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Aug 27, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016


Mayor Bill de Blasio to Declare September 28 Vaclav Havel Day in New York City.


Join us for a celebration of the power of words and human rights at the inaugural Havel Day in New York City. The program will be hosted by screenwriter and human rights activist Margaret Nagle, winner of three Writers Guild of America Awards. Professor Timothy Garton Ash of Oxford University will present the first Disturbing the Peace Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk. Dagmar Havlova, spouse of Vaclav Havel, and Adriana Krnacova, Mayor of Prague, will be the guests of honor. Jan Hamacek, Speaker of the House of the Czech Republic, and Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, will offer remarks.

The evening will feature performances of the plays Catastrophe, dedicated to the then-jailed Havel by Samuel Beckett, and Mistake, written by Havel in homage to Beckett, starring Kathleen Chalfant and David Strathairn and directed by Michael Sexton, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Society. There will also be music by Michael Kocab, Ondrej Pivec and gospel singers. Reception in advance of the celebration at Bohemian Spirit Restaurant and after-party at the Ballroom Bar!

Tickets at: havelday.eventbrite.com
Venue: Bohemian National Hall


September 28, 5 PM
Vaclav Havel – Politics and Conscience
Exhibition presentation

Twenty-six panels with Havel's statements, complemented by photographs related both to Havel and contemporary events, underline the continuing influence of Havel's ideas. "Vaclav Havel is usually referred to as a global celebrity...This exhibition, however, focuses on his ideas in terms of the challenges they pose for the present time," says Jan Hron of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR), who prepared the exhibition. Havel’s statements from various texts relate to freedom and its absence and include his call for citizens to unveil the shortcomings of the present world. The exhibition will be presented by Michael Zantovsky, Director of the Vaclav Havel Library.

The exhibition is on view from September 19 till September 30.
Venue: BBLA Library at Bohemian National Hall 

This exhibition was prepared by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Vaclav Havel Library and Czech Centers. The event is supported by BBLA, VHLF and Florida International University.  


September 28, 5 PM
Flying Man II
Tapestry unveiling

This new tapestry designed by Peter Sis, the renowned Czech-born American artist, and woven at Ateliers Pinton in Felletin, France, celebrates the memory of Vaclav Havel. The tapestry will make a stop at Bohemian National Hall on its way around the world to mark Havel@80. The tapestry will arrive from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and after its exhibition in New York will travel to DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague and then on Strasbourg, where it will be on permanent display in a new building named after Havel. The first Flying Man tapestry by Sis is in Terminal 2 at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague.

Venue: BBLA Library at Bohemian National Hall
This event is organized by Art for Amnesty, with support from BBLA.

September 27, 7 PM
The Relevance of President Vaclav Havel's Legacy in Today’s World
Panel discussion to mark President Havel's 80th birthday.

 Havel’s colleagues will discuss current political themes he would have deemed relevant, such as the state of the European Union, the refugee crisis, the foreign policy of the United States, the rise of right-wing nationalism, the Trump phenomenon, the U.S. opening to Cuba and Iran et al. Panelists will include: Ivan Havel, Michael Kocab, Martin Palous, Jan Svejnar and Michael Zantovsky. Stephen Grand, Executive Director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, Atlantic Council, will moderate the discussion.
Venue: BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall 

This event is organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York and the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, supported by BBLA.  





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From: Aug 27, 2016
To: Aug 28, 2016


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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