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News of the Leamington Music Festival 2024

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2-6 MayBased in the Royal Pump Rooms on The Parade Czech music dominates the programme marking the bicentenary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana, and also the fiftieth anniversary of The Dvořák Society. The music not only includes works by the four best-known Czech composers, Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů, but also by lesser-known artists. Com...

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Report of our lecture 'A Fresh Look at the Czech New Wave'

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The talk was subtitled: "and some of the most beautiful films in modern cinema history" and was given by Mark le Fanu on Tuesday 5th December 2023. The event filled the theatre in the Czech Embassy, London, with both an enthusiastic lecturer and audience. The film school of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, founded in 1946, produced a remar...

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LECTURE 05.12.23: A Fresh Look at the Czech New Wave

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...and some of the most beautiful films in modern cinema history A talk by Mark Le Fanu on Tuesday 5th December 2023 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. Booking here. Throughout the decade of the 1960s, Czechoslovakia released (and occasionally held back for political reasons) some of the ...

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Students of architecture from the University of Venice join The Friends' working party at Teplice nad Metují

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The Friends of Czech Heritage have contributed over the past two years to an important initiative named ‘On the surface’, which was in instigated in 2021 by ‘1st Framework’, The Friends of Czech Heritage, The Gem Awards and the University of Venice Architecture Department. This arose from a concern for the way surface finishes of historic buildings...

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Our Working Holidays at Červený Dvůr

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We held two one-week working holidays at Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia. The team has mainly been engaged in painting the exterior and interior of the Mauricovna, which has been one of our projects for several years. The appearance of the Maurocovna has been transformed with a coat of yellow paint. While we were working an elderly lady visiting from...

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Working Party in Brněnec, Moravia, 2-12 August 2023

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The Low-Beer family founded a textile producing company in Brněnec more than 200 years ago. The factory was confiscated after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany in 1938 and in 1944 Oskar Schindler took it over. What happened next was the basis for Schindler's Ark, the historical novel by Thomas Keneally, which Steven Spielberg turned ...

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A lecture by our patron Eva Jiřičná

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Tuesday 26th September 2023 at 19:00Czech Centre in the Czech Embassy Cinema. The popular Women in Focus series from the Czech Centre London is set to continue after the summer with a talk by the world-renowned, Czech-born architect Eva Jiřičná. During the talk Ms Jiřičná, who is best known for her shop interiors and residential projects, will disc...

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Summer Outing to Buscot Park in Oxfordshire 18th July 2023

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Buscot Park, near the town of Faringdon, is a Grade II* listed building in Neoclassical style, constructed between 1780 and 1783 was the desitnation for our outing on 18th July. The house and estate were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956. The contents, including works of art by Rembrandt and Burne-Jones, are owned by the Faringdon Collection...

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Working Parties in the Czech Republic in 2023

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For details or to book a place apply to: Brněnec, Moravia, Saturday 5th to Saturday 12th August  Brněnec is a village in the Pardubice Region. The Low-Beer family founded a textile-producing company here more than 200 years ago. The factory was confiscated after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany in 1938 and...

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The Friends' Spring Outing to Wapping - Wednesday 10/05/23

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'DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE' or 'Piety and Piracy'The walk is a rich mixture of architecture, including lovely churches, and a delightful secret chapel, history and water - a lot is along the river. The walk is being led by Anne-Marie Craven. 10.45 Walk starts in Trinity Square Gardens (near Tower Hill tube station)12.30ish Lunch at suitable pub14.00ish...

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