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Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March

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MARCH 2017 RELEASE - Lada Valešová, who is a supporter of The Friends, is releasing a CD on 3rd March: together with three song cycles, Valešová is performing the world première recording of a chamber piece for piano quintet and tenor, 'Fata Morgana' Op. 6 by Pavel Haas (1899–1944). The CD is available for purchase both as a phy...
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Lecture: Dr. Peter Cannon-Brookes gives talk on the work of two portrait sculptors of Czech origin

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NOVEMBER 2016 - LECTURE IN LONDON Dr. Peter Cannon-Brookes, who knew Franta Bělský (who died in 2000) and Irena Sedlecká over a long period of time, gave a talk at the Slovak Embassy on the work of these two portrait sculptors of Czech origin, who came to England in 1948 and 1967 respectively and married each other in 1997. Both were trained in the...
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LECTURE: Dr Mark Whelan 'THE BATTLE OF WHITE MOUNTAIN (1620) AND THE POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS TRANSFORMATION OF BOHEMIA'

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SEPTEMBER 2016 - LECTURE IN LONDON On 27th September 2016 Dr. Mark Whelan, a Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, part of the University of London, gave a very lively lecture at the Slovak Embassy about the context and consequences of the 1620 Battle of the White Mountain (a hill outside Prague) in which the forces of the Catholic Hapsburg Emperor Fe...
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Lecture: 'Reuniting Fourteenth-century Prague: Charles IV and his Gothic Bridge'

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March 2016 - Lecture: 'Reuniting Fourteenth-century Prague: Charles IV and his Gothic Bridge ' Dr. Jana Gajdošová of the History of Art Department at the University of Cambridge gave a comprehensive lecture, copiously illustrated by photographs and plans, on the building of what is now called the Charles Bridge after the King of Bohemia (and Holy R...
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The Friends held a lecture 'Memories of Jan Kaplický' given by Ivan Margolius

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November 2015 - The Friends held a lecture 'Memories of Jan Kaplický' given by Ivan Margolius, architect and friend, in the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, London. Mr Ivan Margolius presented an intimate view of the life and achievements of his close friend and professional colleague the Czech architect Jan Kaplický. Their friendship grew from shar...
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An award for one of our founders

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November 2015 - An award for one of our founders On 4th November 2015 Barbara Peacock received a presentation from Katarína Hobbs, the Director of Czech Tourism U.K. and Ireland. This took place during the World Travel Market in Excel London. The life achievement award is given to a person who has dedicated much of his/her time and energy to the Cz...
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The Development of Zlín, Home of the Bat'a Shoe Corporation

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October 2015 - The Development of Zlín, Home of the Bat'a Shoe Corporation On 22nd October 2015 Eva Jiřičná, a renowned architect, who was born in Zlín but has lived and worked in England since 1968, gave a fascinating talk on the development of Zlín into a major centre for industrialised shoe manufacture. This occurred largely through the efforts ...
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24 - 26 September 2015 - NPÚ CONFERENCE IN TELČ

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September 2015 - NPÚ CONFERENCE IN TELČ Our Chairman Peter Jamieson and Committee member James Robertson attended a conference in Telč organised jointly by the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) and the Faculties of Education of the Charles University in Prague and of the Masaryk University in Brno. The theme of the conference was the role of educat...
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Ian Kennaway, a founder of The Friends, addressed the Association of Owners of Castles and Châteaux in Boskovice

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September 2015 - Ian Kennaway, a founder of The Friends, addressed the Association of Owners of Castles and Châteaux in Boskovice. He presented a slideshow about our history and work. The Association consists of people who have bought or inherited historic buildings in the Czech Republic, or to whom they have been restituted following the fall of c...
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Exhibition: HERITAGE – 25 Years of Cooperation between the British and South Bohemian Heritage Workers

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May 2014 - Exhibition: HERITAGE – 25 Years of Cooperation between the British and South Bohemian Heritage Workers, at the NPÚ Gallery, České Budějovice, Czech Republic  The National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) České Budějovice opened an exhibition featuring the last 25 years of work influenced by the exchange of ideas and expertise between the lo...
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