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The Ride of the Kings (Jízda Králů): a folkore festival

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This annual tradition held in Vlčnov, Moravia dates back over 200 years. Its origins are associated with a legend that when King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary fled from King Jiří z Poděbrad of Bohemia, he wore a girl’s dress, covered his face with a ribbon, and held a rose in his mouth so as not to be recognised. The king is played by a young boy, also with a rose in his mouth and a ribbon around his head, who enters the village on a white horse. In 2011 it was added to the UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

Ben Meyer is an Australian/American documentary photographer who has lived in the Czech Republic for the past seven years. During the festival he stayed with members of the king’s entourage and was ‘exposed to an incredibly rich and proud Czech folklore culture’.

This event will take place in person and will also be livestreamed.

BCSA members enjoy free entry but registration is essential. Non-members £10, full-time students £5.

Light refreshments will be provided.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BCSA School Support Fund established in 2004 to provide support for English language skills in Czech and Slovak schools and other educational institutions. More information about our fund, see


April 23
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Czech Embassy
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