The Dupont Underground, Alliance for New Music Theater, and the Embassy of the Czech Republic presented a special Velvet Play and Party on November 16, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The evening featured the screening of the film "My Freedom," a performance the Alliance's "Vaněk Unleashed," followed by a party with Dj Alyaz from Prague. The over 100 guests in attendance also had the opportunity to view the World Press Photo exhibit. The evening brought together artists and the community to commemorate the significant milestone in Czech history. On the wall, Czech graffiti artist Jan Kaláb painted in bold bubble letters 17.11.1989 - the start of the Velvet Revolution which toppled communism and led the country back to freedom and democracy!
On November 12, 2019, the Czech Embassy and the Slovak Embassy organized the prestigious panel discussion Velvet Revolution @30: A Legacy to Uphold at Georgetown University to remember and reflect on the Velvet Revolution, which brought freedom and democracy back to Czechoslovakia in 1989. Distinguished panelists, which included those who courageously led the way during the demonstrations and those who continue to lead the society into the years to come, shared their memories and experiences of the movement, which propelled Central Europe into the next century.
Classical duo Marek Švejkar (clarinet) and Lenka Korbelová (piano) received a standing ovation for their phenomenal performance at the Czech Embassy on October 21. Their concert, before a completely filled hall, included works by Bohuslav Martinů, Zdeněk Fibich, Luigi Bassi, and Charles-Maria Widor.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, for the first time ever, hosted a unique happening with skateboarders doing bold demonstrations down DC’s famous hill, followed by a talk and documentary on skateboarding on October 17, 2019.
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Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presented Kašpar Theater Company’s production of Audience by playwright and former Czech President Václav Havel and directed by Jakub Špálek on October 2, 2019. Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček opened the event speaking about the context of the times, the Velvet Revolution, and the play itself.
The Czech Embassy screened the documentary Magic Voice of a Rebel on September 24, at 6 pm. The film highlighted the gifted Czech singer, resilient freedom fighter, actress, animal lover, and mother - Marta Kubišová. Head of Public Diplomacy Lukáš Pribyl opened the evening calling Kubišová the "voice of the Revolution." Pribyl spoke briefly about the director of the film Olga Sommerová who has made over 100 films. He said that many of her films focus on the role of women in Czech society.
Kittie and doggie enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered at the Czech Embassy on September 14 for the Happy Hour: Barks & Beer to meet rescued animals from City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties. The Czech Embassy partnered with the local organization with high hopes of finding the right homes for the rescues from overcrowded and high-kill shelters in the area. The successful event was held in the spirit of this year's Mutual Inspiration Festival's personality Marta Kubišová, who after the Velvet Revolution hosted a popular show about abandoned pets called Do You Want Me? (Chcete mě?).
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The Embassy of the Czech Republic features the legendary singer and freedom fighter Marta Kubišová as the banner personality for the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2019. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which restored freedom and democracy to the nation. Marta served as a key leader uniting the people through her signature ballad A Prayer for Marta. The festival launches on September 12, 2019, at the Czech Embassy. Stay posted on this site as we continue to add new events!