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LECTURE 08.10.24: THE CZECH CONNECTION

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A talk by Caroline Cannon-Brookes on Tuesday 8th October at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Czech Republic,26-30 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY. This illustrated talk will explore a range of historic links between Britain and Bohemia and their varying impacts. Amongst the topics included will be John Wycliffe and Jan Huss; Baron Waldstein’s ...

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Working Party in Brněnec in September 2024 - FULLY BOOKED

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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 in 1944 Oskar Schindler took it over. What happened next was the basis for Schindler's Ark, the historical novel by Thomas ...

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Working Party in Teplice nad Metují in August and September - FULLY BOOKED

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EVENT FULLY BOOKED This is taking place from Sunday 25 August - Sunday 1 September. The resort town of Teplice nad Metují is situated in rolling, forested country of northern Bohemia near the Czech border with Poland. The Baroque Church of the Virgin Mary has a historic hermitage attached to it, which is being painstakingly restored by a small loca...

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LECTURE 24.06.24: CZECH FUNCTIONALISM 1918-1938

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Professor Vladimír Šlapeta’s lecture in the Czech Embassy on 'Czech Functionalism' in the inter-war period, was a revelation. His unrivalled command of his subject gave the audience a privileged view of the astounding creativity of the Czechoslovak nation during this period. Image, from left to right: Ivan Margolius (architectural historian), Sir J...

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Celebrating Cooperation in South Bohemia

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On Saturday 18th May 2024 a recital was held in the Château of Červený Dvůr in South Bohemia to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the Mauricovna, or Park Keeper's cottage, in the grounds. On a glorious sunny evening we were entertained by a string quartet from the Czech Philharmonic with a sublime programme of Czech music. It was a mem...

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The Arnold Villa in Brno Restored

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The completion of the restoration of the Arnold Villa is welcome news and is another piece in the history of the Low-Beer family and their association with Brno and the Villa Tugendhat.The Friends joined a local working party of students in the grounds of the Arnold Villa in the summer of 2017 when they were undertaking initial clearance of the ove...

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MAY 2024: WORKING PARTY IN MORAVIA

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The Friends held a very successful volunteer working party at the Abbey Church at Žďár nad Sázavou in Moravia in late May when they were joined by members of the church. We accomplished two tasks. The first was the removal of the rotten pine shingle capping on the boundary of the Lower Cemetery (which was in fact never used for burials), designed b...

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MAY 2024: Leamington Music Festival - Czech Theme

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2nd-6th May 2024 in the Royal Pump Rooms on The Parade, All Saints Church, and Holy Trinity Church Thursday 2nd May7.30pm Concert - Amici della Musica: quartet Friday 3rd May12.00pm Recital - Martin Kasík: piano 7.00pm Coffee Concert - Guarneri Piano Trio Saturday 4th May11.00am Concert - Kukal String Quartet 3.30pm Talk: 'Dvořák in Britain' by Dav...

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LECTURE 30.04.24: The Work of Czech and Slovak Ėmigré Architects in Britain

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A Talk by John East, 30th April 2024, in the Czech Embassy, London. John East of the 20th Century Society gave The Friends a fascinating insight into the interaction of pre-War European architectural Modernism with British architecture of the same period and in particular the contribution of Czech émigré architects. Image: on the left is John East ...

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VIDEO: THE EUROPA NOSTRA UK WEBINAR ABOUT THE FRIENDS - 28.03.2024

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This is one of a series of talks in which Europa Nostra features award-winning projects and heritage community initiatives that are of particular interest to the UK. In this recording from 28th March 2024, you can hear our Chairman, Peter Jamieson, and Co-founder, Barbara Peacock, tell us about the beginnings of this charity and the impact they hav...

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