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NewsUkraine February 27, 2022 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation wishes to express its solidarity with Ukraine. Czechs and Slovaks very well remember the Russian invasion of 1968 and the fact that Russian tanks stayed in Czechoslovakia for twenty long years. We stand with the democratic world in unity in the face of an open …
NewsPetr Uhl, journalist, communist-era dissident dies at 80 December 2, 2021 Source: AP News / https://apnews.com / PRAGUE (AP) — Petr Uhl, a Czech journalist who was one of the country’s leading communist-era dissidents and human rights activists, has died at 80. His wife, former Czech ombudsman Anna Sabatova, told the CTK agency he died Wednesday. Uhl headed the national news …
Exhibitions, NewsHavel to the Café! November 28, 2021 On Wednesday, November 17th at 1pm, a special procession departed from the statue of the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Garrique Masaryk, in front of Prague Castle, arriving eventually at Cafe Slavia. The procession carried a bronze bust of Vaclav Havel – the first for Prague – by sculptor Maria …
NewsTen Years Without Václav Havel, Czech Republic’s First President and Democratic Icon November 27, 2021 Source: BRNO Daily / https://brnodaily.com / By G.Maura / To commemorate ten years since the death of President Václav Havel, an event “10 years without V.H.” will be organized in Prague on December 18th. Credit: 10 let bez V. H. Czech Rep, November 25 (BD) – The ten-year anniversary of …
Havel Conversations, NewsHavel Conversation online: The Seduction of Fanaticism November 19, 2021 Dedicated to the 10th anniversary of President’s Havel passing December 2, 2021, 6 pm CET Watch HERE In May 1996, president Vaclav Havel invited to Prague Elie Wiesel, an American writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He delivered a lecture entitled “The Seduction of Fanaticism” in the …
Havel Conversations, NewsHAVEL AND SLAVIA November 19, 2021 On Wednesday 17th November, the 32nd Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the sixth cast of a bronze bust by Marie Seborova of the late President Havel was unveiled in the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU’) owned Café Slavia opposite the National Theatre in Prague. The event was jointly organized by Amnesty …
Exhibitions, NewsVaclav Havel Bust by Czech Sculptor Marie Seborova November 14, 2021 On Wednesday 17th November, the 32nd Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the sixth cast of a bronze bust of the late President Havel will be unveiled in the Academy of Performing Arts (AMU’) owned Café Slavia opposite the National Theatre in Prague. It is believed to be the first such …
NewsHavel to the Cafe! November 10, 2021 Hradcanske Square, November 17, 2021,1 pm There is only one thing I will not concede: that it might be meaningless to strive in a good cause. ― Vaclav Havel, Summer Meditations On Wednesday, November 17 at 1 pm a special ‘procession’ will depart from the statue of the first president …
Havel Conversations, NewsOpening Remarks by Ayad Akhtar, President of PEN America | VHLF & BBLA Annual Gala Honoring Sir Tom Stoppard October 21, 2021 VHLF & BBLA Annual Gala Honoring Sir Tom Stoppard | September 23rd, 2021 | Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, playwright, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the president of PEN America. I want to thank the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation for the opportunity to address you all …
Awards, Disturbing the peace, NewsDmitri Strotsev: Acceptance Speech for 2021 Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk October 18, 2021 The acceptance speech by Dmitri Strotsev was presented at the VHLF Gala in New York on September 23, 2021, by Olga Levina. Olga is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Jersey City Theater Center, an accomplished dancer, actor, and choreographer, graduate from Minsk School of the Performing Arts. “It is …
NewsCzech voters oust communists from parliament for first time since 1948 October 13, 2021 Source: Reuters / www.reuters.com / By Michael Kahn and Robert Muller / PRAGUE, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Czech voters evicted the communists from parliament on Saturday for the first time since the end of World War Two, voting out a party whose forebears ruled the central European nation from 1948 …
NewsBelarus protest leader Maria Kolesnikova wins Vaclav Havel prize September 30, 2021 Source: DW / www.dw.com / The annual human rights prize was awarded to Belarusian Maria Kolesnikova at a ceremony in Strasbourg. The jailed protest leader was represented by her sister who accepted the award. The annual Vaclav Havel Human Rights Award was given Monday to the jailed Belarusian protest leader …
News‘Hero’ Activist Makes Heart Symbol As She’s Jailed for 11 Years September 14, 2021 Source: VICE / www.vice.com / By Tim Hume / Maria Kolesnikova had been hailed for her bravery when she ripped up her passport to prevent authorities in Belarus from forcibly deporting her. She was similarly defiant in the face of her lengthy sentence. A leading Belarusian opposition figure smiled and …
NewsHavel – Summer Rooftop Movies July 17, 2021 Summer Rooftop Movies continue! Commemorating the anniversary of August 21, we are partnering with the Czech Center New York to show the 2020 narrative film directed by Slavek Horak Havel. Thursday, August 19, 2021, 8 pm Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street, New York More than a simple biopic, …
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! With two-time Tony Award-winning actress Christine …