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Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They’re the perfect double act: He’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is - they’ve never met. And he’s been dead for 37 years. Laco Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Slovakia in 1913 and died in Germany in 1981. He survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the…Find out more »
Fifty years ago, Czechoslovakia was about to enter a period of ‘normalisation’ following the invasion of that country by the Soviet Union and its allies. Mike Waite (author of Communism and Democracy) and David Parker will draw upon their recent publications to reflect upon the significance of this event for the communist movement and socialism for which it was both a major set back and a turning point. It acted as a spur to Eurocommunism, to rethinking the relationship between…Find out more »
Join UCL SSEES as we host Minister Jan Hamáček (Czech Minister of the Interior), for this discussion and a reception afterwards. With Brexit fast approaching states need to continue working together in order to reassure the public that their safety is paramount. Brexit may to certain aspects weaken, but definitely not break off all ties between the UK and the EU. Due to the termination of the UK´s participation in many of the EU´s instruments, both sides will experience a…Find out more »
A testimony to the heady days following the 17 November 1989, this edited footage of interviews and news journals successfully evokes the atmosphere of the 30 days which paved the way to democracy in Czechoslovakia. Casting students and former dissidents led by Vaclav Havel in the main roles it chronicles the Velvet Revolution, when riot police crushed a peaceful student rally in Prague and the subsequent protests that ended the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. Edited within ten days at the…Find out more »
Our twenty seventh annual dinner will be held on Friday 23 November in the heart of Bloomsbury. This highlight in the BCSA calendar is a wonderful opportunity for Slovaks, Czechs and Britons to mingle in a convivial atmosphere, to meet old friends and make new ones. Members and non-members alike will be made welcome at a drinks reception including Czech Budweiser Budvar lager, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, hear our speaker and the results of our annual writing competition.…Find out more »
FEDERATION OF SLOVAKS IN GREAT BRITAIN Programme British attitudes to the breaking up of Austria-Hungary and the creation of new states Professor Robert Evans, Oxford University Great Britain and the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 Dr. Vladimír Daniš, Federation of Slovaks in Great Britain The End of the Marriage: Explaining the Slovaks Decision to join Czechoslovakia in 1918 Dr. Thomas Lorman, SSEES University College London The First World War, Great Britain and the Creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats…Find out more »
Keen to learn something about the Czechs but too afraid to ask? This one-man show performed in English by Czech actor Tomas Vanek explains some of the cultural pitfalls from the Czech point of view. Beer, knedliky, Karel Gott and the Czech fashion for wearing socks with sandals are just a few topics that are touched upon. The BCSA is delighted that the Royal Theatre and Club Chic in Vinohrady, Prague has agreed to this London performance. Free admission for…Find out more »
Janacek’s two highly personal quartets have earned their places as 20th-century classics of the medium, the first inspired by Tolstoy’s passionate novella The 'Kreutzer Sonata', about an extramarital affair, the second reflecting his own love for the married Kamila Stosslova. Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters' Tickets £40 £35 £30 £25 £18 Bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This…Find out more »
A lecture by Caroline Cannon-Brookes Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) was Regent of Bohemia for twenty years in the middle of the 16th century. Born the second son of the future Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia, he was highly educated and a cultivated humanist who established a sophisticated court in Prague which embraced both the Habsburgs and the Czech nobility. He oversaw renewals to Prague Castle and the Cathedral, and promoted the Renaissance style. This is to be seen…Find out more »
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