September 2013

by Nina Bendukidze

2013-09-14 11.35.23-website2013-09-14 12.36.29-websiteThis event was an introduction to Georgian culture and was  the launch event for the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the twinning between Bristol and Tbilisi.

Special guest was Peter Nasmyth, who gave two free illustrated talks: “Adventure Tourism in Georgia” and “Tbilisi’s Old Town Development”. Writer and photographer Peter Nasmyth has been travelling in the Caucasus for the past 25 years, writing on the area for most major UK newspapers. This month sees the launch of the 2nd Edition of his walking guide to Georgia, 'Walking in the Caucasus‘ which he presented at the talk. His familiarity with Georgia began during the late 1980s when he worked as a journalist in the Soviet Union during its dramatic collapse. In 1988 he was instrumental in organizing the first live musicians TV satellite bridge between London and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and since then has blended broadcasting and writing with a variety of culturally based projects. He has been nominated for the United Nations Media Peace Prize, and his books including "Georgia: In the Mountains of Poetry" are a must read for any fans of Georgia. 2013-09-14 11.09.06-websiteMore recently he has published two architectural books and co-founded the Tbilisi Heritage Group - dedicated to preserving the city's historic character.

The audience could test the traditional Georgian food - khachapuri, lobiani and tkemali, and see books and artefacts from Georgia

Venue THE STATIONSilver St, Bristol BS1 2AG.

The venue is the old Fire Station building, now a thriving centre for young people, near the former Bridewell Police station. Part of BRISTOL OPEN DOORS day, Supported by THE STATION,

This event was kindly sponsored by Regent Holidays