September 27, 2016, 1:00 PM
A beautiful, intimate ceremony with former First Lady of the Czech Republic Dagmar Havlová commemorated the 80th anniversary of the birth of Czech President Václav Havel at the Václav Havel’s Place at Alumni Square at Georgetown University on September 27 at 1 pm. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Jan Hamáček and Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Gandalovič offered their remarks on Václav Havel’s legacy. Georgetown students in Theater & Performance Studies Program, led by Professor Natsu Onoda Power, performed the late President’s poem, This is How I Begin. After being announced as the winner of the essay competition The Salvation of this Human World and receiving a trip to the Czech Republic, complements of the Embassy of the Czech Republic and CzechTourism, Georgetown student Melina Delkic read her winning essay, stating that “The only thing greater than receiving the gift of human compassion in a time of crisis is to give it to someone else.” To conclude, Czech musician Jaroslav Hutka, performed Havlíčku, Havle, a song associated with the revolutionary atmosphere of 1989 in former Czechoslovakia and dedicated to his friend and former fellow dissident, President Václav Havel. The participants and guests then symbolically tied ribbons in the tri-colors of the Czech flag on the site’s linden tree to remember the Velvet Revolution.
September 22, 2016, 6:00 PM
Praised Czech artist Dita Pepe opened her exhibition Love Yourself before a captivated audience at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on September 22. The photography project documents and examines the beliefs and values of women from all walks of life and uses photography as a therapeutic means to self-love and happiness. Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Czech Embassy Pavla Veličkinová noted that the artist really delves into the stories of the women – the mothers, wives, and professionals - she portrayed. The exhibition was a part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 – Martina Navrátilová, honoring a woman who became the best tennis player of all time while struggling with her own image and identity and learning to love herself.
September 20, 2016, 6:00 PM
Acclaimed Czech directress Irena Pavlásková presented Photographer (Fotograf), a film inspired by the unruly life of popular artist-turned-celebrity photographer Jan Saudek, during a special screening collaborated upon by the American University Museum (AU) at the Katzen Arts Center and the Embassy of the Czech Republic at the Katzen Arts Center on September 20. In the film, Jan Saudek is portrayed by Czech actor Karel Roden, who focuses on the internationally renowned genius’ love for women, particularly the female form of all shapes and sizes, and his relationships with them. The Head of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Czech Embassy, Pavla Veličkinová, opened the screening, praising the directress for her thoroughness, honesty, and ability to capture the ambiguousness of Jan Saudek, while exposing the artist’s eccentric personality. During questions and answers from a captivated audience, Irena Pavlásková gave credit to actor Karel Roden, noting that, “When Jan Saudek saw the film, he said, ‘He is more me than me!’”
September 13, 2016, 3:36 PM
As part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 – Martina Navrátilová, the Embassy of the Czech Republic organized a brief meeting for Martina Navrátilová and the leadership of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), an educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, DC. Martina donated her own tennis racket, autographed, to the organization, which aims to keep low-income children and youth off the street through tennis and academic tutoring.
September 12, 2016, 7:00 PM
Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Gandalovič and his wife held a gala dinner as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016- Martina Navrátilová in the Czech Embassy’s hall to recognize the achievements and inspirational leadership of Martina Navrátilová, the best tennis player of all time. Before numerous distinguished guests, the Ambassador praised that, “As a citizen of our two states, a proud Czech and a proud American, Martina literally represents what the Mutual Inspirations Festival is about.” Reflecting on a similar thought, the Director for Central and Northern European Affairs of the National Security Council, Brian Johnson, read a Message about the festival from US President Barack Obama, stating, “For generations, the Czech and American peoples have drawn meaning from the examples set by one another in the arts, in athletics, and through achievements spanning disciplines and mediums across our societies.”
Photo courtesy of Lillis Werder
September 12, 2016, 2:00 PM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Washington Post, held an exclusive sit-down talk with Czech-American tennis legend Martina Navrátilová and Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak on September 12. Over 200 attendees gathered during their lunch period in an impressive space at the Washington Post to listen to Martina discuss her career, life, and beyond, even touching upon current issues in both tennis and politics. Being recognized as an inspiration in her birth country as well as the United States, Martina noted that she strives to “stay true to herself,” despite her opinions preventing her from “getting onto the box of Wheaties.” Taking questions from the public as well, Martina didn’t shy away from speaking about prejudices facing women and the LGBT community. She also touched upon her difficult decision at the early of age of 18 to leave the former communist Czechoslovakia to pursue her dream of playing tennis. Still, she stressed that she “doesn’t put nationalism above being a human being.”
Photo courtesy of Lillis Werder
September 08, 2016, 11:00 PM
On September 8, 2016, Ambassador Petr Gandalovič welcomed 120 visitors at the Czech Embassy during a Wimbledon themed evening and launched the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 – Martina Navrátilová, speaking highly of the Czech-American tennis legend. Martina “is not only an extraordinary athlete but also a pioneer for the LGBT community and healthy living lifestyles,“ the Ambassador noted. The Head of the Public Diplomacy Department, Pavla Veličkinová, then served up an overview of this year’s festival and its numerous events. While chair umpires picked out the best dressed for prizes, the guests enjoyed a unique gallery of photos from Martina’s life. The highlight of the party was the amazing DJ Tom from Prague, lighting up a laser extravaganza and spinning music from the years when Martina Navrátilová dominated the world as number 1. Photo courtesy of GregsListDC
July 28, 2016, 4:55 PM
Just go out there and do what you have to do. ~ Martina Navrátilová
The Embassy of the Czech Republic announces the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 – Martina Navrátilová, honoring the best tennis player of all time, among men and women, in Washington, DC, from September 8–November 20, 2016. Enjoy a talk with Martina, grand slam dance party, photo exhibition, theatrical performance, special fitness workout, powerful documentaries, and more!
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April 18, 2016, 11:49 AM
This site is currently being "worked out." The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the website of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2016 on May 14, during the EU Open House. We look forward to sharing upcoming festival events with you. In the meantime, check out Martina's life by clicking on "Martina Navrátilová" in the menu on the left. Furthermore, we would like to thank Getty Images for supplying a number of the photos for this site. Please check back for updates periodically as we move towards the festival opening on September 8, 2016! We hope to have you energized for the fall.