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January 2020

A discussion about the life and aspirations of Slovak students in Britain

23rd January 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Martin Hochel won second prize in the 2019 BCSA competition with his rather original essay on a little-covered aspect of 1989. He will be interviewed about his life and aspirations as a Slovak student studying in London. Brexit or no Brexit, he is aiming high. Martin is a student of  contemporary Central European history and politics, Slovak politics being his special interest. Martin’s tutor, Dr Thomas Lorman, a teaching fellow in Modern Central European History at UCL SSEES, will conclude…

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February 2020

BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

12th February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Czech and Slovak National 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. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome Join us and have a fun evening meeting friendly people. Food and drinks are available from the newly opened Bohemia House. We will be in one of the rooms at the Czech…

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Was a Slovak ever the king of Madagascar?

26th February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Moric Benovsky was an 18th century adventurer born in Vrbové in what is now Slovakia where he is considered a national hero, as well as in Hungary and Poland. In his Memoirs (published posthumously in 1790 in London) he claims to have been elected king of Madagascar. A street in the capital is still named after him. A Slovak society (Zdruzenie Morica Benovskeho) is dedicated to his memory. It has produced a film (with English subtitles) about this enigmatic figure…

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March 2020

BCSA Annual General Meeting

3rd March 2020 @ 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 subscription BCSA members only. The agenda will include the chairman and treasurer’s reports for 2019 and the election of officers and members of the executive committee. Refreshments and entertainment will follow. Please register your attendance (or apologies for absence) by email to secretary@bcsa.co.uk by 26 February.

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The story of Czech beer as told by Zdeněk Kudr

3rd March 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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It is an understatement to say that the Czech Republic has a strong beer culture. Famous for being the birthplace of pilsner, the Czechs drink more beer than anywhere else in the world. Brewing methods remained traditional until the fall of communism after which most of the larger breweries were bought by overseas companies who modernised production methods. In recent years a new breed of microbreweries has sprung up offering a variety of traditional styles. Zdeněk Kudr is a co-founder…

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

11th March 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Czech and Slovak National 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. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome Join us and have a fun evening meeting friendly people. Food and drinks are available from the newly opened Bohemia House. We will be in one of the rooms at the Czech…

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Chodník cez Dunaj ( A path across the Danube)

14th March 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A tragic story depicting two young friends (one Slovak, the other Czech) in the period after the wartime Slovak State and Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia came into existence. An employee of the Slovak railway company, Viktor Lesa, a Slovak, regularly delivers post to the railway station in the border town of Ludendorf . With the impulsiveness of youth, he intentionally misdirects an important mail delivery. After the Gestapo shows up in the town, he is forced to flee across…

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July 2020

Covid-19 conditions and Brexit

29th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Zoom online webinar Nick Archer, British Ambassador to the Czech Republic, shared his perspective on living through and adapting to Covid-19 conditions. The event concluded with a Q&A session. He felt that Prague was a very good place to be, especially as the Embassy and residence has a large garden. Its location in Malá Strana has the advantage of few inhabitants and at present benefits from the absence of the usual blight of tourists. The Czech Republic’s proximity to Italy…

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November 2020

Ambassador Nigel Baker webinar

26th November 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Circumstances prevent us from holding our special 30th anniversary dinner this year but you can meet our keynote speaker from the comfort of your home on Zoom. It also offers an opportunity to say a fond farewell to L’ubomir Rehák, the Slovak Ambassador, who is leaving his post in London for Moscow and to welcome his successor Róbert Ondrejcsák. At the end of the programme, the winner of the 2020 BCSA writing competition will be announced. Nigel Baker was appointed…

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March 2021

The Czech Lands through the eyes of Dan Cruickshank

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dan Cruickshank, a well-known television art and architecture historian, will share his impressions of the Czech Lands online via Zoom. Dan's  travels have taken him to the Czech Lands where he filmed two of his television broadcasts. It might have been his friendship with Jan Kaplický, as well as with Eva Jiřičná, that inspired his curiosity in their homeland. In addition, post-communist countries have always intrigued him. As a child he lived for three years in Poland and attended a…

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