The Czech Embassy celebrates all the children who have been starstruck by Czech athletes and who strive to achieve the same level of fitness and success. Inspired by Czech greats such as Olympic gymnast Věra Čáslavská, Paralympic swimmer Martin Kovář, Olympic alpine skier Ester Ledecká, Olympic marathon runner Emil Zátopek, Olympic runner Jaroslava Jehličková, and soccer player Lukáš Masopust, the Embassy received photos of some of the sports stars of the future!
Dr. Bohdan Pomahač, a pioneer in the field of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery, gave an inspiring lecture last evening - "The Untold Story Behind the First Face Transplant in the United States." He presented his perspective on performing face transplant surgeries with his team, as well as the challenges, accomplishments, and the journey ahead. Through his perseverance, he helped to give hope again to those who had suffered horrific injuries. He called those who went through the surgery "courageous," for he said that there is always the possibility of rejection of the donor face transplant. Dr. Pomahač also overcame many obstacles to make a better life for those without a face. For the journey ahead, he believes that medicine will be a key coponent for one's immune system in finding ways to treat patients post surgery.
ExPats Theatre presented a moving performance of Pankrác ’45 by Czech playwright Martina Kinská as part of a special "Czech night" at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 11, 2021, at 7:30 pm. The play's story is set in Prague’s Pankrác prison, where five women accused of Nazi collaboration share a cell. Each keeps a secret. Each knows the gallows await. The Czech Embassy's Head of Public Diplomacy, Lukas Pribyl, spoke at a talkback following the play, giving historical context and perspective on the characters' situations in the story. In the talkback, audience members said they appreciated the viewpoints from each of the characters and contemplated what they would do in a given situation.
In connection to the Kids Euro Fest last evening, the Czech Embassy presented the fairytale Princess Cursed in Time (Princezna zkletá v čase) on its large outdoor screen under the stars. Guests sipped hot apple cider watching the film in the crisp autumn weather. Cultural Attaché Jan Woska welcomed the community to the screening. In the film, a princess relives the same day over and over in hopes of saving her kingdom from the coming darkness. She must kill the evil witch who cursed her or find true love. If she fails, the kingdom will be destroyed by a dark storm. The princess has one last chance to save herself and the kingdom. Overall, it was a magical night of film.
What a memorable night! David Kalhous received a standing ovation last evening at the Czech Embassy for his beautiful performance of such pieces as Ballade in F minor, Op. 52 by Chopin and On an Overgrown Path by Janáček. Deputy Chief of Mission Světlana Doboszova was pleased to welcome the community back to the Embassy for an evening of classical music and commentary!
The Czech Embassy's outside space turned into a training facility with DC’s leading personal trainer and fitness specialist, Czech-American Tomas Trnka, on October 13 as part of the Embassy's focus on sports diplomacy. Fitness enthusiasts worked out together, following Trnka’s guidance on proper form and best exercises to target certain muscle groups and get in shape. Afterwards, Trnka answered questions, shared his ten wellness tips, and emphasized that, “Your body is a machine. There is no secret. Move daily and laugh every day!”
Over 500 people attended the Czech Embassy’s Olympic Village on September 18, celebrating the accomplishments of Czech Olympic athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2021 honoring Věra Čáslavská.
Czech Ice Hockey Heritage Night evoked patriotic spirit at the Czech Embassy on September 14! Attendees enjoyed the acclaimed documentary "The Nagano Tapes," practiced their ice hockey skills in the virtual "arena" by Sense Arena, and tested their hockey knowledge.