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Marking the Washington Declaration's Centennial with Albright

Marking the Washington Declaration's Centennial with Albright

October 19, 2018, 12:04 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic held a prestigious conference, From Masaryk to Havel and Beyond: The Struggle for Democracy, with keynote speaker former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2018.
 

Discussion and Exhibit Focus on Road to Peace

Discussion and Exhibit Focus on Road to Peace

October 04, 2018, 5:00 PM

The Wilson Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Slovakia, presented a historical discussion featuring Kevin McNamara, Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, and Michal Kšiňan, researcher at the Institute of the History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, moderated by Robert S. Litwak, Senior Vice President at the Wilson Center on October 4, 2018.

SVANDA THEATRE: Four Plays from Prague

SVANDA THEATRE: Four Plays from Prague

September 23, 2018, 8:00 PM

Top Czech theatre company Švandovo divadlo (Svanda Theatre) delivered memorable performances of four plays, "The Good and the True," "Pankrác '45," "Protest" and "The Debt" at Georgetown University, The Davis Performing Arts Center, in Washington, DC, on September 20-23, 2018.

 

Launch of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence

Launch of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence

September 06, 2018, 9:00 PM

The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence launched at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC. In its ninth year, the festival annually honors one extraordinary personality; however, this year’s festival honors all the people who have contributed to 100 years of Czech independence.

Czech Duo Dazzles Audience

Czech Duo Dazzles Audience

August 08, 2018, 1:30 PM

Violinist Jakub Trasak and pianist Jiří Nedoma performed an unforgettable concert, Upbeat Strings, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last evening, receiving a standing ovation from the full house in attendance. Cultural Attaché Šárka Vamberová introduced the duo who performed as part of celebrations this year surrounding the 100th Anniversary of Czech Independence. Trasak and Nedoma began the show with their versions of Michael Jackson’s "Why," and Stevie Wonder’s "Sir Duke." Trasak said, “We are 'jazzers' at heart. We like to take well known songs and melodies and make them our own.”

Unique Photo Exhibition, Czech-American? Zoom In!

Unique Photo Exhibition, Czech-American? Zoom In!

May 16, 2018, 9:00 AM

A collection of heartwarming photographs from the communities and everyday lives of Czech-Americans from all corners and plains of the United States was displayed at the Czech Embassy.

Czech Embassy's Open House 2018 – What a turn out!

Czech Embassy's Open House 2018 – What a turn out!

May 12, 2018, 6:00 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, opened its doors to the public for six hours with a festive atmosphere on Saturday, May 12, and welcomed close to 4,000 friends, partners, and curious guests. There was much to celebrate as the Czechs are observing 100 years of Czech Independence throughout 2018. Visitors thus received a historical overview of the last centennial and learned about significant personalities who have contributed to the deep Czech-US ties across America.

Czech Director Talks Film in DC

Czech Director Talks Film in DC

April 13, 2018, 10:20 AM

The Czech That Film Festival in Washington, DC, closed with applause from the over 200 attendees, following the screening of the critically acclaimed film Barefoot (Po strništi bos) of Oscar-winning director Jan Svěrák on April 12. Following the film, the director treated guests to a Q&A where he spoke about making the film with his father and finding the right cast and location. He also gave an inside look on why he makes the films he makes. Through his films, he wants the viewers to “disappear into the story…into the frame of the story.” 

Photo: Director Jan Svěrák and Ambassador Kmoníček

 
Czech That Film Kicks Off in Washington

Czech That Film Kicks Off in Washington

April 11, 2018, 10:24 PM

The Czech That Film Festival in Washington opened at the The Avalon Theatre on April 11, at 8 pm, featuring the 6x Czech Lion awardee and Tribecca best international screenplay winner Ice Mother (Bába z ledu), by director Bohdan Sláma, with opening remarks by Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček. The internationally-hailed film centers on an older woman who unexpectedly falls in love after taking a dip into icy waters to help a man in distress. Over 100 people attended the opening night in the Avalon's historic main theatre. The festival continues on April 12, with the screening of Quartette (Kvarteto) followed by Barefoot (Po strništi bos), with Oscar-winning director Jan Svěrák! 

Czech Ambassador Kmoníček speaks with Slovak Ambassador Peter Kmec before the start of the film. 

Ambassador Opens Memorable Documentary

Ambassador Opens Memorable Documentary

April 11, 2018, 1:21 PM

On April 10, Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček and Israeli DCM Reuven Azar opened the documentary Above and Beyond, a gripping story of American WWII pilots who fought for Israel in the War of Independence, training in secret in Czechoslovakia. The screening was presented by the Magen David Sephardic Congregation, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and Embassy of Israel, and organized by Gail Shirazi. Over 160 registered to attend the film produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman.

Ambassador Kmoníček with Gail Shirazi and Israeli DCM Reuven Azar

Music Transcends Language - Prague Spring Festival

Music Transcends Language - Prague Spring Festival

April 11, 2018, 12:00 PM

In his presentation at the European Union in the United States on April 10, Prague Spring Festival Director Roman Bělor showed that throughout its illustrious history, the festival has hosted many international stars of 20th century classical music. For some, such as Leonard Bernstein, their concert in Prague was the very start of their international careers in Europe. Bělor shared a brief recording of Bernstein's last concert in Europe, also played at the festival just after the fall of the Iron Curtain. He stressed that the exchange was hardly one sided, as many of the most famous Czech musicians pursued their careers in the United States, from Antonín Dvořák to Jan Novák, Jaroslav Ježek, and George Mráz. Bělor's lecture illustrated how music can transcend language and political pressures. He remarked that the festival flourished even under the heavy cloud of Communism, when the “Prague Spring Festival was a source of joy and happiness.” It continues to be the highlight of the Prague cultural season today.

Professor Gives Powerful Lecture

Professor Gives Powerful Lecture

February 15, 2018, 12:47 PM

Boston University Professor Igor Lukes gave the lecture "The Prague Coup d’État in 1948: Heretical Thoughts," proposing to challenge the established view that the outcome of the postwar political crisis in Prague was a preordained affair. During his lecture, Professor Lukes stated, "Communists were destroyers who used power to rewrite the rules." Deputy Chief of Mission Zdeněk Beránek opened the event talking about the staggering impact of the communists in then Czechoslovakia, citing the following numbers of people: 205,000 were arrested, 170,000 were forced into exile, 1 million emigrated, 4,500 died in prisons, 327 were shot trying to escape, and 248 were executed under the totalitarian regime. In his lecture, Lukes posited that, except for the Communist plotters, the greatest share of responsibility for the loss of Czechoslovakia's democratic identity rested on the shoulders of the democratic politicians.
Distinguising Right from Wrong, Hope - Lessons of the Watchman

Distinguising Right from Wrong, Hope - Lessons of the Watchman

February 14, 2018, 1:44 PM

Flagg Taylor presented the book "The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda,1977-1989," at FIU in Washington, D.C., with remarks by Martin Palous and Benda's widow, Kamila Bendová on February 13, at 6 pm. Taylor spoke of the powerful moral lessons of the book in today's world. Bendová reiterated this point saying at the conclusion of the event that one of the most important lessons for today "is to be able to distinguish right from wrong." Palouš in turn stated that it is important "to make a distinction between truth and lies....to be able to turn hopelessness into hope..."
Launching 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Launching 100th Anniversary Celebrations

February 08, 2018, 11:52 AM

Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček kicked off the year-long "100th Anniversary of Czech Independence Celebrations" last evening at the Czech Embassy! The event featured the opening of the exhibit Masaryk as a Phenomenon, courtesy of the National Museum in the Czech Republic. The Ambassador opened the event talking of the greatness of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founding father and first President of Czechoslovakia, who was a personality amongst all men. Director of the National Museum, Michal Lukeš spoke about the special exhibit focusing on the life of Masaryk as well as showed a short film dedicated to the President of the First Republic. To conclude the opening, staff from the Embassy of the Czech Republic sang the Czech National Anthem. Over 150 guests attended the event and enjoyed the interactive exhibit consisting of large standing panels of Masaryk, radio talks, and video projections. The exhibit reveals Masaryk’s worldly inspiration and broad influence as well as his critical thinking and courage to oppose the majority while defending justice and human values.

Czech Artist Highlights Fragility, Freedom in Artwork

Czech Artist Highlights Fragility, Freedom in Artwork

February 01, 2018, 11:07 AM

The American University Museum opened the exhibition Kateřina Vincourová: Arteria curated by Karina Kottová on January 27, 2018. The exhibition focuses on the fragile nuances of interpersonal relations while at the same time abstracting these notions into an examination of time and space. In an interview with THE HOYA, Vincourová describes the atmosphere of her artwork saying, “It's as if you are stretching this kind of elastic or rubber, and basically if you stretch it too much, it’s just going to break and fall apart, and this is the moment of tension both within the art piece and with the viewer." Fragility, both literally and metaphorically, is important to her exhibition. She said, "Instead of focusing on feminity, I am most interested in the larger concept of intimacy and the openness to speak about it." Check out the full article on the exhibition as well as the exhibition itself on view at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center until March 11.

Photo Competition: Czech-American? Zoom In!

Photo Competition: Czech-American? Zoom In!

January 29, 2018, 10:00 AM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites Czech-American individuals, schools, businesses, and organizations from around the United States to submit a photo of what it means to be Czech-American to them in order to join in the 2018 celebrations of 100 years of Czech Independence

Celebrating 100 Years of Czech Independence

Celebrating 100 Years of Czech Independence

January 01, 2018, 12:00 AM

The Czech people celebrate 100 years of independence and sovereignty in 2018. Collaborating on security and alliance throughout the century with the United States of America, the Czechs mark a centennial of struggle for freedom as well as the resolute establishment of a thriving democracy. This year, the Czech Republic rejoices in its prosperity and industry as well as mutual transatlantic inspiration and friendship.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk with children in national costume and the "Truth Prevails" motto on the banner 
Photo courtesy: Andrea Pohl


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