We are recalling the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia and other important anniversaries
This year will be marked by special anniversaries, the most significant of which is undoubtedly the 100 years since the establishment of the Czechoslovak state. You are cordially invited to a series of public events prepared by the Senate to celebrate this national jubilee as well as other anniversaries of major milestones of our history.
Two large exhibitions will take place in the Waldstein Garden under the auspices of the President of the Senate, Mr Milan Štěch, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic.
“The Moments of the Century” exhibition will offer to the visitors, from the beginning of April to May 18 in the Waldstein Garden, the snapshots of events of the past century as captured by photographers of the Czechoslovak, or Czech News Agency (CTK). The News Agency will also celebrate its 100th anniversary, being established on the very same day as the independent Czechoslovak Republic, that is, on October 28, 1918.
From 2 July until the end of October, the Waldstein Garden will host “Czechoslovakia in the Transformations of Europe in the 20th Century” exhibition, prepared by the Historical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. This unique project will be accompanied by a three-day international scientific conference at the end of September, where historians and other scholars from around the world will meet in the Waldstein Palace.
Thanks to the auspices of the Senate´s President, Mr Milan Štěch, the extraordinary jubilee of our statehood will also be remembered through music. You can look forward to the concert “To Honour Czechoslovak Legionnaires”, which will take place in the Waldstein Garden on May 27 during the Prague Spring International Music Festival. At this promenade concert of the Music of the Castle Guard and the Police of the Czech Republic, the compositions of František Kmoch, Karel Hašler and other composers and military bandmasters will be heard. Prague Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert for the public in the Waldstein Garden on August 26.
Among events related to the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic will be a ceremony held at the Waldstein Palace on August 14 celebrating 100 years since the establishment of the Czechoslovak Military Air Force as well as 100 years of RAF joined by many Czech and Slovak pilots during the WWII. The event will be held under the auspices of the Vice-President of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera.
The 100th Anniversary Celebrations will culminate in the Waldstein Garden on Saturday, September 8, when Senators will meet the public, with an interesting musical program, too.
Another important milestone of our history, the events of 1968, will be the theme of the exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of the Prague Spring. It will take place under the auspices of the 1st Vice-President of the Senate, Mrs Miluše Horská, from 19 April to 9 September in the Mythological Hall of the Waldstein Palace. The exhibition is prepared by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. This exhibition will be accompanied by a workshop focusing also on how the Prague Spring was experienced by people in Prague but also in other regions.
Since its establishment, the Senate has not only been a legislative body, but also an institution which, by organizing commemorative events on important milestones of Czech history, contributes to the preservation of the nation‘s historical memory. Even the less fortunate moments that preceded years of non-freedom and oppression, should not be forgotten.
The end of September 1938 was undoubtedly one of the tragic moments of Czechoslovak history. The Munich Agreement forced Czechoslovakia to give up its border regions. “The 1938 Munich Agreement in the context of European history of the 20th century” exhibition will mark the 80 years since the Munich Agreement. Visitors of the Waldstein Palace will be able to see the exhibition in the Mythological Hall from September 13 until mid January of the following year. Experts from the Historical Institute of the Academy of Sciences are the authors of the exhibition and the 1st Vice-President, Mrs Miluše Horská, will provide the auspices for this event as well as for an accompanying workshop.
The events of February 1948 also belong to the dark events of Czechoslovak history. In 2018, 70 years will pass since the Communist coup in Czechoslovakia. The public, along with the senators and contemporaries, will commemorate this anniversary on February 25 at 10:30 am, when a commemorative ceremony will be held under the auspices of the Vice-President of the Senate, Mr Jaroslav Kubera, at the memorial plaque located in Nerudova Street.
At the beginning of March, on the occasion of the same anniversary, under the auspices of the Vice-President of the Senate Mr. Jaroslav Kubera, an international conference “The Heroes Legacy: the Czechs and Poles Jointly Combating Nazism and Communism” will take place in the Main Hall of the Waldstein Palace.
This year, you can look forward not only to the above-mentioned special commemorative events, but also to cultural events traditionally organized in the seat of the Senate. We are already preparing for you many other exhibitions, that will take place in the Senate Exhibition Hall, the Open Door Day of the Senate, or Cultural Summer concerts that will take place from the beginning of May to the middle of September, every Thursday from 17:00 as usual. More details can be found on the Senate website www.senat.cz in the Section for the public, on the Senate facebook profile and the twitter account and in the Senate magazine. You can also look at the central website of this year‘s celebrations www.spolecnestoleti.czwhere you can find information about events from all over the Czech Republic.
And another good news: the entrance to all public events held at the seat of the Senate remains free. We look forward to your visit!
Director, Department of External Relations and Office of the Senate Services
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