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Thom Artway – a rising talent from the Czech Republic

Already one of the most respected young musicians in the Czech music scene, this talented artist is ready to be crowned Czech’s best music export. Having already notched up memorable performances at this year’s Great Escape and Europe’s largest music and cultural festival Sziget and won the first Czech Fresh – the music project led…

Julia Secklehner | 14/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague REVIEW: ‘Insects’ (Švankmajer, 2018) – ‘an extraordinary project’

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Jan Švankmajer adapting a play by the Čapek brothers: this combination alone suggests that Insects must be an extraordinary project. Based on Karel and Josef Capek’s Pictures from the Insects’ Life (1922), filmmaker and artist Švankmajer has created a surreal comedy, which is pieced together by scenes from the actual film and behind-the-scenes insights. It starts…

Julia Secklehner | 07/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘Winter Flies’ (Olmerzu, 2018) – ‘you could call it a road movie, but it’s actually much more’

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Strange noises. Suddenly, a clumsy boy in camouflage appears out of nowhere. He carries a toy gun, taking aim at passing cars. An Audi appears on the horizon, and Heduš (Jan František Uher), the camouflaged boy, recognises the driver, Mára (Tomáš Mrvík). The car’s stolen and Mára’s on the run. Not because he’s stolen the…

Julia Secklehner | 02/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘Barefoot’ (Svěrák, 2017) – ‘child’s story in midst of a war that changed the course of history

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Wartime, circa 1943. Young Eda (Alois Grec) and his family live in an apartment block in Prague. From the window, Eda can see the barracks of Nazi soldiers occupying Prague. In the backyard, people from the house play volleyball in the afternoons. Eda’s father (Ondřej Vetchý) secretly listens to resistance radio programmes and refuses to…

Julia Secklehner | 31/10/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘President Blaník’ (Najbrt, 2018) – ‘a crazy ride not to be missed’

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Tonda Blaník’s a lobbyist. His hobby’s fashion at its boldest. His best friend’s his mum. And he’s running for President. This brief profile’s what we see in the first minutes of Marek Najbrt’s President Blaník (2018), a political satire that plays somewhere between fiction and reality: Blaník’s not real, but the elections are. So are…

Julia Secklehner | 31/10/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague PREVIEW: ‘The White World According to Daliborek’ (Klusák, 2017) – ‘more relevant than ever’

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With the rise of right-wing politics in Central Europe in recent years, the ‘filter bubble’, meaning that all-encompassing social media rarely confronts people with opinions that oppose their own, has led to growing division between those to the left, the right and at the centre. Should you be standing in a left or centre bubble,…

Julia Secklehner | 30/10/2018
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***CZECH100: MADE IN PRAGUE FILM FESTIVAL***

28 October – 9 December 2018 This October marks the 100thyear anniversary since the foundation of Czechoslovakia.  To inaugurate this momentous occasion the Czech Centre presents CZECH100 – a festival of art, design, fashion, theatre and film celebrating the country’s cultural achievements. Running from 28 October until 9 December, events are programmed to take place…

Julia Secklehner | 21/10/2018
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(UN)WANTED IDENTITIES: (POST-)YUGOSLAV HERITAGE AND ARCHITECTURE

SOUTHEAST EUROPEAN FUTURE FESTIVAL London, 5–6 October 2018   Contemporary Balkan Art welcomes you to a festival on (post-)Yugoslav culture, heritage and identity Rich Mix   Opening 5 October 2018, 18.30 Embassy of the Republic of Serbia 28 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB   Panel discussion Cultural Diplomacy and National Branding: The Role of Arts, Literature and…

Julia Secklehner | 02/10/2018
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Polish films at Raindance Film Festival in London

‘UK Premieres and Best Discoveries 4-5 October 2018 Raindance Film Festival Vue Piccadilly 19 Lower Regent Street London SW1Y 4LR Tower. A Bright Day dir. Jagoda Szelc, Poland, 106 min BOOK NOW  In an small rural community, Kaja returns to her family after a six-year absence, during which time her daughter Nina has been raised…

Julia Secklehner | 27/09/2018
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New East Photo Prize 2018: An exhibition celebrating photography from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at Calvert 22 Foundation

2018’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the second edition of the New East Photo Prize. A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East – Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central…

Julia Secklehner | 08/09/2018