Illustration

PHOTO: Brexit Vigil  25/06/16

Discussion about a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union More

Illustration

PHOTO: The Library at the Library  23/06/16

...or Everything you always wanted to know about the Václav Havel Library but were afraid to ask. A late afternoon dedicated to the mission, mysteries and plans of the Václav Havel Library. More

Illustration

PHOTO: The Power of the Powerless in Ukraine  16/06/16

Tetiana Okopna discussed Václav Havel’s work, literature, the power and powerlessness of the written word and the ordeal of translation with Jáchym Topol. Tetiana Okopna is in Prague within the residency programme of the project Prague City of Literature, the coordinator of Prague’s membership of the worldwide UNESCO Creative Cities Network. More

Illustration

PHOTO: Václav Havel: From Playwright and Dissident to President – a Slovenian View  16/06/16

Prof. Denis Poniž, a Slovenian literary historian and playwright, and Prof. Katja Mihurko Poniž, a literary historian, traced Slovenian audiences’ encounters with Havel from the first performance of The Memorandum in 1969, when the “normalisation” period had already begun. The performance and interpretation of his plays in Communist-era Slovenia was linked to Slovenia’s (and Yugoslavia’s) own political perturbations, thus creating parallels as well as differences. What does Havel as a playwright have to say to the societies of Central Europe today, in an artistic as well as in a wider political sense? Alongside his dramatic works, the discussion focused on the reception of his essays, documents linked to his time as a dissident and all other materials touching on his connections with Slovene culture. More

Illustration

VIDEO: 3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 1.  12/06/16

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 9.00-9.15 – Conference opening Michael Zantovsky, Director of the Václav Havel Library and Jan Michal, Director of the European Commission Representation Introductions: Jacques Rupnik and Pavel Seifter: VH European Dialogues and conference theme /9.15-10.45 – 1st panel Migration and European Security Speaker: Ivan Gabal (Prague) Panelists: Michela Ceccorulli (Bologna), Natalie Nougayrede (London), Pia Bungarten (Bonn/Berlin) Chair: Michael Zantovsky (Prague) More

News

Illustration

29/06/16 19:00

Jaroslava Hercíková: Dresses Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

It is very difficult to characterise either the poetry collection Šaty s píčou (Dresses with a Twat) or its author. Those who attend Jaroslava Hercíková’s reading will experience a remorseless poetic maze of the soul bearing traces of absurdity, hopelessness, anger and black humour. Some might call it underground. But when they start to drown in depression and mental sludge they will, just in time, get the chance to breathe and, unharmed, reach passages seamlessly infused with cheerfulness and playfulness, even… a tribute to life. More

1601_havel