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Jiri Trnka's Retrospective

Throughout April and May the Czech Centre London celebrates the work of the Czech animation pioneer Jiří Trnka (1912-69) with a retrospective season in the centenary of his birth. The so called...

Dr Eduard Stehlik: Lidice – the story of a Czech village

Eduard Stehlik is the author of ‘Lidice - the story of a Czech village’, which recounts one of the most barbaric acts of the Second World War from the point of view of the lives of the ordinary...

Trnka Shorts for Children

Despite his 'Disney of the East' nickname, Trnka was never primarily a children's animator, though there are several delightful exceptions. Czech folktales fuel his cartoon debut Grandpa Planted a...

Prince Bayaya

Adapted from two fables by Božena Němcová, this was Trnka's first attempt at a full-scale ballad-driven epic, in which a tale of a poor country boy's heroic exploits (defeating dragons and rivals...

Trnka Shorts for Adults

Five shorts spanning almost Trnka's entire filmmaking career, from the anti-Nazi proto-Spiderman hero of Springman and the SS to his last masterpiece The Hand, a powerful allegory of the artist...

The Czech Year

The most ambitious and original animated project since Disney's Fantasia, Trnka's first feature grew out of a concept-testing puppet short, Bethlehem, which became the final segment of this six-part...

The Emperor's Nightingale

A childhood fan of Hans Christian Andersen, Jiri Trnka drew on him for his second feature, which combined live action and animation. A lonely convalescent boy dreams up a fantastical world based...

The Good Soldier Svejk (Eps I, II, III)

Adapting Jaroslav Hasek's raucous satirical novel, and also bringing Josef Lada's equally famous illustrations to garrulous puppet life, posed Trnka one of his biggest creative challenges. Trnka...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Four years in the making, Trnka's most celebrated film turned Shakespeare's play into a multi-layered masterpiece, drawing imaginative contrasts between its very different settings, and giving the...

Old Czech Legends

Trnka's fourth feature adapts six legends dating from the dawn of the Czech nation. Historical realism alternates with elaborate fantasy, most brilliantly realised in the climactic battle, in which...

Peter Sis: Conference Of The Birds

Peter Sís’s deeply felt adaptation tells the story of a flock of birds who fly through seven valleys – quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement and death – to discover which...

On Czechoslovak History, Rough Seas Around Bohemia: A lecture by Dr. Mary Heimann

Dr Mary Heimann, the author of the book Czechoslovakia: The State That Failed, will talk about the controversy surrounding her recent history of the Czechoslovak state and consider the role of the...

Magma Art Event: collective exhibition

Set to break new ground on the art scene, 14 artists from China, USA, Cyprus, France, Germany, Spain and the UK are joined by Eastern European-style and a cappella musicians for a five day art event...

Quarantania: Eva Kotatkova exhibits in Southampton and London

A new exhibition showcasing three emerging international artists including Czech artist Eva Kotatkova. All three artists work with video, performance and sculpture to explore their personal lives and...

Going Dark - a play with stage design by Ales Valasek

How far can you see? A mile? A hundred miles? Or to the furthest shores of the universe to a far away galaxy? It’s Max’s job to ask the cosmic questions. Passionate about astronomy, he works as...

Sylva Fischerova: Maintenant (literature)

The Maintenant reading is a part of Poetry Parnassus, the visionary festival which will see poets from all participating Olympic nations come together for a week of readings, talks and performances....

Tereza Buskova: Rituals and Ceremonies

Stone Squid is celebrating the art of moving image with the screening of 2 beautiful films by Czech artist Tereza Buskova. Her film Wedding Rituals addresses issues of gender, identity, sexual...

Jan Svankmajer's Alice at First Friday Film Club (film)

To mark Czech Open 2012, the First Friday Film Club in partnership with the Czech Centre London will screen Jan Svankmajer’s first feature length film Alice. The award winning film presents an...

Point: Casa Nostra (visual art)

Originally created for the Czech exhibition at EXPO 2008 in Shanghai by Czech artist Point, Casa Nostra is a visually striking installation consisting of a miniature housing development in which the...

The Tap Tap

A stunning performance by students and graduates from the Prague-based Jedlička Institute, one of the largest groups of disabled musicians in the world. The work of these enthusiastic musicians is...

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