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April 2021

Imperial Baroque, Vienna and Prague

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

An online talk on Zoom by Caroline Cannon-Brookes Following the deadly scourge of plague in 1679 and the relief of the Turkish Siege in 1683 the Viennese, with improved security, embarked on a great building programme which would provide visible proof of triumphant Catholicism and the Imperial Ideal. Two important Baroque architects emerged at this time, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt whose designs for churches and palaces commissioned by the nobility of Bohemia, Moravia and…

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Czech Philharmonic livestream concert

April 29 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

PROGRAMME Robert Schumann Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54 (34') — Intermission (10') — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" (32') PERFORMERS Kirill Gerstein    piano Semyon Bychkov  conductor Czech Philharmonic Marek Eben   host To be broadcast on Czech Philharmonic social media and ČT art @ 8.15pm CET (7.15pm BST) Česká filharmonie | Facebook  Czech Philharmonic (@CzechPhil) / Twitter

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May 2021

Antonín Kratochvíl: Testimonies

May 6 @ 10:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
Czech Centre, 30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Czech Centre’s Window Gallery & Czech Embassy London (outdoor exhibition) An outdoor exhibition of striking black and white photographs by four-time World Press Photo winner Antonín Kratochvíl. Highly expressive, evocative photographs provide a cross section of Kratochvíl’s work featuring show-business celebrities such as David Bowie and Bernardo Bertolucci as well as war and human catastrophes. With his unique style of photography marked by the depth of his understanding of his subjects Kratochvil, one of the leading representatives of social documentary…

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The Black Death in Bohemia: a medieval pandemic

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Zoom lecture by Dr Mark Whelan. The coming of the Black Death to Europe was a defining epidemiological event, killing anywhere between twenty-five and eighty percent of the continent’s population in the years 1347-1351. With Covid-19 sweeping the globe, interest in past pandemics and the historical comparisons they may provide has never been higher. This talk examines the impact of plague on Bohemia in the medieval and early modern periods, surveying recent advances in the scholarship and understanding of…

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The Legacy of the Low-Beer Family in the Czech Republic

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

A talk via Zoom by Daniel Low-Beer, a grandson whose surviving relatives never returned to their homeland. "The white light of the Tugendhat Villa, built by the German architect Mies Van Der Rohe, with Czech artisans, for a Jewish family, shines on the hill above Brno. The open, glass home is the opposite of the closed ghetto. Like the crest of a wave, it is the highlight of European culture that came crashing down. The Löw-Beer factory and concentration camp…

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September 2021

Folkový recitál

September 18 @ 6:00 pm
Bohemia House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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Music recital by Czech songwriter Slávek Janoušek    

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