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PREVIEW: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

‘The importance of ordinary people, the everyday, belief in artistic freedom and the rejection of established cinematic norms are some of the principles common to the early work of Czech director Milos Forman and the British Free Cinema movement. This programme, jointly curated with Close-Up and screening from original 16mm and 35mm prints, marks Miloš…

Robin Ashenden | April 9, 2017
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PREVIEW: Play Poland Film Festival London – 18-26 November 2016

Play Poland Film Festival is back in London, and will taking place from the 18th to 26th of November! For the sixth year running, we’ve come together to bring our audiences refreshing, engaging, artistic, and fun new Polish cinema. This year, we’re bringing Play Poland to Clapham Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, and the Ritzy,…

Robin Ashenden | November 2, 2016
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PREVIEW: Made in Prague Arts Festival, London 5 Nov – 2nd Dec 2016

 20th Made in Prague Festival 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Made in Prague Festival. To celebrate this special jubilee we have decided to put together an eclectic mix of films, theatre, art and music that we feel passionate about and want to share with our London audience.  The varied programme also gives us…

Robin Ashenden | October 31, 2016
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ROUNDTABLE PREVIEW: ‘Children of the Revolution – British Writers of Hungarian Origin’ (20 October 2016)

Thursday 20 October 2016, 6.30pm Monnet Room, Europe House 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Children of the Revolution  – British writers of Hungarian origin Monica Porter, Tibor Fischer and Nick Barlay Historian: Dorottya Baczoni Moderator: Robin Ashenden To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, the Hungarian Cultural Centre organizes…

Robin Ashenden | October 14, 2016
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Opening: Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘Burning Doors’ with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina

‘What happens when you are declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?  Our brand new production, Burning Doors, blends sensuous theatricality and vigorous…

Robin Ashenden | August 28, 2016
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Superstar Pope of the Cold War Era: John Paul II Remembered

Kraków,  the Polish city in which Pope John Paul II – then Karol Wojtyła – was once cardinal, has at a rough estimate more than two hundred churches, and they are of every variety: Gothic churches, Baroque churches, Romanesque churches; Bernardine churches, churches Franciscan, Jesuit, Capucine and Carmelite. There are churches which stand out proudly…

Robin Ashenden | July 11, 2016
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In Praise of Polish London

“Dear Poles, I am so sorry to hear about what happened yesterday. We the Brits are grateful to you for fighting alongside us in the war and now for the enormous contribution you make to our society. We love you.” Thus read one of the messages the Polish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith received last week…

Robin Ashenden | July 5, 2016
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Dmytro Dobrovolsky: 20th Anniversary Exhibition – ‘a small delight’

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An unsung London pleasure – steadily becoming an annual event – is an exhibition from the Ukrainian artist Dmytro Dobrovolsky. In accessible paintings which celebrate the minutiae of landscapes, Dobrovolsky – a distinctive presence at his shows with his mop-top hair, stripy t-shirts and laconic manner – gives us landscapes from Estonia, quaysides from Lerici…

Robin Ashenden | July 5, 2016