See what’s coming up on on the BCSA’s Events Calendar.
A Prague exhibition of rare Czech historical documents, including Vladislav's privilege of 1158, the oldest preserved document proving the existence of the Czech state. Visitors go back in time from modern history until the very beginning of the Czech history. Various media evoke the atmosphere of particular periods, such as video recordings of television news from the communist era or contemporary documentaries from the occupation of the country by Nazi Germany. Throughout the exhibition, authentic audio recordings are played and…Find out more »
A series of small exhibitions in the atrium for the anniversaries of the eights: February 1948, August 1968 and October 1918. The basis of the exhibition is a 3-metre high wall or "gallery noticeboard" on which collages will be rotated according to the anniversary. The collages will consist of various types of artistic materials (paintings, photographs, documents), primarily from the collections of the Slovak National Gallery. The February board commemorates the anniversary of the 1948 communist coup in Czechoslovakia. In…Find out more »
A retrospective cross-section of the photographer's work to mark his 80th birthday. This Prague exhibition displays 350 photographs selected from a large collection donated by Josef Koudelka and managed by the Museum of Decorative Arts. It includes examples from all of his well-known series: Beginnings, Experiments, Theatre, Gypsies, Invasion 68, Exiles and Panoramas. Prague's National Gallery (Veletrzni Palac) is exhibiting a series of 18 photographs taken by Koudelka in 2013 for the Vatican's first presentation at the Venice Biennale on…Find out more »
Fifty years since the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia quashed the Prague Spring we look at how cartoonists in the Czech and British press interpreted the politics of the time through humour. Armed with a stack of original 1968 satirical cartoon drawings under his arm, a collector walked through the Czech Centre London door and the idea for an exhibition was born. Fifty years ago this summer as Soviet tanks supported by Warsaw Pact countries rolled into Prague and crushed a…Find out more »
Join us and have a fun evening chatting to friendly people over a drink or two and maybe some food. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to our monthly socials to meet, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering. We usually have about a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for you to have. All…Find out more »
On 21st August 2018 the BCSA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most shocking events in recent Czech and Slovak history: the invasion of Dubcek´s Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. London is still full of people who remember the day well. Czech and Slovak students rushed to make use of the unprecedented freedom of travel to the West that summer and Britain was one of the most popular destinations. After 21st August 1968 they were stranded -…Find out more »
Occupation as the occupiers see it. Five Warsaw Pact countries occupied Czechoslovakia in 1968. 50 years later five film directors from these countries shot the stories of five soldiers who took part. A tribute to the 108 people who were killed in Czechoslovakia during the 1968 invasion, the film tells the story of the young men who left their homes for a secret mission to save communism, but came to be hated by the people they had come to rescue.…Find out more »
From Fatra to Merkur, Czech toys have a long and successful history both in their homeland and abroad. The early 20th century saw their story begin, and it has been intensively explored and developed since then. Drawing attention to unique Czech craftmanship, the “Mini Wonders” exhibition presents modern toy design as well as designs dating back almost a hundred years. Since the first design was born in 1920, Czech toys have made a name for themselves internationally. They saw an…Find out more »
Decades after his death in a concentration camp in 1942, Ervín Schulhoff’s output is steadily gaining recognition, including his sharp-edged but entertaining suite of character pieces evoking the waltz, tango and tarantella, paired here with Schubert’s death haunted masterpiece. Ervín Schulhoff: 5 Pieces for String Quartet Franz Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden' £16 concessions £14 includes programme and coffee/sherry/juice. Ticket bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking…Find out more »
Czech fashion is slowly but surely making its way to national and international recognition. Czech designers are showcasing their collections at fashion weeks around the globe; some of them are working for the world's most prestigious brands. So where can one purchase some of this original work and is it actually wearable? Tereza Porybna, director of Czech Centre London and lover of small independent fashion brands, will offer her own virtual tour of Prague's fashion scene with particular tips and…Find out more »
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