Czech Christmas Tree for New York

21. 12. 2020 31. 12. 2020 15:57

A special holiday project presenting for the first time the "Czech Christmas Tree for New York" in the gallery of the Czech Center New York.

On the occasion of the festive season, the Czech Center in New York has prepared a series of events celebrating the tradition of Czech glass-making. One of the highlights is a new collection of unique Christmas ornaments manufactured in the renowned Glass School in Železný Brod, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The beautiful Christmas ball ornaments, which are currently on display at the Heller Gallery in New York City, were created by teachers and students from the Glass School in Železný Brod, the largest institution of its kind in Europe.

But the Heller Gallery is not the only place where New Yorkers can currently admire the delicate, rainbow-coloured glass ornaments. They can also adorn a Christmas tree at the Bohemian National Hall, says Mr. Konvalina:

  • “We wanted to start a tradition of Czech design Christmas trees not only in the U.S., but also at other Czech centres around the world. We have a number of great Czech artist producing contemporary design and the idea was to give them a chance to come to New York to ‘get their foot in the door’.

The Christmas balls from Železný Brod also play a role in a special music video, featuring a long-lost Czech Christmas carol: 

  • “Former opera singer Stanislav Kotyza discovered a lost Czech Christmas carol in his native town of Humpolec when he was 17 years old and worked as an organist in the local church. It was written in 1854 by a local music teacher. Now, the Kotyza family recorded a music video with this lost Czech carol, also featuring the ornaments from Železný Brod."
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Information summary

  • Event title: Czech Christmas Tree for New York
  • Date: 21. 12. 2020 31. 12. 2020
  • Venue: Czech Center – New York

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