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MUSIC REVIEW: Thom Artway at the Troubadour – “a very enjoyable evening”

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It was only five months ago that Thom and his band first appeared at the Troubadour, but their show has changed a lot in that time. They included five songs from their latest CD All I Know but there were also a number of new ones, as well as three covers. The last time they were…

Ian Mole | 14/05/2019
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Music Review: ‘Birthday’ and ‘Phantom Planet’, two new singles by Latvian band Carnival Youth – “what’s not to like?”

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The Riga indie trio Carnival Youth comprises twins Edgars and Emils Kaupers on guitar and drums respectively and Roberts Vanags on keyboards, while they all contribute vocals. They appear to have parted company with their bassist Alexsis in recent years. They’ve been together since 2012 and have so far released two albums, No Clouds Allowed (2014)…

Ian Mole | 30/04/2019
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***KINOTEKA 2019*** Round up: “Professionalism has no gender.”

The 17th Polish Film Festival Kinoteka in London, featuring a selection of over forty different works, has served as a fitting example of positive direction within the issue of gender inequality in Polish cinema. The festival started and ended celebrating the success of Polish prominent men (opening with Another Day of Life, an homage to renowned Polish corresponder Ryszard Kapuscinski, and finishing with a gala celebrating…

Iga Szczodrowska | 19/04/2019
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***KINOTEKA 2019*** Interview with Film-Maker Krzysztof Zanussi, Part One: “Life’s like being in a jungle. One wrong step and you’re lost.”

CEEL contributor Alison Miller met Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi before the screening of his latest film, Ether (2018), at the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival in London. Alison Miller:  What I found fascinating about Ether was the way the philosophical questions were posed along-side a powerful historical drama – emotion was infused from one scene to the…

Alison Miller | 16/04/2019
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“Diary as an art form: Jiří Kolář 1968” (BL Talk) – “an inspired exploration of a great Czech artist”

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In 2018, the Prague National Gallery held a retrospective to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion.  Jiří Kolář: Grimace of the Century concentrated on a selection of Kolář’s artworks connected with his poetry.  According to Milena Kalinovská, Director of the modern and contemporary art collection, ‘this illuminated the unorthodox way in which he formulated…

Alison Miller | 13/04/2019
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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
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KINOTEKA Preview: “Monument” (Szelc, 2018) – “experimental raw cinema”

After the tremendous success of her film debut Tower. Bright Day last year, Jagoda Szelc took up the seemingly risky yet ultimately rewarding task of directing an Acting degree show for Lodz Film School students. The challenges of such task included an extremely low budget (Szelc often describes it as a “nano-budget” in interviews) and the…

Iga Szczodrowska | 09/04/2019
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**KINOTEKA 2019** Interview with Marlena Łukasiak, Kinoteka’s Artistic Director and Producer

This week, the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens in London and Belfast. The festival will include a Stanisław Lem retrospective at the Barbican, the new film Ether from the renowned Krzysztof Zanussi and a celebration of new female filmmakers at the BFI Southbank, including Olga Chajdas’s award-winning LGBT romance Nina. The festival will close with a…

Rebecca Bell | 05/04/2019