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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2023 Václav Havel Prize  05/09/23

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which rewards outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights in Europe and beyond, has today announced the shortlist for the 2023 Award. Meeting in Prague today, the panel – made up of independent figures from the world of human rights and chaired by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Tiny Kox – decided to shortlist the following three nominees, in alphabetical order: More

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Three candidates shortlisted for the 2022 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize  06/09/22

The discussion among the seven-member jury helmed by the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe centred on the importance of the issue of human rights during this tense period. The finalists include Vladimir Kara-Murza, a political prisoner and leading Russian democracy campaigner; Ukraine’s 5 AM Coalition, which gathers evidence of human rights abuses stemming from Russia’s invasion of the country; and Hungary’s Rainbow Coalition defending LGBTQIA+ rights. “This year’s selection reflects the central role that human rights play in the current European crisis,” says Michael Žantovský, jury member and executive director of the Václav Havel Library, which bestows the prize in cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Nadace Charty 77.

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The Other Europe  27/04/22

Dear Friends, After three years we have completed the international project The Other Europe, during which, in cooperation with partner institutions, we have processed and made public recordings of interviews shot in 1987 and 1988 behind the Iron Curtain, and in exile, with important representatives of the opposition and the arts, as well as random citizens. Over those three years we have prepared video, audio and text of 106 interviews in speakers’ native languages and English translation. Despite public health restrictions in the Covid period, we have jointly prepared 16 international conferences and public presentations in six Central and Eastern European states. More

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From Schuman to Havel – what next?  16/02/22

The Václav Havel Library is a proud partner of the project Beyond Robert Schuman’s Europe More

Program for May 2024<>

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No Child Left Behind – Even in Czechia?

No Child Left Behind – Even in Czechia?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 6, 2024, 16:00 – 18:00

A discussion focused on reform of the system of protection ofat-risk children. Among the issues raised will be the fact that the family is the best place for every child and that it is time to invest in supporting families rather than the network of institutions created in the 1950s.

For almost 30 years, the Czech Republic has been discussing the need for a fundamental overhaul of the system of care for endangered children and families. Many experts and members of the public have provided irrefutable evidence of the detrimental effect of institutionalisation on the lives of children. However, even today no fewer than 8,000 children and young people are condemned to a life in an institution. A new, modern law is currently being drafted to tackle this dismal situation. Will the extended networks of institutions finally be transformed into extra-institutional and outreach services? How to help children and families at risk of income poverty? How much does, and should, the child protection system in the Czech Republic cost? Is new legislation on child protection and family support close? Will no child left behindreally apply in the country one day?

Speakers: Klára Chábová from the Step Home foundation and the To Adulthood platform, Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková, government human rights commissioner, and MiloslavMacela, author of a reform to the system of care for at-risk children.

Zuzana Tvarůžková will chair the discussion.

Too Visible a Craft: The Limits and Transformations of Graphic Design

Too Visible a Craft: The Limits and Transformations of Graphic Design

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 6, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Can a graphic designer turn a bad book into a good one? Does a book designer become a co-author? How does graphic design differ between magazines and books? And how will the advent of artificial intelligence affect the work of graphic designers? Linda Kudrnovská and Filip Blažek, creators of the Identity project, along with renowned graphic designer Zuzana Lednická, will discuss the limits and changes of graphic design in the publishing industry and beyond. The debate will be moderated by Jakub Sedláček, editor-in-chief of the Paseka publishing house and editor of the book Neviditelné řemeslo (The Invisible Craft).

Jiří Peňás and Karel Schwarzenberg: Expeditions with the Prince to Schwarzenberg Sites

Jiří Peňás and Karel Schwarzenberg: Expeditions with the Prince to Schwarzenberg Sites

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 7, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

In charming sketches in the book Výpravy s knížetem po schwarzenberských místech (Expeditions with the Prince to Schwarzenberg Sitesthe writer and traveller Jiří Peňás presents a valuable record of the final wanderings of Prince Karel Schwarzenberg, with whom he had the opportunity to visit places that were particularly dear and memorable to the aristocrat on a number of day-long expeditions. The book-length interview is conducted in a cordial spirit, delivering hitherto unshared information and unrevealed connections. Jáchym Topol will talk to Jiří Peňás about his book and his travels with the nobleman.

Debate N: Reconciliation Not Punishment

Debate N: Reconciliation Not Punishment

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 14, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

How to achieve justice in sexual violence cases? The debate will focus on the restorative approach, which aims to heal relationships negatively impacted by the commission of a crime. It seeks to provide for the victim’s needs and repair the harm and then motivates the offender to take responsibility. Deník N editors Dominika Píhová and Ludmila Blažková will talk with their guests about what justice can mean for both victim and perpetrator, and about the scope of restorative approaches in Czech law.

Václav Havel: Temptation

Václav Havel: Temptation

  • Where: Kino Pilotů, Donská 168, Prague
  • When: May 15, 2024, 18:30 – 20:30

Cinema premiere of Andrej Krob’s 1988 video staging

Václav Havel wrote the play Temptation, his distinctive take on the Faust theme, in 1985. A year later it had its world premiere at the Burgtheater in Vienna. However, any domestic production was out of the question; as a dissident and Charter 77 signatory, Václav Havel was barred from all public activities by the communist regime. Therefore his close friend, the stagehand and director Andrej Krob, decided to put Temptation on with the help of then quite novel technology: the video camera. Although he had learned how to use the camera on the fly, with the help of Jan Kašpar and David Schmoranz, he shot image after image in his own matter-of-fact, economical way during 1986 and 1987. And on Thursday, 14 April 1988, in the bowels of the Vyšehrad casemates, where one of the cast had a changing room as a worker, he screened “his” Temptation to the author and friends.

Over 35 years later, the Václav Havel Library and the cinema Kino Pilotů have managed to carefully digitise this video production by Andrej Krob from one of the original videotapes. It is astonishing how easily the big screen can “carry” the restored Temptation without losing any of its authenticity. Why not judge for yourself?!

Rooms of One’s Own: A Debate on the Book

Rooms of One’s Own: A Debate on the Book

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 15, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

One hundred years ago, Virginia Woolf opened up the topic of a room of one’s own, i.e. the possibility of women to create and apply themselves artistically, in the context of the social expectations of the time. How do Czech women writers write and live in 2024? Jana Poncarová, Pavla Horáková, Michaela Klevisová and authors included in the book Vlastní pokoje (Rooms of One’s Own) will take part in a discussion hosted by Barbora Baronová.

Circus ÚSTR. History as a Weapon? How the Disinterpretation of Modern History Undermines Society

Circus ÚSTR. History as a Weapon? How the Disinterpretation of Modern History Undermines Society

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 16, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Modern Czech and European history, especially when it comes to the totalitarian and authoritarian regimes of the 20th century, is naturally the subject of pluralistic research. At the same time, the West, including the Czech Republic, is currently facing premeditated attacks from genocidal imperial powers, primarily Russia, that – through propaganda and disinterpretation – employ history as a dangerous weapon. How does Russian manipulation of history work, and what is its goal? Which events in Czech history are deliberately weaponised by Russia? What can we do to make society resistant to the falsification of history? Can civic education help? And what is the responsibility of intellectual and political elites?

Guests: Helena Langšádlová, historian Petr Placák and MP Ondřej Kolář.  

Chaired by historian and philosopher Petr Hlaváček, director of the Department of Research and Education at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

The event is part of a series of debates named Circus ÚSTR, with the title referencing the Czech acronym for the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Debate with Respekt: Michael Kimmage

Debate with Respekt: Michael Kimmage

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 17, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

US historian Michael Kimmage is visiting Prague to present his new book Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability, which explores the causes of Europe’s biggest war since 1945. Where has the United States failed, and where has Europe failed? Are relations between the West and Russia even worse today than during the Cold War? And has the war in Ukraine begun a new period of global instability? The debate will be moderated by Barbora Chaloupková, a contributor to the weekly Respekt.

The discussion will be held in English, without interpretation into Czech.

Open House Prague at the VH Library

Open House Prague at the VH Library

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 18, 2024, 10:00 – May 19, 2024, 18:00

The 10th anniversary edition of the Open House Prague festival will offer a rich programme, opening up 115 buildings and spaces for free throughout the capital. Admission requires registration (www.openhousepraha.cz).

The Round Table as Instrument of Change: Central Europe in 1989

The Round Table as Instrument of Change: Central Europe in 1989

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 20, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

In the late 1980s, so-called round tables played a significant role in many Soviet bloc countries as an instrument of political and social change. The model was a meeting between the Communist regime and elements of the opposition in Poland in the spring of 1989, which gave rise to the country’s first partially free elections since WWII. Michael Kocáb, Vladimír Hanzel and Petr Blažek will discuss the causes, forms and consequences of the round table phenomenon.

Hana Kordová Marvanová will chair the debate.

One in a series of Museum of the 21st Century talks.

In Conversation With… Janek Rubeš

In Conversation With… Janek Rubeš

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 21, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

As the face of Honest Guide, which has nearly 1.4 million YouTube subscribers, Janek Rubeš is also for many the face of Prague. His videos highlight scams to watch out for, but also offer visitors an insider's guide to the Czech capital. But what motivates the young Praguer to tackle illegal money changers and dodgy exchange offices? And how does he feel the city could be improved? Ian Willoughby of Radio Prague International will put these and many more questions to Rubeš in this edition of In Conversation With…, a series of occasional talks in English hosted by the Václav Havel Library.

Ukraine as Task

Ukraine as Task

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 22, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

A discussion forum with Rostislav Prokopjuk on Ukraine’s past, present and future.

The Free Academy: Lucie Jarkovská and Kateřina Lišková

The Free Academy: Lucie Jarkovská and Kateřina Lišková

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 23, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Who is using “gender ideology” as a threat, and why. The example of sex education, its history and concrete practice in Czech school

Issues of gender and sexuality are not just a matter of individual identity but also a useful indicator of the openness and democracy of a given society. In the contemporary Czech Republic and beyond, anti-democratic forces are mobilising around the alleged threat of “gender ideology”. Their aim is not just to suppress the rights of specific groups: they seek to subvert the principles of democratic organisation. The lecture will illustrate these processes using the example of sex education, demonstrating how the content of such education is linked to the socio-political context of the time.

Lucie Jarkovská and Kateřina Lišková perform as Duo docentky (Female Docent Duo), popularising feminism and research on gender and sexuality via stand-up comedy. The pair also co-founded the field of gender studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. Lucie is currently working at the Institute of Inclusive Education Research at the Faculty of Education of Masaryk University, while Kateřina works at the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Institute of History.

The Václav Havel Library at Book World Prague

The Václav Havel Library at Book World Prague

  • Where: Výstaviště Praha - Holešovice, Areál Výstaviště 67, 170 90 Praha 7
  • When: May 23, 2024, 09:00 – May 26, 2024, 19:00

You will find our stand carrying new and established titles in Hall A, near the entrance to the trade fair grounds. In addition we will be at the Václav Havel Hall at 3 pm on May 23 to introduce the latest publications from the Václav Havel Library, which this year is celebrating 20 years of existence. Participants will include Anna Freimannová, Martin Vidlák and Jan Šulc, while Jáchym Topol will read excerpts.


 

Slovak Politics is Focused Eastward. Will the Czechs be Next?

Slovak Politics is Focused Eastward. Will the Czechs be Next?

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 24, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

What state is Slovakia in now, following Robert Fico’s victory in parliamentary elections and Petr Pellegrini’s victory in presidential elections? How might this affect Czech parliamentary elections and the fate of the Czech Republic in the event of a triumph for Andrej Babiš? These will be the topics of Jaroslav Spurný’s discussion with Slovak investigative journalist Marek Vagovič. The discussion will also take in Slovak mafias, freedom of speech and the position of Slovak journalists.

Samizdat and Underground Literature in the V4 Countries

Samizdat and Underground Literature in the V4 Countries

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 27, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

What exactly was samizdat? A weapon against censorship? An alternative form of communication? A collection of uncensored texts? A form of resistance? A network of creative social and cultural practices? A hard-to-find cultural commodity? How was samizdat perceived by those who were personally involved in its production and circulation? What materials can be categorised as samizdat in the first place? What were the most important samizdat initiatives in Hungary? How were they connected with the Polish and Czechoslovak underground? All these questions will be touched on in a lecture and debate linked to Gabor Danyi’s book The Typewriter and the Travelling Bag: Samizdat Literature in the Kádár Era, 19561986.

Guests: Marta Šimečková (Projekt Fórum, Bratislava), Andrzej Jagodzinski (Gazeta Wyborcza, Varšava), Pál Závada (Writers’ Guild, Budapest) and Jáchym Topol (Václav Havel Library, Prague).

Introduced by Judit Rajk (European Cultural Foundation, Budapest).

Chaired by Martin M. Šimečka (Projekt Fórum, Bratislava).

The debate will be interpreted into Czech.
 

Hvížďala and Sidon: Lies Have Short Legs

Hvížďala and Sidon: Lies Have Short Legs

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 29, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Lež má krátké nohy (Lež má krátké nohy) is a book length interview by Karel Hvížďala with Karol Sidon exploring the word “lie” in the Bible, literature and politics, as well as in the lives of the two men. Miroslav Petříček, Josef Chuchma and Lenka Bradáčová will “baptise” the publication. Petr Fischer will serve as host for the evening and flautist Jiří Stivín will perform.

Václav Havel, Former President

Václav Havel, Former President

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: May 30, 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

For some merely a former president, for others still their president. The recently released documentary film Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me? looks back at Václav Havel’s final years. Leaving office need not mean losing influence or going into seclusion. What was Václav Havel’s life like, how did he cope with an “ex-presidency” that surprised him by being something of a lifetime post, and how did he fill this time? This is what Jiří Kubík, investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of Seznam Zprávy, will ask long-time associates of Havel’s from his presidential and post-presidential periods: Jakub Hladík, Sabina Tančevová and Martin Vidlák.

Havel Channel

Havel Channel je audiovizuální projekt Knihovny Václava Havla, jehož cílem je šířit myšlenkový, literární a politický odkaz Václava Havla, bez ohledu na vzdálenost, zeměpisné hranice či nouzové stavy. Jeho páteř tvoří debaty, vzdělávací projekty a rozhovory. Velký prostor je věnován též konferencím, autorským čtením, záznamům divadelních inscenací a koncertům. Audiovizuální projekt Knihovny Václava Havla Havel Channel se uskutečňuje díky laskavé podpoře Karel Komárek Family Foundation.

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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 & prizes

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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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Havel - Albright Transatlantic Dialogues

Since the first Václav Havel Transatlantic Dialogues at GLOBSEC and FORUM 2000 conferences last year, we have lost another stalwart advocate of the transatlantic bond and of the need to face threats to democracy and international order together on both sides of the Atlantic, the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In view of the close bond between Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright and, after Havel's death, between the Secretary and the Library, the Václav Havel Library, with the approval of Madeleine Albright's family, renamed and rebranded the program as The Havel-Albright Transatlantic Dialogues (HATD), after the two major figures with roots in Central Europe who have personified the bond. Together, Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright symbolize the transatlantic relationship and the fundamental values underpinning it perhaps better than any other two people in recent history. The upcoming Dialogues “The Indispensable Woman: The Legacy of Madeleine K. Albright”, at the FORUM 2000 conference on September 1, and at the “Havel and our Crisis” conference at Colby College, ME, on September 28, will thus become venues for a well-deserved tribute to the pair we all respected and admired.

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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
Foto
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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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.

  • 71364 records in total
  • 28286 of events in the VH's life
  • 2831 of VH's texts
  • 2125 of photos 
  • 403of videos
  • 568of audios
  • 6598of letters
  • 15101of texts about VH
  • 8275 of books
  • 40843of 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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Havel in a nutshell

The virtual exhibition Václav Havel in a Nutshell places the life story of Václav Havel in the broader cultural and historic context in four chronologically distinct chapters with rich visual accompaniment. The exhibition is supplemented by the interactive map Flying the World with Václav Havel, which captures in physical form Havel’s global “footprint”.

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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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Pavel Juráček Archive

The Pavel Juráček Archive arose in February 2014 when his son Marek Juráček handed over six banana boxes and a typewriter case from his father’s estate to the Václav Havel Library. Thousands of pages of manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, documents and personal and official correspondence are gradually being classified and digitalised. The result of this work should be not only to map the life and work of one of the key figures of the New Wave of Czechoslovak film in the 1960s, but also to make his literary works accessible in the book series The Works of Pavel Juráček.

The aim of the Václav Havel Library is to ensure that Pavel Juráček finds a place in the broader cultural consciousness and to notionally build on the deep friendship he shared with Václav Havel. Soon after Juráček’s death in 1989 Havel said of him: “Pavel was a friend of mine whom I liked very much. He was one of the most sensitive and gentle people I have known – that’s why I cannot write more about him.”  

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All about Library

The Václav Havel Library works to preserve the legacy of Václav Havel, literary, theatrical and also political, in particular his struggle for freedom, democracy and the defence of human rights. It supports research and education on the life, values and times of Václav Havel as well as the enduring significance of his ideas for both the present and future.

The Václav Havel Library also strives to develop civil society and active civic life, serving as a platform for discussion on issues related to the support and defence of liberty and democracy, both in the Czech Republic and internationally.

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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Podpořte nás

We are well aware that freedom and democracy must be nurtured. Here at Ostrovní 13, but also on the audiovisual platform Havel Channel, we strive to do so through our own educational programmes, talks, discussion meetings, books, exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances. We honour Václav Havel's legacy and wish that the Library be a living organism and open to all. That is why our programme is free of charge for everyone. This would not be possible without regular financial support from our supporters. Become one of them...
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You can easily make a one-time payment by scanning the QR code.

Would you like to contribute regularly? Then we invite you to become a member of the Friends of the Vaclav Havel Library Club. What are the benefits of membership? Find out more.

Help us expand the archive

The Vaclav Havel Library manages an archive of writings, documents, photographs, video recordings and other materials related to the life and work of Vaclav Havel. This archive is predominantly in digital form. If you or someone close to you owns any original texts, correspondence, photographs, speeches or any other work by Vaclav Havel, we would be grateful if you could contact us.

You can donate in other ways too

Supporting a specific charitable or public benefit organization whose activities you appreciate or have been supporting for a long time is also possible through a will. This form of donation is quite common abroad, but in the Czech Republic this tradition is only just taking root.

Share information about us

The Vaclav Havel Library is open to media and promotional cooperation, mutual sharing of links, publishing our banners or information about our events.

For more information, please contact us.

Donations have their rules

At the Vaclav Havel Library, we uphold a transparent, responsible and ethical way of dealing with all those who contribute to fulfilling our purpose and implementing our strategy. Our code of ethics summarizes the basic rules of donations.

Get involved in volunteering

Would you like to get involved as a volunteer? That's great. We welcome anyone who wants to help our work.

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