PHOTO: Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – Fences, Walls and Trenches: Freedom of Movement as a Human Right?  12/10/16

Fourth annual international conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize with the participation of this year’s three finalists and other eminent guests, including Michael Ignatieff, director of the Central European University, and Ales Bialiatski and Anar Mammadli, the 2013 and 2014 recipients of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The theme was the world migration phenomenon and its influence on the policies of European institutions, the governments of EU member states and public opinion. More


Nadia Murad The winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016  10/10/16

Nadia Murad (Iraq) a young, brave Yazidi woman, who managed to flee ISIS in northern Iraq. Today a human rights activist, she brings the plight of the Yazidi community, in particular the forced sexual enslavement and human trafficking of women and children captured by ISIS, to the forefront of international attention.   More


PHOTO: Rr at the National Theatrrre  10/10/16

A trrragicomedy on the desirrre of Rrrobert Chrrroust to become an actorrr. Authorrrs Pavel Kohout and Václav Havel completed the play in 1973 and it was perrrformed just once, at a meeting of the banned wrrriterrrs at Hrrrádeček the following yearrr. Afterrr many yearrrs of silence, the Václav Havel Librrrarrry has decided to brrring it to life officially. Doctorrr: Ivan M. Havel Patient: Pavel Kohout Dirrrectorrr: Michael Žantovský More


PHOTO: Tribute to Václav Havel in Prague 6 – Gala Opening  09/10/16

An outdoor exhibition of large-scale photographs by Oldřich Škácha, prepared in cooperation with the Prague 6 Town Hall, the Václav Havel Library and Post Bellum, accompanied over the following weeks by a series of concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and other events. More


PHOTO: Without František Janouch Even the Sea Doesn’t Slosh  25/09/16

Bez Františka Janoucha ani moře nešplouchá (Without František Janouch Even the Sea Doesn’t Slosh) is the title of a new book, subtitled Mozaika výpovědi svědků jednoho neobyčejného života (A Mosaic of Testimonies of Witnesses to One Extraordinary Life), presented at the Václav Havel Library on the occasion of the 85th birthday of František Janouch. More



27/10/16 17:00

Timo Laine: Tanks and Roaches Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

Timo Laine presents his book Tanks and Roaches. The Collapse of the Socialist System as Seen from the Inside (2014), which takes in the heart of events that were the focus of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The discussion evolves around the breakup of the Soviet empire, the nature of the Soviet state, communist ideology, cultural differences and ethnic conflicts. Laine has continued his travels in present-day post-Soviet countries, participating in demonstrations and democratic processes and observing the cleavage between the reality of everyday life and a media landscape distorted by disinformation. More


October 2016

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry