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British Embassy remembers Jan Palach with 1969 UK painting

It is not just Czechs who are currently remembering Jan Palach’s radical protest in January 1969 and the impact his sacrifice helped create. The British ambassador to the Czech Republic, Nick Archer, has had a painting by a UK artist – created right after Palach’s death – installed at his country’s historic embassy building in Prague. He explains the background to the acquisition.

 
 
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Jan Palach’s act was in part directed…

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Vít Hořejš: puppets can be better…

Actor and puppeteer Vít Hořejš was born in Czechoslovakia but spent most of his life in the United States, where he…

 
 
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Twenty years ago, Czech artist, graphic designer and musician Maxim Havlíček left for San Francisco with 200 dollars in…

 
 
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Unique bagpipe collection to accompany…

In the run-up to the 23rd International Bagpipe Festival in Strakonice, a special bagpipe exhibition has opened up to…

 
 
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Precious Renaissance shield looted by…

A priceless Renaissance shield that was looted by the Nazis from Konopiště castle during WW2 is to return to the Czech…

 
 
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Thousands throng Ostrava post…

This year’s edition of the Colours of Ostrava music festival is now underway. The four-day extravaganza is bringing pop…

 
 
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Melting Pot discussion forum brings…

With the huge Colours music festival, Ostrava is currently the focus of the arts scene in the Czech Republic. But it’s…

 
 
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“Hex” author Thomas Olde Heuvelt wraps…

Dutch author Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a speaker at the Melting Pot forum at this year’s eclectic Colours of Ostrava…

 
 
 
 
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