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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 …
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 …
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