A cultural feast of writers and films in London marking 25 years since the Restoration of Georgia’s Independence.
Twenty-five years after it declared independence from the Soviet Union, Georgia in the south Caucasus is in the midst of cultural renewal, from post-Soviet fiction to new-wave cinema. Join some of its finest contemporary writers, and others with links to the country, for a cultural feast to explore a land known for its rich literature as much as ancient winemaking and polyphonic song.
Participants include bestselling Georgia-born Russian crime writer Boris Akunin; Boyd Tonkin, jury chair of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize; Aka Morchiladze and Zurab Karumidze, pioneers of post-Soviet Georgian fiction; Dato Turashvili, writer and political activist; Lasha Bugadze, author of the novel The Literature Express and satirical playwright; historian Donald Rayfield, author of Edge of Empires and Stalin and His Hangmen; Maureen Freely, President of English PEN and translator of Orhan Pamuk; documentary filmmaker Teresa Cherfas; Claire Armitstead, Books Editor of Guardian News and Media; and cultural journalist and literary critic Maya Jaggi.
Talks include complimentary Georgian wine.
Georgia25 is a week of talks and films between 11 and 17 April 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.
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP Tel: 0207 307 5454
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent St, London, W1B 2UW Tel: 0207 911 5050
More information here.