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The heroine of the week: Marie Schmolková

The Czech Centres, in cooperation with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen and Radio Prague International, present important women of the Czech history and the present. Every week we bring you one portrait of a heroine. The heroine of this week is Marie Schmolková (1893-1940), who was born into an assimilated Jewish family and saved thousands of Jews and other refugees. Nicholas Winton also came to Prague thanks to her unceasing activities.

29 Jun 2020    |    31 Jul 2020

Online Exhibition: Still Cities

Czech Center New York presents Still Cities, a Czech-American group photo exhibition. Czech photographer Karel Cudlín brings us photos of Prague during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the five featured U.S. photographers (Lanna Apisukh, Nika De Carlo, Kay Hickman, Cameron Phan, Sam Salganik) take us through the looking glass to New York City under quarantine. Brought to viewers in cooperation with the Czech Centers; on view from June 29 exclusively on the online Czech Center Gallery.

8 Apr 2020    |    31 Jul 2020

We are helping with the Czech language

The mission of the Czech Center New York at any time, is to support Czech language teaching in the United States.

Interviews: Czech organizations in New York resisting the impact of the pandemic

While the society in many places already reopens after the Corona lockdown, getting back to "normal" life in New York City will take time. The city which never sleeps has been impacted in an extraordinary way by the pandemic bringing its cultural life to a standstill. Many local Czech organizations, which are thriving part of the New York cultural landscape, were also affected and had to reduce or cancel their programs. What is their experience with this exceptional situation and how do they see the future? In this next series of interviews, we spoke with their representatives to find out more. Josef Baláž responded for the organization BBLA, Christopher Harwood for the SVU and Susan Lucak for the DAHA association.

1 Jun 2020    |    31 Jul 2020

Stories in times of corona

The outbreak of the corona virus and with it connected restrictions influenced strongly also the authors. All public readings and book festivals were cancelled. Besides of selling books, author readings and public appearance is an important part of their work and income. Therefore, we decided to do a special online literature project. We approached few prominent Czech authors and asked them to write exclusively for us an short story inspired by the Corona virus situation. From 1th June 2020 we will gradually publish stories from Pavel Brycz, Tomáš Rališ, Jiří Janků and Robert Mikoláš. You can read their stories on our website in English language. We truly hope, that this will be at least a small distraction for the extraordinary days we live in. Later on these stories will be kept as testimony of unusual times. Illustrations by Jiří Slíva.

Janáček Online Continued (9 June - 31 August)

As a continuation of our Janáček Online project, the Czech Center New York brings lovers of Leoš Janáček new online content about this renown Czech composer. Take a listen to a Janáček jam session or a piano and cello composition by Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová, influenced by Janáček’s oeuvre, or take a virtual guided video tour of Janáček’s house in Brno where he spent the last 18 years of his life and where he composed his most famous works.







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