Richard Krpač’s Last Day in Toronto

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Author: Josef Čermák (CzechFolks.com PLUS)

An evening in the Mysteriously Yours Theatre in Toronto
Richard Krpač completed his four year tour of duty as the first Consul General of the Czech Republic in Toronto on June 30th. He left behind a terrific amount of work, starting – as we have already reported – with bringing into the Czech-Canadian circle an impressive number of highly successful countrymen and countrywomen, who until that time had little contact with the community. One of his most memorable actions was the evening at the Hart House of the University of Toronto, which he named Glamorous Prague, an event in which he managed to bring together hockey, Canadian Indian children, and Czech models. Continue reading

Celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in Canada (Oslava výročí vzniku Československa v Kanadě)

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Photo by: Michel Karpoff - Boris Krajný & Felix SlováčekOctober 28th is a memorable day in the history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This year, this day marked the 91st anniversary of the establishment of the independent Czechoslovak state. There were many ceremonies happening on this date all over the world, thus the experience below described by Ladislav Krivanek is just one of many that numerous Czech and Slovak compatriots could experience during this celebration. Did you attend one? Just let us know or learn about a unique concert in Canada or the artists below. Continue reading

Reminiscing about August 21,1968 – A tribute to the post-invasion refugees (Připomínka invaze 1968)

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Author: Josef Čermák (CzechFolks.com PLUS)

Approximately 110km north of Toronto lies a small town of Edenvale and just a little further, you come to the Edenvale Aerodrome, an airport built by a Czeh refugee, Milan Kroupa. The aerodrome rests in the middle of a fruitful plane, even though possibly not as fruitful as the “fertile Haná”, so worshipfully described by a Czech poet whose name my aged brain refuses to surrender. During the second world war, this place was used by the Canadian air force to train its pilots. After the war, the place kept deteriorating until it was purchased, in 2003, by Milan Kroupa, who hails from a little village not far from a town of Nové Strašecí. Kroupa came to Canada as a political refugee in the middle of the sixties. And because he was an entrepreneurial wizard, he built up in this place (as well as putting together the largest janitorial company in Canada) a modern airport. It is this airport where on August 23rd, 2009 we shall reminiscence about the night of August 21, 1968, when frightened rulers in Moscow tried to stop the march of history and sent their army, with the armies of their vassals, to another brotherly vassal state, Czechoslovakia, to eradicate the potentially infectious decease called “socialisms with a human face”. Continue reading

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Has Started! (Mezinarodní Filmový Festival Karlovy Vary byl zahájen!)

Like every July, even this year the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (IFF) introduces more than 200 new and popular films from many countries around the world. The 44th year of this festival opens with the red carpet and the arrival of the guests as you see in the American Academy Awards Show. The location of this festival is, however, much different since it takes place in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), a historic town known for its healing mineral spring water that in the 14th century helped Charles IV to heal his body and mind. During this time of the year, the town is filled with tourists, visitors and locals eager to see the beauty of the city and creations of many talented filmmakers. Continue reading

Helping To Bring Power to the Powerless (Pomoc, která přinese moc bezmocným)

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While those of us living in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom enjoy basic freedoms and democracy, there are still many people struggling for basic freedoms and human rights in societies which deny them. Their lives, however, can be changed thanks to the commitment of people and organizations to provide them with support and help.

One of the countries where civil liberties used to be deprived was, for example, the former Czechoslovakia. Based on today’s research and surveys, young generations lack a basic understanding of what it was like to live under the totalitarian regimeContinue reading

Peter Nagy Conquers Northern America (Peter Nagy dobývá severní Ameriku)

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This year we had the great honor of hosting the Slovak singer Peter Nagy. The word “we” here actually means all of us living in North America. This May, Peter Nagy visited Canada and the USA and performed at four concerts: Toronto, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. From what we have heard from him and organizers, we can tell you that he felt like at home here. He had a very good time while meeting new people, sightseeing, and of course at his concerts; thanks to the audience and everybody who was involved in organizing the concerts. Moreover, he was even able to make a new video clip for his song named “Rozhladna 25.” Continue reading

Czech and Slovak Current Events Abroad: USA, Canada, UK and more – (CZ a SK Aktuální Akce v Zahraničí)

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Last month we switched to a new way of announcing current events. Since many of you visit the “CURRENT EVENTS” page regularly, there is no need to send you reminders. Don’t forget that our list is changing frequently, thus, we recommend visiting this page regularly. CLICK HERE.

 

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Czech and Slovak Events Abroad (USA, Canada, UK and more) – March 09 (CZ a SK Akce v Zahraničí – Březen 09)

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Check out our events for March 2009. Our list is changing frequently, thus, we recommend visiting this page often. We hope you like our new events calendar look. CLICK HERE.

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Podívejte na naše akce v březnu 2009. Náš rejstřík se často mění, a proto doporučujeme navštěvovat tuto stránku opakovaně. Doufáme, že se vám bude líbit nový vzhled kalendáře akcí. KLIKNĚTE ZDE.

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Czech and Slovak Events Abroad (USA, Canada, UK and more) – February 09 (CZ a SK Akce v Zahraničí – Únor 09)

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Czech and Slovak Events Abroad (USA, Canada, UK and more) – January 09 (CZ a SK Akce v Zahranici – Leden 09)

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Don’t forget to check out our events for January 2009. Our list is growing every day and we recommend visiting this page frequently. CLICK HERE.

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Czech and Slovak Events Abroad (USA, Canada, UK and more) – December 08 (CZ a SK Akce v Zahranici – Prosinec 08)

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(Dark Blue Wold) Tmavomodry Svet

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How Did You Celebrate the Velvet Revolution Anniversary? Jak Jste Oslavili Vyroci Sametove Revoluce?

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Here we have the first feedback from the celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in California. Czechs and Slovaks met in San Diego on the beach to a pleasant evening full of music (including guitars and a banjo), food, drinks and interesting conversations. Comfortable weather in California did not call for warm clothing and a large bonfire only added to a pleasant environment. People roasted almost everything: bread, bagels, bacon, American and Polish sausages and more. There was more than enough wood, thus, even children had their own fire for their entertainment.

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