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The Plastic People of the Universe at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

After celebrating 20 years since Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution and their part in it, The Plastics return to London.

Videos from The Fall of the Wall - European Documentary Workshop

Videos made during The Fall of the Wall - European Documentary Workshop 8-13 Nov 2009 by graduating LFS students and other from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic are now available online.

Czech Delight - Tomáš Netopil conducts Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Liverpool Phil has been called 'the best Czech orchestra outside of Prague' and there’s no question, when the RLPO plays Dvorak with a Czech maestro, something special happens.

Bohemian Rhapsodies 4

What better way to close a celebration of Czech music than Janáček's glorious Sinfonietta, with its huge line-up of brass, including no fewer than 12 trumpets! This spectacular piece is offset by...

The Bohemians: Pavel Haas Quartet in Recital

This exceptional young quartet takes its name from the inspirational Czech composer Pavel Haas, a pupil of Leos Janácek who was deported from Czechoslovakia and died in Auschwitz.

Czech films in Edinburgh: The Best of Czech Cinema 1999 – 2009

After the fall of Communism in 1989, it took a few years for Czech cinema to adjust to a denationalised film industry and the new demands of the market. But by 2008, Czech films had achieved a...

Hell with the Princess

A brand new fairy tale about beautiful princess Anette and her doting father, clumsy Prince Jeronym to whom Anette is betrothed, and hell full of devils led by Lucifer and his jealous fi ancée...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 16th Bradford Animation Festival

Four years in the making, Jiri Trnka’s delightful and faithful stop-motion puppet adaptation of Shakespeare’s play won a Distinction from the Jury at Cannes. The texture, detail and wit of its...

Czech Dream

A spoof documentary exploring the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism during an ad campaign for the non-existing hypermarket Czech Dream.


Materialism, sex, the treatment of the old, violence and corruption are just some of themes in Chytilová’s uncompromising portrait of contemporary morality.

Close Up! November 1989 + Making History (screening + discussion)

Marking the 20th anniversary of Velvet Revolution this evening comprises of a screening of three newsreels from November 1989 followed by a panel discussion.

Heroes Like Us

Klaus Uhltzscht, the son of a secret police officer, he has never been expected to make a significant contribution to the fall of socialism. He has never done anything his teachers or television...

Down with the Wall

In 1989 totalitarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe began to crumble. This selection of the most interesting posters from 1989-1990 serves as a guide to those democratic changes and provides a...

Gala Screening: The Karamazovs

Director Petr Zelenka will introduce The Karamazovs, a contemporary take on Dostoyevsky´s story voted the best Czech film of 2008 by the Czech Film Academy, and will answer questions after the...

Peter Sís: The Wall; Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

An exhibition of illustrations from an award-winning book by Peter Sís, a Czech illustrator based in New York, providing a highly personal and imaginative account of life behind the Iron Curtain...

Nick Thorpe - 89: The Unfinished Revolution, Power and Powerlessnes in Eastern Europe

The inside story of the revolutions of 89 by the BBC’s Central Europe correspondent. Published on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Martinu, Kapralova and the Czech Tradition

The Helios Chamber Orchestra presents an evening of Czech music to mark the 50th anniversary of Bohuslav Martinů’s death, including the first British performance of Vítězslava Kaprálová’s...

Mary Heimann : Czechoslovakia; The State That Failed

Czechoslovakia: The State that Failed tells the story of the country from its founding in 1918 to partition in 1992 – from fledgling democracy through Nazi occupation, invasion by the Soviet Union...

Velvet ®Evolution – The Best of Czech Cinema 1989–2009

The 13th annual Czech film festival will present an overview of the last 20 years of Czech Cinematography cherry-picking the best films. Director Bohdan Sláma will open the festival with the UK...

Czech and Slovak films at the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival

The UK premieres of Who's Afraid of the Wolf?, Protektor, The Ferrari Dino Girl and Osadné will be the highlights of the Cinema Europa section at the 53rd year of the Times BFI London Film Festival.

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