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Czechoslovaks’ Journeys to Freedom in the Antipodes – Havel in the Pacific

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: November 5, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00

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?

We will look back at the community of Czechs and Slovaks Down Under, while exiles themselves will describe life in Australia and New Zealand. Also discussed will be the Czech men and women who found success in Pacific countries. As part of the discussion we will also recall Václav Havel’s presidential visit to the region in 1995.

Markéta Vozková from the Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest team will compere the evening.

The event takes place within the accompanying programme of the sixth edition of the festival of Australian and New Zealand cinema, whose theme is FREEDOM. For more, go to


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