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February 2019

Amnesty International and Prisoners of Conscience in Czechoslovakia (CSSR)

19th February 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Susan Jenkinson will describe work at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in the team concerned with Prisoners of Conscience in Czechoslovakia (CSSR) in the 1980s. Julia Sherwood, who was also at the International Secretariat at that time, but in another team, will outline the case of her father, Prisoner of Conscience, Jan Ladislav Kalina, imprisoned in Slovakia 1972-73. Free admission for members of the BCSA, £10 for non-members, full-time students £5. Registration is necessary for all on Eventbrite (see…

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March 2019

An illustrated talk on the history of Slovak music

19th March 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Born in Slovakia, Andrea Kmecova is a versatile pianist who entered the National Conservatoire of Music in Košice at the age of fourteen. She continued her musical studies at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama (VSMU) and then at Trinity College in London. Free admission for members of the BCSA, £10 for non-members, full-time students £5. Registration is necessary for all on Eventbrite (see link below) or by e-mail to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk

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April 2019

BCSA Annual General Meeting

9th April 2019 @ 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.

9th April 2019 @ 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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May 2019

Is Slovakia the most successful state in the Visegrad Four? And what might Czechia learn?

15th May 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PY United Kingdom
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And how does the very recent Slovak election of the country’s first female president, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputová, contrast with the outcome of the Czech presidential elections? These provocative questions are going to be tackled by Dr Karen Henderson, former Senior lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester, who will travel specially from Slovakia (where she now lives and lectures at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava and Comenius University in Bratislava) and Dr Sean Hanley…

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June 2019

BCSA garden party

8th June 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Czech & Slovak Embassy gardens, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Our summer social will be held in the gardens of the Czech and Slovak Embassies, with their kind permission. All are welcome – not just BCSA members. Bring your friends, bring your family! Enjoy an afternoon relaxing among Slovak, Czech and British people. Live entertainment will come from the popular Morena Slovak Dance Group and Pieter Magusin playing his accordion. Children will be able to take part in a fancy dress competition on a theme of your choice (further details…

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September 2019

The best of Slovak Theatre in London: the life of economic migrants

5th September 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT & SUBJECT TO A WAITING LIST ON EVENTBRITE IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS Highlights of two plays based on everyday life of young Czechs and Slovaks working in Britain. Written by the theatre founder, Juliana Sersenova, with the help of the ensemble and based on their own experience. In Slovak with English surtitles. Interview with Juliana and Simona Vrabcova, the current artistic manager of the theatre. Juliana Sersenova studied theology and Slovak language at Ruzemberok…

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October 2019

David Vaughan on Munich, his life story – and Boris Johnson

15th October 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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David Vaughan, a much-loved voice of Radio Prague broadcasts in English, is travelling specially to London to tell us what made him devote his work and life to all things Czech. This visit is rather timely, as it will fall near the anniversary of the Munich agreement and David Vaughan is fascinated with that period: his documentary novel Hear my voice is set in Czechoslovakia in the months prior to the Munich crisis. He will introduce its recent translation into…

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November 2019

BCSA 28th annual dinner

29th November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street
London, WC1B 3QD United Kingdom
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Our twenty eighth annual dinner will be held on Friday 29 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, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine and hear the results of our annual writing competition. Nick Archer, British Ambassador to the Czech…

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December 2019

BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

11th December 2019 @ 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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