Newsletter Českého centra Londýn - únor 2021

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Czech Centre Newsletter - February 2021
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Czech Centre Newsletter - February 2021

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.


Sincerely yours,

Přemysl Pela
Director of the Czech Centre      
Humanities
SEEING CENTRAL EUROPE 30 YEARS ON: FILM AND THE ARTS IN THE VISEGRAD COUNTRIES
Monday 15 February 2021, 4 pm / Streamed live on the Czech Centre Facebook page 
An online discussion exploring the Visegrad countries’ cultural development since 1991 with a particular focus on film and theatre. Speakers include Karlovy Vary International Film Festival's artistic director Karel Och. Part of  a series of three events commemorating the 30 year anniversary of the Visegrad Group. More info
Science & innovation
GLOBAL SCIENCE CAFÉ CZECH CENTRES: VIVIDBOOKS
Thursday 25 February 2021, 5 pm / Streamed live on the Czech Centre London Facebook page
Looking for a fun way to explore the world of science with your kids? The next edition of the Global Science Café will introduce you to  Vividbooks - interactive textbooks with entertaining animations and augmented reality which make science come to life. Join moderator Michael Londesborough and find out more from VIVIDBOOKS creators Petr Knobloch and Vítek Škop. More info
AI: WHEN A ROBOT WRITES A PLAY
Friday 26 February 2021, 6 pm
World premiere streamed online via the Czech Centre London Facebook page and via 
www.theaitre.com 
We partnered with Prague’s Švanda Theatre and theaitre.com to present ‘AI: When a Robot Writes a Play’, an innovative project created by a team of computer scientists and drama experts led by a computational linguist. The play, telling the story of the joy and sorrow of everyday life from a robot’s point of view, is composed of dialogues generated by artificial intelligence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Czech playwright Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R. in which the word ‘robot’ was first used. More info
Film
DUŠAN HANÁK: BOTH ACCLAIMED & CENSURED
1 – 28 February 2021 / Online via dafilms.com
The DAFilms streaming portal is paying tribute to Dušan Hanák, one of the most important Czechoslovak New Wave directors, by presenting thirteen digitally restored films in what is the first online retrospective focused on his work. Special offer: use DAFDUSANHANAK2021 as your voucher code to get a 1 month free trial subscription on dafilms.com. More info
New on our YouTube
THE BEST OF 2020: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS / 98 events, over 120 000 visitors, 113 guests - what a year! Here is a little reminder of our programme last year. Watch here
NO NIGHT SO DARK - ONE FAMILY'S STORY OF MEMORY STOLEN AND REGAINED / Video recording of an event streamed live on our Facebook page on 25 January 2021 and hosted by journalist David Vaughan. Watch here
Coming soon
A NEW HISTORY OF THERESIENSTADT WITH DR ANNA HÁJKOVÁ
Thursday 11 March 2021, 7 pm / Online via Zoom / Free event /  Registration necessary 
Dr Anna Hájková, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, talks about her newly published book about Terezín / Theresienstadt. The Last Ghetto offers both a modern history of this Central European ghetto and the first in-depth analytical history of a prison society during the Holocaust. The event will be chaired by Francois Guesnet, Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London. More info
Czech Centre recommends
NICKY & VERA: A QUIET HERO OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THE CHILDREN HE RESCUED
To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day W.W. Norton publishes Nicky & Vera by Peter Sís, a Czech-born author/illustrator, Caldecott Honouree and Sibert Medalist. Use WN747 as your promotional code to get a special 25% discount and free shipping when buying the book online. More info
CZECH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: SEMYON BYCHKOV AND KATIA AND MARIELLE LABÈQUE
Thursday 4 February 2021, 7 pm 
Streamed live on the Czech Philharmonic Facebook page and Classic FM Facebook page

On Thursday 4th February, the Czech Philharmonic broadcasts its first independent stream from the Rudolfinum. Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov will lead the orchestra in the „Scotish“ Symphony by Mendelssohn. In Britain you will be able to watch it live on Facebook via Classic FM. More info
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