A MULTI-AWARD WINNING PRODUCTION CELEBRATES THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1989 21 November 2019, 8pm RichMix Studio, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA @CzechCentreLnd #velvethavel To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet revolution the Czech Centre brings to London a portrait of the first post-1989 Czech president presented as a modern-day musical in…

Julia Secklehner | 18/09/2019

The Beauty of London in September: a weekend of Romanian theatre shows, concerts and talks

The last weekend of September brings to London a generous crop of theatre and music shows, featuring some of Romania’s most revered artists: Oana Pellea, Mircea Rusu, Cristina Casian and Adrian Naidin. The programme is organised by Poveşti spuse-n româneşte with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.   PROGRAMME:   Saturday, 28…

Julia Secklehner | 01/09/2019

OPEN CALL/ Czech Centre |Touching 1989: Reflections & Recollections

30 years ago, the events of 1989 redrew the political map of Europe, affecting the lives of millions. Looking at those historical moments and their aftermath from today’s perspective what role did the year 1989 play in your life? Do you have an experience or a memory of 1989? Maybe you immigrated to the UK,…

Julia Secklehner | 30/07/2019

FILM Review: ‘The Messenger’ (Pasikowski, 2019) – ‘a high-end spy thriller’


One might call director Władysław Pasikowski the master of WWII drama on film. His new feature, The Messenger (pol.: Kurier), is the latest in a series of movies about the experience of the Second World War in Poland from different perspectives. This time, he’s chosen to focus on the nigh-legendary figure of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1914-2005). Called…

Julia Secklehner | 13/07/2019

Polish Jazz London Series

Showcasing the most interesting and highly acclaimed Jazz artists to come out of Poland Thursday 4 July – Thursday 21 November 2019 Some say Jazz is a universal language. It’s lively, expressive, distinctive and diverse just like the people of the Waltham Forest Borough. What you may not know is that some of the best…

Julia Secklehner | 25/06/2019

Fresh off the Press: ‘Kurier’ (Pasikowski, 2019) “A sensational spy story”– Polska Press

  ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE UK RELEASE OF   KURIER  A film by Władysław Pasikowski    “A sensational spy story”– Polska Press “An instant war film classic”– Wprost IN UK CINEMAS 28 JUNE 2019 STARRING PHILIPPE TŁOKIŃSKI PATRICIA VOLNY JULIE ENGELBRECHT BRADLEY JAMES ZBIGNIEW ZAMACHOWSKI  Bulldog Film Distribution are delighted to announce the UK…

Julia Secklehner | 17/06/2019

2019 British Czech & Slovak Association Writing Competition

The BCSA’s 2019 writing competition is now under way, so do have a go yourself or encourage someone else to enter. 1989 – 2019 is of course the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. So ‘1989’ is the suggested optional theme. You can interpret ‘1989’ as you wish: before and/after, causes and/or effects, then and…

Julia Secklehner | 10/04/2019

Constantin Brâncuși, Celebrated by the Romanian Cultural Institute throughout 2019

On 19 February, his birthday, the Romanian Cultural Institute pays homage to legendary sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Since 2015, when this date was declared Constantin Brâncuși Day, it has been a National Holiday in Romania. The Romanian Cultural Institute will dedicate the renowned sculptor a series of grand scale events within the Europalia 2019 Festival, where…

Julia Secklehner | 05/03/2019

New Poetry from Bulgaria: MARGARITA SERAFIMOVA

“This set includes poems about the anguished euphoria of passionate desire (No. 1), the visionary ontological promise of finding a soulmate (No. 8-9), the transformative power of interpersonal human dedication against the odds (No. 7), as well as poems from the islands of Milos and Ikaria in Greece (No. 3 and 10) and Lamu in Kenya (No. 4-6).…

Julia Secklehner | 22/02/2019