Czech Centre London: Newsletter – December 2016

Czech Centre London.

And before you know it, we are approaching the end of 2016. What a year it was, on so many levels! It kept the Czech Centre busy too, with almost a hundred events attracting tens of thousands of people to Czech culture all over the UK. We enjoyed all of them and some were almost dreams come true. Just naming a few: organizing the award winning Last Fata Morgana fashion exhibition during London Fashion Week, installing the Poetry Periscope in front of the British Library, touring Scotland in a caravan with MAK! and their mobile architecture office, bringing live glass blowing to London Design Festival, supporting the first ever Czech artist to exhibit at Spike Island Bristol, and of course the crown jewel of this year´s programme – the 20th anniversary of the Made in Prague Festival, which started with three sold out performances by Dejvicke Theatre and continued with wonderful films and guests throughout November.

We will rest a little bit now but will be back in 2017, passionately promoting Czech talent and artistic exchange between the Czech Republic and Great Britain. Meanwhile – Merry Christmas!

Tereza Porybna
Director, Czech Centre


Music

Ventolin AV Show at Made in Prague Xmas Party
Fri 2 December 2016
doors open at 7pm, Ventolin AV show and concert from 9pm

The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY
Maverick Czech sound and video artist Ventolin brings his electronic vibes, visuals, DIY lights, and mad dancing to the “Taj Mahal of Portobello Road” – The Tabernacle. Made in Prague Festival Closing andCzech Centre Christmas party all in one lavish night with Czech Christmas Market, carol singing, raffle,Czech beer, wine and nibbles. Free entry. More info
Iva Bittová & Abraham Brody @ Vortex
6 December 2016, 8pm
Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
Book online

Musicians Iva Bittová and Abraham Brody come from different traditions but with the same feeling and raw energy for performance. Improvisation and spontaneity play a large part in their solo work, as well as their collaborations, and together at Vortex in addition to their solo sets, they will perform a set of live duo improvisations in the spur of the moment, exploring all the possibilities and dimensions of the violin and voice. More info


Czech Language Courses

Czech Language Courses – enrolment open
9 Jan – 6 Apr 2017
Czech Centre London, 116 Long Acre, London WC2E
Enrolment for the winter term of  highly popular Czech language courses is now open. The evening courses are available at different leve and take place in our offices near Covent Garden. The tutors are fully qualified, experienced native speakers. Enrolment up to Monday 23 December 2016. More info


Czech Centre Recommends

Three Wishes for Cinderella
5 Dec / DVD release by Second Run
11 Dec / screening at Empire Cinema Walthamstow
19 Dec / available on mubi.com
23 Dec / screening at ICA
30 Dec / screening at Close-Up Cinema

One of the most beloved films in all Eastern European cinema, Václav Vorlíček’s reworking of the classic Cinderella tale is both delightful and unconventional. Deviating from the original story, yet retaining an air of real magic and beauty, Three Wishes for Cinderella takes the familiar fairy tale and invests it with a feisty and rebellious Cinderella who – far from being some passive beauty – rides ahorse, knows how to hunt and actively pursues her handsome Prince. More infoKarolinum Press: Modern Czech Classics
An English translation of Ladislav Fuks’s novel, The Cremator, has just been published as a new addition to the Modern Czech Classics series by Karolinum Press. A total of twelve books have been published since 2003, including new paperback editions of books by Bohumil Hrabal (Rambling On), Vladislav Vančura (Rozmarné léto) and Zdeněk Jirotka (Saturnin). More info

The never ending Czech film festival on iTunes
Download a selection of the best Czech films with English subtitles and in great HD quality on iTunes. Includes both the classics (A Night at Karlstein, The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, My Sweet Little Village, Adela has not had her Supper yet) as well as the more recent Czech films (Home Care,Chasing Fifty). More info

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