CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR RECEPTION AT THE RESIDENCE
 

On 19 December 2011 – Ambassador of the Czech Republic to BiH Tomaš Szunyog organized a Christmas and New Year's reception for BiH citizens of Czech origin and members of the Association of Czech-Bosnian Friendship. The former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel was paid respect with a minute of silence, and the Ambassador spoke about a significant role Havel played in Czekia and various types of assistance the Czech Republic offered to its compatriots across the world. Then the guests put on a musical performance. Representatives of  Česka Beseda from Republika Srpska played and sang Czech and Bosnian songs, and young Ivan Milošević from the Sarajevo Beseda played two Christmas songs and Dvorak's Humoresque on his violin and tamburica. On this occasion the President of Česka Besed, Sarajevo Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka wore a handmade Moravian national costume  from the Brno area, a gift from Czech ethnologists. Ambassador and presidents of associations exchanged gifts. A Tuzlan Čestmir Dušek, professor and musician, a laureate of the 2009 Gratias agit  Czech award for spreading the good word about Czech Republic, brought to the reception  babovka a traditional Czech cake which he had prepared and baked himself following the recipe of his parents, famous Tuzlan pastry-cooks.
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Book of condolence in memory of the former President of Czech Republic Vaclav Havel was opened at the Embassy of Czech Republic in  Sarajevo.
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Christmas Party
 
This year a traditional Christmas party of Česka Beseda Sarajevo was organized on 14 December 2011 in the St. Anthony’s Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka opened the party dressed in a women's costume from the village of Šlapanic situated ten kilometers from Brno. Mrs.Zdeňka Drlíková made the Czech national costume in 1993 and gave it as a gift to the Česka Beseda with assistance of the Brno Ethnographic Museum. Ivan Milošević accompanied the gathering playing the most recent songs on tamburica and violin. As usual a raffle was a major part of the gathering. The following guests enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere with a snack and appropriate music with the Česka Beseda members: Sanja Bogdanović from the Cankar Slovenian Cultural Society, Bruno Palestra from the Association of Italian Citizens, Vasilija Ibrahimagić from the Association of Macedonian Citizens, including the members of the Association of the Bosnian and Czech Friendship Snješka.
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Presentation of the Book Dark Pits of the Alley by a Czech Poet Jan Skácel
 
On 31 October 2011 the book of poems Dark Pits of Alley by a Czech poet Jan Skácel translated by Hasan Zahirović was presented  at the Little Gallery of the St. Anthony‘s Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. The first poetry book by a Czech author translated into Bosnian was presented by the Embassy of Czech Republic in cooperation with a publisher  Dobra Knjiga  and Česka Beseda in Sarajevo. The presentation was attended by Ambassador Tomáš Szunyog, Director of Dobra Knjiga  Izedin Šikalo, Editor Mirzet Hamzić, poet Hadžem Hajdarević, Czech language editor Milan Orálek, theater actors Dženita Imamović, Robert Krajinović, Dino Salihagić and translator Hasan Zahirović. The audience enjoyed an inspired translation and beautiful original verses of the great Czech poet Jan Skácel.
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National Day Celebration
 
The Embassy of Czech Republic celebrated the National Day of 24 October 2011 together with the Embassy of Slovakia and Poland. Among other guests at the formal reception in Sarajevo Pivnica there were also  members of  Česka Beseda who responded to the invitation by Ambassador Tomáš Szunyog. Consul Jana Stará took part in a pleasant get-together with them.
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Jubilee of Česka Beseda Sarajevo
 
On 28 September 2011 the fifteenth anniversary of the renewal of Česka Beseda Sarajevo activity and the St. Václav's Day was observed in the St. Antony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik.
The main event was the opening of the Česki Kutak Library which was addressed by the President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka. Tomislav Krzyk spoke about an authoress Božena Němcova, presenting the slides of Babiččino Udoli. Dr. Zdeněk Uherek presented his new book Česi v Bosne a Hercegovine and brought a gift: a national costume from the Brno area. The Lira Tamburica Orchestra participated in the music part of the performance as well as Martina Milošević, Zvjezdana and Ivan Stuchlý. Ljerka Latal Danon made floral displays and Jadranka Šuster did the translation. This was followed by a cocktail and partying with guests who graced the celebration.

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Graceful Traces
 
   
On 27 June 2011 the audience could watch three parts of the Czech Television  series Graceful Traces at the Meeting Point Cinema in Sarajevo. A screening was organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and under the auspices of Mayor of Sarajevo, Alija Behmen.  It follows on an exhibition of photographs by Michael Miček Graceful Traces presented in the Sarajevo Vijećnica. The Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy Mr. Slavomir Goga made an introductory speech to the screening. The sequels about the work of an architect  Karlo Pařík and his followers Karlo Pánek, František Blažek, Aleksandar Vítek, Josef Pospíšil and Jan Kotěr in Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina were also presented. During the break the audience had an opportunity to ask authors questions: the director and screen-writer Radovan Lipus  and screen-writer, guide and architect David Vavra, and enjoy Czech beer with them after the screening. The documentary film is highly interesting and it should be seen by the general public in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly the young people.
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Picnic to Bijambare
 
On 26 June 2011 Česká Beseda Sarajevo organized its traditional annual picnic to the Protected Landscape Bijambare. Members who went to the famous holiday resort enjoyed the beauty of nature and specialties made by Mijo, a host of a mountaineers hut. The special event was a visit  to the developed main Bijambare cave with a professional guide. Having seen rich cave decorations the group of members sang Písnička Česka and other songs accompanied by Ivan Milošević's tambura in “a concert hall” where the cave ended. Having spent a pleasant day the cheerful group returned to Sarajevo in the afternoon.
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On the Grave of Sarajevo Builder
 
On 16 June 2011 the Česka Beseda members paid respect to a great architect Karlo Pařík by their traditional laying flowers on his grave in the St. Mihovil's Cemetery in Sarajevo. The Czech Embassy also joined in marking of the death of this Czech by origin and Sarajevan by choice.
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Graceful and Helpless
 
The photograph exhibition entitled Graceful and Helpless 2003-2009  was formally opened on 1 June 2011 in the Sarajevo Vijećnica  which itself belongs to a group of endangered architectural gems. The total of 38 displayed photographs showed the endangered 19th and 20th century buildings in Czechia so as to direct the public attention to the need for their restoration. The exhibition took place under the auspices of the Mayor of Sarajevo, Alija Behmen, and was opened by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic Mr. Tomáš Szunyog. Mr. Tomáš Hendrych from the Graceful Cities Citizens Association also spoke about the exhibition as being the author of the project.
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RTVFBiH
 
Federalna Television continued filming a TV series about ethnic minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The documentary program crew headed by a journalist Dragica Orlando and director Himzo Mihaljević filmed a segment about Česka Beseda Sarajevo in the St. Anthony's Monastery in Bistrik on 24 March 2010. The series about Czechs would  be supplemented by a footage from Banjaluka and Mačino Brdo as the only Czech village in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Awake Puppets
 
On 19 and 20 March 2011 the filming of documentary film Awake Puppets resumed the St. Antony's Franciscan Monastery. The concept was somewhat modified because of the death of Ante Hrkač, a great actor, puppeteer and animator of the Youth Theatre, who played a significant role in an original version. A segment was filmed with an old Czech puppet theatre owned by the family Stuchlý. The various scenes followed one another with meticulously painted curtains, and beautiful old puppets and their “star“ Kašpárek was given life by the puppeteer Jasminka Požek-Božuta. Ivan and Zvjezdana Stuchlý, Igor Sivjakov, Senka Paunović, Jovanka Manzalović-Šalaka and  Leona Sabolek also took part in it. The filming resumed with financial support of the City of Sarajevo.
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Holiday Party
 
A traditional party of Česka Beseda Sarajevo members was held on 8 January 2011 at the St. Antony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik.
The get-together started with a lecture by Jadranka Šuster on the visit to Daruvar on 17 and 18 July 2010 during the Dožínky harvest festival. Dožínky is the biggest festival of Czech national minority in Croatia, which takes place every second year in  Daruvar – the seat of the Union of Czechs in the Republic of Croatia. All 28 Česka Beseda chapters across Croatia took part in the festival and there were guests from Czeckia too, both as performers and as audience. The main event is a parade through the city center where Czech minority presents its harvest-related tradition, accompanied with songs, dances and culinary delights. Members of our Beseda had an opportunity to enjoy beautiful slides and hopefully they will choose to join Dožínky in 2012. 
The lecture was followed by a party and raffle, in high spirits and discreet Czech music.

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