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March 2019

A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
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‘Insiders/Outsiders’ Festival – free illustrated talk by Dr Jana Barbora Buresova Although Czechoslovakia was headline news in 1938/39, little was known about its cultural heritage. Patriotic exiles in Britain therefore determined to preserve their cultural identity, and to host multi-faceted events at the Czechoslovak Institute and elsewhere. The Communist-inspired Czechoslovak-British Friendship Club, the Czechoslovak army’s SOKOL branch, and regional clubs also played key roles within the Anglo-Czechoslovak community. Dr Buresova is a committee member of the Research Centre for German…

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The Bell of Treason – the Munich Agreement and its aftermath

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The Munich Agreement doomed the first Czechoslovak Republic, paving the way for its March 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany eighty years ago. Chamberlain famously proclaimed ‘peace for our time’ on his return from the Munich conference, while Daladier muttered: ‘the fools, if only they knew what they are cheering’. The Czechoslovaks knew all along. As for the Germans, they were not as united behind Hitler as is sometimes believed. P.E. Caquet, author of the recently-published The Bell of Treason: the…

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April 2019

BCSA Annual General Meeting

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The AGM is open to current BCSA members only. The agenda will include the chairman and treasurer’s reports for 2018, the election of officers and members of the executive committee and proposed amendments to the constitution. Please register your attendance by email to secretary@bcsa.co.uk by 4 April

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Settling in Britain – three experiences.

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Representatives of the younger generation will share how they built a life and career in their new home. Zdenek Kudr is a co-founder of Bohem Brewery which brews traditional Bohemian lagers in north London where he has lived for more than eight years. Before that he drove trucks across Europe and played guitar as a hobby which led to the formation of a band. Peter Krajnak is UK country director at Slido, a Slovak technology company that built an interaction…

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

April 10 @ 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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Central European Symposium ‘1989 and Beyond: The New Shape of Europe’

April 11 @ 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
London, WC1H 0EG United Kingdom
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The Fourth Central European Symposium entitled ‘1989 & Beyond: The New Shape of Europe’ will focus on three consequential periods, looking at 1989 as a catalyst of change, analysing the view from 2019 as a part of the European Union and further debating the future of Europe and its new perspectives. The symposium will gather academic speakers, practitioners and experts from Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Thirty years after the events, it is now possible…

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‘Back to the future’ feature film in concert

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - April 21 @ 7:00 pm

Czech National Symphony Orchestra UK tour 12-21 April Saturday 13 April London Royal Festival Hall 1.30pm & 7pm Tuesday 16 April Birmingham Symphony Hall 7pm Wednesday 17 April Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall 7pm Thursday 18 April Manchester Bridgewater Hall 7pm Friday 19 April Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 7pm Saturday 21 April Gateshead Sage 7pm Tickets available from link below

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May 2019

Brookwood Commemorative Event

May 5 @ 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Brookwood Cemetery GU24 0BL United Kingdom + Google Map

The Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans would like to invite family, friends and enthusiasts to join us to remember the Czech and Slovak Veterans of WWII. We will be joined by representatives from the Czech and Slovak Embassies, local dignitaries, and Forces Associations to lay wreaths at the Czechoslovak monument. Refreshments after at the Trench Experience behind. We welcome children and ask you to bring photos and memorabilia so we can share your family stories to help keep their…

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The Royal Collection in 3D: Adventures of a Sculpture Cataloguer

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A talk by Sir Jonathan Marsden, which will present some of the lessons learned from working on a catalogue raisonné of European sculpture in the Royal Collection to be published by Royal Collection Trust in 2020. The catalogue will embrace some 1500 works, ranging in date from around 1500 to the present day, in marble, bronze, terracotta, plaster and other materials. The collection contains great masterpieces by Cellini, Adriaen de Vries, Canova and others, but although it is extremely well…

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June 2019

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

June 5 @ 7:45 pm - June 8 @ 9:00 pm
Royal Opera House, Bow Street
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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A staging of Janacek's song cycle in the Linbury Theatre. Sung in Czech with English surtitles. Three performances on 5, 6, and 8 June

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