and human rights.
He is widely experienced in African countries (visited 23) including Sao Tome & Principe and other lusophone countries, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Cape Verde. In 2013 Judge Buckwell lead a group of 20 Immigration Judges to Georgia and was invited by Georgian Ministry of Justice to lead a team of three consultants the following year. Christopher Buckwell is an experienced musician as a semi-pro saxophonist. As a great supporter of Georgia, he has given a number of pro bono performances as a saxophonist for charity events organised in support of Georgia.
We will also invite H.E. Ambassador Tamar Beruchashvili to say a few words, who has now been in post for the last eight months.
After the talks there will be wine and nibbles, as usual, with an opportunity for networking.