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1989: Het jaar van de verandering

In 1989 kwam door een verrassende wending van gebeurtenissen een einde aan het communistische regime. Democratie werd gevestigd in een vreedzame “Fluwelen revolutie. ” Na vier decennia van totalitaire onderdrukking, het trauma van de Sovjetbezetting en bijna volledige vernietiging van burgerlijke vrijheden, kwamen culturele en intellectuele elites uit hun gedwongen stilzwijging en namen de leiding. Onder hen, de schrijver en toneelschrijver Václav Havel, de toekomstige eerste Tsjechoslowaakse president. Een nieuw hoofdstuk van de Tsjechische geschiedenis begon. Tot de belangrijke momenten behoren ook de Tsjechische toetreding tot de NATO (1999) en – samen met 9 andere staten – tot de EU (2004). Dertig jaar geleden werd de deur geopend voor eenwording van Europa en voor vrije ontwikkeling van de Tsjechische samennleving.

Het Tsjechisch Centrum Brussel geeft inzicht in de betekenis van deze gebeurtenissen voor de Tsjechische republiek als een Europees land door middel van meerdere evenementen die te maken hebben met culturele verschillen, veranderingen door revoluties, de kracht van maatschappelijke betrokkenheid en Europese integratie. Volg onze website en social media om op de hoogte te blijven!



11/09 Jazz Station Big Band feat. Emil Viklický "MYSTERY OF A MAN"

Een unieke avond rond jazz als politiek fenomeen. Op het programma : een performance van de Belgische Jazz Station Big Band in het gezelschap van drie Tsjechische solisten, onder wie Emil Viklický. Deze laatste is volgens Jazz Times een van de beste hedendaagse pianisten. Hij is tevens de auteur van « Mystery of Man", een melodrama gecomponeerd in opdracht van trompettist Wynton Marsalis voor het Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York (een van de befaamdste big bands van de internationale scène).


27/10 REVOLUTION IS NOT A GARDEN PARTY /

1989: Artists, Activists, and Social Change



11/2019 - Václav Havel European Dialogues
(c) Oldřich Škácha


 


 


1989: The year of change
In 1989, a swift, surprising turn of events brought the end of the communist regime. Democracy was established in a peaceful “Velvet revolution.” After four decades of totalitarian oppression, trauma of the Soviet occupation and almost complete annihilation of civic liberties, cultural and intellectual elites emerged from their forced dissent and took the lead, including the writer and playwright Václav Havel, the first Czechoslovak president to be. A new chapter of Czech history started. Among its central moments were also the Czech accession to the NATO (1999) and – together with 9 other states – to the EU (2004). Thirty years ago, the door opened for unification of Europe and for a free development of Czech society.

Czech Centre Brussels gives an insight into the significance of these events for the Czech Republic as a European country in a multitude of events dealing with cultural dissent, revolution change, the power of civic engagement and European integration. Follow our news!


1989 - 2019 PROGRAMME

04/05 Mini-festival Democracy Now&Then

Thematic guided tours, sharing of testimonies and creative workshops on democracy, as well as artistic guided visits for families and activities for kids will animate the museum and its surroundings throughout the day. Theatre Archa prepared activities on the subject of decisiton and voting, Karel Janeček (Institute H21) will present his method of voting (project President21).



Archa Theatre

14/06 Czech Street Party 2019

The biggest Czech open-air festival in Brussels is marking the 30 years since the Velvet Revolution and also 15 years since Czechia joined the EU – special activities are planned and, as every year, the public will have a chance to taste, see and hear the Czech culture in a festive spirit!




11/09 Jazz Station Big Band feat. Emil Viklický "MYSTERY OF A MAN"

An exceptional evening revolving around the topic of jazz as a political phenomenon. A joint performance of Jazz Station Big Band and Czech jazz soloists including Emil Viklický, “one of the best contemporary pianists” (Jazz Times), and the author of the Mystery of Man - a melodram commissioned by Wynton Marsalis for the Lincoln Center Orchestra. “A pulsing, alluring work, with a long, pensive blues movement, to words by Czech playwright, and former political prisoner and then president Vaclav Havel” (The Star-Leger), performed in Belgian premiere, will include Stéphanie Coerten and Bai Kamara jr. as narrators.  The concert will be introduced by a debate with Matthias Heyman (BE) and Petr Vidomus (CZ) on the political significance of jazz. In the framework of Marni Jazz Fest.

Organized within the project  Engagement through Culture before and after 1989 with the support of the Europe for Citizens  Programme of the European Union

 



27/10 REVOLUTION IS NOT A GARDEN PARTY /

1989: Artists, Activists, and Social Change

Velvet revolution in 1989 was a unique moment for artists: they were to a large extent involved in creation of the new political system. The philosopher, playwright and a central figure of Czech artistic dissent Václav Havel even became the first president of the democratic state. Did representatives of the dissident culture play this role only in former Czechoslovakia, or also in other post-Soviet states? How much of their legacy is still alive? And do only revolutions provide such occasions, or is the involvement of artists in politics possible on daily basis?

A whole-day event will bring to BOZAR academicians, witnesses of the events, politicians, and artists of older and current generation to discuss among themselves as well as with broad audience. The debate will be accompanied by artistic performances, screenings, and a library of banned books.

Organized within the project  Engagement through Culture before and after 1989 with the support of the Europe for Citizens  Programme of the European Union

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.



11/2019 - Václav Havel European Dialogues


(c) Oldřich Škácha



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