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A free Dash Café event screening documentary shorts from modern Georgia, followed by a conversation between Elhum Shakerifar and Daniel Gorman (Director of Firefly International) about the documentary film-making scene, and the wider picture of modern culture, in Ukraine, Armenia and Georgia. There will also be music from the Mazaika Duo. Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA. Download pdf.

BGS and Chatham House will co-host an illustrated talk by Richard Lewington - a personal view of the last year spent with the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia. Fascinating insight should be provided by this senior diplomat, the talk will take place at Chatham House on October 3rd at 4pm-5.30pm. Admission by invitation only will be emailed to members and RSVP will be essential. More details to follow.

The annual BGS Supra will take place on Thursday September 27th at 7.30pm. Bruce Packard will give an illustrated talk on Skiing In Georgia and the Georgian Ambassador HE Giorgi Badridze well be our tamada (toastmaster). Tamada Georgian Restaurant 122 Boundary Road London NW8 0RH (more details to follow).

Levan Tsuladze's delightful new production of Shakespeare's As You Like It in Georgian received a rapturous ovation after the first performance at the Globe to Globe World Shakespeare Festival. In a sparkling and atmospheric adaption by Lasha Bugadze, the pastoral comedy felt totally at home in the semi-open environment of the Globe theatre. The Arden forest was created simply by an ejaculation of colourful leaves which gracefully covered the raised area of the deliberately make-shift looking stage, providing a perfect setting for the great Georgian actress Nata Murvanidze, as melancholic Jaques, to deliver the 'all the world's a stage' monologue. Not to be missed. Last performance is Saturday 19th May at 7.30pm Globe Theatre.

Iranian-American (with Georgian roots) Mahan Esfahani, 'the leading harpsichordist of his generation' will perform Bach and Rameau in Oxford's Trinity College Chapel, on Sunday May 6th at 15.00, as part of our celebrations for 100 years of Georgia's greatest poet Shota Rustaveli being translated in English by Margery Wardrop. Please see Rustaveli May 6th in Oxford Timings and Directions or download pdf.

Geomusica.com presents the unique and sublime harmonies of Sathanao, a wonderful female choir from Georgia for their first UK tour performing in Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Keswick, Derby, Highgate and Holland Park. Here is a pdf of the press release and some pictures.

 

The great Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (1172-1216), was first translated into English by Marjory Wardrop 100 years ago. BGS plans to  hold a few events to celebrate the centenary, and the inaugural event Rustaveli and the Wardrop Heritage will be held in Oxford on Sunday 6th May from 12 noon to 5pm. Speakers include Peter Nasymth and Donald Rayfield. The celebrated Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Isfahani will also perform.

BGS film screenings resumed at the Georgian Embassy with Keti Machavariani's beautifully crafted debut feature Salt White (2011). One of our members Ben Pearce-Higgins who was at the screening reviewed the film. Our season continues next month.

During the recent tour of the wonderful Georgian polyphonic singers Sakhioba, they were recorded by BBC World Routes. You can hear the singers on Sunday 8th January at 10pm, presented by Lucy Duran. Here is a link to BBC World Routes.

Queen Tamar at Vardzia from 1184-86Queen Tamar at Vardzia is an iconic image of Georgian History. Dating from 1184-86, it forms part of the wall paintings adorning the Church of the Dormition, the focal point of this famous rock-cut monastery in Southern Georgia. Comprising images of the Virgin, donors and nationally revered saints, with scenes from the Passion of Christ, the wall paintings survive almost complete. View images.

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Mariam Batsashvili's concert in Tonbridge, Kent, 9 May 2020

British Georgian Society members are warmly invited to Mariam Batsashvili's concert in Tonbridge, Kent, 9 May 2020. Mariam will be performing solo pieces by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are £20 per person (free for under-18s and students in full time education) and are available from the website of the Tonbridge Music Club. 

The Rustaveli Day at the Royal Asiatic Society, 11 November 2019

The Rustaveli Day will be held at 6.30pm on the 11 November 2019 at the Royal Asiatic Society (14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD). This year we continue with the Anglo-Georgian connection series and discover the fascinating stories of Princess Tamara Imeretinsky, a Bagrationi of Imereti in exile; and Michael Aramyants, a prominent Tbilisi industrialist and philanthropist. The event will be followed by Georgian wine and canapes. 

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