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May 2019

Is Slovakia the most successful state in the Visegrad Four? And what might Czechia learn?

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PY United Kingdom
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And how does the very recent Slovak election of the country’s first female president, liberal lawyer Zuzana Caputová, contrast with the outcome of the Czech presidential elections? These provocative questions are going to be tackled by Dr Karen Henderson, former Senior lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester, who will travel specially from Slovakia (where she now lives and lectures at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava and Comenius University in Bratislava) and Dr Sean Hanley…

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Tereza Busková and Mila Fürstová in conversation with Tereza Porybná

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, 108A Boundary Road
London, NW8 0RH United Kingdom
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Multidisciplinary contemporary artists Tereza Busková and Mila Fürstová discuss their fascinating and varied practices in conversation with former Director of the Czech Centre in London, Dr Tereza Porybná using examples on display at Ben Uri as part of current exhibition, Czech Routes. Doors open from 6.30pm for exhibition viewing General Admission- £10 plus VAT/ Concessions- £7 plus VAT To book go to Eventbrite link below. Image: Jacob Bornfriend, Blue Grey Fishes, Ben Uri Collection, © Jacob Bornfriend Estate Painting

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Rethinking ‘Democratic Backsliding’ in Central & Eastern Europe

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PP United Kingdom
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Over the past decade a consensus has emerged that democracy in CEE is sharply deteriorating, perhaps even ‘backsliding’ into new forms of authoritarianism. Debate has, however, so far focused disproportionately on the two most dramatic and surprising cases: Hungary and Poland. In this event contributors to a newly published edited collection seeks to inject fresh thinking into the debate on democratic deterioration in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), viewing ‘democratic backsliding’ through the prism of a range of cases beyond…

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Czechoslovak figurative sculpture

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, 108A Boundary Road
London, NW8 0RH United Kingdom
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Art historian and Consultant Curator for The Franta Belsky and Irena Sedlecka Studios, Dr Peter Cannon-Brookes leads an informal discussion on the subject of Czechoslovak figurative sculpture focussing on key examples by Franta Belsky, Irena Sedlecká and Anita Mandl on the display at Ben Uri as part of current exhibition, Czech Routes. Doors open from 6.30pm for exhibition viewing General Admission- £10 plus VAT/ Concessions- £7 plus VAT To book go to Eventbrite link below.

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World Bee Day comes to London

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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Czech and Slovak stands will present a range of honey-based products. Free admission but tickets must be booked in advance.

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June 2019

The Diary of One Who Disappeared

June 5 @ 7:45 pm - June 8 @ 9:00 pm
Royal Opera House, Bow Street
London, WC2E 9DD United Kingdom
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A staging of Janacek's song cycle in the Linbury Theatre. Sung in Czech with English surtitles. Three performances on 5, 6, and 8 June

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The Emmy Destinn Young Singers Concert

June 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
22 Mansfield Street London, W1G 9NR United Kingdom + Google Map

Arias and songs by Dvorak, Janacek and Smetana introduced by Veronika Hyks and performed by finalists of the 2017 Emmy Destinn Foundation Young Singers Awards. Zita Syme soprano (1st Prize) Erika Madi Jones soprano (Dvorak Society for Czech and Slovak Music Prize) Samuel Lom bass (Finalist) Panaretos Kyriatzidis pianist (Lady Grenfell-Baines Accompanist’s Prize) An evening of Czech music at the beautiful salon of arts philanthropists Bob and Elisabeth Boas. They host musical evenings which provide performance opportunities to young artists…

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BCSA garden party

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Czech & Slovak Embassy gardens, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Our summer social will be held in the gardens of the Czech and Slovak Embassies, with their kind permission. All are welcome – not just BCSA members. Bring your friends, bring your family! Enjoy an afternoon relaxing among Slovak, Czech and British people. Live entertainment will come from the popular Morena Slovak Dance Group and Pieter Magusin playing his accordion. Children will be able to take part in a fancy dress competition on a theme of your choice (further details…

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Karol Samuelcik: Music from Europe & South America

June 13 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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The classical guitarist spans the Atlantic with a programme of masterworks from Central Europe to Argentina, including Joseph Kaspar Mertz and Astor Piazzolla. In his Southbank Centre debut, Karol Samuelcik performs works by contemporary Slovak composers, Lukas Borzik and Jevgenij Irsai, ending the first part of the concert with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The second part of the programme includes South American rhythms from Piazzolla, creator of New Tango, and Brazilian revelation Sergio Assad, virtuoso performer and grand composer of vivid Brazilian…

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Simon Mawer: Prague Spring

June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The British writer Simon Mawer will talk about his latest book Prague Spring, a complex love story set amid the drama of 1968, and his fascination with Czech history. Mawer's novel Mendel´s Dwarf, inspired by Gregor Mendel, one of the fathers of genetics and the abbot of a Brno monastery, was followed by another Brno story, the Man Booker Prize shortlisted The Glass Room revolving around Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's famous Villa Tugendhat. With Prague Spring Mawer transfers his…

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