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21 Feb 2019

The Dark Side of Prague with writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora and editor Pavel Mandys

Prague, with its secret courtyards and magical atmosphere, is revealed in a multimedia walk through its mysterious streets with leading Czech writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora who wrap the beauty and history of the city into the noir genre and bring its shadiest corners to life. Extracts from the newly published Prague Noir anthology will be read by actors against a backdrop of the visual and musical Prague landscape to create an unmissable experience. Join the book's editor Pavel Mandys, writers Markéta Pilátová and Michal Sýkora in a discussion of the noir genre.

26 Feb 2019

Science Café: The Wonders of Life

Why do only 30% of human embryos develop to full term? What influences our ability to have children? Or What are the pivotal principles driving the process of the creation of a new life? The Czech embryologist Zuzana Holubcová discusses the fascinating processes occurring inside the human egg cell before and during fertilization, where human life begins. During her postdoctoral research in Cambridge, Dr. Holubcová studied causes of female infertility and described errors originating in the process by which the egg prepares for fertilization. She was the first scientist in the world to film the intracellular processes taking place inside the human egg during its maturation. This pioneering research brought her attention worldwide, including that of the British Queen.

16 Feb 2019

Central Bus Station + Q&A with director Tomáš Elšík

Most Israelis pass through the central bus station in south Tel Aviv as fast as they can. It is dirty and decaying, its maze of corridors a haven for drug addicts. The story of an ambitious vision and a flawed realisation is the focus of this award-winning documentary by Czech director Tomáš Elšík.

5 Nov 2018    |    15 May 2019

Spotlights: Markéta Luskačová

The acclaimed Czech photographer Markéta Luskačová presents a concise retrospective of her work at Tate Britain. The first Czech artist to be featured in the gallery´s regularly changing Spotlights series, she will display over sixty photographs spanning five decades of photographing daily life in Czechoslovakia and the UK.

31 Mar 2019

Susanna Roth Translators Award 2019 - Call for Entries

Czech Centres and the Literary Section of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI), Prague, announce the 5th year of the International Competition for Young Translators – The Susanna Roth Prize, named after the celebrated Swiss translator Susanna Roth (1950 – 1997) who made a significant contribution to the promotion of contemporary Czech literature abroad.

8 Dec 2018    |    27 Jan 2019

A Weakness for Raisins: Films & Archive of Ester Krumbachová

Ester Krumbachová was a key figure in Czech New Wave cinema in the 1960s. She contributed significantly to films such as The Party and the Guests, Daisies, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Witchhammer, and The Murder of Mr. Devil, as a costume designer, stage designer, scriptwriter, author and director. After the 1968 Prague Spring and the subsequent invasion of Warsaw Pact forces, Krumbachová was one of many Czech artists effectively silenced and non-officially banned from Barrandov Film Studios until 1989.

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