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Archdiocese of Prague

In 973 AC, the first Prague bishop, Dětmar (Ditmars), was instated. His successor Vojtěch (St. Adalbert) is the patron of the Archdiocese of Prague. Thanks to the initiative of Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV, the Diocese of Prague was upgraded to Archdiocese. The first Archbishop of Prague was Arnošt z Pardubic (Ernest from Pardubice), who also initiated the building of St. Vitus Cathedral. The Archbishop of Prague obtained the right to crown the Czech kings and queens. Since 1348, when Charles University was established, the Archbishop has also served as the Great Chancellor of the University. Since 2007, the Archdiocese of Prague has consisted of 247 parishes with 889 churches situated in the center of Bohemia. 

Austrian Cultural Forum

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), is an agency of the Republic of Austria, and part of the Austrian Consulate General in New York. With its architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. It hosts more than 100 free events annually and showcases Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, and academic thought in New York. The Austrian Cultural Forum houses around 10,000 volumes in its state-of-the-art library, and enjoys long-standing and flourishing partnerships with many venerable cultural and academic institutions throughout New York and the United States.


Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague was established in 1799 by a decree passed by Emperor Franz I. The impetus for the creation of the Academy came from the “Society of Patriotic Art Lovers”, a philanthropic fellowship of enlightened aristocrats who had previously founded the Picture Gallery (today’s National Gallery) and thus laid the foundation for the preservation of individual artworks and collections, as well as for education in the arts. In 1925 the school became the first art school in Bohemia to acquire the status of a university. It gradually expanded its fields of study (in 1945, for example, the Art Conservation Department was opened), and in 1990 internal reforms led to multimedia disciplines becoming part of its program.


Family brewery in Humpolec, Czech Republic

BBLA - Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association

The Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), established in 1891, was founded as an umbrella organization representing approximately eighty Czech and Slovak cultural, educational and athletic community groups and clubs.





BrouCzech Beer

Traditional Czech premium beer.
Handmade since 1872.

Bubny Memorial of Silence = Památník Šoa Praha o.p.s.

The non-profit organization Memorial Shoah Praha o.p.s. was founded in late 2012 for the purpose of rebuilding the railway station Bubny in a modern center for contemporary history called the Memorial of Silence. The non-profit organization cooperates with other museums and memorials that deal with the Shoah issue, with the Jewish community in Prague, with the Faculty of Education, the Institute for Contemporary History and other


Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles



Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York



Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York 




Charles University

Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. It is the largest and most renowned Czech university, and is also the best-rated Czech university according to international rankings. There are currently 17 faculties at the University (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové and 1 in Plzeň), plus 3 institutes, 6 other centres of teaching, research, development and other creative activities, a centre providing information services, 5 facilities serving the whole University, and the Rectorate - which is the executive management body for the whole University.

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center

The Czech and Slovak School at the Bohemian Hall in Astoria, Queens invites all children interested in learning the Czech or the Slovak language, to join our low-tution language program. We are the largest Czech and Slovak school in the USA with 10 highly skilled and certified Czech and Slovak native teachers and 3 professional dance instructors. We offer a program based on a comprehensive approach to learning a modern Czech and Slovak language with a curriculum created to educate school-aged children. The program uses a Balanced Literacy framework and incorporates the Czech and the Slovak National Curriculum Standards for Elementary Schools to effectively teach all aspects of each language, including grammar, reading, creative writing, and communication.


Czech and Slovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU)

The SVU is an independent non-profit international cultural organization dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, the free dissemination of ideas, and the fostering of contact among people. It brings together scholars, scientists, artists, writers, students, lawyers, businessmen and others, throughout the world who have, because of their ethnic background or professional calling, have an interest in the Czech Republic and/ or Slovakia, their histories, peoples or their cultural and intellectual contributions.


Czech Invest

Business and Investment Development Agency Czech Invest, is an agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Established in 1992, the agency contributes to attracting foreign investment and developing domestic companies through its services and development programs. Czech Invest also promotes the Czech Republic abroad and acts as an intermediary between the EU and small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing structural funds in the Czech Republic.
Czech Invest is exclusively authorized to file applications for investment incentives at the competent governing bodies and prepares draft offers to grant investment incentives. Its task is also to provide potential investors current data and information on business climate, investment environment and investment opportunities in the Czech Republic.


Czech Radio

Czech Radio is the only public service radio in the Czech Republic. Next to its main 4 nationwide full service format stations, Czech Radio offers also 4 special stations focusing on news and current affairs, classical music, popularization of science and applied technical sciences, and young audience. Further, Czech Radio broadcasts abroad in 6 languages including Czech (service for compatriots living abroad).


Czech Television

CT – Czech Television is the public service broadcaster in the Czech Republic. Program television is broadcasting a broad range of genres, news provider, broadcaster of major sports events, and important producer of films, documentaries and current affairs programs.


Czech That Film

From provocative premieres to award-winning masterpieces, Czech That Film features the best of contemporary Czech cinema touring 18 American cities for four months. The Los Angeles edition of Czech That Film will take place from Friday, March 27th - March 31st, 2015 at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The festival provides an opportunity for enthusiasts of international cinema in the United States to discover successful new Czech films recently awarded at both domestic and international stages. 

Czech Tourism

The Czech Tourism agency, along with its offices abroad, ensures its successful presentation on the domestic and foreign markets. The Czech Tourism Authority – Czech Tourism is a contributory organization of the Ministry for Regional Development and was established in 1993. Its significant partner agencies include domestic tourist regions, cities, municipalities and businesses.


The Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) is a modern, university-level art school. It offers artistic personalities who have a broad cultural perspective and intense desire for profound learning the opportunity to integrate theatrical knowledge and skill with artistic experiment. DAMU is a higly selective school, providing professional education in all the branches of theatre creation: acting, directing, dramaturgy, scenography, theory and criticism, theatre management, authorial creation, and drama in education in the fields of regular and alternative theatre, performance studies and puppetry.


Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D. C.





EUNIC is the network of the European National Institutes for Culture. Formed in 2006, EUNIC is a recognized leader in culture cooperation governed by its 33 members from 27 countries and over 90 clusters based in different locations around the globe. EUNIC’s members work in over 150 countries with over 2,000 branches and thousands of local partners. They work in the arts, language, youth, education, science, intercultural dialogue and development sectors. EUNIC’s mission is to promote European values and to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU, through collaboration between European cultural institutes around the world. EUNIC’s aim is to expand the role of culture in Europe, and to strengthen cultural dialogue, exchange and sustainable cooperation with countries outside the EU.


Film and TV School (FAMU) is an integral part of The Academy of Performing Arts, which was founded after World War II, in 1947. It is the fifth oldest film school in the world. Its graduates include many influential filmmakers and scriptwriters, many known within international contexts such as Oscar winners or laureates of international film festivals. In addition, most people working in the Czech Republic’s film and TV industry in artistic or production positions, as well as still-photographers in various media are graduates from FAMU.

Forum 2000 Foundation

The Forum 2000 Foundation was established in 1996 as a joint initiative of the late President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel. Forum 2000 pursues the legacy of Václav Havel by supporting the values of democracy and respect for human rights, assisting the development of civil society, and encouraging religious, cultural and ethnic tolerance. It provides a platform for global leaders, as well as thinkers and courageous individuals from every field of endeavor, to openly debate and share these critical issues.

Fullbright Commission

The Fulbright Commission was founded in 1991 by a bilateral agreement between the governments of the United States and the Czech Republic with the objective to enhance mutual understanding through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges based on governmental scholarship programs, information, and advising services.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. We are a vibrant community of exceptional students, faculty, alumni and professionals dedicated to real-world applications of our research, scholarship, faith and service. 


Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.


iShorts is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote short films together with their authors. Our main activity is organizing regular short film screenings in Czech and Slovak cities. Each screening night has a specific program. On regular basis, we screen films that were awarded at major festivals: Cannes, Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance and many more. We were the first in Central and Eastern Europe to showcase all the finalists of Academy Awards for short films. We cooperate with European Film Academy and yearly we hold screenings of short horror films for Halloween, we organize an annual competition for cinematography in short films and we present films from various big cities: New York or London.

Jelinek Cork Group

Over the years Jelinek Cork has introduced new and exciting products to vastly different market areas. The automotive industry and engine parts (gaskets, carburetor and level gauge floats), specialty components (for musical instruments, batteries, sporting goods and shoe trades), industrial goods and building products (decorative floor and wall coverings, acoustical, anti-static and insulating materials) as well as numerous products for the stationery and home improvement markets are but a few of the more important industries being supplied by the Jelinek Cork Group throughout the world today.

Mannes College the New School for Music

Founded in 1916, Mannes School of Music at The New School seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice. Our eminent faculty of artists, scholars, and educators of international stature, including active professionals from all areas of the music world foster close, constructive relationships with students and are committed to advancing the creative role of music throughout all aspects of our rapidly changing society.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

In 1923, the Czechoslovak government decided that Czernin Palace would be allotted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offices of which were dispersed in several places in Prague. State rooms of Czernin Palace host many significant negotiations, and serve for the purposes of multiple conferences and sessions. It is not by accident that it was here where the Warsaw Treaty was dissolved at the beginning of 1990s.

Military History Institute in Prague

The Military History Institute in Prague is a military institution, governed by the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. The Military History Institute consists of the headquarters and three specialized departments (the museum and administration department with the restoration section, the history and documentation department that manages also the military history library, and the operational/economic department. The research activities focus particularly on the issues of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd resistance, and the personal issues of top military personalities. The Czech and Czechoslovak militarism, especially in the 20th century, is subject to the thorough and long-term research.

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts.


Mutual Inspirations 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. 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 three years, over 30,000 visitors have attended festival events throughout Washington, DC, alone.

National Film Archive (NFA) in Prague  

The National Film Archive (NFA) is one of the ten oldest film archives in the world. The NFA's function is collection, preservation, scientific processing, and using of audiovisual archival materials which document national film production, genesis and development of film art, life of the Czech nation and important world events. At present, the NFA takes care of more than 150 million film meters, 600 thousand photographs, 30 thousand posters, and 100 thousand advert materials.

National Museum of the Czech Republic

The National Museum is the largest museum in the Czech Republic. As the central state museum with collecting, scientific, educational and methodological functions it seeks to enhance the sense of national identity and awareness of being part of the whole framework of European and world community and culture. It is a polythematic institution, which comprises a large number of scientific disciplines and areas of collecting ranging from natural sciences to specialized fields of social sciences.

National Theatre

The National Theatre is the Czech Republic’s representative stage. It is one of the symbols of Czech national identity and a part of the European cultural arena. It is a bearer of national cultural heritage and at the same time an arena for free artistic creativity. The theatre is a living artistic organization which understands tradition as imposing a task and duty to find constantly new interpretation and an endeavor to achieve the highest artistic quality.

New York University

More than 175 years ago, Albert Gallatin, the distinguished statesman who served as secretary of the treasury under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city ... a system of rational and practical education fitting for all and graciously opened to all." Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.

New York Philharmonic

New York Philharmonic Archives

The New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. This season the Philharmonic will connect with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours; digital downloads; international broadcasts on television, radio, and online; and as a resource through its varied education programs.

One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

One World is one of the cornerstones of the People in Need Organization. Since its inception in 1999, it has become the most important festival of its kind in the world and in 2007 it won a special mention from UNESCO for its contribution to human rights education.

People in Need (Člověk v tísni)

We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization based on the ideas of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. We consider human dignity and freedom to be the basic values. We believe that people anywhere in the world should have a right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York


Platform of European Memory and Conscience

The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is a non-profit international non-governmental organization (an interest association of legal persons established according to the Civil Code of the Czech Republic) bringing together currently 48 public and private institutions and organizations from 18 countries – 13 EU Member States (Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Bulgaria), Ukraine, Moldova, Iceland, Canada and the United States of America, active in research, documentation, awareness raising and education about the totalitarian regimes which befell Europe in the 20th century. Through its Members, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience represents at least 200,000 European citizens and over 1,100,000 North American citizens with European roots.

Plzeň 2015

What will the title of European Capital of Culture bring to Pilsen and the Pilsen Region?

Over the course of its existence so far, the European Capital of Culture project has been proven to bring valuable benefits to those cities that did not underestimate the preparation process and that also kept in mind the aim for the sustainable development of the city and the region on the basis of creativity. 


Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews

Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews was established in the early 1960s in New York as the successor to the inter-world war Society for the History of Jews in the Czechoslovak Republic founded by members of B'nai B'rith.  The Society's primary mission is to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust and to contribute to the preservation of the unique history and culture of Czech and Slovak Jews. The Society holds annual memorial services and is taking part in initiatives pertaining to Jewish heritage in the Czech and Slovak republics.  In 2011 we initiated a series of lectures on topics related to the history and culture of Jews in the two countries.


Staropramen Brewery is the second largest brewery in the Czech Republic, and is situated in the Smíchov district of Prague. It was founded in 1869 and the brand name Staropramen, literally meaning “old spring”, was registered in 1911. It is owned by Molson Coors and its products are exported to 37 different countries, mostly in Europe and North America.


The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. The AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry.

The Czech Academy of Sciences (Akademie Věd)

The The Czech Academy of Sciences (the CAS) was established as the Czech successor of the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. It is set up as a complex of 54 public research institutions. The Academy employs over 8,000 employees more than a half of whom are researchers with university degrees.


The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair

The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair – the only fair of its kind in the United States that specializes in ceramics, pottery and glass from the 17th-21st centuries – celebrates its 17th anniversary. The show is set on three floors of the Bohemian National Hall and features over 30 top-tier vetted Galleries and Private Dealers from the United States, England, Europe and Asia.  On display will be everything from 17th century to contemporary objects, including porcelain, pottery, glass, cloisonné and enamels.

The Defiant Requiem Foundation

The Defiant Requiem Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in Terezín during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities. The Defiant Requiem Project tells their story and honors their courage by focusing on four core components: The Educational Website, The Documentary Film, The Rafael Schächter Institute and The Live Performances.

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UMPRUM = Academy of Arts Architecture & Design in Prague

The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (AAAD) is a public university offering the study disciplines of painting, illustration and graphics, fashion design, product design, graphic design, ceramics and porcelain, photography and architecture.

Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel Library functions as a center for the documentation and research of modern Czech history with an emphasis on promoting the ideas and works of Václav Havel: playwright, fighter against totalitarianism, leader of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Czechoslovak and Czech president, and a symbol of vigilance against despotism.

Václav Havel Library Foundation

The Václav Havel Library Foundation is a nonprofit foundation based at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. We work in partnership with the Václav Havel Library in Prague to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of playwright, dissident, and President, Václav Havel. We focus our programs and activities in the US and abroad.

Visegrad Fund

The International Visegrad Fund is an inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion based in Bratislava founded by the gov­ern­ments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, and the Slovak Republic—in Štiřín, Czech Republic, on June 9, 2000. The pur­pose of the fund is to facil­i­tate and pro­mote the devel­op­ment of closer coop­er­a­tion among cit­i­zens and insti­tu­tions in the region as well as between the V4 region and other coun­tries, espe­cially the Western Balkans and coun­tries of the Eastern Partnership. The fund does so through grant sup­port of com­mon cul­tural, sci­en­tific and edu­ca­tional projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism pro­mo­tion, and through indi­vid­ual mobil­ity pro­grams (schol­ar­ships, residencies).

Wine of Czech Republic (Víno z Čech)

Vino z Czech is a specially selected collection of wines from the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic. Czech Wine Imports, Inc. has operations on both sides of the Atlantic – the exporter comes from a family with generations of winemakers and has worked closely with the President of the Czech Sommelier Association.