Christmas Get-together
 

The already traditional Christmas get-together of Česka Beseda members was held on 19 December 2014 on the premises of the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. Mrs.Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová, Chargé d'Affaires of Czech Republic Embassy enhanced the party by her presence, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy 2015. Mr. Kryštof Bachmann, a Czech language instructor, and representatives of the Snješka Association of Bosnian and Czech Friendship were also present. President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka prepared the Czech calendar for 2015 and a recipe for honey cookies kept by Mrs. Zvjezdana Stuchlý. Mrs.Senka Paunović Sivjakov made cookies following that recipe, and her son - Ivor Sivjakov offered them to paní Kadlecova. Beverages were served with sandwiches and cakes, including, naturally, Becherovka. All signed their names on the Česka Beseda banner expressing their support to Mrs. Gordana Frimel wishing her to get well soon. This time Mrs.  Svetlana Beran made a good showing as a raffle hostess.
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Reception for Krajani
 
Chargé d'Affaires paní Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová organised a Christmas party with krajani on 12 December  2014 at the residence of the Ambassador of Czech Republic. Her invitation was responded by Česka Beseda members from Sarajevo and  Banjaluka, the Karlo Paržik Association from Mostar and the Snješka Association of Bosnian and Czech Friendship from Sarajevo. Appropriate gifts were exchanged, and food and drinks were served. Paní Kadlecová presented each association with a bottle of Becherovka as a gift, and, on behalf of Česka Beseda Sarajevo, Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka presented her with a reprint of the Directory-Address Book- Čechové v Sarajevé dle sčítání v r. 1910. / Czechs in Sarajevo based on 1910 Census, and the Czech calendar for 2015. Musicians from Banjaluka contributed to happy atmosphere, and some verses were recited by Mrs. Sadžida Viteškić - Majstorović and Mr.Ratko Orozović. Old acquaintances parted enriched by this get-together, hoping that good wishes from greetings will come true.
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Česká Beseda presented itself at Minority Fest 2014+2015
 
The Days of Sarajevo Canton National Minorities were took place from 10 to 13 December 2014 for the first time organised by the Canton Sarajevo Council of National Minorities. The Days started by opening of an exhibition of the Selman brothers  from Bihać, academic artists who break down all prejudices about the Roma people by their works and artistic expression. On 13 December, at the gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (a building of Evangelistic Church constructed in 1899 based on the design of a Czech architect Karlo Paržik), Česká Beseda presented itself to the public, together with members of other national minorities by an appropriately decorated stand as well as by its documentary film Awake Puppets shown at the Kriterion Art Cinema. On the same day, Macedonians, Poles, Montenegrins, Jewish Community, Russians, Palestinians and Austrians took active part in presentation of their national minorities and communities living in the Sarajevo Canton. This event drew major media attention, which were particularly interested in the work of Česka Beseda, as one of the most active association in Sarajevo. The Sarajevo Canton funded «Minority Fest 2014+2015» providing the amount of  BAM 5,000.00.
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Links with information and comments:
http://www.slobodnaevropa.org/content/minority-fest-propitivanje-drustvene-svijesti-prema-manjinama/26737730.html
http://www.bhrt.ba/bht1-emisije/dimenzija-vise/dimenzija-vise-12-12-2014-2/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NmAR3FlHjE
 
   
National Day Celebration
 

On 16 October 2014 Česka Beseda celebrated the National Day at UNITIC where the Embassy of Czech Republic in Sarajevo  organised a reception in cooperation with Embassies of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. In this manner by their joint celebration the Višegrad Four member states recommended Bosnia and Herzegovina a pathway of cooperation and togetherness. The invitees were addressed by  Mr. Ján Pšenica, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic,and this was also a farewell to the Czech Ambassador, pan Tomáš Szunyog, and the Hungarian Ambassador, Mr. József Pándur.
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Chestnut Party at Cankar's
 
On 11 October2014 we responded to an invitation from the Cankar Slovenian Association to a get-together in the open – CHESTNUT PARTY (KESTENIJADA). The party in their garden bathed in autumn colours, in the beautiful October sun, was not lacking singing, cheerful laughter of the present Association members  and their guests, and, naturally, roasted chestnuts.
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At the Mayor's
 
On 8 October 2014 a meeting was held with Mayor Ivo Komšić. The meeting was attended by His Excellency Msc. Iztok Grmek, the Ambassador of Republic of Slovenia, Mrs. Sanja Bogdanović, President of the F BiH Council of national Minorities  and a member of the Steering Board of the Cankar Slovenian Association, Mrs.Irma Muratović, President of the HUM Association of Hungarians in Sarajevo and Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, President of Česká Beseda Sarajevo Association of Citizens of Czech Origin. The topic which was discussed during this meeting as well as during the previous one held on 23 May 2014 was «Finding premises for a House of National Minorities in Sarajevo». Several locations were proposed, and the Mayor promised that he would try to resolve this burning issue in cooperation with mayors of other city municipalities.
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Day of European Languages
 
On 26 September 2014 during the event which marked the Day of European Languages, held at the Meša Selimović Primary School, Ms. Martina Milošević, a representative of the Czech national minority performed a Czech folk song «Písnička česká». Representatives of the Cankar Slovenian Association and the Association of Citizens of Macedonian Origin also took part in this event, including the Ukrainian national minority. The major event took place in Brčko which was attended by Mrs.Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová, Chargé d'Affaires of Czech Republic Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
http://www.mzv.cz/sarajevo/bs/Kultura_i_obrazovanje/kultura/europskog_dana_jezika.html
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Česká beseda on BHT1
 
On 18 November 2014 the BHT1 crew made a report on Česka Beseda on the premises of St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. Statements for BHT1 were given by: father Perica Vidić, a procurement clerk at the Monastery, Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, President of Česka Beseda and Mrs.  Leona Sabolek, Vice-president for Culture. The recorded report will be broadcast on 1 December 2014 during the morning  BHT1 programme.
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Free-time Creativity Exhibition displayed at St. Anthony's Little Gallery from 15 to 22 September 2014
 
This year's celebration St. Václav's Day and the 18th Anniversary of the renewed work of Česka Beseda Sarajevo was marked by the sixth exhibition named Free-time Creativity opened on 15 September 2014 at the St. Anthony's Little Gallery (Mala galerija) and meeting on the premises of the Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik.
A total of 13 Česka Beseda members presented their works, ranging from photographs to models of ships and planes, and members of the Association of Citizens of Polish Origin from Sarajevo participated as guests with photographs of Polish folk costumes. One large board was dedicated to the late president, Mrs. Branka Hrzek, and magazines which she successfully edited. The  exhibition opening ceremony was enhanced by the presence of a new Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic, paní Klara von Kriegsheim Kadlecova, who was given by the President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka a reprint of the booklet of Czech folk songs and a bouquet of Czech roses made by Mrs. Ljerka Latal Danon. The exhibition opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the following associations: Polsa, Snješka, Hum, Cankar, and the Association of HKD Napredak Visual Artists and the BH1 Radio. Everybody received a copy of the latest edition of Informator dedicated to Mr. Slavomír Goga, the Deputy Ambassador, whose tenure in office at the Embassy finished this year.

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ANNOUNCEMENT!
 
Free-time Creativity Exhibition

You may get your invitation
here
You may have a look at the bill here
 
   
We bade Slavek a farewell
 
Deputy Ambassador and Politics, Media and Culture Advisor in the Embassy of Czech Republic, pan Slavomír Goga officially bade his associates and friends a farewell on 30 June 2014 at the Ambassador’s residence to assume a new office in the Team of European Union Special Representative for Brčko. It is incredible how fast the past 4 years have gone by, in particular the last two years when he was responsible for krajani and when we maintained frequent contacts with this wonderful young man. Wherever he showed up his directness and simplicity drew all attention, so it is not surprising at all that he has made many friends in Sarajevo. He himself locked our country and people in his heart so it come as no surprise when he said at his farewell party that he was staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina 'for another 12 years' instead of 12 months. We, too, our dear pan Slavek, would like to spend even more than 12 years with you.
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Assassination in 1914: Czech Traces
 
On 27 June 2014 the debate was held on Assassination in 1914: Czech traces organized by the Embassy of Czech Republic, Česká Beseda Sarajevo Association of Citizens of Czech Origin and Snješka Association of Bosnian and Czech Friendship, supported by the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina where the debate took place. The event moderator was Mr. Slavomír Goga, Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic. Co-authors Mr. Pavel Trojan and Martin Ježek presented the tourist guide ‘And so they killed our Ferdinand’ (Tak, ubili su nam Ferdinanda). Czechs and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time of assassination were discussed by experts, as well as political circumstances surrounding the assassination, how the assassination was associated with the Czekia and various interpretations of the assassination in Czekia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Presentations by Dr. Zijad Šehić, Mr.Sc. Željka Poloni, Tomislav Krzyk and Saša Beltram were followed by a constructive discussion.
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Flowers on Karlo Paržik’s Grave
 
On 23 June 2014, at the 72 death anniversary of Karlo Paržik, Česka Beseda Sarajevo members visited and laid flowers on his grave at the Saint Michael's City Cemetery.
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Orlovača
 
On 26 April 2014 Česka Beseda members and their guests set out for the Orlovača Cave. The Orlovača Cave is in the Donje Sinjevo hamlet, only 15 kilometres from Sarajevo, and it was the idea of our member Ljuba Ristić, a Czech by birth, to visit the cave. Other Sarajevans did not hear of it before, although it has unique cave ornaments comparable to those of the most famous caves. Apart from the cave, lead by an expert Mladen Samardžić, we were among the first visitors of the newly-opened museum. Following the visit to the museum and the cave we set out for lunch at the Točak restaurant in the Mokro village. After lunch and mingling, Jadranka Šuster suggested to visit the Ognjište Orthodox Ethno Gallery in Pale which she had already visited with tourists. Apart from a very nice host Risto Gavrilović and his family we found many objects of art and authentic souvenirs there, which will be a gift or a souvenir for those who bought them. After successful this year's Česka Beseda outing, we came back to rainy Sarajevo in the afternoon.
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Easter with POLSA
 
On 23 April 2014 Česka Beseda Sarajevo accepted the invitation from Marija Baljo, President of the POLSA Association of Citizens of Polish Origin, to celebrate this year's Easter together. We spent the evening in pleasant conversation, having holiday delicacies made by the members of the Association, including obligatory dyed eggs. The SKD Cankar members also joined this gathering, and the joint conclusion about the work of our minority associations was that we have to continue our cooperation and be persistent in our years long joint efforts to create conditions for opening the National Minority Centre in Sarajevo, following the practice in some European cities and countries from which our ancestors take origin, and all that in cooperation with the respective embassies in BiH and the local community, aiming at preserving the cultural heritage and thereby the existence of national minorities currently living in Sarajevo.
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New Tree Seedlings Planted in National Minorities Park
 
On 21 March 2014 marking the International Day of Forests and organized by Česka Beseda Sarajevo, new seedlings of Serbian spruce were planted in the National Minorities Park in the Novo Sarajevo Municipality. The seedlings were donated by Mr. Mesud Briga, Director of Environmental Movement of Reforesters of FBiH, in cooperation with Rasadnik (nursery) in Busovača. Apart from the KJKP Park employees, members of the Association of Citizens of Italian Origin, POLSA Association, SKD Cankar and HUM, the Fifth High School Reforester Section, as well as teachers and students of Environment and Wood Design High School also participated in planting. Guests were the Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to BIH, Slavomír Goga, representatives of the Novo Sarajevo Municipality, members of the Association of Friends of the City of Sarajevo and the Director of KJKP Park, Mr. Suad Hećo, who had planted 5 silver fir trees in this park in the previous month. Having planted 5 slender spruce trees, the youngest participants in the project were given «sweets». A billboard is being prepared which will be posted in the National Minorities Park, unique by his name both in Europe and the worldwide, as a symbol of successful cooperation of the above mentioned associations and the local community.
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RE-RUN – Screening of Documentary Film Awakened Puppets
 
The documentary film Awakened Puppets produced by Česka Beseda Sarajevo was showed on 8 March 2014 at the Little Gallery of the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Sarajevo. Ambassador of the Czech Republic, pan Tomáš Szunyog, his associate Slavomír Goga and a language editor, Kryštof Bachmann, representatives of the Snješka Association, Željko Majstorović and Sadžida Viteškić-Majstorović watched this interesting work as well as other guests who mingled with the Česka Beseda members and authors of the film after the screening. The film again evoked memories and importance of Czech influence on Bosnia and Herzegovina culture in the last century.
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CZECH CORNER with you again!
 
On 12 March 2014 the Czech Corner continued its work. Mr.Slavomír Goga, Deputy Ambassador of Czech Republic to BiH, gave a little present to our Association, Krleža's complete works in the Czech language of the Lastavica publisher in Prague. Last year the library stock was updated by twenty books, established by our taking over of the archival records owned by Mrs. Branka Hrzek.
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CZECH CORNER
Reading with a cup of tea

St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik
(every second Wednesday in a month from 17:30 to 19:00 hours)
The list of books is available here.
 
   
Czech Language Instruction
 
We would also like to inform all concerned that the Czech Language course (II semester) also continued at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. Mr. Kryštof Bachmannis, a language instructor and the classes are held on Monday and Thursday at 18:00 hours in the room no. 154 of the Faculty building. For all additional information you may contact Mr. Bachmann.
 
   
Series about NATIONAL MINORITIES IN BiH
 
As of 16 February 2014 the FTV Documentary Programme Editorial Board broadcast series about members of national minorities in BiH. The episodes were filmed across the entire BiH territory, and the series manager was Mrs. Dragica Orlando. The ten-episode series, which will be broadcast from 16 February to 20 April 2014, will present Albanians, Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, Italians, Hungarians, Czechs, Roma, Macedonians and Slovenians to the public. The series will be broadcast on Sunday, at 09:30 hours, with possible postponement to 09:45, and the Czech national minority will be presented in the episode announced for 30 March 2014.
From the ARCHIVES: available here
 
   
ANNOUNCEMENT!
 
RE-RUN OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM Awakened Puppets

We cordially invite you to the re-run of the documentary film Awakened Puppets on 8 march 2014 at 11:30 hours at the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery gallery in Bistrik, Franjevačka 6, Sarajevo.

-- admission free --

You may take the invitation here

Official trailer/announcement for the film available on Youtube

 
   
Česka Beseda visited the Education Builds BiH Association
 
On Thursday, 20 February 2014, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, Emilija Bašić and Gordana Frimel, as the Česka Beseda representatives visited the Education Builds BiH Association at the invitation from its Executive Director, Mr. Jovan Divjak. Through discussion with «uncle Jovo“, and then with the Vice-president of the Association and volunteers they were informed about Foundation's activities which celebrates the 20th anniversary, whose main mission is the most humane mission of all, an that is providing assistance to the children-victims of war, disabled and talented children, children –members of the Roma national minority and those in need for social protection.
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Česka Beseda Sarajevo Visited the Arhives of BiH
 
On 19 February 2014 Mrs. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, President of the Association visited the Archives of BiH. Folowing the events of 7 February it was necessary to learn more about the condition of the archival records related to Ceska Beseda Sarajevo from 1905, from the period of Austro-Hungarian rule, which was filed in the national archives in the BiH Presidency building. I wish to express my gratitude to Director Šaban Zahiragić and Expert Assistant Boro Jurišić who showed me „a sad picture of burnt storerooms“ as well as the storerooms which, luckily, remained intact, where, in addition to the records of Preporod, Napredak and Prosveta very important records of Czech cultural heritage were stored from the period of Austro-Hungarian rule. To my knowledge, the Czech Republic offered both the technical and financial support for repair of damage inflicted.
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Dressing of a Mannequin in a Czech National Costume from the Surroundings of Brno
 
You may watch dressing of a mannequin in the Czech national costume from the surroundings of Brno made by Zdeňka Drlikova, given as a gift to Česka Beseda Sarajevo for marking its 15th anniversary by the Czech ethnologists in 2011
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FTV about the Premiere of Awakened Puppets
 
FTV covered the premiere of documentary film “Awakened Puppets” and on 2 February 2014 broadcast a successful report by journalist Dijana Čustović in the TV show SEDMICA – culture magazine. In this manner the F TV once again directed public attention to the contribution of the Czech national minority to preservation of cultural heritage in Sarajevo, and the entire BiH.
You may watch the entire show on the link
 
   
Premiere of the Documentary Film Awakened Puppets
 
The premiere of documentary film Awakened Puppets held in St. Anthony's Little Gallery in Bistrik on 29 January 2014 showed how a film which emerged as one of the projects of Česka Beseda may be a prime cultural event in Sarajevo. The author of the film Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, President of Česka Beseda Sarajevo, spoke about the film. The making of the film faced many problems, however author Igor Sivjakov managed to implement the idea from the initial concept to the final version. The film making was supported by the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Sarajevo.
A number of distinguished guests, including the High Representative of the international community in BiH, Mr. Valentin Inzko and Executive Director of Education Builds BiH Association, Mr. Jovan Divjak attended the screening. A popular puppet, Kašpárek, sovereignly presented the story about old Czech puppets kept by the Stuchlý family at their home. Apart from the puppets in the film, he also evoked childhood memories and a type of stage-craft which has been marginalized today, which was initiated by the Czechs 105 years ago.
Awakened Puppets aroused a great deal of public interest, and the Federal Television also covered the screening of this documentary film.
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We thank Radoš Jovanović for providing the video material on Youtube
Official trailer available on Youtube
 
   
Letní škola slovanských studií / 2014
 
Letní škola slovanských studií / 2014 OLOMOUC
Detailed information available on the official web-page here
The pamphlet is available here
 
   
Presentation of Česka Beseda Sarajevo to the Local Community
 
On 22 January 2014, in the premises of the Center for Healthy Aging in Hrasno, at the invitation from Mrs.Milica Kajević, President of the Society of Friends of the City of Sarajevo, we were given an opportunity to present our Association. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka made a short presentation of Česka Beseda Sarajevo, Gordana Frimel spoke about her study visit to Dobruška in summer 2012 via her video-presentation, and Ljuba Ristić distributed our calendar for 2014 to the attendees. Vladimir Lukačević provided technical support to the video-presentation, and took photos of this interesting one-hour gathering.
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