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June 2021

Brutal Beauty: A Video Tour of the Czech Embassy in London

June 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the premiere of a tour of one the prime examples of Brutalist architecture in London and discover what’s hiding behind the facade of the Czech Embassy. Owen Hatherley, architecture critic and author of Landscapes of Communism: A History through Buildings, will guide you through the recently refurbished London Czech Embassy from its spectacular roof terrace with iconic water towers to the original cinema in the basement. Designed by the leading Czech architectural duo Jan Šrámek and Jan Bočan, in collaboration with…

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Adolf Loos in Pilsen – the Interiors

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

One of the great pioneers of Modern architecture, Adolf Loos, between 1907 and 1932 enriched the architectural environment of Pilsen for affluent Jewish clients. They had in common not only commercial, social and family ties, but also a desire for lavish, impressive interiors which he unquestionably satisfied. Born in Brno in 1870, he was famous for the 'Raumplan' (spatial design) as well as for writing the 1908 essay 'Ornament and Crime'. His work can be found throughout Europe including the department store Goldman and Salatsch (1910)…

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2020 Leamington Music Prize winners

June 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
The Dream Factory, Playbox Theatre
Warwick, CV34 6LE
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Smetana   From my Homeland JB 1:118 Martinů   Three Madrigals H313 Dvořák  ‘Song to the moon’ from Rusalka Op 114 Dvořák   Piano Quintet No 2 in A Op 81 Olga Eckert and Mafalda Galante violins Maria João Antunes viola  Griff Wadkin cello  Beth Haughan piano Tickets: £15 (inc. glass of wine) to book see link below The Sonia & Harry Hyamson concert generously sponsored by Bonhams  

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Vivienne Cato discusses the story of her mother Eva

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Eva Cato, née Rotenstein, was born in Czechoslovakia 13 years before the outbreak of World War Two. An only child growing up in a small town in Slovakia with her mother and grandparents, she witnessed the encroachment of anti-Semitic hostilities and regulations on the life of her small Jewish community. Escaping to Hungary in 1942, she and her mother spent the last three years of the war hiding under false identities, in constant fear of discovery. The presentation by Eva’s…

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July 2021

K2: My Way

July 12 @ 10:00 am - July 15 @ 10:00 am

A documentary about Klára Kolouchová, the first Czech climber to conquer K2. Klára is a mountain climber, a mother and a woman, and she is going to climb K2. To be a woman in a man's world is not easy but Klara pursues her dreams. She has already climbed Mount Everest, the deadlier K2 is next. Although her two previous attempts have failed, she is heading there again. A film about one individual’s need to challenge herself, the limits of …

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The Cunning Little Vixen

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - July 30 @ 7:30 pm
Opera Holland Park, 37 Pembroke Road
London, W8 6PW United Kingdom
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Energised by Janáček’s exuberant rhythms, The Cunning Little Vixen captures the joys, thrills, fears and sorrows of our existence – whether or not we have a tail. Vixen lives by her instincts and by her wits. Something about her strikes a chord in the Forester. They first meet when she is just a cub. He takes her captive, but she soon breaks free and sets about finding a home and the fox of her dreams. As animals, insects and people take their…

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August 2021

Even Mice Belong in Heaven

August 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
FIlmhouse, 88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

UK premiere of a new Czech animation film telling the story of a friendship between a little mouse and a fox. Following an accident, little mouse Whizzy and and the fox Whitebelly meet up in animal paradise. In this new world, they must relinquish their old animal instincts and follow a path to a new life. Having lost their natural instincts, they subsequently become best friends and overcome what would normally be hailed impossible. This film for young children and…

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September 2021

Highlights from the National Gallery Prague

September 12 @ 12:00 pm

Featuring paintings by Alfons Mucha, Toyen, František Kupka, Gustav Klimt and other artists, this online video series introduces selected works from the collections of the National Gallery in Prague presented by art historian Veronika Wolf. Join every Sunday at noon and discover paintings that have shaped Czech cultural history on the Czech Centre London website, You Tube, Facebook and Instagram. 12 September 2021  Toyen (Summer)

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Bye Bye Shanghai

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Comparing making a film about exile to a highly painful but necessary visit to the dentist, Bokova, herself an émigrée, sets out to explore various aspects of emigration, its effect on people’s lives and the impossibility of stepping into the same river twice. As one of her protagonist says: “You return to your 30s but everyone around you is 60.“ Moving betwen the streets of Prague, Paris and Buenos Aires and talking to a fascinating variety of émigrés such as…

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Reimagining ‘The Heart of Europe’

September 17 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm

Inaugural Online Conference of the UK Czechoslovak Studies Network University of Oxford. The day will bring together researchers on the region to discuss current projects, establish connections, and spotlight areas for collaboration. Following our call for papers, we welcomed proposals for papers from researchers of all disciplines within the humanities, arts, and social sciences. For full details see Reimagining 'The Heart of Europe' Conference | TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities To register see link below.  …

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