GEORGIA REALLY MATTERS celebrating 25 years of the Annual Georgian Studies Day. November 2nd at the University of Westminster, Regent Street campus. Speakers include the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 28th October if you wish to attend.

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.


Director Nana Djordjadze made the only Georgian film to be nominated for an oscarA 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. 


Speaker at BGS Annual DinnerThis 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. 

The past events from 2010 back to 2006 are available as PDFs

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.


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British Author Katie Ruth Davies New Book Set In Georgia

According to HE Tamar Beruchashvili Katie Ruth Davies "is a prominent author, journalist and supermum. She’s an expert in many things, including vampires!’’. Editor-in-Cheif of Georgia Today, Katie now lives in Georgia with her partner and 3 children. She is author of the Blood Omen books and is on a publishing tour of the UK (next week she will be in Bristol) promoting her first young adult book set in Georgia Angel (book one of the new Dark Wings series). Robert Edgar was at her London book launches at the Georgian Embassy and Primrose Hill Library and wrote in Georgia Today

Discovering Places: Georgia at Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Geographical Society is having an event on Georgia, on Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7pm - 9pm. It is part of their Discovering Places series and has an expert panel of Donald Rayfield (writer, historian and regular BGS speaker), Olia Hercules (chef and author of Kaukasis), and Marta Hills (a sustainable tourism expert and regular backpacker). Follow this link for further details.

Colour Of Pomegranates Limited Edition Blu-ray And Special Screening At ICA

Sergei Parajanov’s celebrated masterwork The Colour Of Pomegranates paints an astonishing portrait of the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, the ‘King of Song’ and now arrives on Blu-ray for the first time, presented in a stunning new restoration by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with the National Cinema Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia.

The film arrives as The Colour Of Pomegranates Limited Edition Box Set, a luxury two-disc collector’s set on Blu-ray complete with a 112-page perfect-bound book, a host of brand new special features, archive material, short film, documentaries and both the Armenian and Russian versions of the film. It arrives on 29 January 2018.

There will be a special screening of the film on January 27th at 4.15pm at the ICA, introduced by Daniel Bird.Please see the link here.

BBC Radio 4 Food Programme on Georgia

Two excellent programmes presented by Dan Saldino are available on BBC iPlayer Radio. Feast Like a Georgian: A Food Guide to the Caucasus., first broadcast on 4th September, features food writer Carla Capalbo, author of Tasting Georgia (published earlier this summer), guiding Dan through a supra. Zero Compromise: A (Georgian) Natural Wine Story., broadcast on 11th September, has Dan Saladino travelling into the Caucasus in search of "zero compromise" natural wine makers. He finds them in Georgia, thought to be the birthplace of wine, and home of the qvevri.

Armand Wang's photos of BGS events available on Facebook

Photographer Armand Wang, a BGS member, wonderfully captures the atmosphere at BGS events in his descriptive photos and regularly posts them on the BGS Facebook page. Here are links to recent events Conversation with the two Ambassadors and Second Annual Charity Festival hosted by Tamada

Cancellation of 12 June event at Pembroke College

On behalf of the British Georgian Society, the board would like to update you about this year's BGS Cambridge Seminar at Pembroke College. The event at Pembroke on Monday 12 June is now cancelled. The keynote speaker, Georgian Defence Minister Levon Izoria, had to call off his visit to the UK in mid June. We apologise for any inconvenience - and hope you will understand the organisers' decision in the circumstances to put the event off for a future occasion.

A Poet Is Born: Nikolaz Baratashvili 27th April 2017 Asia House

As the first month of spring slowly comes to an end, on Thursday 27th April, 18.45 at Asia House Donald Rayfield remembers Georgian poet Nikoloz Baratashvili  (1817-1845). On the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary, Donald Rayfield Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London will give a talk, A Poet Is Born: Nikolaz Baratashvili. For further information and tickets go to the Asia House website.

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Direct Flights From London To Georgia

There have been recent announcements that various airlines will operate direct flights from London to Georgia. The Hungarian owned low cost Wizz Air will commence bi-weekly flights from Luton to Kutaisi from 18th June 2017. This will be followed by Georgian Airlines (Airzena) flying directly from Gatwick to Tbilisi, also twice a week. Start dates to be confirmed. There is also an article on the online outlet that Ryanair will also commence flights from London to Tbilisi. 

Anthony Bryer OBE

An obituary by Bruce Clark

PROFESSOR ANTHONY BRYER, who has died aged 78, was an exuberant, charismatic historian and lecturer who did more than anybody in his generation to stimulate the study of Byzantium in Britain and beyond.

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Anthony Bryer OBE

A short appreciation by Professor Judith Herrin

Anthony Bryer OBE, the wonderful, inspiring teacher and promoter of Byzantine, Greek and Turkish culture, died at his home in Birmingham on 22 October, 2016. He established the field of Byzantine Studies in the UK and embodied its international significance through his work on the region of Trebizond/Trabzon in eastern Turkey.

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