Czech Festival in Banat, Romania, Was a Success! (Český festival v Banátu, Rumunsko, byl úspěšný!)

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A unique Czech festival emphasizing the Czech culture just took place in Saint Helena, Banat in Romania. About six months ago you may have read about the Czech villages in Banat and their citizens that managed to preserve their culture and language for more than 180 years. The community, consisting of almost 2,000 Czechs, is somewhat special because it offers visitors the opportunity to see what the Czech villages used to look like. The Czech Republic is changing and its towns and villages transformed thanks to new technology and modern transportation. On the other hand, time in the villages in Banat has stood still and this year’s festival again showed how folklore traditions are still passed from one generation to the next.

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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

Lincoln Nebraska Has a New Czech-Slovak Queen (Lincoln Nebraska má novou Česko-Slovenskou královnu)

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About a month ago we had an opportunity to meet Stefanie Vocasek. She is a young woman of Czech origin, who was born in the United States and knows a lot about her Czech heritage. Stefanie is 22 years old and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is not only a student, but also has two jobs to support her independent and fascinating life. On top of that she just started making appearances at local elementary schools and events speaking about her Czech heritage. She has recently become the Czech-Slovak Queen of Lincoln and we were thrilled to find out more about her and how the Queen selection process works. We also wanted to find out how she was able to learn about Czech heritage so remote from the country her ancestors came from.

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Learn about Czech Heritage in Banat, Romania (Poznejte České Kulturní Dědictví v Rumunském Banátu)

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Where do you think you can find the most preserved Czech culture, language and traditions? If you guessed Romania, you just hit the nail on the head. If you visit Czech villages in the south of the Romanian Banat, you will feel like at home. People in Banat have preserved their heritage for more than 180 years by simply passing it from one generation to another.

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New Czech TV Station Started Today (Nová Česká Televizní Stanice Dnes Spustila Vysílání)

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It is probably shocking for many Americans and other foreigners that the Czech Republic has so few TV channels. During communism, Czechs could only watch two channels that were ran by the communist Czech TV. Of course, there was no cable or satellite TV. The first TV after the velvet revolution was Nova TV that was later followed by Prima TV. Before today, the Czechs could watch channels by the companies named above. Today, however, a new television company has started their broadcast – TV Barrandov. It is a private television company that received a proper license for digital TV broadcast.

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