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Georgian born and New York-based independent art curator Nina Mdivani's online talk "GEORGIAN FEMALE ARTISTS: A LOOK BACK AND ACROSS"


May 2022

by Nina Bendukidze 

It was a great pleasure to invite Georgian-born and New York-based art curator, writer and researcher Nina Mdivani to make a presentation about different generations of Georgian female artists via Zoom meeting. The lectire was held on 24 May 2022, Tuesday, at 18:00 GMT (London), 13:00 EDT (New York), 21:00 GET (Tbilisi) .

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In this virtual lecture Nina looked at nine women artists of Georgia who left an indelible mark on art history. Some of them are our contemporaries, some of them have iconic status, but what unites them are their unique and bold visions of surrounding reality and determination to leave their mark.

Elene Akhvlediani, Ema Lalaeva-Ediberidze, Vera Pagava, Natela Iankoshvili, Esma Oniani, Keti Kapanadze, Natela Grigalashvili, Tamara Kvesitadze, Rusudan Khizanishvili.

One of these artists - Rusudan Khizanishvili - was present at the meeting and spoke out about her art and her vision of the world.

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Georgian Poet in Bristol 2022

March 2022

by Esther Keller-Pickup and Alix Hughes

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The BTA has partnered with BookHaus Bristol for an event "GEORGIAN POET DIANA ANPHIMIADI TALK - WHY I NO LONGER WRITE POEMS" (Wednesday 23 March 2022 18:30 - 20:00) 

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The event was chaired by award winning, critically acclaimed poet Fiona Sampson. Fiona also reviewed the book in the Guardian, giving this quote which is great for publicity: "This is gorgeous, fabulising verse". 


Diana Anphimiadi is a poet, publicist, linguist and teacher. She has published four collections of poetry in Georgian: Shokoladi (Chocolate, 2008), KonspecturiMitologia (Resumé of Mythology, 2009), AlhlokhedvisTraektoria (Trajectory of the Short-Sighted, 2012) and ChrdilisAmoch’ra (Cutting the Shadow, 2015). Her poetry has received prestigious awards, including first prize in the 2008 Tsero (Crane Award) and the Saba Prize for the best first collection in 2009. Her chapbook, Beginning to Speak, was published in 2018 by the Poetry Translation Centre, and Why I No Longer Write Poems, the first full-length Georgian-English selection of her poetry, is published by Bloodaxe Books with the Poetry Translation Centre in 2022, both titles translated by Natalia Bukia-Peters and Jean Sprackland.

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Translator Natalia Bukia-Peters, UK poet Jean Sprackland and Diana Anphimiadi gave readings in Georgian and English. A discussion about writing the book and creating the translations aroused great interest among the audience. Unfortunately Diana had to be there through Skype because of visa and family issues. The BTA chairman Derek Pickup bought a copy of her poems to put in the Central library. 






Nino Beglarishvili about Christmas in Georgia

January 2022

by Esther Pickup-Keller and Nina Bendukidze

The subject of a regular Zoom talk organized by Bristol Tbilisi Association on  20th of January 2022 was the Georgian Christmas. This talk was given by Nino Beglarishvili who has been a friend of Bristol for many years. She works in the Mayor's Office in Tbilisi and is responsible for international links, including the link with Bristol. She has completed two work placements in Bristol City Council in the International Department. She has been of immense help to BTA members when they have organised visits to Tbilisi and we were very grateful to her for speaking to us on 20th January; after all, it was nearly bedtime in Georgia, when we met. 

Whilst we associate 25th December with Christmas, the Eastern Orthodox church has 7th of January in their calendar for this celebration. 

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Mikheil Tsereteli, Deputy Director of the Georgian National Museum Online Talk "Building Capacity of Museums – Culture as a Way or Development of a Country in Transition"

December 2021

by Esther Pickup-Keller & Nina Bendukidze

After re-gaining its independence in 1991 Georgia declared its aspiration toward the European values. Due to its geographic location, Georgia has long been a natural crossroads for many powerful cultures. Nevertheless, the country has preserved its cultural identity. Thoughtful management of cultural heritage may play key role in construction new democratic country. Building strong academic and cultural institutions is crucial for these processes.

The Georgian National Museum, countries largest complex unifying museums and research institutes was established in 2004, unifies 20 museums and institutions in Tbilisi and regions of Georgia. Since that The Georgian National Museum tries to conduct research projects and present internationally significant collections that provide visitors with inspiration and knowledge of the wonderful world of science, arts, culture and education.

Presentation has given an overview on the activities of the Georgian National Museum in the above-mentioned context.

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British Ambassador to Georgia Mark Clayton's Online Talk "My First Year as Ambassador, it's challenges and successes under COVID-19"

November 2021

by Nina Bendukidze

Mark Clayton prior to becoming the British Ambassador to Georgia in 2020 served as Deputy Director of European Security and Defence. in 2017-2018, he held the job of Minister Counselor in Moscow. He is a career diplomat and has held various positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1997 – Desk Officer at Baltic States department (1997-1998), Head of EU-Former Soviet Union relations Team (2004-2005), Head of G8 Team (2005-2007), Deputy Head of Counter-Terrorism Department (2010-2014). 

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The Lord Mayor welcomed a group of Georgian students studying at the University of Bristol to the City Hall

November 2021

by Alix Hughes 

The Lord Mayor welcomed a group of Georgian students studying at the University of Bristol on Monday, the 8th of November, to City Hall and gave them a guided tour including the Tbilisi Room. Derek Pickup, the Bristol Tbilisi Assosiation Chairman and Alix Hughes, the Bristol City Council European and International Department Officer, were with them. They are loving being in Bristol and have already discovered some interesting places around the Harbourside. The fifth student was unable to join the meeting.

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Online Talk by Tony Anderson about his book "Bread and Ashes: A Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia" and other travel to Georgia books

October 2021

by Nina Bendukidze

We had a regular Zoom talk organized by Bristol Tbilisi Association on 28th of October 2021. Tony Anderson, a big our friend and a member of BTA, talked about his book "Bread and Ashes: Walking the Georgia Mountains",his future book and other travel guides to Georgia and explained why you shouldn't trust everything they say. He showed various books about traveling in Georgia, the first of which was written by Sir John Mandeville in the 14th century.

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Ambassador of Georgia to the UK H.E. Sophie Katsarava's talk online

July 2021

by Derek Pickup

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The Georgian Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency Sophiko Katsarava gave a talk "Reflections on a year as the Georgian Ambassador to the UK under Covid and plans for the future" to the BTA covering her first year in Office. The year was difficult because of the Covid virus and the restrictions on face to face meetings and travel. Despite this it was a busy year which resulted with a free trade agreement between the UK and Georgia










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