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December 2019

Thomas Messer – my life with Guggenheim

December 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A celebration of the 5th anniversary of the launch of the Czech National Trust (CNT) with a screening of the film “Thomas Messer - My life with Guggenheim" and an introduction of the project “Ticket to the New World”. Thomas Messer, a Czechoslovak emigré, was director and curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York for almost 30 years and built it up to and built it up to the famous institution it is today. The film forms part of…

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

December 11 @ 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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January 2020

Why a Slovak LSE graduate teaches Roma kids in a forlorn village

23rd January 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Anna Vilchová (née Dušenková) will come specially from Slovakia to explain why after five years of university studies in Britain she went back home to teach at a purely Roma school in Rokycany, a godforsaken village of hardly eight hundred people in the Prešov district. The children there might not turn up at school simply because they have no shoes or might sign their own school record books themselves because their parents are illiterate. The local authorities do not believe in their…

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February 2020

From the village to the city: urbanisation in Slovakia, 1896-1972

4th February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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In his talk, Dr Lorman will explore how Slovak culture was initially characterised by its rural quality and alienation from the beginnings of mass industrialisation and urbanisation in Hungary (exemplified by the 1896 millennial celebrations in Budapest). He will examine how Slovak national identity was then substantially (but not entirely) transformed by similar processes of induustrialisation and urbanisation in Czechoslovakia, symbolised by the post-war rebuilding of Bratislava and the opening of the new SNP Bridge in 1972.      …

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March 2020

Skampa Quartet

16th March 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom

The Czech quartet play three key works from their native repertoire. Josef Suk (1874-1935) Meditation on an old Bohemian Chorale (St Wenceslas) Op. 35a Leos Janacek (1854-1928) String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) String Quartet No. 13 in G Op. 106 Helena Jirikovska, violin Adela Stajnochrova, violin Martin Stupka, viola Lukas Polak, Violoncello

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28th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 15th April 2020 @ 7:00 pm
London Colisuem, St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES United Kingdom
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Dvorak's best-loved opera, Rusalka is inspired by myths and folk-tales about a water-nymph that chooses to become human to win her Prince. The opera displays Dvorak’s exceptional gift for melody and orchestration and features the beautiful aria ‘Song to the Moon’. This new production is directed by Tatjana Gürbaca (Opernwelt Director of the Year 2013) and conducted by Antony Hermus. Both are making their ENO debuts. Leading the cast is Corinne Winters in the title role. She returns to ENO…

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