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PHOTO: Greil Marcus: Lipstick Traces  29/06/16

With classic rock critic Greil Marcus on rebellion in music from the 1960s to the present. Moderated discussion with music journalist Pavel Klusák. One of the most important figures in his field, Greil Marcus was the first reviews editor at Rolling Stone and has written a host of books on the likes of Bob Dylan, The Doors and Van Morrison. We will devote particular attention to Marcus’s Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1989), which explores sedition in the (sub)cultures of the 20th century.  More

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PHOTO: Brexit Vigil  25/06/16

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

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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

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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

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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

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