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VIDEO: Talks in English: Václav Havel and Alexandr Vondra (9. 4. 2014)  16/04/14

The first in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Alexandr Vondra is a former dissident, Charter 77 spokesman, advisor to Václav Havel, Czech Ambassador to the United States, and politician. The event will focus on Václav Havel's views on foreign policy, as well as today's situation in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere as viewed by his former diplomat, exactly fifteen years after the country's accession to NATO. Chaired by writer and journalist David Vaughan. More

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VIDEO: Meeting with Eliyahu Rips, 45 years after protest (3. 4. 2014)  09/04/14

Meeting with the Israeli professor Eliyahu Rips, one of those who protested against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Rips, a student at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in Riga, was deeply impacted by the news of Jan Palach’s self-immolation and several months later, on April 13, 1969, decided to follow him, dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire at the Freedom Memorial in central Riga. He placed a poster beside himself reading “I am protesting against the occupation of Czechoslovakia”. A passerby extinguished the flames and Rips was arrested by the KGB. After six months in prison, he was sentenced on the basis of a “psychiatric analysis” to two years in a psychiatric clinic. After his release he emigrated to Israel where he is today professor of mathematics at the Hebrew University. The evening was organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Czech Centre in Tel Aviv and the Jewish Community in Prague. More

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PHOTO: Meeting with Eliyahu Rips, 45 years after protest  08/04/14

Photographs from a meeting with the Israeli professor Eliyahu Rips, one of those who protested against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Rips, a student at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in Riga, was deeply impacted by the news of Jan Palach’s self-immolation and several months later, on April 13, 1969, decided to follow him, dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire at the Freedom Memorial in central Riga. He placed a poster beside himself reading “I am protesting against the occupation of Czechoslovakia”. A passerby extinguished the flames and Rips was arrested by the KGB. After six months in prison, he was sentenced on the basis of a “psychiatric analysis” to two years in a psychiatric clinic. After his release he emigrated to Israel where he is today professor of mathematics at the Hebrew University. An interview with Eliyahu Rips More

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PHOTO: Small book of night  27/03/14

Launch of the second edition of a collection of poetry by Básník Ticho entitledMalá kniha Noci (Small Book of Night) (Skoba, 2014). The anthology, which presents a selection of the writer’s work from the period 1978–2012 is inspired in terms of content by the trinity of silence (concord and discontentment with the universe, internal and external harmony and disharmony, the landscape of silence). As well as the poet’s legendary magical imagination, it presents poems that are purely detective style, literary hip-hop, cyber pop, silent-soft, sci-fi, retro ballads, heretical or analytical, or his typical haiku. The collection was official launched by Ota Kars, Aleš Klíma and Vít Kremlička, who also participated in the programme. More

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27 March - World Theatre Day  26/03/14

World Theatre Day was established in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). All of the ITI’s national centres, along with the entire international theatre community, celebrate this day annually on 27 March, with various national and international theatre events being organised to mark the occasion. One of the most important is the World Theatre Day International Message, the author of which is a world renowned theatre figure selected every year by the ITI. This year it has been written by the South African playwright Brett Bailey. In 1994 it was penned by Václav Havel.

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22/04/14 19:00

Contemporary Czech literature at Labryint Vaclav Havel Library, Řetězová 7, Prague

Alongside her acclaimed book of short stories Nechtěl jsem být Leninem (I Didn’t Want to Be Lenin), Dora Čechova will read samples from her latest work, while debutant Martin Jun will present the manuscript of his novel Smrt spisovatele K. (The Death of Novelist K.), which is set for publication this autumn. Hosted by Joachim Dvořák, editor in chief of the Labyrint publishing house. More

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