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Please stay posted on this website as new events will be added throughout the year in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Czech Independence!
Bistro Bohem will present the classic film School is the Foundation of Life (Škola základ života) on January 16, 2018, at 7 pm. When a student magazine publishes an essay criticizing a teacher and conditions at the school, the faculty vows to get to the bottom of it. A furious investigation ensues to find the culprit with humorous dynamics play out between the high school students and the teachers. Will the culprit own up to his antics so that the students can participate in an upcoming sports tournament? (Director: Martin Frič, 1938, 92 minutes, Czech with English subtitles)
American University Museum will open the exhibition Kateřina Vincourová: Arteria curated by Karina Kottová on January 27, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm. This exhibition focuses on the fragile nuances of interpersonal relations while at the same time abstracting these notions into an examination of time and space. Vincourová’s work thus becomes a holistic system; a large-scale spatial drawing rather than a collection of individual pieces.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovak independence with the renowned Czech band Ondřej Havelka & His Melody Makers playing the best of American and European jazz and swing from the 1920s and 30s. Immerse in the First Republic’s style and enjoy dancing under the stars.
Relish in an evening with Ondřej Havelka & His Melody Makers in a show designed to emulate the music and manners of the Roaring 20s, complete with costumes and hairdos. Ondřej Havelka leads the band as a singer and dancer.
The Czech Centennial Gala will commemorate fascinating stories associated with the creation of modern Czech statehood as well as its recreation after World War II. The event will feature a special historic presentation, music performances and an art exhibition highlighting such artists as Alphonse Mucha, Albín Polášek and Vojtěch Preissig. These artists had strong Chicago connections and made a difference both as great artists as well as Czech patriots.
CzechInvest, Czech Consulate General, and the European tech community will hold the CzechAccelerator NYC Launch Party to welcome the first Czech start-ups coming to NYC for the CzechAccelerator program, powered by VentureOut. The program will run until 2020 with plans to bring the very best of the Czech start-up scene to New York City and San Francisco. The launch party will introduce the first Czech startups in the program and their ideas over food and drinks.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic launches the 100th Anniversary Celebrations of Czech Independence, featuring the opening of the exhibition Masaryk as a Phenomenon, courtesy of the National Museum of the Czech Republic, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 6 pm, with remarks by National Museum Director Michal Lukeš. The special exhibit focuses on the unique personality of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founding father and first President of Czechoslovakia.
Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and FIU in DC for a presentation on The Long Night of the Watchman: Essays by Václav Benda,1977-1989. Renowned Czech anti-Communist dissident and Catholic thinker Václav Benda (1946-1999) was an earlier signatory of Charter 77 and served twice as the association's spokesperson. He was a founding member of the Committee to Defend the Unjustly Persecuted (VONS) and served a four-year prison sentence for his dissident activities. Benda was a keen analyst of totalitarianism; his essays delve deeply into life under a communist regime.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic welcomes Igor Lukes, Boston University Professor of History and International Relations, who will give the lecture The Prague Coup d’État in 1948: Heretical Thoughts, on February 14, 2018, at 10 am. He proposes to challenge the established view that the outcome of the postwar political crisis in Prague was a preordained affair. Lukes posits 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.
At the time of New York's Fashion Week, enjoy a documentary about Czech Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik, a fashion exhibition with a pop-up shop by Czech Australian demi-couture designer Iva Pfeiffer, and a block printing workshop with Czech American artist Petra Valentová.
The Avalon Theatre will screen Milada — a historical drama based on the true story of Milada Horáková, the only woman executed on the basis of fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason in a political show trial by the communist regime in former Czechoslovakia — on February 14, 2018, at 8 pm. The screening is part of the Embassy of the Czech Republic's Lions of Czech Film Series, bringing the best of Czech cinema to Washington. (Dir. David Mrnka, 2017, 118 min., in English)
Share in an informal POSEZENÍ, a chat around a table with wine, beer, and memories of the old timers who live(d) in the neighborhood of the Bohemian National Hall (BNH) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some of the speakers are also active in the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), which built the hall in 1897. The event is in English with Czech songs. This event is a part of a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the contribution of the BBLA , Czech and Slovaks in New York.
During Czech Heritage Night, fans will honor the extraordinary Czech hockey players that have played for the NJ Devils in the past as well as the present, including Pavel Zacha who is one of the Devils right now. Come and enjoy the game between the Devils versus the Minnesota Wild.
Berklee College of Music graduate Tomáš Kačo will have his Carnegie Hall debut on February 22, 2018, at 8 pm. As a solo pianist, his style is a fusion of classical, jazz, and gypsy music. One of 12 children from a Czech Roma family, Tomáš brings his roots to classical and contemporary music in the program Classical Edge: Gypsy Soul. The program will feature his original works as well as his arrangements of pieces by Bach and Chopin. Enjoy an evening of artistry at Carnegie Hall with one of the Czech Republic's talented rising stars.
Savor a night of talent, beauty, and skills with Czech ice-hockey legends, an exquisite fashion show, and an exciting hockey memorabilia auction. Witness a debate of successful Czech NHL players, partake in unifying moments between great past and hopeful ice legends, take a chance to be a lucky bearer of hockey memorabilia supporting sport youth. Enjoy an exclusive show of the newest collection Belonging by fashion designer Iva Pfeiffer, inspired by several different cultures and accompanied by the talented, cutting-edge pianist Tomáš Kačo.
Bistro Bohem will screen the drama The Spring of Life (Pramen života) on March 20, 2018, at 7 pm. The film, based on the Lebensborn project, follows a young Slavic girl named Gretka who passes a race examination and is groomed for breeding with a Nazi SS officer at a remote sanitarium. Variety critic Eddie Cockrell calls the film “a dignified, absorbing melodrama that, to its immense credit, dodges the lurid at every turn.” The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Fest and a Czech Lion for best screenplay in 2000. (Director: Milan Cieslar, 2000, 110 min., in Czech, Polish and German with English subtitles)
Commemorate 120 years of former Czechoslovak as well as current Czech film, perhaps the richest and most visually striking of all Central European cinematography. From the dynamic black and white classics by master directors to moving present-day features, follow the selection of 12 outstanding films surviving the test of time.
The Delegation of the European Union presents the exhibition For Our and Their Freedom, a collection of over 20 interviews from citizens of Warsaw pact countries which took part in protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Their testimonies, together with documents collected from Soviet, Polish, Hungarian, German, Bulgarian, and Czech secret service and personal archives are the basis of the exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invasion. Adam Hradilek, a historian from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, will open the exhibition followed by a talk with special guest Pavel Litvinov, grandson of Maxim Litvinov Stalin’s foreign minister during the 1930s. Pavel participated in the Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion.
The 7th annual Czech That Film Festival will feature the best of the most recently released motion pictures from the Czech Republic. The opening screening will be followed by a special discussion with cast and crew.
Join us for a public luncheon forum in which Czech, Slovak, and other dignitaries will offer their insights on the historic signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement and educate the Kansas City region on the history of Czechoslovakia, the valuable role of the modern states of the Czech and Slovak Republics, and the important economic, social, and cultural ties between the Czech Republic and the U.S., with particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.
The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center will present Slavnost, an event honoring immigrants from Czech lands coming to Texas, on May 20, at 10:30 am. The event commences with a ceremony honoring the early immigrants. A traditional Czech meal will be served at 11:30 am, followed by the music of the Travelers Orchestra from 12:30 - 5 pm. The event includes a prize drawing, country store, May pole dance, and tours of the early Texas-Czech village.
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Elementary School (Obecná škola) on July 17, 2018, at 7 pm. The story revolves around young Eda and his relationship with the two authority figures in his life – his father and his teacher Hnízdo. Using strict discipline and stories about his experiences in the war, Hnízdo manages to bring order to a classroom full of obnoxious children who sent their last teacher to the madhouse. The film takes place in the first year after the war in an atmosphere of reborn freedom and new hope. (Director: Jan Svěrák, 1991, 100 min., Czech with English subtitles)
The Great War Centennial Military History Exhibition will open on September 7, 2018, at 6 pm, at the Buttonwood ARTspace. The exhibit features World War I military history of the regions of Europe that became Czechoslovakia in 1918. The lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia (part of the then collapsing Austro-Hungarian empire) originally sent troops to fight as members of the empire. Large numbers of Czechs and Slovaks defected on the Russian front and formed the Czechoslovak Legion. The Legion fought during the war on the allied side in pursuit of an independent Czechoslovakia.The exhibit is comprised of 20 art panels that relate to the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The panels were prepared by historians from the Czech Military History Institute and the Slovak Academy of Science Historic Department.
This centennial musical program associated with the Great War will feature works from Croatian, Czech, and Slovak lands performed by students from the University of Missouri KC Conservatory of Music and Dance with guest pianist Ivan Pernicki from Zagreb, Croatia, on September 13, at 6:30 pm, with a preconcert reception at 5:30 pm. The program includes music for string quartet by the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, choral music by the Slovak composer Ján Levoslav Bella, and solo piano works by the Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic. The evening program will conclude with the rousing chorus “U Boj” (To arms) from the Croatian opera Nikola Subic Zrinjski by Ivan Zajc, a march that was extremely popular with Croatian, Czech and Slovak choirs and audiences.
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Cosy Dens (Pelišky) on September 18, 2018, at 7 pm. Set during Christmas 1967, two neighboring families stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Mr. Šebek is a loyal supporter of the regime, while Mr. Kraus, a decorated World War II resistance fighter and Czech nationalist, is staunchly anti-Soviet. The two men constantly argue, while the wives try to keep the peace. Meanwhile, the Šebek's teenage son Michal becomes infatuated with the Kraus's daughter Jindriska. She, though, has a crush on Elian, a teenager who has long hair, loves the Beatles, and wears American boots. In the end, each member of both families must live out his own story in his own "cozy den" until the Soviet invasion of August 1968 in Czechoslovakia disrupts their world. (Director: Jan Hřebejk, 1999, 116 min., Czech with English subtitles)
The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavik Heritage Festival will commence on September 30, at 12 noon, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Houston, TX. Performers representing the participating Slavic nations of the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, and the Ukraine will present a four-hour program packed with colorful songs and lively folk dances. The event includes delicious national dishes. Vendors will offer books, glassware, jewelry, clothing, toys and art objects representative of the Slavic countries.The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival is the oldest multicultural festival in Houston.