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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 guest for the evening will be the legendary Czech radio and television host Kamila Moučková. In August 1968 she 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.

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 DashCafe@dasharts.org.uk

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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. 


LRC band


Part of the Czech and Slovak Century Series




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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