Directory-Address Book of Czechs in Sarajevo in 1910
 
On 27 December 2012 we attended the presentation of a book Directory-Address Book of Czechs in Sarajevo in 1910 (Čechové v Sarajevé, dle sčitání lidu v r. 1910.) at the Town Hall edited by a writer Valerijan Žujo supported by the City of Sarajevo and National and University Library of BiH.
At first sight this book would go unnoticed, but its extremely significant and valuable contents, in particular to us, citizens of Czech origin in Sarajevo, speak about «a large and well-organised Czech community, whose members gave a significant contribution to development of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina».
At the very beginning of the presentation we had an opportunity to watch a short film titled «Sarajevska Vijećnica»/Sarajevo Town Hall/, whose author was also Mr.Valerijan Žujo, by which he wanted to remind us of another eminent Czech who left an indelible imprint on this area and with his «personal mark» he gave a great contribution to development of our city, an architect Karlo Paržik (Karel Pařík), the first architect of this building. Attendees were first addressed by Mr. Alija Behmen, Mayor of Sarajevo, and then Mrs. Muamera Smajić, the Head of Department of Old and Rare Books and Scripts with the National and University Library BiH, as well as the writer Valerijan Žujo himself.
This book, Directory-Address Book of Czechs in Sarajevo 1910, which Česka Beseda members received as a gift from the writer Valerijan Žujo himself, will surely have a pride of place in the Czech Corner.
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Beseda Members at Christmas Party at DBČP Snješka
 
On 18 December 2012, DBČP Snješka organised for its members and guests appropriate Christmas and New Year's party on its premises. The relaxed pre-holiday atmosphere was followed by verses of Christmas poems read out by Mrs. Sadžida Majstorović, along with a regular raffle, snack and a toast, the Česka Beseda Sarajevo members spent a pleasant evening with their hosts, the Snješka members.
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Christmas get-together
 
The Christmas get-together of Česke Beseda Sarajevo was organized on 17 December 2012 in the Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik which has become a traditional centre of all Beseda activities. Members and their guests spent a pleasant evening there with a raffle and appropriate music. President of the Association, Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka conveyed the greetings to the guests from the Embassy of Czech Republic announcing further activities in January.
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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR RECEPTION AT THE RESIDENCE
 
On 14 December 2012 – Ambassador of the Czech Republic to BiH, Tomáš Szunyog organised the Christmas and New Year reception in his residence for members of Česka Besedas, the BiH citizens of Czech origin, and members of the Association of the Czech and Bosnian Friendship. This year, too, the representatives of Česka Beseda from Banja Luka were playing and singing Czech and Bosnian songs. Ambassador and presidents of Associations exchanged gifts and the President of Česka Beseda Sarajevo distributed the 2013 Calendar to the attendees illustrated by works presented at the exhibition «Free time Creativity 2012.» Deputy Ambassador Slavomir Goga also addressed the guests with a wish to have a good cooperation in the next year too, congratulating at the same time Vladimir Blah, President of Česka Beseda Banja Luka, for winning this year's award Gratias agit 2012 for spreading a good word about the Czech Republic in the world.
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BiH National Day Reception on 25th of November
 
On 26 November 2012, President of Češka Beseda Sarajevo, Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, attended the official reception at the State Presidency building marking the 25th of November, the BiH National Day, organised by the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović and Željko Komšić. The reception was attended by a great number of invitees from social, academic, diplomatic, military, cultural, political and religious life in BiH.
 
   
On 1 December 2012 the implementation of Project INFORMATOR 2011 completed
 
Project sponsor MUNICIPALITY OF NOVO SARAJEVO



You may read more about the event on web-site of the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo here
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Exhibition Free time Creativity staged at St. Anthony's Little Gallery
from 27 October to 3 November 2012
 
On 27 October 2012 at 17:30 hrs the opening ceremony of the fifth exhibition Free Time Creativity was held at the Little Gallery of St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik which was at the same time the 13th exhibition in the series called Czechs in BiH organized by the Association of Citizens of Czech Origin Česka Beseda Sarajevo. The exhibition marked the 28th October, the National Day of Czech Republic. The opening ceremony was greatly enhanced by the presence of Mr. Slavomir Goga, Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exhibition was prepared by Mrs. Jovanka Manzalovic Šalaka together with the Beseda members and staged by Mr. Duško Toholj. One of the topics of this year's exhibition was Mr. Karlo Paržik, whose architectural works in Sarajevo were specifically presented through a series of photos taken by members titled My Take on Paržik. The total of 19 Česka Beseda members presented their works, and in addition to the photographs related to Karlo Paržik, there were also other exhibits which present the inspiration and talent of the Association's members. One photo wall was dedicated to our dear and never forgotten Mrs. Branka Hrzek. This selling exhibition may be visited from27 October to 3 November 2012 (from 10:00 to 17:00h).
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Saint Václav's Day
 
Saint Václav's Day celebration took place on 29.09.2012.g. in the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, President of the Association of Česka Beseda Sarajevo, opened the celebration with a speech appropriate to the occasion. Mrs.Leona Sabolek, Co-president for Culture, dedicated a few words to the former President Branka Hrzek (21.01.1947.-12.07.2012) who passed away recently, which was followed by a minute of silence. The members were addressed by Mr. Slavomír Goga, Deputy Ambassador in charge of the politics, media and culture for the first time after his assuming office, and after departure of the Consul Jana Stara, to Czekia. He was given a booklet reprint of old Czech songs. Subsequently Mrs. Gordana Frimel presented her study visit to Dobruška in a highly interesting manner and sparked interest of the audience in learning of the Czech language at school organized every summer in that town by a Charles University from Prague. Copies of the Informator latest edition were distributed to members and the celebration ended in high spirits in a pleasant atmosphere.
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Participation of Česka Beseda Sarajevo Web Site in Competition for Web Award.Me 2012
 
This year the web-site of Česka Beseda Sarajevo took part in the competition for the national award for the best web page in BiH - WebAward.Me 2012 in the category of non-governmental organizations. The winner was declared on 10 October 2012 in the Chamber Theatre 55 in Sarajevo.
You may see the results here
 
   
Trip to Umoljani and Dujmovići
 
On 30 June 2012 the members of Česka Beseda Sarajevo made their traditional trip to beautiful mountains on the outskirts of Sarajevo. They first went to the village of Umoljana on Bjelašnica Mountain. The village was burned down during the recent war, except for the mosque with a specific minaret which was a protected monument. Many legends and stories exist about the mosque and the dragon in the rock. After a rest in the welcoming ambiance of Umoljani village, we proceeded to the foot of Treskavica Mountain. We planned to have lunch in the village of Dujmovići. The owner of the Kraljica Dujmovića Restaurant (the Queen of Dujmovićs) warmly welcomed the guests and served the home made food together with his family members. The impression was such that everyone wished to repeat the trip as soon as the opportunity presented itself.
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Commemoration to Paržíku
 
On 16 June 2012 members of Česka Beseda Sarajevo marked the seventieth anniversary of the death of Karlo Paržík lying flowers on his grave and paid homage to a great architect and builder of Sarajevo. Karel Pažík was born on 4 July 1857 in Veliš near Jičina, and died on 16 June 1942 in Sarajevo. His works make Sarajevo recognizable worldwide. Since 2007 Česká Beseda organizes the commemoration to Pažíku, and this year's exhibition Free Time Creativity will also be a tribute to him.
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Reading Bosna and Herzegovina
 
Ludvík Kuba's travel book Reading of Bosnia and Herzegovina was officially presented in the Army's Social and Cultural Center BiH /Dom oružanih snaga BiH on 23 May 2012.
A luxury bilingual edition of the travel book Reading of Bosnia and Herzegovina is a joint project of the Rabic Publishing Firm and the Embassy of the Czech Republic. At the latest book fair at Skenderija, the book won the award as the best publishing work. Ludvík Kuba travelled across Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1893 to 1896 and he expressed his impressions in writing and drawing. The original was printed in 1937 in Czekia, and nowadays this valuable book is available in Bosnian, while Czech language is added as facsimile. It presents an authentic account of the time and contributes to unstereotyping of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The book presentation was attended by: Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Pan Tomáš Szunyog, Director of the Rabic Publisher Firm, Goran Mikulić, and editor and Bosnian language editor Mrs.Nada Salom, editor of the edition Mr. Zlatan Hrenovica, prof.dr. Enver Kazaz and Slobodan Stajić, a travel writer. Particularly noteworthy is that the Czech language editor was the Consul Jana Stará. Mrs. Dejana Hršum, a solo performer, played the songs by Antonino Dvořák with Zoran Jovanović at the keyboard.
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Česka Beseda Assembly
 
On 12 May 2012 a regular assembly of Česka Besede Sarajevo was held in the Little Gallery of the St.Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik.
Having established a quorum, Mrs. Gordana Frimel, Speaker of the Assembly, proposed Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, Tomislav Krzyk and Karmela Smolik for chair officers, which was adopted. The 2009-2012 Activity Report of Česka Besede and the Report on Activities of the Council of Ethnic Minorities to the BiH Parliamentary Assembly was presented by President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka. She also submitted the 2012 Draft Work Plan. The Financial Report which was made by the Steering Committee members was presented by the Co-president for Finance, Mr. Tomo Krzyk, who also reported on the work of the Federation Council of Ethnic Minorities. The assembly session was concluded by discussion on miscellaneous issues and mingling of members. It is noteworthy that on 5 May 2012 the same premises hosted the symposium on Dr. Ćiro Truhelka and that the appropriate exhibition of archival materials from the BiH Archives added value to the Assembly.
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Exhibition Dr. Ćiro Truhelka – in memory of a Pioneer
On 25 March 2012 Česka Beseda members visited the National Museum in Sarajevo to see the exhibition “Dr. Ćiro Truhelka – in memory of a Pioneer“ about life and work of the first curator and subsequently the director of this first modern scientific institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The author of exhibition, Mrs. Snježana Mutapčić, an art historian, was an excellent guide through this valuable exhibition about this great scientist of Czech origin.
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From daily newspapers - Oslobođenje
The text by Mrs.Leona Sabolek published in Oslobođenje dated 26 February 2012 titled "CZECH WORD FOR BiH"
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VIŠEGRAD FILM WEEK 2012 - 20-24 February 2012.
 
During 28th International Festival Sarajevska zima, /sarajevo winter/ the embassies of Višegrad group(Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic) and Sarajevo Open Center, local partner, cordially invite you to:
Višegrad Film Week Sarajevo,
20-24 February 2012,
Cinema City, Maršala Tita 26
Films are subtitled in B/C/S and in English language. Free entrance.
Invitation and program are available here...
 
   
SARAJEVO WINTER - highlights...
Dr.Ćiro Truhelka – In memory of a Pioneer Exhibition

“Dr. Ćiro Truhelka – in memory of a Pioneer” opened on 7 February 2012 in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina within the special program of the 28th Sarajevo Winter International Festival, marking the 70 anniversary of death of archeologist Ćiro Truhelka and the 125th anniversary of foundation of the National Museum.
Ćiro Truhelka was born on 2 February 1865 in Osijek in the family of a Czech teacher, Antun Truhelka. He was the first to acquire the PhD degree in art and archeology in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first curator of the National Museum, its director, and editor of the National Museum Gazette. He was a pioneer of BiH museology, archeology and history with related disciplines. He presented Bosnia and Herzegovina particularly successfully on international exhibitions as a country with rich cultural and natural heritage. He continued his scientific and professional work in Osijek, Skoplje and Zagreb. He died in Zagreb on 18 September 1942.
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- CZECH CORNER – Reading with a cup of tea
 

St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery
every second Wednesday of the month
from 17:30 to 19:00
List of books is being prepared...

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