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May 2022

Anthropoid

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A screening of the film by Sean Ellis followed by a talk by George Bearfield, author of Foursquare: the Last Parachutist to commemorate 80 years of Operation Anthropoid. British director Sean Ellis' Anthropoid is the latest film adaptation of the operation’s story, starring Irish film stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan. George Bearfield is the son of the Czechoslovak parachutist Jaroslav Bublík and the nephew of Josef Bublík, who, together with Jan Kubiš and Jozef Gabčík, died in the Church…

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June 2022

Míla Fürstová: All the Rivers That Flow Through Me

June 1 @ 10:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm
Czech Centre, 30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Míla Fürstová’s mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Czech Centre’s Vitrínka Gallery charts the course from Míla’s graduation from the Royal Collage of Art, to her becoming the youngest ever elected Academician at the Royal West of Academy in Bristol, being collected by the V&A and Her Majesty the Queen, to her commission by Coldplay and finally the creation of “All the Rivers That Flow Through Me”, selected from ten thousand artworks to represent the Summer Exhibition online by the Royal…

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Beginner’s Guide to Urbanism

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A crash course in urban planning discussing many pressing issues facing current cities from suburbanisation and neglect of public space.  Increasing problems of space in urban environments have forced us to realise that solving small-scale building problems does little to improve the quality of life in a city. Czech / Japanese architect Osamu Okamura and Manijeh Verghese, Co-curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021, provide a crash course in urban planning discussing many pressing issues facing current…

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The Selected Writings of Jan Patočka

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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An event celebrating the publication of The Selected Writings of Jan Patočka in English translated by Alex Zucker. It will feature the co-editor of the book Erin Plunkett from The University of Hertfordshire and the originator of the translation project Graham Henderson, CEO of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation. The COVID pandemic and the war in Ukraine have made the philosophical arguments of Patočka about Europe, civil society, and renewed forms of solidarity more important than ever. Our speakers will…

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Atentát

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Screening of the Czechoslovak film Atentát (The Assassination) offers a unique period view of the course of Operation Anthropoid, filmed in 1964 just 22 years after its execution. This will be followed by a talk about the paratrooper training within the Special Operations Executive (SOE)  by Gillian Halcrow daughter of British Lt. Col. Ernst van Maurik, who personally trained Czechoslovak paratroopers, including Jan Kubiš and Josef Bublík, within the SOE. This  event takes place on the day before the anniversary…

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The Robot at 100: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Future

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
University of Chichester, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Chichester, PO19 6PE United Kingdom
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The University of Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction hosts an international, interdisciplinary conference marking the centenary of the first staging in English of Karel Čapek’s seminal play R.U.R. The play saw the first appearance of the term robot which comes from the Czech word robota meaning ‘forced labour’ that has its roots in the Slavic word for ‘slave’. The conference will be opened by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Simeon Keates, who is known widely for his research into artificial intelligence,…

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Extreme (the new norm)

June 18 @ 6:00 pm - June 19 @ 8:00 pm
The Cockpit, Gateforth Street
London, NW8 8EH United Kingdom
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A satirical reflection on the pandemic by the Slovak Theatre in London. ​One day you are enjoying your favourite ice cream on a family holiday, the next day you find yourself in a national lockdown. Life is unpredictable and it shapes us to be flexible but over the past two years, we lived through another level of extremes when we couldn’t rely on what would happen even in the next hour, let alone a month. Pandemic rules brought contrasting experiences.…

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Pongo Calling

June 24 @ 8:30 pm - June 28 @ 8:30 pm

From his truck, rising online star Štefan Pongo streams his political rants and creates social media movements that go viral, in support of Romani people across Europe.   When the president of the Czech Republic makes a remark that Romani people are ‘socially unadaptable’ and refuse job opportunities, truck driver Štefan Pongo initiates a social media campaign for the Romani in the country to post selfies from their workplaces. His activism through online posts and live broadcasts brings him huge audiences…

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Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits

June 25 @ 10:00 am - June 29 @ 11:30 pm

A thrilling record of the legendary Czech rock climber’s career and his preparations for the debut of the climbing competition at the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Adam Ondra is one of the world’s best climbers. He has scaled some of the world’s most challenging heights. A shy introvert who has become an icon of his sport, Ondra’s passion for climbing is now matched by an obligation to win – for his country. As he prepares for sport climbing’s debut…

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Poetry Across Borders

June 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Brewery Arts Centre, 122A Highgate
Kendal, LA9 4HE United Kingdom
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Two Czech poets, Kateřina Rudčenková and Milan Děžinský, will be reading from his collection A Secret Life (recently published by Blue Diode Press) whilst Kateřina Rudčenková will be reading for the first time in the UK from her Dream of a Journey: Selected Poems (Parthian, 2021). Kateřina Rudčenková (1976) is a poet, prose writer and playwright. She has written four poetry collections Ludwig (1999), Není nutné, abyste mě navštěvoval (There Is No Need for You to Visit Me, 2001), Popel a slast (Ashes and Bliss, 2004), Chůze po dunách (Walking…

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