The formal AGM of the association was held at the Slovak Embassy on Thursday 4th May 2017. The  annual and financial reports for 2016 were approved. Ladislav Hornan was elected Chair of the BCSA. Ruzena Holub, Douglas Gibb and Blanka Shrimpton were re-elected Vice-Chair, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary respectively. Angela Spindler-Brown and Edward Peacock were  re-elected for another term to the Executive Committee. See the Annual Report and Accounts here, and outgoing Chair Michael Roberts’ report to the AGM here.

Also on 4th May, the BCSA hosted a talk by Rob Humphreys, author of the Rough Guides to Prague and Czechoslovakia.  Yorkshire-born Rob’s introduction to things Czechoslovak was through the children’s games his father (a lecturer in Czech and Russian at Leeds University) brought back from trips behind the Iron Curtain. A nascent acting career came to an end when Rob was asked in 1988 to write the Rough Guide to Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution threw months of careful research work into disarray, but eventually the first of what proved to be several editions of the book was published in 1991.

Daria Klimentová, celebrated Czech prima ballerina and professional photographer, came to the BCSA on 27 March to talk about her life and work.   After many years as Principal Ballerina with English National Opera, she has devoted herself to the education of new generations of dancers since her retirement in 2014, notably by founding and teaching the International Ballet Masterclasses at Prague’s Národní divadlo.

The BCSA held its 25th Annual Dinner at London’s Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on 25th November 2016.  Slovak Ambassador HE L’ubomír Rehák was our guest speaker. Read more

To mark the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU, the BCSA held a public discussion at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on 29th November with two leading players in Slovakia’s post-communist economic transition – Vazil Hudák, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank and former Slovak Minister of the Economy, and Dr Michal Horváth of York University. Read more