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Bill Shipsey NewsBill Shipsey talks about Amnesty International June 8, 2016 Source: Czech Radio – Radiozurnal / www.rozhlas.cz /  By Jana Trpisovska / Bill Shipsey, member of International Advisory Board of VHLF, has described his work in Amnesty International in Czech Radio – Radiožurnál. He had established a project Art for Amnesty, which works with artists and activists. He describes his relationship …
CZ and EU flags NewsProminent Czechs urge UK not to quit EU in referendum May 28, 2016 Source: BBC News, Prague / www.bbc.com / By Rob Cameron / More than 30 leading public figures in the Czech Republic have signed an open letter urging the UK to vote to stay in the EU in next month’s referendum. The letter says the UK plays a key “balancing role” …
Pyotr Pavlensky NewsRussian artist Pavlensky gives prize money to anti-police guerrillas May 28, 2016 Source: AFP / www.au.news.yahoo.com / Moscow (AFP) – Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who is on trial for torching the door of the security service headquarters, said Friday he would give his prize money from a prestigious award to a group of vigilantes serving life sentences. On Wednesday, the 32-year-old …
la-otra-cuba_2 NewsCzech photographer’s images of stark ‘Cuban reality’ now on exhibit May 16, 2016 Source: FIU News www.news.fiu.edu / By Nicole Montero /   Hana Jakrlova never planned to go to Cuba, let alone to use her profession and passion as a photographer to document the realities of a communist island. “I think Cuba is somewhat forgotten,” she said. “Everyone is always talking about …
Havelheart.image NewsHeart for Havel moved to Alexandroff Campus Center May 16, 2016 Source: The Columbia Chronicle www.columbiachronicle.com / By Andrea Salcedo / A heart-shaped WAX, sculpture honoring late Czech President Václav Havel stood in the lobby of Film Row Cinema at the Conaway Center, in the 1104 S. Wabash Ave. Building on May 2, beginning its citywide tour. The sculpture, made up …
Save-the-date_havel_post EventsSave the Date: Happy Havel Day! May 14, 2016 MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO TO DECLARE SEPTEMBER 28 VACLAV HAVEL DAY IN THE NEW YORK CITY “If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President.” Vaclav Havel Bohemian National Hall | 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6PM Join us for …
Disturbing the Peace Award 2019: Short List of Nominees Announced NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk May 14, 2016 DISTURBING THE PEACE / Vaclav Havel (1936-2011) was a playwright, essayist, political dissident, and president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. He became well known as a dramatist in the 1960s, when his plays The Garden Party and The Memorandum were performed on theatre stages around the world. In the …
Russian artist Petr Pavlensky NewsThree Share Rights Group’s ‘Creative Dissent’ Award May 6, 2016 Source: Voice of America www.voanews.com / The New York-based Human Rights Foundation has awarded its 2016 Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent to an Iranian cartoonist, a Russian performance artist and an Uzbek photojournalist. “The prize celebrates those who, with bravery and ingenuity, unmask the lie of dictatorship by living …
thinker_VHLF EventsPolitics and Conscience exhibition presents Havel as thinker April 22, 2016 Source: Prague Daily Monitor www.praguemonitor.com / Prague, April 20 (CTK) – The ideas and statements by Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), Czech president, dissident and playwright, are highlighted by an exhibition that opened in the Czech Centre in Prague on Wednesday to mark 80th anniversary of his birth and show the importance …
jacques_VHLF NewsAbsurd drama that wasn’t written by Havel but in which he played brilliantly April 15, 2016 Around five hundred people assembled on Tuesday March, 29 at Kampa in Prague to protest against the convergence of the Czech Republic and China during the visit of the Chinese president in Prague. Demonstrators then decided to head to the Prague Castle, more specifically the Hradcanske square but ran into …
Phyoe Phyoe Aung NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation took action in Phyoe Phyoe Aung’s case April 15, 2016 Prisoners of conscience Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released on April, 8 along with other protesters who had been arrested in Myanmar for their activism. This is a huge victory for human rights and human rights defenders. Vaclav Havel Library Foundation wrote letters to the …
AMNESTY_VHLF NewsVaclav Havel Library Foundation participated in Write for Rights 2015, human rights activism by Amnesty International April 15, 2016 Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is pleased that Write for Rights found such a success this year and was happy to help innocent people find justice and freedom. Every year, around Human Rights Day on December 10th, hundreds of thousands of people around the world write letters and send email messages …
rocknroll_clanek_VHLF NewsWhy rock ’n’ roll is the music of dictatorships April 9, 2016 Source: The Globe and Mail www.theglobeandmail.com / By Ian Buruma / After U.S. President Barack Obama’s trailblazing visit to Cuba, a free concert by the Rolling Stones in Havana might seem like a relatively minor event. Mr. Obama revived relations with Cuba after more than a half-century of deep hostility. …
EVENT_belobradek_VHLF NewsLecture by the Honorable Pavel Bělobrádek, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic April 6, 2016 Wednesday March 23, 2016 The Road of Freedom is the only way for all of us By Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek Good afternoon dear students, ladies and gentlemen, I am very glad, indeed, to have an opportunity to speak here in front of you today. I have accepted with …
Havel Clinton Kovac NewsCreating space for civic dialogue April 4, 2016 Source: The Gazette / www.thegazette.com / By Leah Wilson / For some, the 2016 presidential election will go down in history as one of the most contentious, divisive and absurd the American people have yet endured. For others, it’s a pivotal moment in the evolution of our democracy, and the …