Film and Q&A: Jiří Brdečka – Master of Czech Animation

A selection of Brdečka’s best animated shorts featuring among others a daring hymn to free thinking (Gallina Vogelbirdae; 1963 Grand Prix Winner at the Annecy International Animation Festival), a Gothic tale inspired by 17th Century woodcuts, a horrifying murder story reminiscent of Greek tragedy, a story of star-crossed love, and a touching miner’s ballad. These…

Julia Secklehner | 30/04/2018

Talk: Rimma Zyubina

Rimma Zyubina will talk about her recent leading role in the film “The Nest of the Turtledove” (2016) where she played Daryna, a Ukrainian woman returning home after several years of working illegally in Italy. The talk will explore a wide range of complex issues around immigration and gender, as well as the ways migration…

Julia Secklehner | 22/04/2018

Blogger Talk: The Foodie Diplomat | Zsófia Mautner

Zsófia Mautner left her carreer in diplomacy to become the favourite food blogger of Hungary. Today, she hosts TV shows, writes a buzzing blog and numerous books on brilliant Hungarian cooking. Let us invite you to her talk at the HCC where she shares her inspiring story and most cherished recipes. Zsófia Mautner is a…

Julia Secklehner | 17/04/2018

Talk and Concert: The Good Doctor of Warsaw

Elisabeth Gifford explores the writing of her new novel The Good Doctor of Warsaw (Atlantic Books) using oral memories, documents and research in the Library. It evokes something of pre-war Warsaw’s now lost Jewish community and the life of Janusz Korczak, who cared for 200 orphans in the ghetto. The event features live music from…

Julia Secklehner | 17/04/2018

Talk: Czech Tech

Roger Aitken, a Forbes contributor and ex-FT staff journalist, will delve into the extent of inventions. The Czech and Slovak lands could be said to have punched above their weight when it comes to inventors and their inventions. There is even an old adage – Zlaté české ručičky a chytré české hlavičky – meaning “golden…

Julia Secklehner | 17/04/2018

Romanian Centenary Celebrations Review: ‘War, Feminine’ – an entertaining and informative discussion about women’s role in the Great War


To commemorate the role Romanian and British women played in the First World War, the Romanian Cultural Institute recently hosted a panel discussion with journalists and scholars to complement their current exhibition of the same name. With the occasion of this year’s Romanian centenary, the event explored how women contributed to the achievement of a…

Andreea Scridon | 03/04/2018

TALK and EXHIBITION: War, Feminine: Women and the Great War

The Centenary Celebration of the making of Greater Romania (1918-2018) continues with an evocation of heroism and dedication of women on and behind the Western and Romanian fronts of the First World War. BBC journalist Kate Adie and professors Lucy Noakes (Essex University), Alin Ciupală (University of Bucharest) and Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest) will examine, in a talk moderated by RCI Director Dorian Branea,…

Julia Secklehner | 28/03/2018