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August 2019

The Czech Connection

August 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Czech Embassy cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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The Secret History of the Czech Connection: The Czechoslovak Government in Exile in London and Buckinghamshire during the Second World War. During the First World War Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk lived in exile in London and used his influence to make the independence of Czechoslovakia a war aim of the British government. He was helped by Edvard Beneš who did a similar job in Paris, who sometimes visited him in London. Later after the Munich Agreement President Benes came to London…

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Simon Mawer in conversation

August 31 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Stade Hall, 20 Rock a Nore Road
Hastings, TN34 3DW United Kingdom
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At the Hastings LitFest, Simon discusses and compares the adaptations of his novel The Glass Room for the stage and screen. A fascinating look from the author’s perspective at two distinct interpretations of his work. In 2009, Mawer published The Glass Room, a novel about a modernist villa built in a Czech city, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize the same year. Tickets: £7.50 see link below

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September 2019

Proms Plus Talk – Korngold and America

September 4 @ 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Imperial College Union, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Rd
London, SW7 2BB United Kingdom
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Musicologist Ben Winters discusses Korngold and America. Edited version broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during tonight's interval. Booking is not required for this event. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis (doors open from 30 minutes before the event begins; capacity is limited).

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Dvorak and Korngold at the Proms

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony, with its wistful slow movement, is the centrepiece of the second concert from the Vienna Philharmonic – a programme of Central European works that showcases the orchestra’s distinctively rich sound. Andrés Orozco-Estrada pairs it with the composer’s colourful, folk-infused tone-poem The Noonday Witch, in which a mother’s threats inadvertently summon a witch into her home. Cinematic drama is also a hallmark of Korngold’s richly orchestrated and unashamedly romantic Violin Concerto, performed here by soloist Leonidas Kavakos.…

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The best of Slovak Theatre in London: the life of economic migrants

September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Slovak Embassy, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT & SUBJECT TO A WAITING LIST ON EVENTBRITE IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS Highlights of two plays based on everyday life of young Czechs and Slovaks working in Britain. Written by the theatre founder, Juliana Sersenova, with the help of the ensemble and based on their own experience. In Slovak with English surtitles. Interview with Juliana and Simona Vrabcova, the current artistic manager of the theatre. Juliana Sersenova studied theology and Slovak language at Ruzemberok…

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Czech Philharmonic at the Proms

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom
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Semyon Bychkov conducts the Czech Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 – the most personal of the composer’s many confrontations with the horror of war. Love dominates the first half, in music from the operas Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride. Programme Bedrich Smetana The Bartered Bride – overture The Bartered Bride – Three Dances(19 mins) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin – Letter Scene(12 mins) Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1892 interval Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No 8 in C minor(65…

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A certain kind of silence

September 24 @ 6:15 pm - September 25 @ 1:15 pm
Vue Cinema Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London, SW1Y 4LR United Arab Emirates
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Czech young au pair Mia starts work abroad for a well-off family in a lavish villa. Mia must look after their ten years old son and follows many strange rules of the household. She slowly begins to gradually abandon her morality and her relationships with child entrusted as a result of systematic manipulation. Will be Mia able to get out of the grip of a radical family community? Czech Republic, Netherlands, Latvia 2019, 96 minutes Raindance Film Festival

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October 2019

The Painted Bird

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - October 12 @ 3:10 pm

Film based on Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel and a long time in the making, Václav Marhoul’s extraordinary The Painted Bird finds a lone Jewish boy on a dark odyssey towards home during wartime. A boy (Petr Kotlár) is sent to his aunt to protect him from the Nazis; when she dies unexpectedly, he’s propelled on a bleak journey across Central Europe – from one brutal encounter to the next. Shot in starkly beautiful 35mm black and white by Kolya cinematographer…

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Waltham Forest Cello Fest 2019 – the 7th Underground Lunchtime Recital

October 13 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road
London, E17 8AX United Kingdom
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Czech cellist Frantisek Brikcius will present cello works by leading composers from Prague and Brno. You will hear Fantasie and Rondo (1982) by composer Jiri Matys, Metall Sonata (1983) by cellist, artist and composer Petr Hejny, Dilema (1987) by film composer Jan Jirasek, Sonata (1987) by music and film composer Lubos Fiser, Dances of King Lear (1995) by a composer from Brno, Milos Stedron, and Stopy (2004) by Czech composer and organist Irena Kosikova. Admission £10 (+ £1.25 booking fee).…

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David Vaughan on Munich, his life story – and Boris Johnson

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Czech Embassy, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, W8 4QY
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David Vaughan, a much-loved voice of Radio Prague broadcasts in English, is travelling specially to London to tell us what made him devote his work and life to all things Czech. This visit is rather timely, as it will fall near the anniversary of the Munich agreement and David Vaughan is fascinated with that period: his documentary novel Hear my voice is set in Czechoslovakia in the months prior to the Munich crisis. He will introduce its recent translation into…

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