Keto and Kote introduced by Gela Charkviani
The earliest full-scale Georgian cinematic musical Keto and Kote (1948), based on the comic opera by Viktor Dolidze, was screened at the Georgian Embassy in April 2011, with the first showing of a newly restored print. Directed by Vakhtang Tabliashvili and Shalva Gedevanishvili, starring leading actors of different generations, such as Medea Japaridze, Veriko Andjaparidze, Vaso Godziashvili and Akaki Kvantaliani, the film features splendid music, choreography and humour.
In a wonderfully entertaining and fascinating introduction Gela Charkviani, the distinguished diplomat, TV personality and former Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, described how the Chattanooga Choo Choo did more for American diplomacy than the CIA ever could.
My English Grandfather (1986) anu chemi ingliseli Papa
Director Nana Djordjadze made the only Georgian film to be nominated for an oscar, A Chef in Love (1996). Her 1986 comedy, My English Grandfather also called Robinson Crusoe in Georgia hence Robinsoniada, was entered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and won the prestigious Caméra d'Or as a first feature. Djordjadze (born in 1948) graduated in architecture but started acting and then in 1974 enrolled in the film classes of Tengiz Abuladze and Irakli Kvririkadze in the Faculty of Film Direction at the Rustaveli State Theatre Institute, Tbilisi. Like other leading Georgian filmmakers of the time, Djordjadze left Georgia in the early 1990s and has made her home in Berlin.
BGS Annual Dinner
This year's annual Supra for BGS members will take place on 27th September at 7.30pm. There will be a theme this year - Past and Present Georgians in the UK - presented by David Gigauri. The event will take place at Tamada, Tamara Lordkipanidze's popular Georgian restaurant in St John's Wood, with support from Gaumarjos and Geo Wines. The cost of the evening will be £30 per person including a special menu with additional seasonal dishes and wine.
The 2011 AGM took place on Thursday 20th October at 18:30 in the Georgian Embassy. Reports were given by the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and members approved the accounts and appointment of directors to the board. Draft minutes from the meeting will be sent by e-mail to all members. For further details, please contact Robert Scallon, secretary.
Bill McAlister's talk Shadows of Forgotten Memories recalls his adventures in Georgia, a country he first visited in 1998, and his many experiences with various cultural institutions and individuals.
Georgian Ambassador HE Giorgi Badridze arrived in London in 2007 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission. He spoke about his experiences in London, first arriving when HE Gela Charkviani was Ambassador, the 2008 war, and his own appointment as Ambassador to the UK and Ireland in 2009.
Our thanks to Ambassador Badridze and his staff at the Embassy for hosting the meeting.
Past Events Archive
The past events from 2010 back to 2006 are available as PDFs
Botanical Introduction to Georgia
This fascinating talk by two speakers from the Botanical Gardens at Kew - Clare Trivedi and Guy Moore - was given at the Georgian Embassy on 12 July 2011.