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Mies van der Rohe and the Villa Tugendhat: A Seminar for Students

Join exhibition curators for this guided tour of Mies van der Rohe’s work featured in the exhibition The Villa Tugendhat in Context. This seminar is aimed at undergraduate students of architecture,...

Coal and Steel and Disorient Express London - Prague: Exhibition Opening

The Czech Centre London invites you to the opening of Coal and Steel, the exhibition presenting early 20th century Modernism revisited by 15 contemporary Czech and British artists who work in a...

Under a Cruel Star by Heda Margolius Kovaly

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and the Czech Centre will launch the powerful and moving memoir by the late Heda Margolius Kovaly describing her imprisonment by the Nazis during WWII and her...

Beyond The Glass Room: The many lives of the Villa Tugendhat (debate)

The Villa Tugendhat designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1928 - 1930 is one of the finest examples of modernism in Europe, a UNESCO Heritage Site and the inspiration for the Man Booker Prize-nominated...

Czech Easter Celebration

A voluntary organisation Czech Window (České okénko) prepares Easter activities for children, including painting eggs, icing gingerbread biscuits, making decorations and Easter egg hunt. There...

Prague Past and Present: A talk by Ivan Plicka

A member of the team charged with preparing city development plans from the 1950s to the 1990s, Ivan Plicka has spent virtually all his working life in Prague’s City Development Authority. His...

Jiri Weil: Life with a Star

Weil’s remarkable autobiographical novel tells the story through Josef Roubicek who becomes increasingly alienated as the Nazis tighten their grip on the Jewish population of Prague. Every day the...

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...

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