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October 2021

Jenůfa

October 20 @ 8:00 am - November 14 @ 11:30 pm

The first Royal Opera House production of Janáček's opera since 2001 is now available to watch on demand until 14 November https://stream.roh.org.uk/free-titles/videos/jenufa It will also be broadcast on 23 October on BBC Radio 3 @ 6.30pm and subsequently available for about a month see here photo Asmik Grigorian (Jenůfa) © ROH | Monika Rittershaus

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Czech protest music past & present

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

An online Zoom talk by Daniel Majer about the political role Czech protest music has played in Czech and Slovak history from the Austro-Hungarian empire until today. Following the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Karel Kryl composed ‘Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka’ (Keep the gates closed, little brother) as his reaction to the occupation. In 1972 the Slovak dissident Ján Ladislav Kalina was given a two-year prison sentence for, among other things, playing a record of Kryl’s songs to friends…

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November 2021

Prague: Belonging in the Modern City

November 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University College London, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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A  SSEES Study of Central Europe Seminar with Chad Bryant. Vojtěch Berger was a carpenter, a member of the interwar Czechoslovak Communist Party, and an obsessive diarist who lived in Prague from 1921 until his death forty years later. For Berger and other party members, including top Communist leaders, Communism was much more than a political ideology or movement. It was world unto itself that offered radical leftists a shared sense of security and place following the horrors of World…

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Ecstasy

November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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A special screening of the digital restoration in 4K of Gustav Machatý’s 1933 defiant masterpiece: the UK premiere of this cult classic film.  Probably the most widely seen Czech film of all time, it stirred controversy and uproar due to its portrayal of female nudity and suggestive sexual content and shot its director and the actress Hedy Lamarr to international recognition. Lamarr plays sexually frustrated newlywed Eva whose older husband is interested in anything but her. After returning to her father’s house…

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“Get to know you” social evening

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bohemia House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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This is an opportunity for anyone interested in the British Czech and Slovak Association (members, supporters and friends) to meet, eat, drink, chat (maybe practise your Czech or Slovak) and get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting. Everybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome. Join us and have a fun evening meeting friendly people. Food and drinks are available for purchase. West Hampstead has three stations served by the Jubilee line, Overground and…

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Zátopek

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street
London, WC2H 7NG United Kingdom
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The riveting story of a Czech Olympic icon and one of the greatest runners of all time, Emil Zátopek, who became a global byword for sportsmanship and generosity and who was driven into obscurity by the Communists after standing up for ‘socialism with a human face’. An inspiring portrayal of the Czech Olympic legend Emil Zátopek, one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time, who won five Olympic medals, set eighteen world records and redefined the limits of human endurance.  It´s…

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Vilém Tauský Coventry: a meditation

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade
Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA United Kingdom

A programme by the Jubilee Quartet based on the moving work that Vilém Tauský wrote in November 1940 after going into Coventry with a Czech Free Army ambulance and seeing the smouldering ruins of the cathedral. Tauský was stationed in Leamington with the Czech Free Army . 2021 Leamington Music Autumn Season Tauský   Coventry: A Meditation Mendelssohn  Quartet in A minor Op 13 Schubert   Quartet in D minor D810 'Death and the Maiden' Tereza Privratska and Julia Loucks violins Lorena…

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Diary of a modern dad

November 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
The Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3JZ United Kingdom
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Buoyant romantic comedy about non-traditional parenting and love inspired by a popular blog by Dominik Landsman describing his experience as a new father who decides to stay at home and look after his child. Welcome to my world, welcome to hell’. The world and words belong to Dominik, anaspiring young writer and now stay at home father. A pragmatic decision taken by him and Nataša when their one night stand turns unexpectedly into conception. Postponing his departure for a creative…

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Every single minute

November 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3JZ United Kingdom
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Are we doing enough or too little for our children? In this absorbing documentary Erika Hníková raises questions about raising children following hyper-competitive parents who devote all their time to maximising their son’s physical and academic potential. Swimming, running, piano lessons, hockey practice, endurance training, bilingual language games, bike riding and tennis; every possible exercise and training over and over again. This is the everyday reality for Miško, a three-year old boy whose loving and hyper-competitive parents devote all their…

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My sunny Maad

November 20 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
The Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3JZ United Kingdom
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When Herra, a Czech woman, falls in love with Nazir, an Afghan man, she has no idea about the life that awaits her in Afghanistan, nor about the family she is about to join. While studying Economics in Prague, blue-eyed, blonde Helena falls in love with her schoolmate Nazir and a few months later moves with him to Kabul as his wife. Changing her name to Herra and swapping a single western-style of life for her husband’s large family in…

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