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Programme of the Czech Centre London for April 2016.


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Czech Centre Newsletter - April 2016


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Science and Research

Amanita Design at The Games Europe Plays

2. 4. 2016 - 10. 4. 2016
The Finnish Institute in London, Unit 1, 3 York Way, London N1C 4AE

An interactive and playful exhibition, The Games Europe Plays at the Finnish Institute showcases independent and exceptional digital games for young people and families. The exhibition features 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 and initiated by the Czech Centre this year, it focuses on children’s games looking at learning through play, identity & representation and future skills. All ages are welcome for inter-generational learning and fun!

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Josef Jedlička: Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life

14. 4. 2016, 19:00
Waterstones London - Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD

Official launch of the first English-language translation of Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life, a darkly comic and long-banned novel from one of Czech literature’s voices rediscovered after the fall of Communism, Josef Jedlička. Written between 1954 and 1957 and treating events from the Stalinist era of Czechoslovakia’s postwar Communist regime, Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life flew in the face of the reigning aesthetic of socialist realism. Followed by a reading and a panel discussion with the translator Alex Zucker, Rajendra A. Chitnis (Senior Lecturer in Czech, Slovak and Russian literature at University of Bristol), Owen Hatherley (publicist and author of bestselling Landscapes of Communism) and Jana Nahodilova (Deputy Language Director, University of Bristol).

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The Poetry Periscope Project

27. 4. 2016 - 19. 5. 2016
Piazza, British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

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. Part of The Stories We Tell: 2016 European Literature Festival.

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Arts & Exhibition

Jiří Kovanda at Pump House Gallery

20. 4. 2016 - 28. 4. 2016
Pump House Gallery, Contact info Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

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.

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Barbora Kleinhamplová at Gasworks

11. 4. 2016 - 27. 6. 2016
Gasworks, London

Czech artist Barbora Kleinhamplová has been selected for Czech Centre London Residency at Gasworks. The resiedency will take place form 11 April to 27 June 2016 and it is organised by Gasworks and supported by the Czech Centre and Arts Institute. The Gasworks residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange and experimentation. Barbora Kleinhamplová is one of the leading Czech visual artists of young generation who was awarded Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 2015 and who is well known for performative dimension of her work.

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Ivars Gravlejs at Tate Modern

18. 2. 2016 - 12. 6. 2016
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Works by Latvian photographer based in Prague Ivan Gravlejs will be on display at Tate Modern's new exhibition “Performing for the Camera”. The exhibition explores the relationship between photography and performance, engaging with serious, provocative and sensational topics, as well as humour, improvisation and irony. A wide-ranging exploration of how performance artists use photography and how photography is in itself a performance.

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Tereza Bušková: Clipping the Church

1. 2. 2016 - 21. 7. 2016

Clipping the Church is a new public project by artist Tereza Bušková, conceived in Erdington, a district of Birmingham. Bušková celebrates and reinterprets long established customs with performance, print and video. Her work is a personalised exploration of feelings and fantasies connected to festive celebrations. After researching how people practice their traditions and rituals she reinterprets them involving local communities.

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New European Documentary: Bugarach

27. 4. 2016, 18:30
Picturehouse Central , Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH

No one took much notice of Bugarach until the world was coming to an end. In early 2012, the citizens of this tiny village in the south of France are going to church, swimming in lakes and voting in their country’s upcoming presidential election. But amidst the growing paranoia of the approaching Mayan doomsday prophecy, a new story appears that alleges when the apocalypse hits, Bugarach will be the only place on the planet to survive. The story gathers global attention, attracting the interests of international media outlets, mystic prophets and all those looking for a ticket to the rapture. Part of New European Documentary, monthly screenings at Picturehouse Central presented by EUNIC London & Open City Docs Fest and initiated by Czech Centre London.

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Czech Centre Recommends

Leamington Music Festival Weekend

29. 4. 2016 - 3. 5. 2016
Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, CV32 4AA

In October, Leamington Music will celebrate ten years of providing winter concert series, the annual Leamington Music Festival Weekend and the Education Programme. This Festival Weekend marks the start of celebrations and it also celebrates important anniversaries for two outstanding ensambles from the Czech Republic – 40th anniversary of Martinu String Quartet and 30th anniversary of Guarneri Piano Trio. Eleven concerts will feature the music of Dvořák, Fučík, Janáček, Krása, Haas, Martinů, Smetana, Suk and others.

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Janáček In Depth - What You Need to Know About Jenůfa

9. 4. 2016, 12:00
Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Explore in depth this opera about passion, jealousy, religious hypocrisy and redemption. Janáček’s gorgeous score accompanies voices who realistically follow the melodies of the Czech language. Experts on the music and its historical context, Mark Audus and Nigel Simeone, explain how the opera works and where it comes from, with demonstrations by soprano Elizabeth Donovan. The opera is performed on Monday 18 April.

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Jenůfa with Karita Mattila and Czech Philharmonic

18. 4. 2016, 19:00
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Hear one of the leading dramatic sopranos of her generation, Karita Mattila, perform in Janáčeks powerful music drama. Jirí Belohlávek conducts the Czech Philharmonic in this tragedy about village life, with heartbreak, jealousy and child murder at its heart. As in Janácek’s other operas, the emotional impact of the story is delivered powerfully, realistically and without sentimentality. It’s immediacy comes, in part, from the melodies which are derived directly from the Czech language, underpinned by the composer’s vivid orchestrations.

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Střešovická kramle at New River Studios

21. 4. 2016, 20:00
New River Studios, 199 Eade Rd, London, N4 1DN

After successful concerts in London, Prague and Ostrava last year, and a collaboration with Sian Dorrer and Střešovická Kramle in Prague, bands Ravioli Me Away and WE will join Figs in Wigs for a concert in New River Studios. Their common interest, in addition to musical performance, is a concert format with a social point of view. Organized in cooperation with Are.

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