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November 2021

Shadow country

21st November 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
The Gate Picturehouse, 87 Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3JZ United Kingdom
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A powerful and striking portrayal of a close-knit village community on the Czech-Austrian border between the 1930s and the 1950s where everyone must choose their allegiances when faced with shifting territories and conflicting ideologies. Marie, a Czech, is married to Karel, an older German, and lives with quiet dignity and kindness a happy family life. Persuaded by Karel she changes her nationality to German, a decision they both regret when with the end of the war the village once again…

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A marriage

23rd November 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Love against all the odds. Can a meaningful relationship be forged online disregarding borders, age and cultural differences? Strong willed, charismatic Zdenka, from the Czech Republic, and Tabish, IT engineer from Pakistan met playing online games on Facebook, became friends, fell in love and married. Five years later they still live their married life on screen, Skyping every day except for their annual three week holidays in Sri Lanka. Tabish is younger than wheelchair user Zdenka and the Czech authorities…

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Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards 2021

26th November 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road
London, SW13 9JP United Kingdom
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The Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards competition was established in 2000 in London and takes place every two years. 12th Competition Final  -  talented young singers performing Czech arias and songs. Lara Harvey (mezzo soprano) Catherin Hooper (soprano) Samantha Quillish (soprano) Caroline Taylor (soprano) Nikola Uramová (soprano) Sam Utley (tenor)   Tickets £5 on the day at the venue (includes a glass of wine)  

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Havel

27th November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 16th December 2021 @ 10:45 pm

Czech film screening at 10 Picturehouse Cinemas in  Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Oxford,  York and in London – Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Hackney, Notting Hill Gate  For date, time and booking link, click on the location. Havel, up close and personal: such is the new biopic by director Slávek Horák of the critically esteemed Home Care. Focusing on the period 1968 - 1989 and Havel´s personal life, Horák explores Havel´s metamorphosis from internationally celebrated but persecuted playwright to banned and jailed…

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Shadow country

28th November 2021 @ 2:20 pm - 8th December 2021 @ 10:45 pm

Czech film screening at 9 Picturehouse Cinemas in  Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Oxford, York and in London – Crouch End,  Finsbury Park,  Hackney.  For date, time and booking link, click on the location. A powerful and striking portrayal of a close-knit village community on the Czech-Austrian border between the 1930s and the 1950s where everyone must choose their allegiances when faced with shifting territories and conflicting ideologies. Marie, a Czech, is married to Karel, an older German, and lives with…

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Caught in the net

29th November 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Czech film screening at 21 Picturehouse Cinemas in Ashford, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Oxford, Southampton, York and in London - Brixton, Bromley, Clapham, Crouch End, East Dulwich, Finsbury Park, Greenwich, Hackney, Notting Hill Gate, Piccadilly Circus, West Norwood For local times, venues and booking see link below Three adult actresses posing as 12-year-old girls, three fake girls’ bedrooms, 10 days and 2,458 sexual predators. Tasked with creating fake social network profiles, the actresses chat or Skype with men of…

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The life and legacy of Alexander Dubček

30th November 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A roundtable discussion to commemorate the birth of Alexander Dubček (1921-1992) online via Zoom. 27 November 2021 marks one hundred years since the birth of Alexander Dubček, icon of Czechoslovakia’s political reform movements in 1968 and 1989 and one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Slovak politics.  SPEAKERS: MUDr. Pavol Dubček is the son of Alexander Dubček - the most prominent figure in modern Slovak history and icon of the Prague Spring (1968). Pavol Dubček studied medicine at the…

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December 2021

BCSA Christmas social evening

8th December 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bohemia House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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As the festive season approaches, we thought our last regular "get to know you" meeting this year should be special. Join us to exchange your stories and experiences of Christmas, past and present, sample some traditional Christmas cookies and sing a few songs and carols. Everybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome Food and drinks are available for purchase. It would help if we could all have our meal together at the same time. We shall aim…

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Magdalena Kožená

17th December 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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The Czech mezzo-soprano brings a characteristically varied programme, with songs from her homeland as well as the German, Russian and Hungarian traditions. Having previously championed the music of her compatriot Bohuslav Martinů, she includes a song collection (1942) written during his American exile that was also a favourite of exiled foreign minister and fine amateur pianist Jan Masaryk. Tickets £50 £40 £30 £25 £16 Ticket bookings are subject to a £4 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and…

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Christmas in Bohemia

26th December 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Using the words of the favourite 19th-century English carol “Good King Wenceslas”, Hannah French explores Czech music, food and traditions with Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Jarmila Karas. The carol tells the story of the Bohemian king, Saint Wenceslaus I going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Saint Stephen. During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled…

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