ELN VII: The Writers

European Literature Night’s seventh appearance in the UK takes us on an engaging literary tour of the continent, travelling from the northerly reaches of Denmark, east to Poland and Slovenia, to...

Jan Poupě in London for Czech Centre Artist Residency

The Czech Centre London is proud to welcome artist Jan Poupě to the United Kingdom in April 2015 for a week-long visual arts residency. Jan Poupě is a Czech painter, a student of the Academy of...

Wihan Quartet - 30th anniversary

Over the past three decades, the Wihan Quartet has flourished on the world stage thanks to performances shot through with rhythmic élan and gripping commitment. The ensemble celebrates its 30th...

Fruit of Paradise (Ovoce stromů rajských jíme) – DVD release

The late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová followed her iconic film Daisies (1966) with the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise. Examining issues of truth and lies, friendship and...

Czech Language Courses - Spring Term 2015

The new spring term of the popular Czech language courses at the Czech Centre starts on 13 April 2015. This term's courses will run for 12 weeks with one two-hour lesson a week (Monday to Thursday,...

Czech Philharmonic UK Tour

In April 2015, the Czech Philharmonic with the Chief Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will tour six cities of the United Kingdom. Soon after its founding in 1896, the Czech Philharmonic became the most...

Not Necessarily About Politics: Czech Writing Today

Havel, Hrabal, Kundera, Klíma. Most Czechs translated into English have been political, and most of them have been men. But there’s more to Czech literature than just the Fantastic Four. Join...

Defiance and Compassion: The Films of Věra Chytilová

In our tribute to one of the key filmmakers of the 60s, we pay homage to Chytilová’s consistent moral vision and innovation. When Věra Chytilová first applied to the Prague Film School, she...

Jan Kaplický: Drawings

Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing....

Dodgeball (Vybíjená) + Q&A with director Petr Nikolaev

This film, based on a novel by Michal Viewegh and combining melancholy and the grotesque, is story of friendship, fateful loves, alcohol, beauty and ugliness, but above all about the sadness that...

Jana Vébrová at Global Village Festival in Wales

Czech singer, song-writer and accordionist Jana Vébrová will perform at the11th Global Village Festival, a multicultural festival that brings people together to celebrate our diversity through art,...

Cemetery Romance with S.d.Ch. accompanied by a host of British Poets

Czech artist, writer and dramatist Miloslav Vojtíšek will be joined by a series of contemporary British poets for a unique literary tour of the magnificent Kensal Green Cemetery. S.d.Ch. who has...

Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Jeremy Denk

The UK’s leading chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, presents a concert including compositions by two of the great Czech composers, Antonín Dvořák and Josef Suk....

3 Years of Okénko + Czech Band Kupodivu

Czech organisation Okénko is celebrating its third year with a concert by Brno based band Kupodivu. The event will take place on Saturday 28th February from 1.30pm to 4pm and will also include a...

BackStories to premiere at Alfred ve dvoře

London-based performance company Beautiful Confusion Collective will premiere the full-length version of their new production BackStories at Prague’s Alfred ve dvoře Theatre in April 2015,...

Havel: A Life - A Talk by Michael Žantovský

H.E. Michael Žantovský, Czech ambassador to the UK and author of the definitive biography of Václav Havel, Havel: A Life (published by Grove Atlantic in November 2014) talks about Havel - an...

Věra Chytilová Competition

To complement the BFI Southbank’s tribute to Věra Chytilová, one of the key filmmakers of the 60s, the BFI and the Czech Centre London have put together a fantastic goody bag worth over £300.

Traps (Pasti, pasti, pastičky) - DVD release

From the late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, renowned director of Daisies and Fruit of Paradise, comes a controversial and disturbing satire of violence, violation and veterinary practice....

Once Upon a Time - Private View

A Private View in the presence of all participating designers. With DJ, cocktails, Czech beer and refreshments. Everyone welcome, RSVP: info@czechcentre.org.uk

The Very Late Afternoon of a Faun (Faunovo velmi pozdní odpoledne)

Chytilová adapted Jiří Brdečka’s story about a middle-aged lecherous man and ‘determined erotic’, and in doing so focused on the gap between sexual fantasy and reality. As pensioners claim...

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