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Play Poland Film Festival London 23rd October – 15th November 2014

“Play Poland Festival comes to London The 2014 edition of PLAY POLAND FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON continues to showcase the finest in Polish cinema, art and culture. 23 October – 15 November 2014 at various venues. 23 October 2014 at 6:30pm  cafe 1001 Tickets on doors: £7 PLAY FULL opening night  Special screening: SHORTS and…

Robin Ashenden | 20/10/2014
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Made in Prague Festival 17th October – 30th November

“Now in its 18th year, the Made in Prague Festival is back with a month-long programme of Czech cinema, music and visual arts presented across London. The main focus of this multi-genre celebration of Czech culture is and always has been cinema. The Czech Centre is proud to present the film highlights of the past…

Robin Ashenden | 19/10/2014
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‘The White King’: György Dragomán’s novel reviewed by Ian Mole

The eighteen stories of this 2007 book by György Dragomán, a Transylvanian Hungarian, can be enjoyed separately but also form a loose narrative set in the 1980s world of an unnamed country – undoubtedly Ceausescu’s Romania. Stretching over a period of about two years in the life of their narrator, 11-year-old Djata, the tales revolve…

Ian Mole | 09/10/2014
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Rethinking Stalin: Dr.Polly Jones at Pushkin House, by Valeriya Stepanuyk

The subject of the Stalinist past was a controversial topic even within the Soviet Union and now is perhaps even more so in Former Soviet States. Given this, it’s not surprising there were mixed feelings in anticipation of Rethinking the Stalinist Past in Soviet Union (1953-70) an event chaired on September 23rd at Pushkin House…

Valeriya Stepanuyk | 09/10/2014
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‘Not So Lucky’ – a short story from Romania, by Mike Ormsby

I remember this place, always will. I should have kept my mouth shut. Play with fire, right? But that was years ago. I can walk through Bucharest’s Gara de Nord feeling older and wiser, now. The big railway station looks so different today – modern, revamped. Shiny kiosks bulge with glossy magazines, rows of chocolate,…

Mike Ormsby | 08/10/2014
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Kostadin Bonev’s ‘Five Stories about a Shooting’ reviewed by Jonathan Karstadt


On 23rd July 1943 Nikola Vaptsarov, a 32-year-old former naval machinist and communist collaborator, was found guilty of his part in a plot to supply arms to Bulgarian antifascist military groups and shot dead by firing squad. At the time of his death, he had published a single volume of poetry, its print limited to…

Jonathan Karstadt | 29/09/2014
The Vit Kristan Trio at the Spice of Life.

Vit Kristan Trio at Spice of Life: review by Jesse Kirkwood

Last Thursday marked Vit Kristan’s second appearance at Soho’s Spice of Life music bar, and the first since the release of his debut album earlier this year. The exciting young Czech pianist, accompanied by veteran double-bassist Jaromir Honzak and Roman Vicha on drums, plays a bewildering range of genres, veering from post-bop and straight-ahead to…

Jesse Kirkwood | 25/09/2014