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Czechia Online in the World

Czech Centres abroad are closed for the public at the moment and the dates of the events are being moved to autumn in cooperation with our partners; some of the events have been cancelled and replacement events are being negotiated for the next year. Intensive communication with the foreign audience takes place via websites, social networks, and the newly devised e-newsletters. The global presentation of Czech culture, science and innovations, and Czech language courses continue by means of all available channels. In addition to sharing interesting projects, the network of Czech Centres is preparing all kinds of new formats and online programmes. Despite their diversity, they all have one thing in common: everything takes place exclusively in the online environment under the hashtag #CzechCultureToTheWorld.

Czech Centres have responded to the current global situation concerning the spreading of COVID-19 by changing the programme formats, and the Czech artists and the cultural sphere now have the opportunity to present their projects in the online environment. Thanks to their long-term presentation activities, Czech Centres abroad have a strong base of contacts as well as modern communication tools and platforms. Czech Centres have recently tried out new forms of projects and their presentation. An interactive digital exhibition project called Czechoslovak Statehood 1918 has been developed, or the Czech Innovation Expo project, which uses virtual and augmented reality to present the achievements of Czech science, research and innovations. Czech Centres may actively use this experience as a worldwide network also during the “crisis” time to effectively and positively present the Czech Republic and its achievements both in culture and science, research and innovations.

 ONDŘEJ ČERNÝ, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CZECH CENTRES: With undisguised admiration I watch our colleagues in the 25 Czech Centres effectively and quickly transform their activities into a purely digital and virtual form. This also relates to Czech language courses – within days and hours they get a new online shape. In many territories, they also help our representative offices with consular agenda, this especially relates to communication with Czech citizens. The Czech cultural scene is extremely rich and creative and is able to face the difficult challenges in recent days and weeks. Its digital presentation abroad is a proof of that. The current situation is an unprecedented challenge for cultural diplomacy. It asks many new questions and searches for completely new answers.”

 In the future, Czech Centres will use additional innovative online programmes including intelligent games, interviews with artists and experts, etc. The plans also include illustrated projects for children. A challenge that remains open is sharing and dissemination of interesting cultural and other projects through the online network of Czech Centres around the globe. For more information see: http://www.czechcentres.cz/novinky/ceskou-kulturu-budeme-vzahranici-prezentovat-on-li/

CZECH SCIENCE INSPIRES

Already at the beginning of the year, Czech Centre Berlin became the initiator of a new “European” series of EUNIC Science Café projects. Scientists from different European countries present top science to wide audiences. European cultural institutes host scientists from other countries and the entire project travels across various locations in Berlin. The first evening with the top neuroscientist Elisa Galliano from Cambridge University took place in a hall of Czech Centre Berlin, the remaining lectures and discussions will take place in the online environment of the EUNIC Berlin network, which unites European cultural institutes.

Czech Centre Brussels is preparing a virtual broadcast of Science Café with the expert, economist and founder of Behavio Labs Lukáš Tóth. The online lecture and discussion will focus on a current topic: coronavirus from the perspective of information and fake news. The partners of the virtual continuation of the Brussels Science Café series are the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation and the Representation of the South Moravian Region to the EU. The event will take place this Thursday 2 April at 6.00 p.m. CET. For updates follow the website of CC Brussels at www.czechcentres.cz/brussels.

Czech Centre London has prepared an offer of online digital projects. The specific programme content in the new digital formats will include for example AI Science Café on cybersecurity in the Royal Institution, presentation by Michal Pěchouček from AIC CTU, or a virtual exhibition Czech Image. The newly opened podcast platform of the Czech Centre offers all presentations from the science and innovation communication series Science Café. The programme will include video-interviews with significant guests such as the already mentioned Michal Pěchouček, Petr Kolečko, or Helena Třeštíková.

ART IS NOT MOVING AWAY!

The first author’s programme for the online environment called “Artists That Never Give up in the City That Never Sleeps” was prepared by the team from Czech Centre New York. These are inspirational talks led by Marek Milde from Czech Centre New York with Czech artists living in the USA, who have long collaborated with Czech Centres, for example Petr Sís and many other personalities. The interviewees talk about how they cope with the current situation, what they do or what they work on.

SELECTION OF OTHER EVENTS

A wide range of events take place in all Czech Centres around the world: Czech Centre Paris has launched a virtual bookshop project. Czech Centre Madrid cooperates on the preparation of the Animayo festival, which will take place in the virtual environment this year. Czech computer game developers and animated film makers will join from their homes. Czech Centre Tel Aviv have published on their website a special section “Czech culture at your home”. On the occasion of the Nordic Gaming festival, Czech Centre Stockholm is preparing online stream games Attentat 1942 followed by a discussion. Similarly, Czech Centre Moscow are addressing their audiences via their website, currently by a new exhibition called Czech Heroines.

An original form of presentation of the Czech language was chosen by Czech Centre Sofia. By sharing on Facebook, people interested in Czech 112 learn 10 new Czech words every day. At the same time, short excerpts from stories and novels by Czech authors translated into Bulgarian are now available for listening (Soundcloud platform). In Sofia, Soundcloud literary reading is being prepared; a similar project is considered by Czech Centre Vienna. Other centres abroad continue to teach Czech.

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