Timetable for 2016

  • 30 April 2016: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2016 Prize.
  • 30 August 2016: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 9 October 2016: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 10 October 2016: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 12 October 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

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