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David Hrbek: Words, Images, Rock’n’Roll 
November 1, 2019, 18:00

In his book Slovo, Obraz, Rokenrol (Words, Images, Rock’n’Roll) David Hrbek speaks to musicians, photographers, writers and composers about the 1960s, rock’n’roll, the Beatles, freedom in art and first and foremost their own work, personal recollections and experiences. Among his interviewees are Mike McCartney, Václav Havel, Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega and Michael Nyman, while stories about Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton also feature. More

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Stay Strong! Letters from Prison 
November 4, 2019, 19:00

The letters present two individuals joined by a stale romance but also considerable life experience. They capture attempts to maintain freedom of speech but also fear of the censorship that would hold back messages for the other person. They reveal the hardship that the married couple, civically engaged individuals, had to face during normalisation.” More

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Czechoslovaks’ Journeys to Freedom in the Antipodes – Havel in the Pacific 
November 5, 2019, 19:00

A debate focused on the Czechoslovak exile community in Australia and New Zealand. What form did waves of Czechoslovak migration to the Antipodes in the 20th century take, particularly post-1948? What conditions welcomed newly-arrived exiles in Australia and New Zealand in the 1950s, and why did that change after the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia? More

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Like in Heaven, But Different 
November 7, 2019, 19:00

Lone wolves don’t only live in the Šumava. Aleš Palán, author of the bestselling Raději zešílet v divočině (Best to Go Crazy in the Wilderness), describes encounters with other solitary types living off the grid. He spent a year and a half visiting them in remote parts, from Chodsko to the White Carpathians, from the Jizera Mountains to the Beskids. More

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Vladimír Mikulka: Battering Rams of the Future 
November 8, 2019, 19:00

Beranidla Budoucnosti (Battering Rams of the Future) is a theatre play that demonstrates that conspiracy theories have always been true. More

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Krzysztof Miller: Breakthroughs and Conflicts 
08/11/19 – 05/01/20 Participation on local events

Work by the Polish photo reporter from the Velvet Revolution and around the world. More

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Psí Vojáci 40: Day and Evening of Remembrance 
November 10, 2019, 12:00

In honour of the 40th anniversary of their first official concert, we will recollect moments shared with the band Psí Vojáci during a day and evening of remembrance. More

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Beatrice Landovská: It’s Never Too Late (For a Happy Childhood) 
November 11, 2019, 19:00

Beatrice Landovská’s autobiographical book Nikdy není pozdě na šťastné dětství (It’s Never too Late for a Happy Childhood) details the contented childhood of the daughter of actor Pavel Landovský. Excerpts will be read by Libuška Šafránková, his old colleague from the golden age of the theatre Činoherní klub, when Russian dramas were performed (as referred to many times in the book), as were the greats of the 1960s: Pavel Juráček, Jan Němec, Václav Havel and Ludvík Vaculík. The memoir centres on the period 1962–1976 and recount events in the Prague district of Vokovice, Pardubice, Kytlice and other spots in Bohemia, as well as on a trip to Bulgaria. More

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Debate with Respekt 
November 12, 2019, 19:00

Debate with editors from the weekly Respekt and their guests on a topical issue.

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Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings? 
November 13, 2019, 19:00

What does it mean to be a journalist in the 21st century? More

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The Václav Havel Library at the Farmer’s Market in Dejvice 
November 16, 2019, 08:00

A stand offering fare from the Václav Havel cookbook and publications produced by the VH Library. More

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(Theatre) Night at the Václav Havel Library 
November 16, 2019, 19:00 Participation on local events

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Thirty Years of Freedom – Live Czech Radio Broadcast from the VHL 
November 17, 2019, 10:00

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Czech Radio’s Dvojka station will broadcast a special edition of the programme How They See It live from the Václav Havel Library. Zita Senková’s guests will reflect on the ethos and significance of November 1989, how Czech society and politics have changed, how the legacy of the previous regime has been dealt with and what freedom and democracy mean to us. More

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One Day We’ll Have Made Progress 
November 17, 2019, 12:00

A little remembrance of events 30 years ago and contemplation of how to convey those events to the young generation. Every hour and a half hour we will screen footage from 1989 and continue with educational videos from the Year of Revolution series (www.rokrevoluce.cz), while you will also learn how Václav Havel imagined life in the Czech Republic in the year 2029. The event will conclude at 17:30 with a 20-minute performance by Dance Studio Light entitled The Republic is Waiting for Us, or Where is My Home.

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It’s Back Again 
November 17, 2019, 21:00

The Velvet Revolution began with a student march on Friday 17 November 1989. On the evening of Sunday 19 November, the Civic Forum was born at the Činoherní klub theatre. It led the revolution to victory and opened a new, democratic chapter in Czech history. Following a day of celebrations, marches and reminiscences, we will meet at the Činoherní klub on Sunday 17 November 2019 for an evening of period footage, recollections of participants in that fatal evening at the same venue 30 years earlier, music of that time and an examination of the raw reality of the present day. It’s guaranteed to be captivating, though the outcome is far from certain. More

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VH’S Living Room on Národní 
November 17, 2019, 12:00

This year once again we are opening up a space for lounging, public readings and purchasing books and listening to Václav Havel texts as part of the Národní Promenade, during with Národní St. will again be transformed into a pedestrian zone packed with street art, concerts and other arts activities. Come along and read Havel or listen to him being recited by well-known faces. More

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The Transitions to Democracy in Spain and Czechia/Czechoslovakia 
November 18, 2019, 18:30

Debate organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Spain. It will address how Spain and the then Czechoslovakia were able to move from dictatorship to democracy in processes globally considered to be successful, how the two countries have evolved since then, and what challenges still lie ahead. More

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That Day, 17 November 1989 
November 19, 2019, 19:00

Everybody took to the streets of Prague that day. They just didn’t know yet they had become part of an event that changed our history. More

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Václav Havel: The Beggar’s Opera – A Play About Morality and Manipulation 
November 20, 2019, 19:00

Discussion about a new radio recoding (premiered on Czech Radio on 16 November). More

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Europe 1989–2019: How to Sustain the Path Towards Europe Whole and Free? 
November 20, 2019, 18:00

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution, the conference will summarise and analyse the transformation of Europe achieved so far. The dream of Europe “Whole and Free” seems to be fading away, despite the historic enlargements of NATO and the European Union. Besides Russia’s coercive actions to prevent its neighbours from choosing this vision for themselves, there are new challenges stemming from the EU’s internal developments, including Brexit. More

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Reflections on a Czech Thirty Years, 1989–2019 
November 21, 2019, 19:00

Thirty years have elapsed since the collapse of communism and Soviet-Russian hegemony in Central Europe and also since the renewal of state sovereignty and democracy in Czechoslovakia, respectively the Czech Republic. Currently, however, we are witnessing in the Central European region (and beyond) uncertainty regarding the functioning of liberal democracy, the process of European integration and the development of Western civilisation, despite the fact that the dialogue-based, reflexive and self-critical West remains quite a decent civilisation. These are some of the reasons for the creation of the publication Nesamozřejmý národ? Reflexe českého třicetiletí 1989–2019 (An Uncertain Nation? Reflections on a Czech Thirty Years, 1989–2019), which attempts to examine our present situation critically and to identify important trends. More

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Václav Havel: Protest, Divadlo na tahu 
November 25, 2019, 19:00

To sign or not to sign? A play about a complicated question and an even more complicated answer. A one-acter on a dilemma that for authors of dramatic works remains a fiendish question. More

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Humour in Revolution 
November 26, 2019, 19:00

The confirmed guests all boast an original sense of humour: songwriter, lyricist poet and novelist Jiří Dědeček; psychiatrist, journalist and teacher Radkin Honzák; historian and political scientist Petr Koura; actor moderator and co-founder of the Society for a Merrier Present Bára Štěpánová.

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Places of Memory: United States 
November 27, 2019, 17:00

Slavery, concentration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII, Native Americans… What are the sensitive locations in American history, and how are they served by museums and national parks in the United States today? Can we compare the American approach to its own past to Czech and Russian experiences of coming to terms with totalitarian regimes? More

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Andrej Bán: The Elephant in Zemplín 
November 27, 2019, 19:00

The face of Slovak society changed utterly in 2018. The murders of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová rocked the whole society and connections came to light between the mafia and top politicians. Andrej Bán witnessed all of this at close quarters, just as he did many other important events in Slovakia over the last 30 years. More

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On the Dole in 30 Years: Who Will Thrive? 
November 28, 2019, 19:00

We dreamt of becoming astronauts, refuse collectors, teachers – but what will our children or grandchildren want to be? How will the labour market look in 10, 20, 30 years? Will we have more free time? What professions will thrive, and are manual and repetitive jobs on the way out? We will search for answers in the company of experts in many fields and in a discussion touching on, among other things, new technology, which will also transform traditional fields such as health care, philosophy and media. How to prepare for the professions of the future will also be explored. Will work opportunities be available to all? And how is Czech education responding to this epoch of rapid change? More

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