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Gala opening of new academic year at British Corner

By Mariam Chanishvili
Monday, September 9
British Corner (BC) opened its new school year.

With great support from British Embassy, BC was honored to host the UK’s current champions of bagpipers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland who performed traditional Scottish melodies and dance on the stage of the British Corner.

These were the bagpipers who played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and President Trump this year.

Marina Tsitsishvili, Founder of British Corner MBE opened the ceremony and delivered a speech.

Alexandra Cole, the deputy head of mission to Georgia of the British Embassy also delivered a speech.

“One of the reasons we were so keen to bring the bagpipers here was that they are brilliant and also because it is something that the two countries have in common, this tradition of piping and music that goes back generations and we will hopefully carry it on to generations,” said Alexandra Cole.

On February 27, 2015, Marina Tsitsishvili with the support of ESU-Georgia set up the British Corner, English Language Centre, and ESU-Georgia office. British Ambassador to Georgia, HE Alexandra Hall Hall, and Marina Tsitsishvili cut the red ribbon stretched at the entrance of the brand new language center located in the top corner of Vake Park, opening up the way to English education for future generations.

It's a place not only for teaching English but introducing British culture, British traditions, and even British cuisine.

For nearly 100 years the English Speaking Union (ESU) has been promoting international friendship and understanding through the use of the English language.

Georgia joined the ESU in 1998 and held its official launch in 2000, with delegates from 41 countries attended the opening ceremony. The delegation was headed by Lord Watson of Richmond and Valerie Mitchell, Director-General of the ESU.