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Hradec Králové

Lavička Václava Havla, Hradec Králové

  • Address: Municipal Library, Hradec Králové
  • Date of installation: October 4, 2014
  • Photo: © Václav Havel Library

On Saturday 4 October 2014, a Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled in front of the café at the Municipal Library in Hradec Králové at 11AM.

The Havel’s Place memorials consist of a pair of armchairs joined by a table with a Linden tree growing through it. According to its designer, architect Bořek Šípek (pictured with the long-term director of the Klicperovo divadlo theatre, Ladislav Zeman), it symbolises the democratic dialogue that was essential to Václav Havel.

The creation of a Havel’s Place in Hradec Králové was initiated by deputy mayor Josef Krofta.

The Václav Havel Library was represented at the ceremonial unveiling by its executive director Marta Smolíková and Karel Schwarzenberg, one of its founders.

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„For the real question is whether the brighter future is really always so distant. What if, on the contrary, it has benn here for a long time already, and only our own blindness and weakness has prevented us from seeing it around us and within us, and kept us from developing it.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

Ivan Krastev: Europe's FutureVáclav Havel’s Prague