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29 Mar 2007 00:00 - 00:00

Charter 77 - The 30th anniversary of the petition that gave a voice to opposition in Czechoslovakia

After 30 years, many of those from both Czechoslovakia and the UK who were personally involved in the Charter 77 movement and helped to gain international support are gathering at the Orange Tree Theatre to look back and share their experience and memories of one of the less familiar but most significant events of modern European history.


Chaired by Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies - University of Oxford

Introduction by Sam Walters, Artistic Director, Orange Tree Theatre



Václav Havel - playwright, former President of the Czech Republic, Charter 77 co-founder and spokesman, dissident;

Jiří Dienstbier, Director of Reuters, former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights, dissident and former spokesman of Charter 77;

Pavel Landovský - actor, Charter 77 founding signatory and dissident;

Pavel Seifter - Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK, former adviser to President Vaclav Havel and Charter 77 signatory;

Zdena Tomin - writer, Charter 77 signatory and spokeswoman, dissident. 


An evening celebrating the 30th anniversary of the petition that, following the police clamp-down on group The Plastic People of The Universe in 1976, started a movement representing the leading platform for opposition in Czechoslovakia under the Communist regime. After a rather adventurous start in January 1977, the petition called Charter 77 gained international support and many events were held internationally to draw attention to the chartists and their call for freedom of speech and expression and respect for human rights.


The Orange Tree Theatre itself was the scene of a number of events organized to support Charter 77 and British intellectuals soon established strong links with Czechoslovakian dissidents.


Special guests joining us include:

Barbara Day, Jessica Douglas-Home, Sir Anthony Kenny, Prof. Roger Scruton and Sir Tom Stoppard


Accompanying exhibition curated by the National Museum Prague (19 March - 30 April 2007) at the Orange Tree Theatre introduces documents and history of Charter 77.




Czech Centre would like to thank to the Czech Embassy, the National Museum in Prague and Charter 77 Foundation for their support.



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29 Mar 2007 00:00 - 00:00


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