“The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.” ~ Václav Havel
The Embassy of the Czech Republic announces the launch of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 - Václav Havel website www.mutualinspirations.org. This site features upcoming events, stories about Havel, US-Czech inspirational personalities, and more. Be sure to check the website periodically for the site is undergoing "construction" as new events and information are added, leading up to the festival this fall.
Photo © Pavel Štecha
Now in its fourth year, the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 celebrates the life and legacy of dissident, playwright, and former Czech President Václav Havel. This year also marks the 77th anniversary of Havel’s birth, a number of particular significance for Havel was one of the founders of Charter 77, a document that criticized the Czechoslovak communist government for failing to implement human rights provisions.
Patrons of this year’s festival include Havel’s widow Dagmar Havlová, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and and former First Deputy Prime Minister and Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg.
Running from September-October 2013, the festival includes events at prestigious venues throughout the Washington area, including the National Gallery of Art, Georgetown University, Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Flashpoint Gallery, Avalon Theater, West End Cinema, among others.
The festival incorporates a variety of events, including theatrical performances, film screenings, concerts, lectures, and exhibitions – rounding out the many hats Havel wore throughout his life: president, political leader, visionary, spiritual seeker, human rights activist, citizen, dissident, prisoner, playwright, writer, poet, and man.
Highlights of this year’s festival include a special memorial dedication at Georgetown University honoring the late president, a series of archival films and documentaries about Havel’s life at the National Gallery of Art, the world premiere of a new orchestral piece entitled Life in Truth by composer Joseph Santo, and performances of Havel’s renowned “Vaněk” plays at local theaters in Washington.
Explore the many colors of Havel’s life and the mutual inspirations that continue to transform our world perspective through the array of events coming to DC this fall. Be inspired!
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Mutual Inspirations Festival (MIF) is an annual initiative spearheaded by the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the mutual inspirations between Czech and American cultures and featuring each year an extraordinary Czech personality who has greatly influenced and inspired others through his or her work (MIF 2010-Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, MIF 2011-Antonín Dvořák, MIF 2012-Miloš Forman, MIF 2013-Václav Havel).
The festival began as a pilot project of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in 2010, and branched out to the local DC community a year later. It continues to grow, reaching out to select cities across the United States. In the last two years, over 20,000 visitors have attended festival events throughout Washington, DC, alone.
The festival takes place at cultural, religious, and educational community centers through a variety of forms, such as music, art, film, and literature. Through the celebration of the work of many famous personalities and the creations of individuals they in turn influenced, the festival aims to depict this long tradition of transatlantic inspiration and interpretation.