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Czech Alternative Culture before November 1989. November 10, 2011 - January 12, 2012

Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance, 1968-1989
Exhibition of underground publications, with examples of film and music recordings
Gallery of the Czech Center NY
Nov 10, 2011 – January 12, 2012
Opening reception: November 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

Czechoslovak Samizdat and Its Legacy
Symposium organized by the Czech Center NY in collaboration with New York University Prague and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in NY, Bohemian National Hall, November 10-11

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The aim of the symposium is to mark the ways how independent Czech literature developed in the last two decades of the Communist government. We will hear authentic testimonies by people who participated in samizdat publishing and invite experts - historians and literary theoreticians of different generations both from Europe and the US to discuss them. The Czech experience will be complemented by information on alternative literature in Poland and the Soviet Union.

Samizdat events are organized under the auspices of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg, and the First President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel.
Consultancy for both the exhibition and symposium: Tomas Vrba

Concert of Czech underground band
Bohemian National Hall, November 17, 8 pm, suggested donation: $10

Velvet Revolution Party
Organized by Czech and Slovak Consulates General, Czech Center NY and +421 Foundation
LAVO, 39 E 58th Street, November 18, 7:30 pm, suggested donation: $20


Film Club of the Czech Center NY - Films from the Safe
The Ear
, K. Kachyna, 1970
Bohemian National Hall, November 8, 7 pm

Larks on a String
, J. Menzel, 1969
Bohemian National Hall, November 22, 7 pm

Free admission, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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