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Charles IV: Architectural Legacy and Modern Urban Environment
Prague, the most medieval of European capitals, owes the foundation of its New Town, the largest urban planning project of the medieval period, to King Charles IV, one of its first visionary developers. What were the international influences behind his ingenious spatial concept which prepared Prague for the demands of the 21st century? What is the essence of the sustainable urban space? How can heritage help to deliver regeneration, support enterprise today and involve and benefit communities?
Boys Who Like To Play With Dolls at Trip The Light | Intercontinental Drifts #5
A choreography by Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel Boys Who Like To Play With Dolls will be featured at The Light | Intercontinental Drifts, a monthly platform (February-July 2016) where cutting edge choreography from across Europe and the UK meet. A night of new moves, new waves and new choreographic terrain.
Stories from Ostrava – Industry to Culture
As deindustrialization takes hold in Europe, national landmarks such as Dolni Vitkovice, a decommissioned ironworks in Ostrava, Czech Republic face the threat of either dereliction or Disneyfication. In a series of interviews two students at the Architectural Association, Veronika Janovcova and Timothy O’Hare, peel back the layers of nostalgia and romanticism surrounding the site to reveal the social and political forces behind the redevelopment of the European Cultural Heritage site into an educational and cultural hub. Alongside the resulting fifteen-minute film D.O.V., the AA Gallery will host a photographic exhibition Case Study Ostrava by Viktor Kolar, one of the most important contemporary Czech documentary photographers.
Translation Pitch - New Literary Voices with PEN Presents
The Translation Pitch is back! Six translators go head-to-head, pitching their ‘must-acquire’ European books to a live audience and a jury of top publishing experts: Max Porter (Granta/Portobello), Meike Ziervogel (Peirene Press) and Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories). This whirlwind tour of contemporary European writing will uncover brilliant books from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Turkey and France which have not yet been translated into English. The full line-up of books and translators, to be announced on 13 April at the London Book Fair.
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.
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.