Where Europe Meets Asia: GEORGIA25
11-17 April 2016
MASTER OF MYSTERY
Boris Akunin, bestselling Russian crime writer, born in Georgia, in conversation with Boyd Tonkin, Senior Writer at The Independent and jury chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize / Asia House, Monday 11 April, 6:45pm / Tickets: £10/£8/£6
A double bill of Georgia’s past through writers’eyes:FROM THE KNIGHT IN THE PANTHER SKIN TO STALIN’S GREAT TERROR Historian Donald Rayfield, author of Edge of Empires, translator of the 1930s classic novel Kvachi, in conversation with Maya Jaggi, cultural journalist and Artistic Director of Georgia25 / Asia House, Tuesday 12 April, 6:30pm.
EYEWITNESSES ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM Bestselling novelist-screenwriters Aka Morchiladze, author of Journey to Karabakh, and Dato Turashvili, author of Flight from the USSR, in conversation about the path to independence in 1991 and the legacy of the ‘90s / Asia House, Tuesday 12 April, 7:30pm / Combined tickets: £8/£6/£5
EUROPEAN WAYS Zurab Karumidze
, novelist and co-editor of Georgia’s European Ways
, in conversation with Maureen Freely
, novelist, President of English PEN, and translator of the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan PamukEurope House, Wednesday 13 April, 6:30pm. Free but registration
WRITING THE NEW GEORGIA Lasha Bugadze, new-generation novelist and playwright, in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Books Editor of Guardian News & Media / Asia House, Thursday 14 April, 6:45pm / Tickets: £8/£6/£5
Talks include complimentary Georgian wine
A GEORGIAN WEEKEND OF NEW ANDCLASSIC FILMS AT REGENT STREET CINEMA
SATURDAY 16 APRIL Levan Tutberidze Two features by the pathbreaking director:Trip to Karabakh (4pm), based on Aka Morchiladze’s landmark novel, which launched Georgia’s cinematic revival in 2005. Moira (8:15pm –UK Premiere) Georgian entry for bestforeign language film for the 2016 Oscars Contemporary Georgian documentaries (2pm + 6:15pm)
SUNDAY 17 APRIL Masterpieces of Georgian cinemaTengiz Abuladze’s classic trilogy of 1967-84: The Plea (2pm); The Wishing Tree (3:40pm); Repentance (5:50pm);
Otar Iosseliani’s 1996 Brigands Chapter VII (8:40pm).
WHERE EUROPE MEETS ASIA: GEORGIA25 is presented by the Georgian National Book Centre, Tbilisi, in association with Maya Jaggi, Artistic Director.
With partners: Asia House; Europe House; Life Through Cinema directed by Jason Osborn; Regent Street Cinema.
With support from the Embassy of Georgia in the UK; Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia; Georgian National Film Centre.
PR support from Four Colman Getty.
GEORGIA25 marks three anniversaries in April:
–9 April 1989 Peaceful demonstrations in the Georgian capital Tbilisi crushed by Red Army soldiers, killing 21
–9 April 1991 Georgia’s declaration of independence two years later, reclaiming the sovereignty of the First Republic of 1918-21 after 70 years of Soviet rule
–14 April 1978 Deda Ena (mother tongue) Day commemorating popular protests that halted Soviet moves to oust Georgian as the official language in Georgia