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28 Mar 2018 19:30

Dash Café. Eutopia: Broadcasting Live from the Prague Spring

Fifty years ago, the remarkable Prague Spring temporarily broke down the chains of Communist censorship and enabled the flowering of freedom for the press, radio, TV and literature. The Czech Centre London in partnership with Dash Café looks at the remarkable bravery and tenacity of Czech Radio and its journalists particularly during the Soviet invasion in 1968. We’ll explore the stories through conversation, film and sound recordings featuring radio journalists from the time, film-makers and activists focusing on the power of media to ferment protest back in 1968 and still today.

Plus we’ll have live performance from the British musique concrete group, Langham Research Centre who give authentic performances of classic electronic music, and compose new music from an instrumentarium of vintage analogue devices. Founded in 2003, LRC employ open-reel tapes, oscillators and homemade instruments to conjure an extraordinary soundworld. Their performance for the Dash Café will feature a selection of archive Czech radio broadcasts from the time, together with new material inspired by Czech Radio; re-mixed versions of Communist party speeches; and new soundscapes which draw on secret Soviet coded messages and space transmissions.


Special guests for the evening will be journalist and media analyst Filip Rožánek and journalist, author and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev.


We are sorry to announce that due to ill health, the legendary Czech radio and television host Kamila Moučková is no longer able to come to London for the Dash Café on Wednesday 28 March 2018. She is being well looked after and we all hope for a speedy recovery.

The event is still going ahead as planned, with the other speakers and musical guests.


Kamila Moučková

In August 1968 Kamila Moučková was the first person on Czechoslovakian television to announce the Invasion of the country by Soviet army. She took part in anti-occupation broadcasting on TV and radio and because of her open resistance was removed from broadcasting in 1970 and shortly after fired from Czechoslovakian television. From then until 1989 she worked in many different jobs including as a cleaner and a waitress. She was also involved in dissident activities and signed Charter 77. She returned to TV broadcasting in the 90s and since 1994 has been working with Radio Free Europe and other media and has been active in the Movement for Civil Liberty and Tolerance (Hnutí za občanskou svobodu). She has been awarded the Aronšt Lustig prize and a Medal of Merit.

Filip Rožánek
Filip Rožánek is a media analyst, journalist and expert on new media. Since 2015 he has been editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Marketing & Media, the most read Czech communications industry publication. Rožánek has worked for more than eight years for Czech Radio, a public service broadcaster, where he developed online projects and outlined strategic reforms of the news website and children’s broadcasting. He received the Czech Journalist Award in 2014 for a project which used Facebook and Twitter to recreate in real time the armed invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

Peter Pomerantsev
Peter Pomerantsev is an award-winning journalist, author and TV producer. He is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an Associate Editor at Coda Story, and contributor to the London Review of Books. His writing has been published in the Financial Times, NewYorker, Wall Street Journal, Daily Beast and Newsweek, among others. He has also worked as a consultant for the EU and for think tanks on projects covering the former Soviet Union. Published works include Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness.


March 28th 2018, doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 7.30pm
Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

FREE ENTRY, booking essential at http://bit.ly/DashCafe_PragueSpring_tickets

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About Dash Cafés
Monthly free events hosted by Dash Art and featuring live music, film, performance, readings and discussion at venues across London. Dash Cafés are intimate and informal: a chance to encounter new ideas, surprising perspectives and unusual artists who shed new light on the regions in which we work.  The Dash Café is currently to be found at Rich Mix on the last Wednesday of every month. From January, 2018 Dash Arts embark on a new journey: Eutopia, investigating what it means to be European. 

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Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, Londýn, E1 6LA


28 Mar 2018 19:30


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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