We want the BCSA to excite your interest in all things Czech and Slovak – from food to fashion, art to design tech, sport to literature.
We’re a natural hub for Czechs and Slovaks living, working and studying in the UK who want to celebrate their heritage, to show off their culture to friends, and to argue over their history and politics.
Membership of the BCSA offers a host of stimulating events, unrivalled networking opportunities, and plenty of fun.
Membership of the BCSA quickly pays for itself. This section describes the benefits you get as a member, and explains how to join the BCSA
The BCSA organises a regular series of events on aspects of Czech and Slovak life and culture. These events, usually held at the Slovak Embassy (25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY) and followed by a wine reception, are free to members of the BCSA while non-members pay a £10 admission fee. Recent events include:
- Peter Kristufek presents his new novel “The House of the Dead Man”
- an account by Marion Werner of the life of Comenius
- a song recital by the acclaimed singer, Maroš Bango, the “Slovak Bocelli”
- a passionate engagement with Slovak landscapes – paintings by painter Olga Krýslová (1931-2003) of the remotest parts of Slovakia
- a talk by Robert Rawson of Canterbury Christ Church University on “Bohemian Baroque: Czech Musical Culture and Style 1600 – 1750”
- a song recital by pianist and composer Daniel Dobiáš to mark the 600th anniversary of the trial and execution of Jan Hus
British Czech and Slovak Review
Exclusively produced for members of the BCSA, the Review is an established magazine that keeps you abreast of developments in British Czech and Slovak relations, the sort of coverage that rarely features in the mainstream UK media. Members receive this quarterly and free of charge.
Garden Party and Annual Dinner
Our two main social and fund-raising events each year are the Garden Party, held in the garden of the Czech and Slovak Embassies in June, and the Annual Dinner, held in a London Hotel in November. Members can buy tickets at substantially reduced prices.
“Get to know you” social events
You and your friends are always welcome at our monthly social evenings – an opportunity for BCSA members, supporters and friends to meet. These are normally held at the Czech and Slovak House, West Hampstead, on the second Wednesday of the month.
Joining the BCSA
Whatever the reason for your interest in the Czech and Slovak Republics, you’re assured of a warm welcome in the BCSA.
People of all ages and backgrounds join the BCSA. Some of our members are Brits with Czech or Slovak partners, some are British students of Slavonic studies, and some are British individuals or companies with an interest in the republics. Many are former citizens of Czechoslovakia who moved to the UK years ago; others are Czechs and Slovaks who currently work or study in the UK.
- £25 individuals
- £10 full time students
- £30 families
- £30 non-UK residents
- £95 corporates/institutions