Nový Bor

  • installation date: November 19, 2014
  • address: náměstí Míru, Nový Bor, Česká republika
  • photo (c) Tomáš Lánský, 5plus2.cz

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled during the opening of a newly renovated part of the main square on a day of commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Alongside members of the general public, it was attended by representatives of the town of Nový Bor, the Liberec Region, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and direct participants in the events of 1989. Bořek Šípek, creator of the Václav Havel’s Place project, also took part.

Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back

„I’ve run away. I’ve run away to Hrádeček. I’m here alone and I feel uneasy. Everything reminds me of the decades I’ve been through in this place. I like it here. It’s my refuge, my existential home, but again and again I realize there’s no going back, and that by now I’m not the same person I was when I wrote my plays, prepared my experimental meals, threw light-hearted parties, and organised secret dissident meetings. I’m older, sicker, wearier.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry