Dear Friends of the Czech Centre,
Before I introduce you to the new and exciting programme for the month of February, I would like to invite you to pause for a moment and flash back with us to the previous twelve months. Despite numerous challenges arising out of the pandemic, we have been committed to delivering a variety of programmes from art exhibitions, films and music to inspirational discussions on themes such as artificial intelligence and biotechnological innovations. In summary, through almost 100 events you have encountered and invited into your homes, 113 guest performers, speakers and filmmakers. The reach over digital media has exceeded well over an astonishing 2 million users. As these figures portray, Czech and European culture in its broadest sense finds its way to your hearts and souls; it also encourages all of us at the Centre to do our outmost to bring you new and vibrant, intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking programmes in the weeks to come.
So in mid-February we will continue with the debate series at the London School of Economics, this time with the topic of culture, film and theatre and how the artistic scene has evolved in the past 30 years. Also later in the month we will resume the very popular series of the Global Science Café focusing on the interactive fusion of the latest digital technology and design in education.
From an array of other programmes I would like to highlight the one whose uniqueness is breath-taking and which clearly promises to be mind challenging. January 25th marked the 100th anniversary of the well-known writer Karel Čapek’s invention and use of the word robot in his play R.U.R. A century later, a robot or rather an artificial intelligence algorithm has written a new play which will have its world premiere at the Švanda Theatre in Prague and will be streamed by the Czech Centres around the globe.
I’m certain that this theatre’s production, which reaches into the totally uncharted territories of combining advanced technology, art and humanity, should not be missed.
Director of the Czech Centre