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European Literature Night, the Czech Center’s flagship project for the second time in New York

This year's program will delight lovers of all forms of art.

The second edition of the European Literature Night will be held at the Czech Center on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 5 PM to 10 PM. The works of contemporary European authors will be presented for the second time in a non-traditional fashion to the New York public. This year's program, which includes a series of public readings, will be enriched by several special events.

Readings will take place in ten-minute blocks in the seven readers' "corners," so visitors will be able to choose which one they will want to attend. They will be able to explore freely all the floors of the building, so they will also have the chance to discover this Manhattan landmark along with exceptional literary works. Throughout each floor, guests will also have the opportunity to observe excerpts on several walls from different Czech authors, which are a part of the Bohemian National Hall interior design.

In addition to public readings, performed by the students and soon-to-be actors of the New School for Drama, visitors can also enjoy an exhibition of artwork by students from the famous Parsons School of Design, who have been inspired by the featured literary works, or delight in a screening of films based on literary masterpieces. In like manner, a special event of the program will give visitors the chance to get acquainted with a work from Petr Sís with his new book centered on Sir Nicholas Winton, who was a British humanitarian that organized the Czech Kindertransport. European Literature Night will also be enriched with a music component as we welcome students from the Mannes School of Music to premiere their short pieces here for the first time. Guests will witness chamber performances by artists from one of the most significant music schools in the world. 

“We are honored to welcome so much talent to the Bohemian National Hall! We are also very pleased that students of The New School, which has a noble credo in its coat -- ‘University, Where Design, Liberal Arts and Performing Arts Come Together’ -- will get acquainted with European literary works," says Barbara Karpetová, director of the Czech Center New York.

Following the previous year, books by authors from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and also from Romania and Great Britain will be presented. Books introduced during European Literature Night will be up for sale, in  their English translations, throughout the evening at the Book Fair in the Ballroom on the 4th floor of Bohemian National Hall.

European Literature Night is the second largest project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in New York. Besides the Panorama Europe Film Festival, which brings together 20 members and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we are proud to welcome twelve partner organizations at European Literature Night, including the EU Delegation at the United Nations, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, The New School, and more than a hundred individuals from a wide array of writers, translators, editors, publishers, actors, composers, musicians, artists, diplomats, and teachers on board.