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January 2019

A Czechoslovak minister in exile

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Ladislav Feierabend managed the impossible: he was a member of the war-time Protectorate government and at the same time head of a resistance group in contact with Edvard Beneš in London. So when a messenger was captured and forced to reveal everything, in January 1940 Feierabend embarked on an escape worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. He eventually joined Beneš’s government-in-exile as finance minister before returning to Prague in 1945. After the communist coup in February 1948, Feierabend went into hiding…

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Revolution Begins at Home: The Women of Czech Dissent

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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An evening dedicated to women active in the Czech dissent movement and Charter 77 during the Czechoslovak communist regime of the 1970s and 1980s. Sociologist and gender scholar Marcela Linková and journalist Nada Straková will be joined by former dissident Kamila Bendová and DJ and writer Tobiáš Jirous to talk about the recent publication Revolution Begins at Home: The Women of Czech Dissent (eds. Linková & Straková, 2017) and the ways in which women engaged in the different currents of…

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February 2019

Smetana Piano Trio

February 1 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road
London, SW13 9JP United Kingdom
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PROGRAMME Sergey Rachmaninoff: Trio elegico in G minor, No. 1 Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Trio Bergerettes H. 275 Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio in F-Minor op. 65 Jitka Cechova – piano Radim Kresta - violin Jan Palenicek – cello Tickets £10 to pay at the door. Places are limited, please reserve tickets soon at ludmilastane@gmail.com or text 07468 570551

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Katya Kabanova

February 4 @ 8:00 pm - February 26 @ 10:00 pm
Royal Opera House, Bow Street
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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Czech tenor, Pavel Cernoch makes his Royal Opera debut as Boris Grigorjevic. Born in Brno, Cernoch began singing as a child in the Cantilena Chamber Choir. He studied singing at the Janacek Academy in Brno and with Paolo de Napoli (his current teacher) in Italy. He made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in 2009 as Steva in Jenufa. Six performances on 4, 6 9, 18, 21 and 26 February Sung in Czech with English surtitles.

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Czech and Slovak National House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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Join us and have a fun evening chatting to friendly people. Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar. 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…

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Amnesty International and Prisoners of Conscience in Czechoslovakia (CSSR)

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Susan Jenkinson will describe work at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in the team concerned with Prisoners of Conscience in Czechoslovakia (CSSR) in the 1980s. Julia Sherwood, who was also at the International Secretariat at that time, but in another team, will outline the case of her father, Prisoner of Conscience, Jan Ladislav Kalina, imprisoned in Slovakia 1972-73. Free admission for members of the BCSA, £10 for non-members, full-time students £5. Registration is necessary for all on Eventbrite (see…

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March 2019

Britain and Bohemia in the 15th century: the English struggle against the Hussite movement

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A talk by Dr Mark Whelan, an historian of late medieval and early modern Germany and Central Europe. He has held fellowships in Berlin, Munich, and Vienna, and teaching posts at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of Manchester. He currently works at King's College, London, as the German language and archives expert on the project 'Bees in the Medieval World, c.1200-1600'. The kingdom of Bohemia obsessed contemporariess across Europe in the fifteenth century. Beginning in 1415, when…

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Show Jana Krausa

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
229 Venue, 229 Great Portland Street
London, W1W 5PN
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Two live recordings of the Czech TV Prima chat show. 9pm tickets £30, £25 online from www.pishter.com £35 at the door 6pm show sold out This event is strictly for over 18 year olds with a valid ID

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Panel Discussion: Marie Schmolka, the Forgotten Heroine Who Saved Thousands from the Holocaust

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5DP United Kingdom
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Anna Hajkova, Martin Smok, Rose Holmes & Alex Maws Most have heard the name of Sir Nicholas Winton, a young British stockbroker who volunteered with the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia in 1938. But humanitarian rescue of thousands of refugees, from Austria, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, was a collective effort. And more often then not, it was led by women. Marie Schmolka, a Prague Zionist who was one of the main figures of European refugee assistance on the eve of…

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An illustrated talk on the history of Slovak music

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Born in Slovakia, Andrea Kmecova is a versatile pianist who entered the National Conservatoire of Music in Košice at the age of fourteen. She continued her musical studies at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama (VSMU) and then at Trinity College in London. Free admission for members of the BCSA, £10 for non-members, full-time students £5. Registration is necessary for all on Eventbrite (see link below) or by e-mail to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk

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