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Jiří Kovanda at Pump House Gallery
The Grounds We Tread opens in April with a show of the same name featuring Jiří Kovanda, Lloyd Corporation, Ilona Sagar and Cara Tolmie. The artists – who show consecutively throughout the exhibition - present individual performative works and exhibitions that dynamically transform the Gallery and the spaces beyond. New commissions and existing works explore the fascination with tracking our health through technology; the manipulative power of live singing and the spaces of its distribution; amateur forms of advertising and announcement in public places; and the negotiation and use of public and private areas.
The Poetry Periscope Project
For four weeks the British Library Piazza will be home to the Poetry Periscope, a new sound installation for the public from Prague which contains a curated selection of poems from 30 European countries, both in their original language and in an English translation. The Czech Republic is represented by Ondřej Buddeus' poem I'm 35... Don’t miss your chance to encounter the richness and diversity of spoken word from Europe before it sets off on a tour around a number of festivals and venues around the country, including in Brighton, Birmingham, Ledbury and Durham.
European Literature Night 2016: The Writers’ Showcase
The centrepiece of the 2016 European Literature Festival, the Writers Showcase follows a day of talks and translation clinics at the British Library, with novelist and playwright Kate Mosse to deliver an opening address before appearances by the six 2016 ELN Writers – each chosen from a pool of 65 writers submitted by publishers in November – who will be interviewed on stage by broadcaster and director of European Literature Network Rosie Goldsmith.
Tomáš Zmeškal & Hamid Ismailov in conversation with Misha Glenny
Tomáš Zmeškal’s debut novel Love Letter in Cuneiform is a family saga - a story of marriage, love and destiny set in Czechoslovakia between the 1940s and 1990s. Josef meets his wife, Květa, before the WWII at a public lecture and she marries him instead of their mutual friend Hynek. But when her husband is arrested and unlawfully imprisoned, Květa gives herself to Hynek in return for help and advice. Exploring what is not spoken, what cannot be said and the repercussions of silence, Zmeškal's tale, told as a mosaic of events, exposes the larger, ongoing struggle of postcommunist Eastern Europe to come to terms with suffering when catharsis is denied.
19 April 2016; Pump House Gallery, London
14th April 2016, Waterstones London - Piccadilly
An interactive and playful exhibition, The Games Europe Plays at the Finnish Institute in London (2 – 10 April) showcased independent and exceptional digital games for young people and families. The exhibition featured games by Gigglebug (Finland), Toca Boca (Sweden), Tine Bech (Denmark/UK), Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder (Germany) and Amanita (Czech Republic). The first of a series of three exhibitions organized by EUNIC this year, it focused on children’s games looking at learning through play, identity & representation and future skills. The Games Europe Plays will continue this year at University of Greenwich in the summer and at FutureFest in September 2016.
On the 30th March special events on the occassion of the 71st anniversary of the Prague Spring International Music Festival took place – Press Conference at St Martin-in-the-Fields and a concert of Tiburtina Ensamble at Ambassador's residence followed by a reception. Tiburtina is a female vocal ensamble interpreting western plainchant, medieval polyphonic music and contemporary music.