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November 2018

Book launch – Blood, White and Blue

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Meditatio Centre, St Mark’s Church, Myddleton Square
London, EC1R 1XX United Kingdom
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Urbane Publications invites you to the launch of Blood, White and Blue. All are welcome. Join the author James Silvester, as he presents the first in a new series of books featuring Lucie Musilova. A half Czech spy, Lucie fights for a country that hates her as the spectre of Brexit looms. James is the author of the ‘Prague Thrillers’ series – Escape to Perdition and The Prague Ultimatum. Please RSVP Matthew Smith

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Rendezvous in Bratislava: a time travelling new piece of music theatre

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 8:00 pm

Miriam and her granddad are making a cabaret together. They’re the perfect double act: He’s got the stories, she loves telling them, and they both have a flair for the theatrical. The only problem is - they’ve never met. And he’s been dead for 37 years. Laco Kalina was a dramaturg, satirist, collector of jokes and writer of cabarets, born in Slovakia in 1913 and died in Germany in 1981. He survived the fascists only to be imprisoned by the…

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The Legacy and Lessons of 1968

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marx Memorial Library, 37a Clerkenwell Green
London, EC1R 0DU United Kingdom
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Fifty years ago, Czechoslovakia was about to enter a period of ‘normalisation’ following the invasion of that country by the Soviet Union and its allies. Mike Waite (author of Communism and Democracy) and David Parker will draw upon their recent publications to reflect upon the significance of this event for the communist movement and socialism for which it was both a major set back and a turning point. It acted as a spur to Eurocommunism, to rethinking the relationship between…

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Cooperation in the Home Affairs Agenda after Brexit

November 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton St
London, WC1H 0BW United Kingdom
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Join UCL SSEES as we host Minister Jan Hamáček (Czech Minister of the Interior), for this discussion and a reception afterwards. With Brexit fast approaching states need to continue working together in order to reassure the public that their safety is paramount. Brexit may to certain aspects weaken, but definitely not break off all ties between the UK and the EU. Due to the termination of the UK´s participation in many of the EU´s instruments, both sides will experience a…

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The Velvet Revolution + discussion with Pavel Seifter and Jiri Priban

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A testimony to the heady days following the 17 November 1989, this edited footage of interviews and news journals successfully evokes the atmosphere of the 30 days which paved the way to democracy in Czechoslovakia. Casting students and former dissidents led by Vaclav Havel in the main roles it chronicles the Velvet Revolution, when riot police crushed a peaceful student rally in Prague and the subsequent protests that ended the Communist era in Czechoslovakia. Edited within ten days at the…

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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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Great Britain and the breaking up of Austria-Hungary, the rise of Czechoslovakia and other successor states in 1918

November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road
London, SW13 9JP United Kingdom
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FEDERATION OF SLOVAKS IN GREAT BRITAIN Programme British attitudes to the breaking up of Austria-Hungary and the creation of new states  Professor Robert Evans, Oxford University Great Britain and the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918  Dr. Vladimír Daniš, Federation of Slovaks in Great Britain The End of the Marriage: Explaining the Slovaks Decision to join Czechoslovakia in 1918   Dr. Thomas Lorman, SSEES University College London The First World War, Great Britain and the Creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats…

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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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Pavel Haas Quartet: Smetana and Janacek

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Janacek’s two highly personal quartets have earned their places as 20th-century classics of the medium, the first inspired by Tolstoy’s passionate novella The 'Kreutzer Sonata', about an extramarital affair, the second reflecting his own love for the married Kamila Stosslova. Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters' Tickets £40 £35 £30 £25 £18 Bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This…

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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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