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March 2019

An illustrated talk on the history of Slovak music

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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Born in Slovakia, Andrea Kmecova is a versatile pianist who entered the National Conservatoire of Music in Košice at the age of fourteen. She continued her musical studies at the Bratislava Academy of Music and Drama (VSMU) and then at Trinity College in London. Free admission for members of the BCSA, £10 for non-members, full-time students £5. Registration is necessary for all on Eventbrite (see link below) or by e-mail to bcsa@bcsa.co.uk

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March 22 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Wembley Stadium, Empire Way
London, HA9 0WS United Kingdom
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This will be the first time the Three Lions have faced the Czech Republic since August 2008. Tickets available from the website link below.

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Miro Jaros Live UK Tour

March 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place
London, WC2H 7BX United Kingdom
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The first UK tour of Slovak singer Miro Jaros; his performance will offer children and parents the best of his work. The energetic show includes instructional songs so that playful children can learn useful things - how to care of animals, toys, to wash their hands and motivates children to move. The concert is not suitable for children under 3 years of age and those who do not enjoy loud music. Please note the performance is in Slovak. Tickets £25

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A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU
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‘Insiders/Outsiders’ Festival – free illustrated talk by Dr Jana Barbora Buresova Although Czechoslovakia was headline news in 1938/39, little was known about its cultural heritage. Patriotic exiles in Britain therefore determined to preserve their cultural identity, and to host multi-faceted events at the Czechoslovak Institute and elsewhere. The Communist-inspired Czechoslovak-British Friendship Club, the Czechoslovak army’s SOKOL branch, and regional clubs also played key roles within the Anglo-Czechoslovak community. Dr Buresova is a committee member of the Research Centre for German…

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The Bell of Treason – the Munich Agreement and its aftermath

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The Munich Agreement doomed the first Czechoslovak Republic, paving the way for its March 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany eighty years ago. Chamberlain famously proclaimed ‘peace for our time’ on his return from the Munich conference, while Daladier muttered: ‘the fools, if only they knew what they are cheering’. The Czechoslovaks knew all along. As for the Germans, they were not as united behind Hitler as is sometimes believed. P.E. Caquet, author of the recently-published The Bell of Treason: the…

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April 2019

Czech Routes: Selected Czechoslovakian Artists in Britain

April 8 @ 10:00 am - April 21 @ 5:30 pm
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum, 108A Boundary Road
London, NW8 0RH United Kingdom
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Czech Routes is the fourth in Ben Uri’s series of exhibitions designed to highlight the contribution of émigré artists to Britain since 1900, succeeding previous exhibitions on German, Polish and Austrian artists (2017-18). Featuring the work of 21 painters, printmakers and sculptors, many of whom fled to Britain as racial and political refugees from National Socialism, Czech Routes marks the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia on 15th March 1939 (the Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia’s northern frontier, having already ceded to…

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BCSA Annual General Meeting

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The AGM is open to current BCSA members only. The agenda will include the chairman and treasurer’s reports for 2018, the election of officers and members of the executive committee and proposed amendments to the constitution. Please register your attendance by email to secretary@bcsa.co.uk by 4 April

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Settling in Britain – three experiences.

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Representatives of the younger generation will share how they built a life and career in their new home. Zdenek Kudr is a co-founder of Bohem Brewery which brews traditional Bohemian lagers in north London where he has lived for more than eight years. Before that he drove trucks across Europe and played guitar as a hobby which led to the formation of a band. Peter Krajnak is UK country director at Slido, a Slovak technology company that built an interaction…

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Central European Symposium ‘1989 and Beyond: The New Shape of Europe’

April 11 @ 9:15 am - 7:00 pm
Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens
London, WC1H 0EG United Kingdom
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The Fourth Central European Symposium entitled ‘1989 & Beyond: The New Shape of Europe’ will focus on three consequential periods, looking at 1989 as a catalyst of change, analysing the view from 2019 as a part of the European Union and further debating the future of Europe and its new perspectives. The symposium will gather academic speakers, practitioners and experts from Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Thirty years after the events, it is now possible…

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‘Back to the future’ feature film in concert

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - April 21 @ 7:00 pm

Czech National Symphony Orchestra UK tour 12-21 April Saturday 13 April London Royal Festival Hall 1.30pm & 7pm Tuesday 16 April Birmingham Symphony Hall 7pm Wednesday 17 April Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall 7pm Thursday 18 April Manchester Bridgewater Hall 7pm Friday 19 April Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 7pm Saturday 21 April Gateshead Sage 7pm Tickets available from link below

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