Dear Friends of the Czech Centre,
As we steadily approach the closure of a very unpredictable and uncertain year we can perhaps fittingly describe it in the same way as our autumn multicultural festival Made in Prague ON/OFF. Our lives, professional activities, family and friends, personal interactions and for so many, invigorating and vital cultural and art encounters, have been switched ON and OFF and vice versa for an increasing number of months. Despite the detrimental impact of the Covid pandemic, it has also been an impetus and an opportunity to expand our horizons with continual innovation in communications and art presentations through digital means as well as, in my view, immensely valuable, exciting mutual collaborations with many British and European partners. There is a clear realisation that we are in this disturbing and constantly changing situation together and as we will pull through it in a united and collaborative manner, there is no doubt that we will be more successful, stronger and ready to deliver culturally, artistically and intellectually enriching and stimulating programmes and events. Thus I look to the future with optimism and new energy which I want to share with you.
Despite these challenging circumstances the Czech Centre has presented over the past twelve months vibrant art exhibitions, robust cinema programmes including many premiers, musical performances ranging from classical music to upbeat electronic fusion, a thought provoking artificial intelligence Science Café Series and much more, reaching fans live and online audiences of thousands. This would not have been possible without support from you, our friends and partners, the Advisory Board members, to whom I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you. At the heart of the Czech Centre activities are all the members of the team who deserve enormous applause for their dedication and commitment to preparing and delivering an unsurpassed programme of events
With that I wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season and all the very best in the 2021.
Director of the Czech Centre
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