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If I consider myself to be a European, it does not mean at all I cease being a Czech. It is really the other way round. As a Czech, I am also a European. Somewhat poetically I say that Europe is the mother of all fatherlands Václav Havel, A Speech to the European Parliament, November 11, 2009

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THE WINNER OF THE 2018 VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE  08/10/18

Today, on Monday 8 October, 2018, Oyub Titiev was ceremonially announced as laureate of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The award is presented by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library and the Charter 77 Foundation. For more information about the Prize visit us here.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Evil – registration open!  30/08/18

Dear friends, please allow us to inform you that we have just launched registration for the sixth annual conference in honour of the laureate of the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize, which is entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Evil, and the subsequent concert A Tribute to the Brave. You will find more information here.

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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2018 Václav Havel Prize  28/08/18

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, comprising independent figures from the world of human rights and chaired by the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Liliane Maury Pasquier, drew up the shortlist of candidatures in Prague today. The shortlisted nominees, in alphabetical order, are: More

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Have a great summer!  02/07/18

Dear visitors, though our club programme ended over a week ago, we’re still here for you: From Tuesday to Friday you can visit our permanent exhibition Havel in a Nutshell (always from 12:00 to 17:00) and, in the case of prior agreement, also our reading room. At any time you can access our digital archive and YouTube channel, where you will find close to 900 videos from our events… Have a wonderful summer and see you again in September!

Program for March 2018<>

Between Two Kims

Between Two Kims

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 1, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

What else did Nina Špitálníková experience, how did her stay there change her approach to life, what does business look like under communism and why can she never go back to the DPRK?

Discussion moderated by journalist and Czech Television editor Michala Komrsková.

Why didn’t Jiří Drahoš win?

Why didn’t Jiří Drahoš win?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 5, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Taking part in the discussion will be Eliška Vyhnánková, a social media and online communications analyst; Lubomír Kopeček, a political scientist at Brno’s Masaryk University; sociologist Daniel Prokop, an analyst at the Median agency; and František Vrabel, director of the company Semantic, which monitors the media and its impact. The debate will be chaired by Jaroslav Poláček, who in the last 15 years has been actively focused on election campaigning and is an analyst at the TOPAZ institute.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with TOPAZ.

The Ferdinand Peroutka Prize: Investigative Journalism Under Threat?

The Ferdinand Peroutka Prize: Investigative Journalism Under Threat?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 6, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Confirmed speakers this year include the fresh recipient of the prize Jana Klímová, an investigative journalist with Czech Radio, and the journalists Marek Wollner and Jiří Kubík.

The evening will be hosted by Jan Pokorný.

Magnesia Litera I

Magnesia Litera I

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 8, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Petr Nutil: Media, Lies and a Too Fast Brain – A Guide to the Post-Truth World

Petr Nutil: Media, Lies and a Too Fast Brain – A Guide to the Post-Truth World

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 12, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The author of the book Média, lži a příliš rychlý mozek (Media, Lies and a Too Fast Brain), Petr Nutil, is an independent journalist and cofounder of the journalism website Manipulátoři.cz, which is focused on media manipulation, propaganda and debunking hoaxes. Alongside unmasking fake news, in the text the author also explores the psychological phenomena that suppress reason and fan evil and irrationality.

The debate on the “post-truth world” will be chaired by Leoš Kyša, a journalist and deputy chairman of the Czech Club of Sceptics Sisyfos. Guests will include Michael Žantovský, director of the Václav Havel Library, Karel Strachota, founder and director of People in Need’s One World in Schools educational programme, Josef Džubák, founder of the website Hoax.cz, Ondřej Fér from the news site Info.cz and Kateřina Kadlecová from the weekly Reflex.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation the Grada publishing house.

Debate with Respekt

Debate with Respekt

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 13, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Magnesia Litera II

Magnesia Litera II

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 14, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Ivan Binar – Revolution!

Ivan Binar – Revolution!

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 15, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Revoluce! (Revolution!) is a painfully humorous book about how a joy-filled walk in the forest can suddenly turn into an existential horror. It doesn’t take much: in the deep forest, with gentle birdsong in the background, an ordinary upstanding young man meets two single-minded police officers carrying out a task, which is creating and uncovering the enemy within…

The Charter 77 signatory and author Ivan Binar was imprisoned in the 1970s for sedition that he was meant to have committed during the musical Son of the Regiment. He was a Radio Free Europe editor while in exile and became a freelance writer following his return. He is one of the few contemporary authors focused on what might be dubbed the Christian roots of our civilisation. In his view, life, no matter how hard, has meaning; revenge is not a solution and leads at best to a chain of further injustices. While in his novels Binar frequently moves between very bizarre or dreamlike milieus, the effort to get to the essence of human existence is a constant.

The author will read from Revoluce! and host the evening. Jiří Šlupka Svěrák will appear as a guest.

Gulag and Ghetto theatres: on the edge of hell

Gulag and Ghetto theatres: on the edge of hell

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 19, 2018, 17:00 – 19:00

The paper analyses history of professional theatres in Solovki prison camp from 1923 – 1936 and Vorkuta’s musicdrama theater 1943 – 1950. Both cases present theater directors and artists semi-conformism and resistance per development of feeling of dignity, aesthetic taste or humanity in unhuman conditions, between guarantees of cruel death. Vorkuta’s theater opera, operetta and even cabaret was completely exclusive case in the history of Gulag archipelago (A. Solzhenitsyn). Everyday fear of death and famine, witnessing of hundreds of deaths on the streets and cruelty of Nazi regime are conditions of the most human Ghetto theater. Why theatres show the classics and what does mean the Artaud conception of “cruel theatre” if the lifeworld was completely cruel? What is the role of theatric sublime in the reconstruction of the lost lives?

Prof. dr., philosopher, anthropologist, artist Gintautas Mažeikis is the head of department of Philosophy and social critics at Vytautas Magnus University. He was born in Vorkuta (arctic region of Russia, Komi republic) in 1964, studied in Sankt-Petersburg State university (History of Philosophy, Renaissance. The first PhD was devoted to the Symbolical thinking of Renaissance in Vilnius University, Lithuania.  In 1998 he created first Center of Cultural Anthropology in Lithuania in Siauliai University and started neoshamanist and subcultural researches. He did art exhibitions devoted the topics. His second PhD (habilitation) presented Pragmatics and analytics of Philosophical anthropology, in Vilnius University. Mazeikis interests are analysis, critics and performations of symbolical and iconic thinking through the dramatic events. He considered the historical drama, trauma and memory, the society of the spectacle, phenomenon of self-persuasion and contemporary propaganda, dramatic Gulagian and Ghetto theatres, event and contemporary praxis of museums from postmodern existential point of view.

The event will be held entirely in English. Czech interpreting is not provided.

Changes in the civil society of the post-soviet Lithuania

Changes in the civil society of the post-soviet Lithuania

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 19, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

His scholarly interests focus in 19th C. society, cultural and diaspora history, politics of memory and Lithuanian Historiography, as well as Post Soviet studies. He is an author of twenty books. Aleksandravičius is an active Visiting Professor at the Universities of Helsinki, Illinois and Warsaw and the School of Political Sciences of Bolonia University.

Aleksandravičius was awarded Cross of Commander of Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, orders of Poland Republic and Kingdom of the Netherlands, and several other national and international prizes.

The event will be held entirely in English. Czech interpreting is not provided.

A Day for Cuba – Defending Human Rights

A Day for Cuba – Defending Human Rights

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 20, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Themes: What is the situation in Cuba today? To what degree is direct support for the opposition, which is trying to undermine the credibility and solidity of the authoritarian regime from the inside, having an effect? Isn’t it better to negotiate with totalitarian leaders and put political and economic pressure on them to ultimately bring about change themselves? And what do ordinary Cubans who just “want to live and get by” and have turned their backs on politics make of human rights?

Debate participants: Taťana Fischerová (Helsinki Committee), Martin Balcar (Amnesty International) and Peter Moree (Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren). The names of Cuban participants will be posted on the VHL website.

Magnesia Litera III

Magnesia Litera III

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 21, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Hana Frejková: Strange Roots

Hana Frejková: Strange Roots

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 22, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

At that time Hana was seven. Her life was marked forever by the tragedy and this was compounded by how little she knew about the history of her father and entire family. She spent several years reconstructing the story of her family as an adult, searching out and corresponding with relatives but mainly focusing on the archives of the Ministry of the Interior. The complicated, decades-long journey through ancient events and what she learned on that difficult pilgrimage are the subject of her tellingly-titled book Divný kořeny (Strange Roots).

The result was that he was hanged. Mum suffered her whole life and I was buffeted about on the waves. The ones who paid for it the most were us, who loved each other so much, our little family, which fatefully found itself in the embrace of crushing stones.”

The songs of Jidiš ve třech will be performed at the launch of the audiobook of Strange Roots. The group are: Hana Frejková – vocals, Marianna Borecká – vocals (guest), Milan Potoček – clarinet and Slávek Brabec – accordion.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with publishers Radioservis.

CEW 21 – Silent Women

CEW 21 – Silent Women

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 23, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Our voice is lacking in the public sphere but we are also interested in what the quality of the civic space of which we are part. We don’t want to needlessly fret over the futures of our children and grandchildren. The world is accelerating and we need to adapt to the changes and with us our families and female friends. We wish to create a space where we too can hold a discussion among ourselves and with the world around us. We are frequently silent but that doesn’t mean we have no opinion. Now you will hear it. After all, we are all 21st century women and mothers.

A panel discussion with the think tank CEW 21, the Central European Women’s think tank for the 21st century.

Speakers: Magda Vášáryová, Alexandra Alvar, Danuše Nerudová, Jana Michael and Pavlína Hájková.

Chaired by Jana Spekhorstová.

Birth of the State: Two Longed-For Republics – BPR and Czechoslovakia

Birth of the State: Two Longed-For Republics – BPR and Czechoslovakia

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 26, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The Belarusian People’s Republic was declared in Minsk on 25 March 1918, a few months before Czechoslovakia. The newborn state managed to issue passports, began setting up military divisions and sought diplomatic recognition, including from Czechoslovakia. However, all those plans and hopes were soon crushed by the rise of the Bolsheviks.

The historical context will be discussed by Michal Plavec and Daniela Kolenovská, co-authors of the book Běloruská emigrace v meziválečném Československu (The Belarusian Émigré Community in Interwar Czechoslovakia), and Ivonka Survilla, chairwoman of the exile Rada of the Belarusian People’s Republic in Canada.

The debate in Czech and English will be chaired by journalist Alena Kovářová Tichanovičová.

Organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Belarusian association Skaryna.

Don’t Let the Spirit Go: Spiritual Health Science

Don’t Let the Spirit Go: Spiritual Health Science

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 27, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

A series created by the non-profit Nevypusť duši, which is run by a team of young psychologists, neuroscientists and students of those disciplines. It also comprises psychiatric patients and people with experience of psychiatric illness at a young age. Nevypusť duši circulates information, busts myths and informs the Czech Republic about mental health. It emphasises the importance of prevention, advising people how to keep their spirits up, shares personal stories and supports the timely obtaining of specialist help in the case of mental problems

Speakers: Marie Salomonová and Zuzana Pacholíková.

Entrance on the basis of prior registration. Forms are available here: goo.gl/66dagC

Magnesia Litera IV

Magnesia Litera IV

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: March 28, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
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Publications / E-shop

The central focus of the Library’s publishing programme is the life and work of Václav Havel, his family and close collaborators and friends. For clarity, the programme is divided into six series: Václav Havel Library Notebooks, Václav Havel Library Editions, Student Line, Talks from Lány, Václav Havel Documents, Works of Pavel Juráček and Václav Havel Library Conferences. Titles that cannot be incorporated into any of the given series but which are nonetheless important for the Library’s publishing activities are issued independently, outside the series framework.

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Conferences

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Václav Havel European Dialogues

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel’s essay “Power of the Powerless”. More than other similarly focused projects, the Václav Havel European Dialogues aims to offer the “powerless” a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe.

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is planned as a long-term project and involves cooperation with other organisations in various European cities. Individual meetings, which take the form of a conference, are targeted primarily at secondary and third-level students, as well as specialists and members of the public interested in European issues.

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation to reward outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond.

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Václav Havel

Václav Havel
* 5. 10. 1936 Praha
† 18. 12. 2011 Hrádeček u Trutnova

1936
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Václav Havel grew up
in a well-known, wealthy entrepreneurial
and intellectual family.
1951
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Václav Havel completed primary schooling. Because
of his "bourgeois" background, options for
higher education were limited.
1951
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Václav Havel worked as a chemical laboratory technician
while attending evening classes at a high school
from which he graduated in 1954.
1955
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Václav Havel studied at the
Economics Faculty of the Czech
Technical University in Prague.
1960
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Václav Havel began working at Prague's Theatre on
the Balustrade, first as a stagehand and later as
an assistant director and literary manager.
1963
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Havel´s first play The Garden
Party was staged at Prague's
Theatre on the Balustrade.
1964
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Václav Havel
married Olga
Splichalova.
1966
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VH finished studies at at the
Theatre Faculty of the Academy of
Performing Arts in Prague .
1968
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Václav Havel played an active role in
democratization and renewal of culture during the
era of reforms, known as Prague Spring.
1969
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Havel's work were banned in Czechoslovakia. He
moved from Prague to the country, continued
his activities against the Communist regime.
1974
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Václav Havel worked as a manual laborer
at a local brewery near Hrádeček in
the north of the Czech Republic.
1975
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Václav Havel wrote an open
letter to President Gustav Husak,
criticizing the government.
1977
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Václav Havel co-founded the Charter 77
human rights initiative and was one
of its first spokesmen.
1978
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Václav Havel co-founded The
Committee for the Defense
of the Unjustly Prosecuted.
1979
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Václav Havel was imprisoned several times
for his beliefs, his longest prison
term lasting from 1979 to 1983.
1989
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Václav Havel emerged as one of the
leaders of the November opposition movement, also
known as the Velvet Revolution.
1990
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Václav Havel is elected
President of Czechoslovakia on
December 29.
1993
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Václav Havel is elected, after the
dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the first President
of the Czech Republic.
1996
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On January
27, Olga
Havlova died.
1997
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Václav Havel married Dagmar Veskrnova,
a popular and acclaimed Czech theatrical,
television and movie actress.
1999
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Václav Havel enabled the entry of
the Czech Republic into the North
Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO).
2003
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Václav Havel left office after
his second term as Czech
president ended on 2 February 2003.
2004
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Foundation of Václav
Havel Library in
Prague.
2004
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The Czech Republic became the 35th
member State of the Council of
Europe on 30 June 1993.
2010
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Václav Havel directed
a film adaptation of
his play Leaving.
2011
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Václav Havel died at his
summer house Hrádeček in the
north of the Czech Republic.
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Educational projects

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Man of inspiration

This six-part series of educational videos introduces young viewers to the most important events in Czechoslovak history in the second half of the 20th century, with an accent on the human rights struggle. It is presented by singer and TV moderator Emma Smetana and choreographer and producer Yemi. The presenters of the English versions are native speakers.

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Read Havel

A collection of short videos in which well-known young people in Czech public life present iconic and lesser-known texts by Václav Havel.

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Václav Havel here and now

A travelling series of discussions about VH and more with Michael Žantovský, intended for secondary school students, libraries and arts centres.

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Best Student Essay Competition

One of the key genres of Václav Havel’s work is essays – on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual topics. His essays, such as the The Power of the Powerless and A Word About Words, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language – not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them. For this reason, the Václav Havel Library is announcing the next year of the literary competition for secondary students: the Václav Havel Library Prize for Best Student Essay.

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Václav Havel´s Bookshelves

The Václav Havel Little Libraries are a key new Václav Havel Library project aimed at establishing a nationwide network of elementary and secondary schools that, with the support of the VHL, will spread the legacy of Václav Havel among their pupils and students. The aim of the Little Libraries is to create in schools (on the model of the existing Václav Havel’s Places) book shelves on which the schools will gather both texts by Václav Havel and texts closely linked to him. They may also contain other written materials, audio and video recordings and photographs.

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Lets rock!

Are your students (whether at elementary, arts-focused elementary or secondary schools) interested in history? Do you have a theatre or film club at your school, or are you teaching young people who “just” like to act? If so, we cordially invite you to join the Václav Havel Library in celebrating in a creative manner the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with the theatre-education project Tomorrow!

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Václav Havel – a Czech myth, or Havel in a Nutshell

This interactive workshop lasting for about 180 minutes takes place in the “Havel in a Nutshell” exhibition hall. Primary and secondary school students are divided into groups within which they deal with various “research” projects. Students work with selected texts and are provided with particular books. The workshop is related not only to the teaching of Czech history, but also to personal, literary, artistic and media training, and increasing student’s democratic consciousness as citizens.

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Guided tour – Havel In A Nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition Havel In A Nutshell introduces pupils and students the life of Václav Havel through a collage of photographs and quotations. Touch screens make use of detailed information and sound recordings to place individual chapters – family, theatre, dissent and presidency – in a broad cultural-historical context, while a large interactive map creates a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.

Exhibitions

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Havel in a nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition brings Václav Havel’s story to life via a collage of photographs and quotations. Touchscreens place individual chapters of his life in the broader cultural and historical context, while a large-scale interactive map allows visitors to gain a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.  

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Oldřich Škácha – Occupation 1968

A collection of photographs by Oldřich Škácha from the Václav Havel Library’s collection.

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The Faces of Resistance

Pavel Hroch’s online photographic exhibition captures the stories of those who, across several decades of Czechoslovak history, stood up to evil, inhumanity, oppression and coarseness and who at certain moments displayed courage, will to freedom, love of those around them and common sense.

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Via the East to the West

In autumn 1989, Prague was flooded with citizens from the German Democratic Republic. For them, the Czechoslovak capital was to be a transfer station on the journey to freedom, to the western part of their country, whose division was symbolised by the Berlin Wall. One of the main reasons for the sudden growth in the number of refugees was the fear that the GDR would close its borders with Czechoslovakia, the only country East German citizens could enter without a visa, ahead of 40th anniversary celebrations of its foundation.

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With a Passion for Freedom

Pavel Hroch’s photographs capture the revolutionary period springing from November 1989 as well as the era of transformation, the start of the 1990s, when things happened in Czechoslovakia that had previously been impossible and unimaginable, a period of joy and carnivalesque festivity, a period of visions, hopes and a great and perhaps somewhat naïve belief in the future. Twenty-five years later, the photographs hold a mirror up to the manner in which those dreams and visions have been realised and to where we find ourselves today.

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Leaving

Story of Václav Havel’s final play and first film (1988–2011)

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August invasion of Hrádeček

A meeting of the children of dissidents and others who shared recollections of Václav Havel. The exhibition is a colourful collage of photographs, audio recordings – from talks by individual participants on the subject “My life with Václav Havel”, to a concert by Monika Načeva and Michal Pavlíček – and unique archival materials.

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Archive / Documentation centre / Research projects

Dokumentační centrum

The Václav Havel Library is gradually gathering, digitizing, and making accessible written materials, photographs, sound recordings and other materials linked to the person of Václav Havel.

  • 50587 records in total
  • 15290 of events in the VH's life
  • 2994 of VH's texts
  • 1784 of photos 
  • 275 of videos
  • 555 of audios
  • 5625 of letters
  • 14718 of texts about VH
  • 5451 of books
  • 15274 of bibliography records

Access to the database of the VHL’s archives is free and possible after registering as a user. Accessing archival materials that exist in an unreadable form is only possible at the reading room of the Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, 110 00 Prague 1, every Tuesday (except state holidays) from 9:00 to 17:00, or by prior appointment.

We will be glad to answer your queries at archiv@vaclavhavel-library.org.

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Vladimir Hanzel's revolution

Collage of recollections, images and sound recordings from Vladimír Hanzel, President Václav Havel’s personal secretary, bringing the feverish atmosphere of the Velvet Revolution to life.

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Václav Havel Interviews

A database of all accessible interviews given to print media outlets by the dramatist, writer and political activist Václav Havel between the 1960s and 1989. The resulting collection documents the extraordinary life story of an individual, as well as capturing a specific picture of modern Czechoslovak history at a time when being a free-thinker was more likely to lead to jail than an official public post.

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All about Library

The Václav Havel Library collects, researches, disseminates, promotes and advocates the spiritual, literary and political legacy of a great figure of modern Czech history - the author, playwright, thinker, human rights defender and Czechoslovak and Czech president. It also focuses on people, events and phenomena related to the legacy of Václav Havel and strives to place them in the context of the times and of the present.

From August 2014, the Václav Havel Library is located at the address Ostrovní 13, Prague 1. The building’s ground-floor spaces is dedicated to an exhibition "Václav Havel or Havel in a nutshell" and used for VHL club events – all kinds of seminars, readings, exhibitions, lectures, concerts and theatre performances. The Library’s offices, archive, constantly expanding library, and reading room are located on the first floor.

The main aims of the Václav Havel Library include

  • Organizing archival, archival-research, documentary, museum and library activities focused on the work of Vaclav Havel and documents or objects related to his activities, and carries out professional analysis of their influence on the life and self-reflection of society
  • Serving, in a suitable manner, such as through exhibitions, the purpose of education and popularisation functions, thus presenting to the public the historical significance of the fight for human rights and freedoms in the totalitarian period and the formation of civil society during the establishment of democracy
  • Organizing scientific research and publication activities in its areas of interest
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Support us

Financial donations

If you would like to support the work of the Václav Havel Library or its specific activities or projects by means of a financial donation you can do so via the VHL’s PayPal account

Or by bank transfer to:

ČSOB a. s., Na Poříčí 24, 115 20 Praha 1

  • Crown account number 7077 7077 / 0300 CZK
  • Euro account number 7755 7755 / 0300 EUR
  • Dollar account number 7747 7747 / 0300 USD

If an individual makes a donation of over CZK 1,000, or if a company makes a donation of over CZK 2,000, in one calendar year we will create for you a donation contract confirming the amount of the donation involved; the donor can use this to reduce their tax base in compliance with the law on taxation. For more information, contact us.

Donors with US citizenship can support us through the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation New York.

Donations and loans to the VHL archive

The Václav Havel Library administers an archive of written materials, documents, photographs, video recordings and other materials related to the life and work of Václav Havel. The archive is predominantly digital in form. If you or somebody close to you is the owner of original texts, photographs, speeches or other works produced by Václav Havel we would appreciate it greatly if you contacted us. We will oversee the digitalisation of these documents and place them in our digital archive. If you would like to keep possession of such documents or items, we will return them in perfect condition.  

If a copy or original is donated to the Václav Havel Library, the terms of donation and use will in all cases be agreed with the owner. The names of all donors or owners will be listed alongside the documentary materials in question.

Internships

We offer short and long-term internships at the Václav Havel Library to Czech and foreign students. Interns are particularly welcomed in the fields of library studies and archival science, arts management, journalism, Czech Studies and other areas of the humanities.

We welcome knowledge of English (German and French are also a plus), while knowledge of Czech is an advantage for foreign interns.

Internships range in duration from six weeks to one year, while it is possible to agree on individual duration depending on the requirements of schools. On completion of the internship, the participant receives a certificate with an appraisal. Internships take place on the basis of prior agreement with applicants and dates must be agreed around two months in advance. Václav Havel Library internships are unpaid and we do not cover transport or accommodation costs.

If you are interested in an internship at the Václav Havel Library, contact us at the email address:

Media and promotion cooperation with the VHL

The Václav Havel Library welcomes the mutual exchange of links and the publication of our banners and information about our events. For more information, contact us directly.

Volunteers

The Václav Havel Library welcomes volunteers who would like to assist in our work.