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Jan Horník: The West Must Be Destroyed 
June 3, 2024, 19:00

Thirty years ago, Aleksandr Dugin began promoting the restoration of the Eurasian empire. At the time, his ideas seemed marginal. However, in the era of Vladimir Putin, whom Dugin considers a key figure in world history, it is no longer advisable to ignore his theories. Dugin’s visions are coming true faster than we would like. Most dangerous is the goal of destroying the US-led West. Are we approaching a third world war? Jan Horník will present Dugin's Fourth Political Theory and discuss its potential influence in Russian and world politics with guests Tomáš Poyar, diplomat and security analyst, and Michel Romantzov, political geographer, educator and columnist. More

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Stranou – European Poets Live 
June 5, 2024, 19:00

From the word to the word. Now traditional readings within the festival Stranou – European Poets Live. Appearing will be Gyrðir Elíasson (Iceland) / Marta Bartošková (CR) / Markéta Hejná (CR) / Vid Karlovšek (SLO) / Aleš Kozár (CR) / Klára Krásenská (CR) / Maciej Melecki (PL) / Joanna Oparek (PL) / Selma Skenderović (SLO) / Iryna Zahladko (UA-CR). More

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Miroslav Ivanov Prize Presentation 
June 6, 2024, 17:00

We cordially invite you to the ceremonial presentation of the 24th edition of the Miroslav Ivanov Prize for non-fiction literature (for 2023). The Miroslav Ivanov Prize has been awarded since 2001 to the writers of the most outstanding publications in the field of non-fiction. It is run by the Club of Non-Fiction Authors with the support of the town of Jaroměř. Fifty-four titles from 25 publishing houses were submitted in this year’s edition. The evening will be moderated by Marie Hodinářová.

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The VH Library at Knihex 
June 8, 2024, 10:00 Participation on local events

As is now traditional, a VH Library stand with both new and tried and tested titles will be present at Kasárna Karlín for the Knihex festival of small publishers.

Holešovická tržnice, Bubenské nábř. 306, Prague 7  |  ico  | 
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The Free Academy: Veronika Tuckerová 
June 10, 2024, 19:00  

An intimate relationship toward the great son of the Jewish people? Kafka in Czechoslovakia More

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Debate N: The US Elections, Czechs and Journalists 
June 11, 2024, 19:00  

The United States is facing a crucial presidential election. Would a win for Joe Biden or Donald Trump make a perceptible difference to Czechs? What is the mood among the US people? What is going on in American politics, and what role does the media play in all this? Deník N editor Jana Ciglerová will be joined by American Studies scholar Jana Sehnálková from the Department of American Studies at Charles University, former Czech Radio Washington correspondent Jan Kaliba and Kateřina Vodvářková from the foreign desk of the Nova TV station.

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The (Royal Garden) Party. 20 years of the Václav Havel Library at Prague Castle’s Royal Garden 
June 13, 2024, 10:00

For 20 years now, there has been a place on the map where dialogue is conducted free of censorship or prejudice, where liberty shakes hands with independence, responsibility and respect for human rights, where learning about modern history is intertwined with an understanding of the principles of democracy and civil society – the Václav Havel Library is 20! Together with our friends and supporters, we celebrated this anniversary properly! In the Royal Garden at Prague Castle. From dawn to dusk. A colorful "balábile", mixed with theater performances, concerts, discussions, readings, photo shows, exhibitions, outdoor chess, theatrical fairground attractions and many surprises. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us and we look forward to seeing you again! The (Royal) Garden Party was organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Prague Castle Administration.

Pražský hrad – Míčovna, Praha 1 – Hradčany  |  ico  | 
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The Garden Party: Student Finale 
June 17, 2024, 19:00

A film made for the 60th anniversary of The Garden Party recreates the atmosphere of the Divadla Na zábradlí/Theatre on the Balustrade, where the play premiered in 1963, in the recollections of those who worked on the production. At the same time, the documentary also shows how The Garden Party is perceived by today’s students at DAMU drama school, who have staged the play twice this year, reimagining it in their own way. What unites the two generations, and what divides them? Does Václav Havel as a playwright still have something to say today? Or has The Garden Party completely lost its lustre? More

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Milena Jesenská and Felice Bauerová: Their Influence on Kafka’s Oeuvre 
June 18, 2024, 19:00  

Writers Magdaléna Platzová and Monika Zgustová will introduce you to both the lives of Milena Jesenská and Felice Bauerová and the influence the women had on Kafka’s literary work. Petr Vizina will serve as host. More

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Women’s Artistic Dissent – Book Discussion and Tribute to Eda Kriseová and Eva Švankmajerová 
June 19, 2024, 19:00

​Discussion with Brenda Flanagan and Hana Waisserová, authors of Women’s Artistic Dissent. The book is dedicated to Eda Kriseová, Eva Švankmajerová and other creative women who, via their writing, art and attitudes to life, created and expanded the scope of freedom not only in communist Czechoslovakia but also in the male-dominated dissent. More

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The VH Library at Knižní Lázně 
22/06/24 – 23/06/24 Participation on local events

The Václav Havel Library will have a stand at this book fair, which features a range of small publishers and rich accompanying programme and takes place on the main colonnade in the centre of Mariánské Lázně.

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The future of Iran. Evenings with Radio Free Europe 
June 24, 2024, 19:00  

These are tumultuous times for Iran. The recent death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi,  Iran’s conflict with Israel and involvement in Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the still resonating death of Mahsa Amini all indicate that significant political change could come soon. With a snap presidential election set to take place on 28 June, join Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for a discussion about what may lie ahead for Iran. More

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Ukraine as Task 
June 25, 2024, 19:00

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

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