A ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday evening will launch the celebrations
of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and 25 years
since the foundation of an independent Czech Republic.
The event at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle will be attended by a number of political and public figures, including Czech President Miloš Zeman, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech president, along with Cardinal Dominik Duka, are set to open an exhibition called ‘Founded 1918 / At the beginning of the statehood’ at Prague Castle’s Imperial Stables, presenting unique documents and other objects relating to the beginning of the Czech State.
Most Czech state arts institutions are this year preparing events and
projects commemorating the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia,
the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. The government has earmarked CZK
322 million for a special programme that will also mark other significant
anniversaries this year.
The greatest portion of that funding is going to the Ministry of Culture while the biggest single event will be a joint Czech-Slovak exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. After a stint in Bratislava the show will move to the Czech National Museum, which by then will have reopened after major renovations.
Around 170 events are marking the centenary, the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and the foundation of the independent Czech Republic in 1993.
Nominees for the new ANO minority government will lay a wreath at the tomb
of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at Lány on
Wednesday morning before being appointed later that day, an ANO
spokesperson said. The ministerial candidates will travel by bus to the
presidential retreat, which is near Prague.
The ANO cabinet will be named by President Miloš Zeman a week after the head of state appointed the party’s leader, Andrej Babiš, prime minister. ANO are currently trying to find support or at least tolerance for the party’s minority government, which must undergo a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies.
The 100th anniversary of the revolution bringing the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin to power in Russia is being marked with discussions and exhibitions in the Czech Republic. Although the events preceded the creation of a separate and independent Czechoslovakia around a year later, Czechs and Slovaks were very much caught up in what was happening.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek and Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic David Meron on Thursday opened an exhibition recalling the contribution of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and his son, Jan, who later became foreign minister, to the creation of the State of Israel. I spoke with Ambassador Meron during the exhibition launch at Černín Palace and first asked how the idea for such an exhibition arose.
Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek and the Israeli ambassador to the
Czech Republic David Meron have launched an exhibition recalling the
contribution of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue
Masaryk, and his son, Jan, to the creation of Israel.
Meron recalled president Masaryk’s visit to the then Palestine in 1927. The Czech foreign minister said many Israelis today remember the contribution Czechoslovakia made to the founding of the new state in 1948 by deliveries of arms.
The communist regime had mistakenly hoped a communist style regime would evolve in the new Jewish state.
The Czech National Museum is preparing a major joint exhibition with the
Slovak National Museum to mark the centenary in 2018 of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia, the news site iDnes.cz reported. The exhibition will open
in Bratislava before transferring to Prague in October.
The show will focus on Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and other important figures in Czechoslovakia’s foundation but will also feature the stories of ordinary citizens.
The joint exhibition will be just one of a number of events in 2018 marking not only the centenary of Czechoslovakia but also the 50th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion and 25 years since the formation of the independent Czech Republic.
A relationship starting up between a married woman in her mid-forties and a widower approaching 80 might still raise eyebrows even in these modern Viagra times. But in 1920’s Czechoslovakia when the man was the iconic president of the country, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (TGM) it would clearly have done much more than that.
Czechs abroad have always been an integral part of the nation’s identity, but in the years of communism this bond was broken. The cultural and political life of Czech emigrés and exiles, especially in the West, came to be seen as a threat. Nearly three decades after the fall of communism, something of this suspicion still remains, and in the Czech Republic it is surprising how little we know about the Czech diaspora and their contribution both to their host countries and to the idea of what it means to be Czech. The historian and political scientist