Czech Centre London: Newsletter – February 2017

Czech Centre London.

So here we are, back after a little break with our eventful programme which opens with the wonderful and brave Dr Jiřina Šiklová coming to the London School of Economics to talk about political activism, Charter 77, the women taking part in it, and sharing her own invaluable personal experience and stories as only she can do. Charter 77 celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and we – inspired by this resistance movement – have a series of talks, theatre and poetry lined-up throughout 2017. Even your own living room could be part of it if you answer our call below!

February is traditionally the month of fashion. For the fourth time in a row we are presenting young Czech fashion talents at the International Fashion Showcase. Once again in cooperation with AAAD and once again accompanied by Karin Zadrick’s stunning photographs. Even aside of the glitz ‘n’ blitz of fashion, photography has a strong presence this month: Josef Koudelka introduces Shooting Holy Land at the ICA, award-winning photo-journalists Jarmila Štuková and Lenka Klicperová present their work from Syria and Iraq at the Frontline Club… A lot more in happening and that´s just a start of another exciting year.

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There’s Only You
Czech Designers at the International Fashion Showcase 2017
17 – 21 February 2017
West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
“The map is not the territory. There’s no organisation. There’s only you.“ – These words describe the main theme of the exhibition of emerging young Czech designers who are coming to London to exhibit their work at the International Fashion Showcase 2017. They hope to retain the enormous achievement of their predecessors who won the Country Award for the best presentation at the IFS 2016. The exhibition will feature students and new graduates from the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM). Complemented by a series of events including workshops and talks. Part of The British Council and British Fashion Council’s International Fashion Showcase 2017 in association with London Fashion Week. More info


Dr Jiřina Šiklová at Night of Ideas; Generations, Voice, Action
Thursday 26 January 2017, 7.30 pm
London School of Economics and Political Science, New Academic Building, 54 Lincolns Inn Fields, WC2A
Marking the 40th anniversary of Charter 77, Dr Jiřina Šiklová will share her experience of political activism from 1968 onwards and discuss the informal civic initiative in communist Czechoslovakia known as Charter 77. More info

Not Far From the Black Flag
Thurday 16 February 2017, 7 pm
Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Pl, London W2 1QJ
Independent Czech photojournalists Jarmila Štuková and Lenka Klicperová talk about their unique first-hand experiences while covering conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the war against ISIS and its effects on civilian life. More info


Living Room Theatre – Call for participation
Václav Havel’s The Vaněk Trilogy is being made into a fully interactive and immersive performance in an exciting collaboration between the Czech Centre and award-winning theatre company ONEOHONE. This project is inspired by living room theatre, the cultural platform developed by Czech dissidents from Charter 77 to share their work with each other in private apartments. In the spirit of living room theatre, we are looking for volunteers anywhere in London willing to share for one evening only their private homes with up to 25 theatre loving strangers between March and September 2017. A living/dining open space is necessary, but not the seating – we’ll do the rest! For more information and to express your interest please contact Renata Clark,


Love, sex and marriage…with a robot?
Friday 3 February 2017, 6.30 pm
Lecture Hal, The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH
A series of events during one of the popular British Academy Friday Lates including a stage reading from Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. with an introduction by David Short, whose translation was published by the Hesperus Press in 2011. More info


Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land + Q&A
24 February 2017, 6.15 pm
ICA, Cinema 1, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH
The UK premiere of this unique and intimate look into the creative process of photographer Josef Koudelka by director Gilad Baram, his assistant at the time. Followed by a Q&A with Josef Koudelka and Gilad Baram. More info

Alois Nebel + Screen Talk with Tomáš Luňák
Tuesday 28 February 2017, 6.15 pm
Cinema 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London ECY 8DS
Wednesday 1 March 2017, 6 pm
Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
The solitary train dispatcher Alois Nebel becomes haunted by the ghosts from his past and the region’s violent history in Tomáš Luňák’s dark and atmospheric film using rotoscope animation. Followed by a talk with Tomáš Luňák. More info

Visual Art

Curatorial Season at the Delfina Foundation: Tereza Jindrová
20 February – 2 April 2017
Delfina Foundation, 29-31 Catherine Pl, London SW1E 6DY
Czech Centre London and the Arts and Theatre Institute – Artists in Residence Programme are supporting Czech art critic and curator Tereza Jindrová for a 6 week residency at the Delfina Foundation. More info

Black Hole Generation: The Kings Are Back
9 – 24 February 2017
The Dot Project, 94 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HS
The first London exhibition by David Krňanský, Martin Lukáč, and Julius Reichel, the Czech artist trio Black Hole Generation (B.H.G.). The Kings Are Back is an examination of contemporary culture and its propensity to overload us with visual stimulation. More info

Czech Centre Recommends

Czech and Slovak Season in Stow: Dark Blue World
12 February 2017, 7 pm
Walthamstow Empire, 267 High St, Walthamstow, London E17 7FD
Intimate drama with a thrilling historical background. Dark Blue World is a story of bravery, heroism and history, starring Slama, a pilot who joined the Royal Air Force after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939. More info

Milena Grenfell-Baines: Lady Remoska
Published by Dcera sestry, in Czech only
The unique tale of the girl from one of Sir Nicholas Winton’s refugee trains who introduced the legendary Czech Remoska mini-oven to the UK. More info


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