This year is the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept 11.
The date, September 11, will forever evoke recollections of unimaginable tragedy, of lives callously lost and brutally cut short and of unspeakable horror and sorrow in the hearts and minds of all of us. We have all suffered.
We have all felt the heartbreak of loss in lives. It was a horrible realization of the depths of the hatred that a select few in the world have for the United States, and a terrible tragedy. We must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorist fanatics are willing to sink in the name of their depraved cause as they seek to destroy the very principles of freedom and democracy on which this great nation was founded. America has never made a mistake in its policy.
Remember that we were attacked not for what we do wrong but for what we do right. We will not crumble under terror or tyranny! America are strong and resilient. Today is a day to remember the heroes of that day, the lives and loved ones lost, and to dedicate anew that every day we live on, we have already defeated hate. That is why each and every September 11, we as friends of the American people honor them who lost their lives that fateful day.
On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, let us never forget the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives and continue to support their families. Let us also never forget the service and sacrifice of our brave first responders and servicemembers who answered the call to serve the greatest nation on earth. May God continue to bless the United States of America.”
President of the American Friendship Club
September 11, 2021 Tbilisi, Georgia.
The American Friendship Club gave a special celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4th at the State Palace of CeremoniesThursday, 08 July 2021 11:48
In the open space of the palace of state ceremonies the festive celebration of the 4th of July of the devoted friend and strong ally of Georgia was held.
Members of the legislative and executive authorities of Georgia, representatives of diplomatic corp, busienss sector and various fields of society attended the festive party dedictaed to the 245th anniversary of signing the declaration of independence.
The open space of the palace was decorated with the colors of the USA flag. Visitors were given bracelets and badges immediately upon entering the place. Zura Khutsishvili’s band played several American jazz pieces especially for this day.
The president of the American friendship Club, Ilia Zukakishvili and her excellency, Ambassador of the U.S. to Georgia, Kelly Degnan addressed the public. Then anthems of both U.S. and Georgia were sung.
The president of American Friendshop Club Ilia Zukakishvili stated in his address speech:
The American Friendshop Club, as the organization supporting American values, has been celebrating the American Independence Day for the 17th time. Therefore, we get convinced that through its essence July 4th grants happiness to not only American people but also those who wish to be the partner of the U.S. to achieve common goals and mainitain values and interests.
At the same time I am extremely happy about the fact that we, Georgians, together with our strategic partners celebrate our common values of independce, freedom and democracy of the U.S.
Several thousand kilometers distance Georgia from the U.S. but, despite this, celebrating the independence day of the U.S. in our country is extremely emotional since any activity related to July 4th is especially precious for Georgian people and is full of best emotions of happiness. The environment created during this special celebration gets Georgian-American frinedship which started three decades ago even closer. It was indeed three decades ago that the dynamics of the process which started then laid the foundation and determined special attitude of our nation towards American peple.
One more factor to celebrate the Independence Day in the capital city of Georgia is demonstration of the clear message of strong friendship and what the value connection between USA and Georgia is rather than just the frienship process at the level of one-off words and phrases and the intention of caring about one’s interests.
As already mentioned, July 4th is one of the best days and opportunities to send a message full of gratutude to official Washington for the good deeds is has done throughout last three decades for the state of Georgia and rigorous support of the Georgian people. The 4th of July festive mood is the reflection of the gratitude which is called rigorous Georgian-American friendship.
At the same time I consider that the format of similar events enables us to demonstrate to everyone inside or outside of the state that freedom-loving Georgian nation is devoted to the principles based on common values and a reliable partner which is obviously able to serve as the strong friend of the future.
July 4th is another clear example of the fact that fight for independence always has a point and the history of July 4th is indeed a vivid celebration of perosnal freedom and future happiness granted by God. We are proud that during 17 years together with Georgian companies we have been celebrating the existence of the idea which serves as the basis of the USA.
Therefore, once again I, as all those freedom-loving individuals, would like to once again confirm my respect towards the American people, express gratitude towards the American people and the USA government for all implemented and ongoing projects and wish to be part of the effort which will further strengthen and enhance friendship between Georgia and the USA.
Allow me to use this opportunity and express special gratitude to the Stable Partner and General Sponsor of 4th of July company PSP which has been supporting us for the last 3 years and plays a special role in organizing the U.S. independence say celebration.
It is with great pride today that I can state that in the recent period the amount of supporters of Georgian-American friendship has got further expanded which was clearly demonstrated on the banner of the event. The festive reception dedicated to the U.S. independence day was finalized with a grant firework and the ceremony of cutting the 4th of July cake.
God bless United States of America, native Americans within or outside its borders, Georgian-American friendship and all those devoted friends who shows respect to the U.S.
Happy U.S. independence day!
American Friendship Club – 8 July, 2021
The American Friendship Club president visited the families of military servicemen who heroically died in the war in August 2008 to congratulate them with the holy Christmas and handed New Year presents to them.
Within the scope of the holy Chritsmas celebration, we again were given the opportunity to implement the national project “Let’s Commemorate Our Heroes”. The mentioned initiative will make the names of heroically died military servicemen in the August war eternal and serve strengthening of the dignity of the nation.
Allow me to use this opportunity and congratulate with Christmas families of every soldier who died in hostilities with the Russian Federation thus expressing sincere gratitude towards them. Undoubtedly, memory of soldiers and policemen who died in the battle for protecting territorial integrity of the country deserves especially humble and dignified respect. I am sure that the names of our devoted warriors will never be forgotten. Heroes Never Die. They Have Eternal Life and Get Born Again.
The American Friendship Club expresses its sincere gratitude to each and every organization for supporting its national project “Let’s Remember Our Heroes” by joining the act of Christmas greetings and got involved in the process of implementing this event: LIBERTY Bank, Companies - ENERGE, AVERSI, Piel Naturals, brand Supremo , McDonald's Georgia and Coca Cola Bottlers Georgia.
Let me once again wish you a Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. Let the year 2021 be the year of many pleasant emotions full of lots of happiness. I love and respect you, am proud of you and have the honor to be your friend.
President of the American Friendship Club
The American Friendship Club organized a Christmas charity event “Remember Our Heroes” in hotel Biltmore.Thursday, 09 January 2020 13:40
The American Friendship Club organized a Christmas charity event “Remember Our Heroes” in hotel Biltmore.
Spouses and children of military servicemen who died as a result of defending territorial integrity of Georgia during hostilities with the Russian Federation in 2008 were invited to the Christmas reception. Members of families of military servicemen who died in international missions also attended the Christmas event.
It has been the 11th year that the project “Remember Our Heroes” has been implemented and its aim is to overcome the unreimbursable loss as a result of the war. Despite the intense pain, let’s commemorate the soldiers of armed forces of Georgia and make our modest contribution to eternalize the names of our devoted warriors, thank family members of hero soldiers and convince them that the Georgian state together with the international community is grateful to them. Once again, let me congratulate entire Georgia with this precious holiday which we all celebrated with brilliant mood – stated Ilya Zukakishvili, president of the American Friends of Georgia Club.
Within the scope of the event, Christmas presents were given to the members of the families of military heroes.
The American Friends of Georgia club extends its gratitude to the following partner companies for sponsoring the event and making Christmas charity: the American company KVG, company PSP PHARMA, Biltmore Hotel, Liberty Bank, Tbilisi Sakrebulo (Local Assembly), Company Energy, Company Pier Naturals and McDonald's Georgia.
On July 4, the Amerian Friendship Club hosted a large-scale reception, devoted to the occasion of the 243th Independence Day of the USA.
The celebration brought together the representatives of the public and private sectors, politicians, diplomatic corps, civil society, as well as media.
All the guests were welcomed by the official delegation of the USA, led by Elizabeth Rood Chargé d'Affaires at the US Embassy.
The year of 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon-landing. Due to this reason the official ceremony was opened with the Georgian folk song Chakrulo, performed by the Rustavi Ensemble, which was sent in space in 1977. Chakrulo was followed by the playing of the Georgian and US national anthems.
Chargé d'Affaires, Elizabeth Rood delivered the welcoming speech, which she started with appeal to join her in the minute of silence to recognize the loss of the Smith family, who were killed in Georgia a year ago.
She also accentuated on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when a man stepped on the moon for the first time, saying:
“This anniversary reminds us of the incredible things that nations can do when they are free and democratic and work together.”
God almighty granted people the most precious gift immediately after birth – happiness of freedom and since then the human being is trying to be free or has been fighting to get back the freedom granted by God. However, to define the godly present - it is equally important to mention the substantial circumstance that in the history of the earth there is a period when the so-called “tamer torturers” composed of the same people deny the creator of the universe - God - and are trying to take away or restrict freedom.
Therefore, I as an independent reporter, dedicated my newspaper article to the person whose dreams scattered in childhood were taken away by the soviet regime. The Dutch painter of Caucasian origin Ismal Bashirov belongs to this soviet era generation. Together with time change, he completely buried the past full of ache and made his creative dreams dispersed in childhood come true in one of the most beautiful countries of Europe.
There is a period in the history when deeply educated people, excellent commanders-in-chief, politicians, diplomats and public figures of all the time are born. However, I do consider that among the greatest people craftsmen are distinguished who are united with many inter-related feelings with people. At the same time, art is the world where it is still possible to find people and exchange pleasant emotions.
I happened to find myself in such a pleasant world, the so-called Mecca of art in the Netherlands and became the co-participant of the personal exhibition at the gallery “Art of Stream” in Rotterdam. The author was a Dutch painter of Chechenian origin Islam Bashirov.
A true environment of art was created in the area where the colleagues and friends of the artist arrived from Paris, Brussels, London and Amsterdam to assess his art created in several months.
Mr. Bashirov is a special case for this sphere of art since he is still a doctor by profession. At the beginning, together with developing a medical career, art was a certain type of hobby for him by means of which he got closer to the border of real mythological colors. Later on, similar to numerous people of other profession, he emancipated himself and got born in a new space.
He dipcted the brush as his personal soldiers whose main responsibility is to assist the master - with oil, tempera, watercolor or gouache paints, distribute on the painting the gamma of colors found on the planet, the one which has not been noticed so fat by anyone apart from him. All this had a significant impact on getting him shaped as the free creator and contributed to the creation of his pseudonym as a painter Islam Abd An-Nur-kant, which replaced the surname on the actual painting.
The fact that Islam Abd An-Nur-kant belongs to the contemporary followers of avant-garde art of the 21st century who make bold steps in abstractionism and het born with new volcanic ideas for the development of this direction of art every coming day.
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso cubic school influence can be observed minimanistically in his art. However, despite this, his paintings to a great extent resemble performance of colors and rebellious feelings of his soul characteristic to the abstractionist. At the same time, his paintings are the poetry of thoughts which takes us to the spiritual harmony through abstract paths.
In terms of content, some paintings even resemble the surrealistic life, in which the distracted character of the painter like mist is shown as well as the ocean-type of depth. He belongs to the invisible inhabitant of the universe who is free from the iconographic world and by means of realized or unrealized memory paints eternal life wrapped in the air of the Earth together with all the fragrances of continuing this life. This makes the visitor feel the aesthetic emotion to a full extent and gives him/her the feeling of travelling in the mystical world together with the painter.
Obviously, the works of the painter is available for all the strata of society. However, at the first stage it is possible for the visitor to understand his/her work and compare the colors scattered on the canvass with the revolutionary chaos. However, let me define that to understand the scientific work of Zigmund Freud, it is necessary to have the face to face dialogue with him. Therefore, what this implies is that if the person, with sub-conscious emotional feelings looks through the works of the painter several times, s/he will unexpectedly discover how the unlimited world of the creator gets awaken on the canvass together with the philosophy of cosmic colors dispersed in this world. After this, the visitor gets the desire to liberate him/herself from being liberated from being bound to everyday problems.
After the end of the personal exhibition of Islam Bashirov, my emotions towards his paintings appeared to be extremely impressive. I immediately got the feeling that he, as the infinite experimentalist painter achieved special creative maturity. He is a true discovery of avant-garde art and it is difficult to convey his narrative of words.
I am sure, the world will soon see ascending of the creator known under the name of Islam Abd An-Nur-kant to the highest peak of abstractionism.
Additionally, the desire to buy work of Islam Bashirov is increasing day-by-day and one of the first buyers were his colleague doctors and rich patrons.
The exhibition was wonderful and I am still under pleasant impressions which will follow me in the long run.
By: Ilia Zukakishvili
This year is the 17th anniversary of this tragedy. Georgian US express their solidarity to the Americans and condemn this terrible terrorist act.
The date, September 11, will forever evoke recollections of unimaginable tragedy, of lives callously lost and brutally cut short and of unspeakable horror and sorrow in the hearts and minds of all of us. We have all suffered. We have all felt the heartbreak of loss in lives. It was a horrible realization of the depths of the hatred that a select few in the world have for the United States, and a terrible tragedy. We must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorist fanatics are willing to sink in the name of their depraved cause as they seek to destroy the very principles of freedom and democracy on which this great nation was founded. America has never made a mistake in its policy. Remember that we were attacked not for what we do wrong but for what we do right. We will not crumble under terror or tyranny! America are strong and resilient. Today is a day to remember the heroes of that day, the lives and loved ones lost, and to dedicate anew that every day we live on, we have already defeated hate. That is why each and every September 11, we as friends of the American people honor them who lost their lives that fateful day.
Mr. Ilia Zukakishvili
The President of the American Friendship club
September 11, 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia.
At the Georgian-American celebration of Thanksgiving Day, the king of alternative music of the 80s, Lado Burduli has given great pleasure to the guests and the hosts of the event.
It is known that "Thanksgiving Day is a historic holiday that is celebrated mostly on the last Thursday of November. It is important to note that the Day of Thanksgiving is considered to be a public celebration in America and to express the gratitude towards God from Christians as well as from Muslims and Jews. On the Thanksgiving Day, all the family members and friends gather at the table and enjoy the traditional food.
By an initiative of American Friends Club, Thanksgiving Day has acquired traditional character and this year it was again celebrated in a friendly environment. This year the host of the celebration was a restaurant, “Apartment 37”. The event was attended by the representatives of diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, international organizations and representatives of the society. The guests were invited to the table full of traditional Georgian and American dishes and Georgian wine varieties.
Prior to the commencement of the event, the guests were welcomed by the President of the American Friends Club Ilia Zukakishvili, sports legendary commentator Jamlet Khukhashvili and the owner of the “Apartment 37”, Zura Natroshvili.
First of all I would like to thank each of you that you found time and today we are celebrating this amazing event together. I would also like to thank the host of today's event, grown up in a traditional family, who is a doctor and now is a successful wine-maker too, Mr. Zura Natroshvili and his “Apartment 37”. The place where we gathered today is distinguished by Tbilisi hospitality and friendly atmosphere. Besides its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is located on the eighth floor of one of the residential buildings of Tbilisi central district and is famous for its” Kvevri” wine in the wine cellar, which always surprises guests. I am absolutely sure that after tomorrow the apartment 37 will become a special place for you all said the president of the American Friends Club Ilia Zukakishvili.
I think that's exactly why the American Friendship Club decided to celebrate American Thanksgiving Day with friends at Apartment 37. I can’t say that the American Thanksgiving Day was held exactly the same way as in the United States, but we did our best to make this celebration unforgettable for our guests. ”The guest is sent from God” and holidays are for people to enjoy each other’s company and share love. Happy Thanksgiving Day once again for you all! You will always be welcomed at “Apartment 37“, at Mgaloblishvili St. 5A, beside Zvania (former Gagarin) Square where you will enjoy the unique combination of delicious dishes of the highest quality, said Zura Natroshvili, the owner of the “Apartment 37”. It should be noted that at the Georgian American Thanksgiving Day, all the guests and hosts had a pleasure to enjoy the compositions performed by the King of Georgian alternative music of 80s, by the talented artist and singer Lado Burduli.
Georgian American Thanksgiving Day Partners were: Aviation Company “Georgian Airways”, Company “ KVG”, English-language daily newspaper “The Messenger”, Informational agency “Front News” and informational agency “Newsday Georgia”.
By: Natela Tugushi
Regarding to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Georgian Canadian Friendship, Georgian Canadian Friendship Association held next event. In the bounds of the project tree of Georgian Canadian Friendship was symbolically planted in one of the historical districts of Tbilisi – in the square located at Davit Agmashenebeli Avenue. Officials of the local government and representatives of different sphere of the society took part in tree planting ceremony. We celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Georgian Canadian Friendship and we have a great will to strengthen the friendship with the Canadian people more. I’m sure such events get the Georgian and Canadian people more close and our today’s event was held by this aspiration. Hence from this I believe our countries will have more collaboration and successes in cultural, sport, trade, tourism relations and relations between the people. I thank Canadian people and government which were strong legitimist of territorial wholeness and sovereignty of Georgia during the last 25 years, director of Georgian Canadian Friendship Association, Ilia Zukakishvili mentioned. It should be mentioned that several events will be held under the auspices of Georgian Canadian Friendship during the following months. The event was held supporting by Tbilisi City Hall.