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PHOTO: Václav Havel’s visit to the US in 1990  13/02/15

From 20 to 22 February 1990, Václav Havel and a large team undertook a trip to Washington and New York. He delivered a legendary speech to both Houses of Congress in which he paradoxically called on the US to help Russia on its path to democracy. The visit included meetings with George H.W. Bush at the White House and many other important politicians, as well as with Czech expatriates and students, while a celebration at which numerous well-known artists performed was organised for the Czechoslovak president at New York’s St. John the Divine Cathedral. The visit became the basis for friendly relations between the two countries that later resulted in the Czech Republic being accepted into NATO. More

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PHOTO: Talks Across Borders – With Michael Frank and Tomáš Kafka  11/02/15

The second evening in a series following in the tradition of the “Talks on neighbourliness” on Czech-German relations initiated by Václav Havel in 1995. Solutions were found to several thorny issues, dialogue was sparked and numerous Czech-German activities got underway. The evening’s guest were Michael Frank, journalist and long-term Czech correspondent of Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Tomáš Kafka, a diplomat and poet. Zuzana Jürgens, who has prepared the discussion series in cooperation with the VHL, has moderated it. The evening took place in cooperation with Artefakt Kulturmanagement and with the support of the Czech-German Fund for the Future. More

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PHOTO: Marek Orko Vácha: Mankind’s Place in Nature  06/02/15

Continuation of Marek Orko Vácha's evening about our place in nature. In its relationship to nature, contemporary Europe oscillates between two extremes: We either behave in an utterly utilitarian manner towards the landscape, following an “exploit and sell” model in which we regard the value of the earth as the value of the minerals contained within it, or we identify, even in a pantheistic manner, nature with Mother Nature and attach almost divine attributes to it. More

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PHOTO: Havel and Germany  30/01/15

After assuming the office of president at the end of 1989, Václav Havel began building new foreign relations. As soon as January 2 he travelled to Berlin in the German Democratic Republic and Munich in the Federal Republic of Germany... More

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PHOTO: Seán Barrett at the Václav Havel Library  29/01/15

Yesterday, on Wednesday 28 January 2015, Seán Barret, the Ceann Comhairle (speaker) of Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament), paid a visit to the Václav Havel Library. This took place as part of an official visit centred on Mr. Barret’s participation in the international forum Let My People Live. In a meeting with the executive director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková, he viewed the institution’s archive and permanent exhibition on the life and work of Václav Havel, as well as discussing forthcoming Havel-related events in Ireland. The most important of those will without doubt be the ceremonial placing of a bust of Václav Havel by the academic sculptor Marie Šeborová in the prestigious buildings of Dáil Éireann. The honour is the initiative of the founder of Art for Amnesty, Bill Shipsey, who is a key figure in the cultivation of Václav Havel’s legacy in Ireland; in 2013 Mr. Shipsey was behind the creation of the second ever Havel’s Place memorial and its installation at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Park. More

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02/03/15 19:00

An Evening with Eda Kriseová Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

The novelist and former advisor to Václav Havel will read from her most recent book Duši, tělo opatruj (Soul, Cherish the Body). Among other subjects, she will discuss the inspiration for the characters in her short stories, novellas and novels, as well as the latest edition of her book Václav Havel.  Vojtěch and Irena Havel will perform live music. More

Václav Havel: Suspicious to MyselfOldřich Krutský: Via the East to the WestFilip Topol: Fantasiain G minor