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From Fatra to Merkur, Czech toys have a long and successful history both in their homeland and abroad. The early 20th century saw their story begin, and it has been intensively explored and developed since then. Drawing attention to unique Czech craftmanship, the “Mini Wonders” exhibition presents modern toy design as well as designs dating back almost a hundred years. Since the first design was born in 1920, Czech toys have made a name for themselves internationally. They saw an…Find out more »
Czech fashion is slowly but surely making its way to national and international recognition. Czech designers are showcasing their collections at fashion weeks around the globe; some of them are working for the world's most prestigious brands. So where can one purchase some of this original work and is it actually wearable? Tereza Porybna, director of Czech Centre London and lover of small independent fashion brands, will offer her own virtual tour of Prague's fashion scene with particular tips and…Find out more »
Curator Adam Stech of the Czech creative collective OKOLO will talk about the communist era Hotel Praha in Prague, demolished in 2014. Focusing on the strong design legacy and the phenomenon known as “total work of art” (Gesamtkunstwerk), where architecture, design and art became one all-embracing art concept, Stech will present several other projects by leading Czech architects and designers, working between 1945 and 1989. Taking place in the iconic brutalist building of the Slovak Embassy, visitors will have a…Find out more »
Schubert’s single quartet movement is a heartfelt fragment, while the troubled ‘Rosamunde’ quartet’s slow movement borrows a well-known theme from some incidental music. Conversely, Dvorak transferred a memorable theme from his final quartet to his symphonic poem A Hero’s Song. Franz Schubert: String Quartet in A minor D804 'Rosamunde' Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A flat Op. 105 Tickets £40 £35 £30 £25 £18 Bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking…Find out more »
International diplomacy stopped working. A new breed of authoritarian ruler emerged, contemptuous of the rules of diplomacy and collective security, and willing to lie and bully to build power and influence. Europe’s democracies were confused and defensive. It is 1938 and Germany is putting pressure on Czechoslovakia. Join David Vaughan and Michael Tate in a discussion of the use and abuse of radio, the new media of the 1930s. David Vaughan is a writer and broadcaster. His second book, Hear…Find out more »
Idiom, a column of 8,000 books in the vestibule of Prague Municipal Library created in 1998 by Slovak artist Matej Kren The BCSA is organising a novel event that will take place at the Czechoslovak National House in West Hampstead. Come and pit your wits in teams of up to eight with Slovaks, Czechs and Brits! If you don't have a team, we'll do our best to put you in one. Our experienced quiz masters, Simon and Nichola,…Find out more »
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 »
A witty farce about the French prime minister’s parrot, a witness to the Munich Conference, who reveals its secrets decades later, wounded national pride and the perils of filmmaking. Sir P, a 90-year-old parrot who once belonged to the French prime minister responsible for signing the 1938 Munich Agreement which forced Czechoslovakia to cede much of its borders to Germany, finds himself at a press conference in Prague as a living relic of the time. Repeating the controversial statements of…Find out more »
An illustrated talk by Jana Buresova Czechoslovakia was headline news in 1938/39, yet little was known about its cultural heritage. Patriotic exiles in Britain determined to remedy this through multi-faceted entities such as the Czechoslovak Institute, graced by Queen Elizabeth, Queen consort, who attended an exhibition of Wenceslaus Hollar’s engravings. It also hosted contemporary artists such as Friedrich Feigl, Marie-Louise von Motieczky, sculptor Mary Duras and musicians including Vilem Tausky. But the Communist-inspired Czechoslovak-British Friendship Club, the Czechoslovak Army’s Sokol…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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