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November 2020

Library of exile

November 1 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1E 7JW United Kingdom
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An installation by Edmund de Waal houses more than 2,000 books in translation written by exiled authors. These include 24 volumes by authors from "Czechia" in English or German translation that might offer inspiration for reading during the winter months. Details can be found by searching the online catalogue by the author's country of origin. Free entry but booking a timed slot in advance is essential.  

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November 1 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 10:00 am

Contrasting Havel’s moral stand as a human rights activist with his flawed private life,  a portrayal of a man who has become an icon. Havel, up close and personal, a new biopic by director Slávek Horák. Focusing on the period 1968 - 1989 and Havel´s personal life, Horák explores Havel´s metamorphosis from an internationally celebrated but persecuted playwright to a banned and jailed human rights defender and finally to becoming president of Czechoslovakia. But it is his relationship with his…

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The end of fun! Krištof Kintera

November 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ikon Gallery, Brindley Place
Birmingham, B1 2HS United Kingdom
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This will be the most comprehensive UK exhibition of work by Czech artist Krištof Kintera (b. 1973, Prague). Internationally acclaimed for his sculptural, often kinetic works imbued with a characteristic energy and imaginative wit, Kintera offers an overview of new, recent, and archival works, shown in the UK for the first time. Filling both gallery floors, whilst also expanding into the public realm, THE END OF FUN! is a timely exhibition probing the apocalyptic environmental issues we currently face, taking…

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To the edge of the world and back to their roots

November 2 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 6:00 pm
Czech Centre, 30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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The story of a creative journey conceived in London and developed around the globe. An exhibition by Andrea Vytlačilová, fashion designer, and visual artist Josef Zlamal. After creating a winning outfit for Grayson Perry in 2018, Andrea left London with Josef to live and work in Sweden, America and France. Both present visual mementos of their experiences abroad, their return to London and their Czech identities. Admission to the exhibition is free, but entry must be booked in advance. One…

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Owners (Vlastníci)

November 7 @ 10:00 am - November 10 @ 10:00 am

A comedy set in a residents’ association meeting where everyone must agree on building management. The homeowners’ characters (ranging between idealists, profiteers and manipulators) are revealed to hilarious but chilling effect. Twelve homeowners, each with a different agenda, have to agree on the future of their building at a residents’ association meeting. Idealistic Mrs Zahrádková (Tereza Ramba) wants to save the crumbling old house and appeals to the newlyweds who have just moved in while bureaucratic Mrs Roubičková insists on…

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

Comparing Miro Žbirka’s life to a great song, Šimon Šafránek creates an honest and dynamic close-up portrait of a music legend. It’s 1982 and a bespectacled outsider the Slovak singer Miro Žbirka, known as Meky, wins the Czech Grammy Awards (Golden Nightingale) beating the long-term reigning champion. In 2020 his songs are still played on Czech radio and he has  recorded an album at the famous Abbey Road Studios. The director follows Meky for a year, from his flat to…

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Hungry Bear Tales (Mlsné medvědí příběhy)

November 14 @ 10:00 am - November 17 @ 10:00 am

The merry adventures of two cuddly and constantly hungry bears. Stories for young children and their parents full of humour and delicious food. As everyone knows, bears tend to be loners, but Ned and Mishka are best friends who share a cosy house in the forest. One of them is big, the other one is tiny and they are constantly hungry. Together, they set off on the craziest adventures to fill their constantly rumbling tummies with something really good to…

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My father Antonín Kratochvíl

November 19 @ 10:00 am - November 22 @ 10:00 am

The dramatically revealing story of Czech born Antonín Kratochvíl, a four-time World Press Photo winner, who photographed celebrities such as David Bowie, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, as well as wars and human catastrophes. In this personal encounter with his son and fellow photographer Michael, Antonín Kratochvíl, a founding member of the legendary VII Photo Agency, candidly answers Michael‘s questions, setting off on a journey to the past. Kratochvíl‘s striking black and white photographs of Mongolia's street children, the war…

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Greg Hands webinar Czech British Chamber of Commerce (CBCC)

November 19 @ 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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November 21 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 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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