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).
The Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 1QF (nearest tube Old Street)
Memories Without Borders - film screening and discussion 5 December 2013
There will be a film screening and discussion with Dr Laurence Broers, on Thursday 5th December at 6.15pm. The meeting will be held at UCL, Room 305, 26 Bedford Way Building, WC1H 0AP (Tavistock Square end).
Memories Without Borders traces legacies of violence stretching from mass murder in ottoman Turkey in the early 20th Century, to war in Nagorny Karabakh in the 1990s. The joint work of a team of Turkish, Armenian and Azerbaijani film-makers, Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others, and what do others choose to remember about us? A glass of Georgian wine will follow the discussion in the Common Room next door.
Laurence Broers from Conciliation Resources will introduce the film, which lasts 50 minutes, followed by a discussion, which will include Georgian themes (Laurence has a PhD on Georgia).
BGS AGM 19 November 2013
British Georgian Society is holding the 2013 AGM on Tuesday 19th November at 6pm. It will be held at the Georgian Embassy, 4 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ. After the business part of the meeting our speaker will be Nino Tchanturia and her illustrated talk will be called 'Get Ready for Georgia'. This will be followed by a glass of Georgian wine, courtesy of the Embassy,accompanied by some nibbles.
Nino Tchanturia lives and works in Georgia. She graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Western European Languages and Literature, with a Masters Degree in English Philology. She has a second Masters in Public Administration from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. She has worked for 13 years as Tour Operations and Marketing Manager at GeorgiCa Travel and achieves life balances by practising yoga daily and fencing. She has a great interest in music from Georgian folk to Musette, classical Jazz, Bossa Nova to the classics and worked with Michael Church recording his CD, Songs of Survival - Traditional Music of Georgia.
Medieval Georgia: Researching and Preserving the Royal Wall Paintings of Vardzia 13 October 2014
BGS and the Courtauld Institute of Art are pleased to host a lecture by Professor David Park at 5.30pm on Wednesday November 13th. Download PDF here.
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre,
Strand, London WC2R 0RN
There will be a reception afterward in the Entrance Hall.
Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze Exhibition 26 - 30 September 2013
To tie in with the 3rd London BGS Georgian Film Festival, Riverside Studios and British Georgian Society have organised an exhibition of two Georgian artists Maia Naveriani and Maya Sumbadze at the Riverside Studios Gallery from 26th September - 30th September. Please see Riverside Studios website for opening times.
Maia Naveriani's work entitled Future Wolves and Chicks So Far is a series of large pencil drawings exploring the female subject through the artist’s own cultural memory fragments as well as the contemporary socio-cultural ‘jungle’.
Maya Sumbadze’s graphic works I Like The Design Of My Pain draw on connections between pain and imagination, lived experience and fantasy. Strangely striking and calming at the same time, these figurative artworks juxtapose worlds of innocence and experience.
The exhibition is being sponsored by the cARTveli
BGS Annual Supra 24 October 2013
The BGS annual supra will take place at 7pm on Thursday October 24th at Georgia Restaurant, 1 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PP. Tony Anderson, author of Bread And Ashes, will give an illustrated talk on Early British Travel Writers on Georgia. The evening will be accompained by live Kalakuri/City music.
Architectural Gems Amid Georgia's Fragile Urban Cultural Heritage 28 February 2014
This illustrated talk by Maia Mania will mainly focus on Tbilisi but will also look at the historic towns of Telavi, Signahi and Dusheti. The talk on Friday February 28th at 6.30pm.
The Gallery (Farringdon tube)
Alan Baxter Associates, 75 Cowcross Street (entrance by the courtyard), London ECM1 6EL
The Dash Café with BGS special screening of "Lucky Village" July 3 2013
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Wednesday 3rd July 2013, 7:30pm | FREE Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
The Dash Café is pleased to present this special event in partnership with the British Georgian Society: a rare screening of the fascinating 1993 Georgian film “Lucky Village”, directed by Giorgi Levashov-Tumanishvili and starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Zurab Kipshidze and Shota Kristeshasvili.
The ward of the Narcotics Unit of the Tbilisi mental hospital, Georgia, is an unexpected safe haven from the civil war which rages beyond the bars and walls of the hospital. A new patient is admitted - a middle-aged alcoholic. As a voluntary inmate of ’Lucky Village’ he pieces together the fragments of his childhood in the streets of Stalin's Georgia. Into this world arrives Michael (Tim Pigott-Smith), a British diplomat, with the DTs.
“Lucky Village” began filming in Georgia in May 1991 and was completed in extraordinary conditions of counter-revolution and imperial collapse, military take-over and civil war.
The screening will be followed by a short discussion and Q&A with Dash Artistic Director Tim Supple and "Lucky Village" Associate Producer Marina Tsitsishvili.
The Café will also feature a set from the The Maspindzeli Choir singing songs from the ancient polyphonic tradition of Georgia.
Bare, beautiful and once heard never forgotten— Time Out, 25 May 2011.
BGS Inaugural Georgia Day at Pembroke College Cambridge
On Friday June 21st from 2pm - 6.30pm, there will be a special BGS Georgian event in the Old Library, Pembroke College Cambridge . The first half of the afternoon will be a high level political seminar entitled Georgia - Political Challenges and Constitutional Solutions with a keynote address by the Chairman of the Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili, one of the leading and most influential politicians in Georgia today. Mr Usupashvhili will then join a panel discussion with Sir Tony Brenton (UK Ambassador to Russia 2004-2008), Judith Gough (UK Ambassador to Georgia 2010 - 2013), David Howarth (MP for Cambridge 2005-2010) and Roy Reeve (former head of OSCE mission in Tbilisi 2004 - 2007). The event will be chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, Master of Pembroke College Cambridge. This is a unique opportunity to understand how Georgia is developing a few months after the unexpected election victory for Georgia's Dream Coalition and before the presidential elections in October.
The second session of the afternoon will focus on Georgian literature in two contrasting important historical eras - Queen Tamar and the twenty years after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Professor Charles Melville (Professor of Persian History, Fellow of Pembroke College) and Dr Firuza Melville (Academic Associate, Head of Shahnama Centre, Pembroke College) will talk about Visramiani - the Georgian Perception of a Persian Love Story. Followed by Professor Donald Rayfield (Author, Historian and Professor of Russian and Georgian, Queen Mary, University of London) on A Decade of Chaos and a Decade of Change - as Georgian Writers have Perceived them. The session will be introduced and chaired by Cambridge Historian Dr Hubertus Jahn (Fellow of Clare College Cambridge, lecturer in Russian and East European history). The afternoon will end with a reception with Georgian wine and songs from Chela, the Cambridge Georgian choir.