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PHOTO: Igor Janke: Fighting Solidarity – Underground Army  02/02/16

Polish journalist Igor Janke’s book is a gripping history of the most radical and best organised anti-communist organisation in the Eastern Bloc. Portraits of legendary leaders Kornel Morawiecki and Jadwiga Chmielowska alternate with snapshots of the everyday struggles of activists who after the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981 were determined to resist communism, some bearing arms. More

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PHOTO: Alan Pajer: Václav Havel in Photography  02/02/16

Evening with photographer Alan Pajer, who captured Václav Havel in his photography over many years, but above all during his time as a presidential office photographer. Pajer’s photographs provide an insight into key moments in Czech politics in the 1990s. More

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PHOTO: Evening with Pavel Kohout  29/01/16

Pavel Kohout, playwright and novelist, Czech and Austrian poet, representative of constructivist poetry, Prague Spring activist, one of Charter 77’s founders, a forced exile… More

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PHOTO: Sádlo and Prague and Brno  25/01/16

Reading by Jiří Sádlo from his latest book Praha a Brno (Prague and Brno). More

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Friday marks 30th anniversary of awarding of Erasmus Prize to Václav Havel  22/01/16

Exactly 30 years ago – on 22 January 1986 – the Erasmus Prize Foundation announced the decision to award its prestigious annual prize for exceptional contribution to European Culture to Václav Havel. Václav Havel reacted to the news on the day with a brief statement before two months later responding with his Acceptance Speech, which today ranks among his key texts. The prize was received at a gala ceremony at the Rotterdam church St. Laurenskerk on 13 November 1986 on behalf of Václav Havel, who at the time was unable to leave Czechoslovakia for political reasons, by Professor František Janouch. Soon afterwards the Acceptance Speech was voiced by Jan Tříska for the Czech department of Radio Free Europe. (The impaired intelligibility of the recording is not due to the quality of the recording but the jamming devices that then regime employed to make listening to “seditious transmitters from the West” difficult.)

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Jiří Cieslar: Matouš Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

Presentation of the diary of academic, critic and essayist Jiří Cieslar, who for years headed the Institute of Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. More

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