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November 2018

BCSA Annual Dinner 2018

23rd November 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Radisson Blu Edwardian, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street
London, WC1B 3QD United Kingdom
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Our twenty seventh annual dinner will be held on Friday 23 November in the heart of Bloomsbury. This highlight in the BCSA calendar is a wonderful opportunity for Slovaks, Czechs and Britons to mingle in a convivial atmosphere, to meet old friends and make new ones. Members and non-members alike will be made welcome at a drinks reception including Czech Budweiser Budvar lager, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine, hear our speaker and the results of our annual writing competition.…

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Great Britain and the breaking up of Austria-Hungary, the rise of Czechoslovakia and other successor states in 1918

24th November 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road
London, SW13 9JP United Kingdom
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FEDERATION OF SLOVAKS IN GREAT BRITAIN Programme British attitudes to the breaking up of Austria-Hungary and the creation of new states  Professor Robert Evans, Oxford University Great Britain and the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918  Dr. Vladimír Daniš, Federation of Slovaks in Great Britain The End of the Marriage: Explaining the Slovaks Decision to join Czechoslovakia in 1918   Dr. Thomas Lorman, SSEES University College London The First World War, Great Britain and the Creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats…

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December 2018

How to become a Czech in one hour

4th December 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Keen to learn something about the Czechs but too afraid to ask? This one-man show performed in English by Czech actor Tomas Vanek explains some of the cultural pitfalls from the Czech point of view. Beer, knedliky, Karel Gott and the Czech fashion for wearing socks with sandals are just a few topics that are touched upon. The BCSA is delighted that the Royal Theatre and Club Chic in Vinohrady, Prague has agreed to…

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Pavel Haas Quartet: Smetana and Janacek

10th December 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street
London, W1U 2BP United Kingdom
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Janacek’s two highly personal quartets have earned their places as 20th-century classics of the medium, the first inspired by Tolstoy’s passionate novella The 'Kreutzer Sonata', about an extramarital affair, the second reflecting his own love for the married Kamila Stosslova. Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 1 'Kreutzer Sonata' Leos Janacek: String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters' Tickets £40 £35 £30 £25 £18 Bookings are subject to a £3 booking fee. This…

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January 2019

Prague and Innsbruck: the cultural patronage of the Archduke Ferdinand II

January 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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A lecture by Caroline Cannon-Brookes Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) was Regent of Bohemia for twenty years in the middle of the 16th century. Born the second son of the future Emperor Ferdinand I and Anne of Bohemia, he was highly educated and a cultivated humanist who established a sophisticated court in Prague which embraced both the Habsburgs and the Czech nobility. He oversaw renewals to Prague Castle and the Cathedral, and promoted the Renaissance style. This is to be seen…

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Jan Palach + Q&A with director Robert Sedlacek

January 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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On 16 January 1969, the Prague philosophy student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square to protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. He died three days later. He was 21 years old. Using available sources director Robert Sedlacek reconstructs the final months of Jan Palach´s life describing his path from an affectionate son, a devoted friend, a sensitive and thoughtful philosophy student to the Torch number 1. The resulting film is an impressive and atmospheric memento successfully…

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A Czechoslovak minister in exile

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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Ladislav Feierabend managed the impossible: he was a member of the war-time Protectorate government and at the same time head of a resistance group in contact with Edvard Beneš in London. So when a messenger was captured and forced to reveal everything, in January 1940 Feierabend embarked on an escape worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. He eventually joined Beneš’s government-in-exile as finance minister before returning to Prague in 1945. After the communist coup in February 1948, Feierabend went into hiding…

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Revolution Begins at Home: The Women of Czech Dissent

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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An evening dedicated to women active in the Czech dissent movement and Charter 77 during the Czechoslovak communist regime of the 1970s and 1980s. Sociologist and gender scholar Marcela Linková and journalist Nada Straková will be joined by former dissident Kamila Bendová and DJ and writer Tobiáš Jirous to talk about the recent publication Revolution Begins at Home: The Women of Czech Dissent (eds. Linková & Straková, 2017) and the ways in which women engaged in the different currents of…

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February 2019

Smetana Piano Trio

February 1 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road
London, SW13 9JP United Kingdom
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PROGRAMME Sergey Rachmaninoff: Trio elegico in G minor, No. 1 Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Trio Bergerettes H. 275 Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio in F-Minor op. 65 Jitka Cechova – piano Radim Kresta - violin Jan Palenicek – cello Tickets £10 to pay at the door. Places are limited, please reserve tickets soon at ludmilastane@gmail.com or text 07468 570551

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BCSA “Get to Know You” Social Evening

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Czech and Slovak National House, 74 West End Lane
London, NW6 2LX United Kingdom
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Join us and have a fun evening chatting to friendly people. Czech and Slovak food and drinks are available from the restaurant and bar. Anybody with Czech or Slovak connections or interests is welcome to our monthly socials to meet, chat and get to know each other a little better in a relaxed and informal gathering. We usually have about a dozen people there at various times during the evening but, whatever the number, there will be good conversations for…

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