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September 2017

An illustrated talk by an Anglo-Czech artist

28th September 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Jan Mladovsky presented his work in the context of contemporary visual art. He studied art at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and then at the Slade School of Art, University College in London where he has been living since 1968. In addition to the famous Serpentine Gallery and Riverside Studios in London, he has exhibited at venues in Japan, Iceland, Italy, Germany, France, the Netherlands and in his native Czechoslovakia.    

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May 2018

From asylum seeker to UK policeman, a talk by Petr Torak MBE

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Born in Liberec in the Czech Republic to Roma parents; after several racially motivated attacks, the family moved to the UK and applied for asylum. He joined the Cambridgeshire Constabulary as a Police Community Support Officer in 2006 and two years later became a Police Officer. In 2010 Torak co-founded a community group COMPAS (see our links page) that provides cultural and educational support for the Czech and Slovak communities in Peterborough. He was awarded an honorary MBE in 2015…

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August 2018

BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

August 8 @ 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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Anniversary of 1968 invasion remembered – SOLD OUT!

August 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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On 21st August 2018 the BCSA will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most shocking events in recent Czech and Slovak history: the invasion of Dubcek´s Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops. London is still full of people who remember the day well. Czech and Slovak students rushed to make use of the unprecedented freedom of travel to the West that summer and Britain was one of the most popular destinations. After 21st August 1968 they were stranded -…

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September 2018

A secret guide to Prague’s fashion scene

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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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…

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October 2018

Cultural and History Quiz

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czechoslovak National House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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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,…

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T.G. Masaryk: a reflection by his great-granddaughter

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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THIS IS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! Charlotta Kotik will speak about his involvement in the foundation of Czechoslovakia and his attitude towards Slovakia. Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (TGM) remains an icon of the first Czechoslovak republic as its president from 1918 to 1935. The BCSA is honoured that his closest living relative has accepted our invitation to mark the centenary of Czechoslovakia. The event has been organised with the kind cooperation of the Czech and Slovak Embassies. Charlotta Kotik grew…

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November 2018

BCSA Annual Dinner 2018

November 23 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Radisson Blu Edwardian, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street
London, WC1B 3QD United Kingdom
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Our twenty seventh annual dinner will be held on Friday 23 November in the heart of Bloomsbury. This highlight in the BCSA calendar is a wonderful opportunity for Slovaks, Czechs and Britons to mingle in a convivial atmosphere, to meet old friends and make new ones. Members and non-members alike will be made welcome at a drinks reception including Czech Budweiser Budvar lager, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, hear our speaker and the results of our annual writing competition.…

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December 2018

How to become a Czech in one hour

December 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Keen to learn something about the Czechs but too afraid to ask? This one-man show performed in English by Czech actor Tomas Vanek explains some of the cultural pitfalls from the Czech point of view. Beer, knedliky, Karel Gott and the Czech fashion for wearing socks with sandals are just a few topics that are touched upon. The BCSA is delighted that the Royal Theatre and Club Chic in Vinohrady, Prague has agreed to…

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

December 12 @ 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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