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News2021 Annual Gala: The Play’s the Thing May 26, 2021 Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association & Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Annual Gala: THE PLAY’S THE THING With guest of honor Sir Tom Stoppard Join us for a festive celebration of the legacy of Vaclav Havel and Czech and Slovak communities’ presence in New York! The evening’s highlights will include a …
Havel Archives, NewsPortrait of a playwright as an enemy of the state May 11, 2021 Source: The New York Times / www.nytimes.com / By Samuel G. Freedman / The cottage belongs to Vaclav Havel, the Czechoslovak playwright, and although it sits in the hills near the Polish border it resembles nothing so much as a Manhattanite’s Litchfield County retreat. Mr. Havel built the house himself …
NewsSaudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul awarded 2020 Vaclav Havel prize April 28, 2021 Source: euronews / www.euronews.com / By Euronews / The Council of Europe has awarded its 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights prize to Loujain al-Hathloul. The Saudi activist pushed to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, but was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to almost six years in …
NewsMyanmar: Statement by PEN Myanmar condemning the Tatmadaw’s seizure of the state power against the people’s desires, February 2, 2021 February 5, 2021 1. It is the fundamental principle of democracy that from the people descends the sovereignty of the state. In line with this principle the multiparty General Election was successfully held in Myanmar on 8 November 2020. With the strong support of the people, the National League for Democracy made a …
NewsAlbum: Suzanne Vega – An Evening of New York Songs and Stories September 6, 2020 Source: The Arts Desk / https://theartsdesk.com / By Liz Thomson / Suzanne Vega sprang to fame 35 years ago, her eponymous debut one of the last albums we bought in vinyl before the advent of that new-fangled format of aluminium aspic. From it came “Marlene on the Wall”, the video …
NewsVHLF & BBLA Annual Gala Celebrating Cultural Diplomacy August 1, 2020 VHLF & BBLA Annual Gala Celebrating Cultural Diplomacy and Honoring Ambassador William and Wendy Luers and presenting the fifth annual Disturbing the Peace Award Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7 – 8:30 pm. Join the party featuring presentation of the annual Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk, …
Disturbing the peace, NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation Announces Angel Santiesteban Prats as the 2020 Winner, Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk July 31, 2020 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announced today that the winner of the 2020 Disturbing the Peace, Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk is Cuban author Angel Santiesteban Prats. Angel Santiesteban Prats is a renowned Cuban short-story writer, social commentator, and blogger. He has been published around the world and …
News‘Havel’: Film Review July 23, 2020 Source: Variety / https://variety.com / By Alissia Simon / This creative biopic of the playwright who became president of Czechoslovakia doesn’t let pesky facts get in the way of a good story. Ideally timed to draw domestic audiences back into Czech cinemas, loosely historical local-hero biopic “Havel” doesn’t let pesky …
NewsVaclav Havel Memorial Bench Unveiled in Bratislava July 8, 2020 Source: TASR / www.tasr.sk / By ko / Bratislava, July 5 (TASR) – The Slovak capital has ranked among the world cities having a memorial place dedicated to Vaclav Havel, as the Vaclav Havel bench was unveiled on Vajanskeho Embankment in Bratislava on Sunday. The day of the bench’s unveiling …
NewsOsman Kavala nominated for Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize June 7, 2020 Source: Ahval News / www.ahvalnews.com / By Yavuz Baydar / A group of politicians and intellectuals from Europe and the United States have nominated the jailed philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala, one of the most prominent human rights defenders and civil society activists in Turkey, for the Vaclav Havel Human …
Havel Conversations, NewsTranslating Havel: The Tricky Parts May 31, 2020 Translating Havel: The Tricky Parts Moderated discussion, readings, Q&A Rehearsal for Truth, Theater Festival honoring Vaclav Havel 2020 Spring Weekend of Stage Readings Organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association Renowned English translators of Vaclav Havel’s works – Paul Wilson, Jan Novak and Stepan Simek …
NewsHavel, Unfinished Revolution by David Gilbreath Barton, University of Pittsburgh Press May 21, 2020 Havel, Unfinished Revolution, is the most recent biography of Vaclav Havel, published last month by University of Pittsburgh Press. The biography is the result of some seven years of research and attempts to understand Havel’s legacy in light of the current crises in democratic societies. David Barton states: “I myself …
EventsVáclav Havel to be commemorated in Prague with a series of events this week December 19, 2019 Source:  Expats cz / https://news.expats.cz / By Katrina Modra / Eight years ago on December 18, 2011, Czech president Václav Havel died at age 75 A number of events are planned in the Czech capital this Wednesday, December 18, to commemorate the anniversary of Czech President Václav Havel who died …
NewsRemembering November ‘89 October 23, 2019 November 4, 7 pm, 3rd floor World premiere of a documentary Ask at Home ’89 / Spytaj sa vasich ’89, followed by Q&A with the director Barbora Bereznakova. Discussion enhanced by interactive polling and insights in real time by Slido. The Ask Your ‘89 documentary brings an insight into the …
Events24-hour performance in Prague highlights fight for freedom in China October 13, 2019 Source: Expats.cz / https://news.expats.cz / By ČTK / Prague, Oct 11 (CTK) – Hong Kong Artist Wai Ting Loretta Lau is presenting her Memory Eraser performance, in which she is inside a two-metre cube in a square in the city centre for 24 hours, to point to the importance of …