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November 2020

Greg Hands webinar Czech British Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)

19th November 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

The Minister of State for Trade Policy and MP for Chelsea and Fulham, Greg Hands, will share his thoughts via Zoom on business and economic recovery post Brexit and Covid-19 with reference to bilateral trade between the Czech Republic and the UK. As a student in the mid to late 1980s, Greg travelled to Czechoslovakia, worked in Prague and learned Czech and Slovak to a good standard. His speech will be followed by a Q&A session. Afterwards the CBCC will…

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21st November 2020 @ 10:00 am - 24th November 2020 @ 10:00 am

The self-taught Czech healer, Jan Mikolášek, who cured millions with herbal medicine is threatened by the communist authorities in Agnieszka Holland’s biopic. The film is inspired by the true story of herbalist and faith healer, Jan Mikolášek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, he wins fame and fortune using unorthodox methods to cure a wide…

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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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Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace

27th November 2020 @ 10:00 am - 30th November 2020 @ 10:00 am

A candid insight into Jan Švankmajer's artistic workshop in which a grand master of puppetry and animation conjures his sharp and merciless exploration of human nature The legendary artist, filmmaker and surrealist, Jan Švankmajer, whose work has inspired artists such as Terry Gilliam and the Quay Brothers, bade farewell to feature filmmaking in 2018 with his swan song, Insects. While shooting the making of Insects, directors Adam Olha, Jan Daňhel and producer Jaromír Kallista decided to preserve Švankmajer’s unique creative…

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January 2021

No Night So Dark; one Jewish family’s story

January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The extraordinary story of a Central European Jewish family to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. When Oxford-based Colin Wels first opened a box that his father Tomáš had kept for decades in the back of a cupboard, he entered an unknown past. Through the contents of the box, made up of hundreds of letters and documents, photographs, sketches and drawings, and two remarkable manuscripts, the immense creative energy of several generations of the Czech Jewish Wels family was brought to…

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February 2021

Seeing Central Europe 30 years on

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In this online discussion we will explore the Visegrad countries’ cultural development since 1991 with a particular focus on film and theatre. We will consider how these Central European countries have explored and expressed their identities in a post-cold war space, how the arts and cultural scenes have responded to global market economy conditions, and how theatre and cinema have enabled peoples from the region and beyond to both remember and break away from their pre-1989 experiences. We will also…

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The Boy from Boskovice: A Father’s Secret Life

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Vicky Unwin in conversation with Sarah Helm Join The Wiener Holocaust Library for this online event to mark the publication of Vicky Unwin’s memoir about her father. Vicky Unwin had always known her father – an erstwhile intelligence officer and respected United Nations diplomat – was Czech, but it was not until a stranger turned up on her doorstep that she discovered he was also Jewish. So began a quest to discover the truth about his past – one…

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East goes East: significant 20th-century Czech architecture

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Using images taken from visits to the Czech Republic over the last 30 years, John East will give a whistle-stop tour of the development of Czech architecture during the 20th century, looking at some of the best examples of Secessionist architecture, pre-WW1 Cubist buildings, post-WW1 Expressionism, 1920s and 30s Modern Movement housing estates through to the little-known Soviet Realism masterpieces and Brutalism, Soviet-style. We will also see a functionalist city and futuristic transport infrastucture; the buildings of internationally known architects…

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Can a robot write a play?

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you think artificial intelligence is able to create an enjoyable theatre script? Can a robot become a playwright like its own father Karel Čapek 100 years ago? Watch the first play ever written by artificial intelligence and a discussion with project authors! Free livestream event, see link below After the premiere, we will allow public to see the play online for some time. And then – if COVID-19 allows it – we will bring the production to the stage…

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March 2021

Great Houses of Bohemia and Moravia

March 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

An online lecture by Barbara Peacock. The Czech lands have a magnificent architectural legacy with one of the densest concentrations of great houses in Europe. This talk will explore the development of the great house (zámek) from late mediaeval times through the Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical and Romantic periods up to the modern movement of the 1930s. Barbara Peacock is an architectural historian and is in demand as a lecturer both in Britain and abroad for organisations such as the National…

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