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August 2022

Printmaking in Prague: art from the court of Rudolf II

August 1 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1E 7JW United Kingdom
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Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II was an avid collector and knowledgeable patron of the arts. In this free exhibition (room 90) learn more about printmaking in Rudolf's court in Prague during the highpoint of innovative and ambitious prints made from around 1580 until the early years of the 17th century. After moving his court to the Bohemian capital of Prague, Rudolf transformed the city into a vibrant centre of art and science. He acquired objects from all over Europe and…

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Who Tells Whom About What: David Böhm & Jiří Franta

August 1 @ 10:00 am - November 8 @ 5:00 pm
Czech Centre, 30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Indoor & outdoor exhibition, Czech Centre & Czech Embassy, London Using imaginary city models with staged micro stories, leading Czech artists David Böhm & Jiří Franta draw on current social and political issues to explore the city not only as a place of neighbourhood and coexistence but also as a crowded and fragmented world, in which it is necessary to reconsider some of the basic ideas. Does the concept of nations still make sense? Wouldn’t it be possible to organise…

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Cirk La Putyka – Runners

August 5 @ 8:30 pm - August 28 @ 9:30 pm
ZOO Southside Main House, 117 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9ER United Kingdom
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A contemporary Czech circus company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with an extraordinary show looking at the hectic pace of today’s world. In a unique set design featuring a giant treadmill, four performers and two musicians mix dance, running, cyr-wheel acrobatics and original live music, while running almost a whole marathon. This UK debut for Runners marks the company’s fourth Edinburgh appearance following sell-out seasons in 2011, 2015 and 2017. Performances 5-9, 11-15, 17-21, 23-28 August  2022 see booking…

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Losers Cirque Company – Heroes

August 9 @ 4:00 pm - August 19 @ 5:00 pm
ZOO Southside Main House, 117 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9ER United Kingdom
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What is going on in a mind of a severely injured person undergoing a surgery after a serious car crash? Our leading character literally fights for his life – with us, you can get a peek of his colourful inner world. The performance combines a pantomime and inventive acrobatics. Shock, sadness, hope and even humour! Brace yourselves for an emotional rollercoaster. Innovative production bringing together masters of their disciplines. Starring award-winning mime Radim Vizváry. This Czech group is directed by…

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107 Mothers (Cenzorka)

August 19 @ 8:30 pm - August 20 @ 2:40 pm

A visually compelling film about women living and working in a Ukrainian prison, 107 Mothers opens with the piercing screams of a mother and her child. Leysa (Maryna Klimova), a new inmate, is giving birth in a dour hospital room under the soft, watchful gaze of Iryna (Iryna Kiryazeva), the prison’s ward. The relationship between these two women, teeming with anxiety, suspicion and, eventually, an understated mutual respect, becomes the focal point of this quiet docufiction. Directed by Peter Kerekes  107 Mothers pulls…

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Dvořák, Martinů & Janáček

August 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH1 2EA United Kingdom
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For the first event in their two-concert residency at the 2022 International Festival, the Czech Philharmonic and Music Director Semyon Bychkov draw on the orchestra’s own eminent history to bring together richly flavoured music from their Czech homeland. No other ensemble can perform this music with the same power, authenticity or sheer delight. Dvořák offers carefree memories of boisterous Bohemian celebrations in his joyful Carnival Overture. Dazzling pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque are the soloists in the jazz-infused Concerto for Two…

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Czech Philharmonic

August 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH1 2EA United Kingdom
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Among the world’s most immediately distinctive and recognisable orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic is defined by its rich, individualistic playing that has shaped more than a century of unparalleled performances. Semyon Bychkov has been Chief Conductor and Music Director since 2018. In the second of their two concerts at the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival, Bychkov and the orchestra present a symphonic masterpiece that the Czech Philharmonic itself premiered in Prague in 1908. Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is one of the composer’s most…

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Pavel Haas Quartet

August 23 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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The Czech ensemble the Pavel Haas Quartet counts among classical music’s most distinctive chamber groups. It has a particular passion for the music of central Europe, but its repertoire stretches across boundaries and times. Following the breezy wit of Haydn’s sunny G major Quartet, Op 76 No 1, the Pavel Haas players perform the 1947 Quartet No 7 by their compatriot Martinů. With its glowing harmonies and bristling rhythms, it’s a full-blooded celebration of his Czech homeland, written after the composer had…

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Magdalena Kožená

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street
Edinburgh, EH8 9JG United Kingdom
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The long-time artistic partners explore songs of love, longing and innocence by Bartók, Mussorgsky and Brahms. Czech-born mezzo-sopranoMagdalena Koženáis one of the world’s pre-eminent vocalists, celebrated not only for the flickering colours and mercurial moods conveyed in her deeply expressive voice, but also the blistering insights she brings to her performances. Israeli-American pianistYefim Bronfmanis a towering figure in keyboard playing, as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, capable of tremendous power but also beguiling tenderness in his playing, shot…

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September 2022

Nikol Bóková Trio

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Pizza Express Jazz Club, 10 Dean Street
London, W1D 3RW United Kingdom
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Nikol Bóková Trio is one of the line-ups of pianist and composer Nikol Bóková, who just released her fourth author album within four years. Among several awards for her music is an Anděl Award in the jazz category by the Czech music academy and the best jazz album of the year in a poll of Czech journalists and promoters. Her Trio partners are Martin Kocián on double bass and Michal Wierzgon on drums. In her compositions Nikol effortlessly travels between…

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