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February 2021

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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A New History of Theresienstadt

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Terezín, as it was known in Czech, or Theresienstadt as it was known in German, was operated by the Nazis between November 1941 and May 1945 as a transit ghetto for Central and Western European Jews before their deportation for murder in the East. Today, Theresienstadt is best known for the Nazi propaganda of the International Red Cross visit, cultural life, and children. But these aspects explain little what defined the lives of its 140,000 inmates. The Last Ghetto by Dr…

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Launch of new website about Sir Nicholas Winton

March 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An online presentation by Barbara Winton of the new website she has curated about her father Sir Nicholas Winton Nicholas Winton was born on 19 May 1909 and died on 1st July 2015 aged 106. He was known for organising the rescue of 669 Czech children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during the 9 months before war broke out in 1939. This event is organised by The Association of Jewish Refugees in partnership with the Czech and Slovak Ambassadors in United…

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The Czech Lands through the eyes of Dan Cruickshank

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dan Cruickshank, a well-known television art and architecture historian, will share his impressions of the Czech Lands online via Zoom. Dan's  travels have taken him to the Czech Lands where he filmed two of his television broadcasts. It might have been his friendship with Jan Kaplický, as well as with Eva Jiřičná, that inspired his curiosity in their homeland. In addition, post-communist countries have always intrigued him. As a child he lived for three years in Poland and attended a…

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April 2021

Imperial Baroque, Vienna and Prague

April 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

An online talk on Zoom by Caroline Cannon-Brookes Following the deadly scourge of plague in 1679 and the relief of the Turkish Siege in 1683 the Viennese, with improved security, embarked on a great building programme which would provide visible proof of triumphant Catholicism and the Imperial Ideal. Two important Baroque architects emerged at this time, Johann Bernard Fischer von Erlach and Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt whose designs for churches and palaces commissioned by the nobility of Bohemia, Moravia and…

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Czech Philharmonic livestream concert

April 29 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

PROGRAMME Robert Schumann Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 54 (34') — Intermission (10') — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian" (32') PERFORMERS Kirill Gerstein    piano Semyon Bychkov  conductor Czech Philharmonic Marek Eben   host To be broadcast on Czech Philharmonic social media and ČT art @ 8.15pm CET (7.15pm BST) Česká filharmonie | Facebook  Czech Philharmonic (@CzechPhil) / Twitter

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May 2021

Once upon a time in East Slovakia

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

EUNIC London in collaboration with the EU Delegation in the UK present the third edition of the In Short, Europe short film festival, taking place online from 7-16 May. A lonely 40-year-old cesspit worker living a quiet life in a village with his dexterous dog and essential beer supply finds his quality of life threatened by the prospect of a bachelor tax. In a short period of time, he needs to find a wife.  Live Q&A with filmmakers including Adam…

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Sh_t happens

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

EUNIC London in collaboration with the EU Delegation in the UK present the third edition of the In Short, Europe short film festival, taking place online from 7-16 May. The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because... shit happens all the time. Live Q&A with filmmakers including David Štumpf will take place online via ZOOM on 13 May 2021 from 7 pm. Register here Michaela Mihályi, David…

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