September 28, 2016, was proclaimed Vaclav Havel Day in New York City! This declaration was presented by the Commissioner for International Affairs of the New York City Mayor’s Office, Ms. Penny Abeywardena at the Happy Havel Day event at the Bohemian National Hall.
We celebrated Vaclav Havel by remembering his writings, watching the two short plays that Samuel Beckett and Havel wrote for each other, admiring the tapestry Flying Man by Peter Sis, singing along with Czech songwriter Jaroslav Hutka Havlicku, Havle and Coney Island Gospel Singers Oh Happy Day.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk to the Burmese writer and activist Ma Thida by Professor Timothy Garton Ash.
Unveiling of Ateliers Pinton tapestry in memory of Vaclav Havel designed by Peter Sis, commissioned by Art for Amnesty and supported by Karel Janecek and Libor Winkler.
The tapestry is on view till October 31
Venue: BBLA Library at Bohemian National Hall