The Embassy of the Czech Republic held a festive celebration to commemorate one hundred years of Czech independence. To mark the historically vital occasion, hundreds of guests filled the main reception hall of the Czech Embassy to hear the welcoming words of Ambassador of the Czech Republic Hynek Kmoníček. The Ambassador underscored the gravity of the moment and its observance in Washington, DC.
As part of the celebrations surrounding the 100th Anniversary of Czech Independence, the Czech Philharmonic, under the direction of maestro Semyon Bychkov, performed a special gala concert on October 29, 2018, in the Kennedy Concert Hall.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic held a prestigious conference, From Masaryk to Havel and Beyond: The Struggle for Democracy, with keynote speaker former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2018.
The Wilson Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Slovakia, presented a historical discussion featuring Kevin McNamara, Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, and Michal Kšiňan, researcher at the Institute of the History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, moderated by Robert S. Litwak, Senior Vice President at the Wilson Center.
Top Czech theatre company Švandovo divadlo (Svanda Theatre) delivered memorable performances of four plays, "The Good and the True," "Pankrác '45," "Protest" and "The Debt" at Georgetown University, The Davis Performing Arts Center, in Washington, DC, on September 20-23, 2018.
The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence launched at the Czech Embassy with the opening of the exhibition, The Good 100, on September 6, 2018. Deputy Chief of Mission Zdeněk Beránek delivered remarks on the importance of the centennial anniversary of Czech independence celebrated by this year’s festival, before giving the floor to professor and acclaimed author Renáta Fučíková, who oversaw the creation of the visual exhibit on display.