Czech Language Department
A two-semester course titled Czech Language and Literature was attended by 15 individuals - students and other interested candidates. At the end of the academic year 2016/2017, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jakub Skalník, and Czech Language Professor, Jana Skoumalová, awarded certificates of successful completion of the Czech Language course to the candidates.
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Pařik's Jubilees
June 6th of 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the death of the builder of Sarajevo, architect Karl Pařik, and July 4th this year also marked the 160th anniversary of his birth. On 16 June, Česká beseda Sarajevo organized the traditional commemoration of this “Czech by birth and citizen of Sarajevo by choice” at St. Michael's Cemetery in Sarajevo. In addition to the large number of Beseda members and guests, the commemoration of this great architect was also attended by the Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic, paní Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová; Check Language Professor, Jana Skoumalová, and the President of the Assembly of the Bosnian-Czech Friendship Association Snješka, Željko Majstorović. President of Česka beseda, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, talked about his life and work. Before leaving the cemetery, most of the guests visited the grave of another meritorious Czech national - dr. Karl Bayer. A get-together was organized after the commemoration.
Published in Oslobođenje on 24 June 2017....

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“Discus Thrower” in Tuzla 17 June 2017
 
On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of prof.dr. Mirko Dušek (1930-2016), a Czech by origin, President of Česka beseda Sarajevo, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, laid flowers at the sculpture „Discus Thrower” in the park near the School of Music in Tuzla. This prominent conductor and music pedagogue from Tuzla, who also used to be an athlete in his youth, served as a model for this sculpture made by his fellow citizen and the city’s first academic sculptor Franjo Leder.
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June 13, St. Anthony's Day
 
This year, Česká beseda Sarajevo traditionally congratulated the St. Anthony of Padua Day to our dear friends - Franciscans from the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik, Sarajevo. The Franciscan Church of St. Anthony has traditionally been considered as the house of prayer of all citizens of Sarajevo. For a long time, the area of the city on the right bank of the Miljacka River, where this monastery and church are located, was called Latinluk. It was named after the members of the Catholic, Roman or Latin church. In 1652, around 200 Catholic families lived in this Latinluk. However, after the invasion of Eugene of Savoy in 1697, the neighborhood was destroyed ... for more details please visit http://svantosarajevo.org/?p=342)
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Česká beseda at the Center for Healthy Aging
 
On 31 May 2017, Česká beseda Sarajevo was a guest of the Center for Healthy Aging in the Centar Municipality which is successfully managed by Varja Nikolić. President Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka greeted the numerous beneficiaries of the Center and then gave the floor to Ljuba Ristić who, in her original way, presented South Moravia, folk costumes and customs of this region to the audience illustrating the presentation with video materials. A mannequin dressed in the folk costume of the Brno area was brought for this occasion. The lecture was followed by a get-together with snacks and refreshments from Bihać Brewery.
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Exhibition and Excursion to Mostar
 
In cooperation with the Citizens' Association Architect Karel Pařík, a Bosnian-Czech Friendship Association from Mostar, Česká beseda Sarajevo took to Mostar the 15th exhibition from the cycle “Czechs in Sarajevo – Our 20 Years”, which was displayed in the National Museum on the occasion of the celebration of the last year's jubilee. At the same time, the trip to Mostar was used to organize Beseda's popular annual excursion.
Members of Česka beseda and their guests were received at the Puppet Theater by the hosts led by the President of the Association Arhitekt Karel Pařík, Alena Gološeva who moderated the program organized at the Small Scene of the Puppet Theatre. The audience was greeted by the Deputy Czech Ambassador, paní Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová. The program included the screening of the short documentary by Česka beseda “PROBUĐENE LUTKE“ /Awakened Dolls/, Šantić's Emina was read by Ljuba Ristić in Czech and Sidika Manjgo in the original and they were accompanied by the accordion player Snježana Dujmović. Petar Mikić from the Music Centre Pavarotti presented his piano mastery. Alena Golaševa presented certificates of appreciation to the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Puppet Theatre and Česka beseda Sarajevo. The youngest ones – Miša and Petar, were not forgotten during the exchange of gifts. Gifts presented to them by the President of the Česka beseda Sarajevo, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, were related to the popular movie puppet - Kašpárek. Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka opened the exhibition “Our 20 Years”. After the sightseeing, a get-together with accordion music and songs was organized. After that, the group visited the old bridge and had lunch at the Spiritual and Education Centre Emaus in Potoci, where the guests were warmly received by the Director Tanja Raič Tarčuki. The excursionists spent the remaining time before their trip back to Sarajevo in the pleasant atmosphere of the Caritas House of Meetings where they refreshed themselves with non-alcoholic beverages from the Bihać Brewery.

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Czech Movie Tiger Theory
 
Members of Česka beseda Sarajevo responded to the invitation received from the Ambassador of the Czech Republic and on 25 May 2017 viewed the Czech movie Tiger Theory about modern life. This humorous movie with beautiful camera shots was screened as part of the European Film Day at the Meeting Point Cinema. Ambassador of the Czech Republic, pan Jakub Skalník, addressed the audience before the screening of the movie.
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Česká beseda Sarajevo Visited the Karl Bayer's Grave
 
On 12 April 2017, Česka beseda organized a commemoration of dr. Karel Bayer at the St. Michaels's Cemetery in Sarajevo. On the date of the death of this prominent doctor and great philanthropist, member of Beseda, Dario Frimel, laid flowers on the family tomb of the Bayer family.
Dr. Karel Bayer was the manager of the first modern hospital in Sarajevo, the first President of the Association of Medical Doctors in BiH and a street in Sarajevo was supposed to be named after him while he was still alive. He died at the dawn of the World War I, on 12 April 1914. He was saved from a 100-year oblivion by the writer and lexicographer Valerijan Žujo who researched the work and life of this great Czech. Commemoration was opened by the President of Česka beseda, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka. Deputy Czech Ambassador, paní Klára von Kriegsheim Kadlecová expressed her support; writer Valerijan Žujo talked about the research for the monograph dedicated to Karl Bayer; and the painter Mirza Ibrahimpašić brought dr. Karl Bayer's person to life in a portrait.

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Electoral Convention
 
Electoral convention of the Association of Citizens of Czech Origin Česká beseda Sarajevo was held on 29 March 2017 at the gallery of the Saint Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. All items of the agenda were approved (Minutes of the previous Assembly meeting, Activity Report for the period between two Assembly meetings, Work Plan for 2017, financial reports for 2015 and 2016, and Supervisory Board reports). In addition to that, the convention elected the management of the Association, members of the Management Board, Supervisory Board and the Court of Honor for a period of four years. After the end of the Electoral Convention, a small get-together with snacks and refreshments was organized for the members in attendance.
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Cooperation
 
On 15 March 2017, an exhibition of photographs and documents titled “OTKUD ITALIJANI U BiH?” /What are Italians doing in BiH/ at the GM Gallery (Gallery Mandžić) in Tuzla. The exhibition was organized by the Association of Citizens of Italian Origin RINO ZANDONAI from Tuzla. The President of this Association invited members of Česka beseda Sarajevo, as members of an ethnic minority group in BiH, to attend this event. On behalf of Česka beseda the exhibition was attended by Jovanka Manzalovć Šalaka and Dario Frimel. The fact that Czechs and Italians in BiH have always been close is supported by a document displayed at the exhibition about a joint band formed at the beginning of the 20th century in Tuzla.
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Czech Corner in March
 
The Czech Corner in March was organized on 8 March 2017 in the celebratory atmosphere of the International Women's Day. Member Vesna Malić prepared her famous cakes for everyone, there was Becherovka too, Jovanka's liqueur and cookies from Holland, tea and flowers of course. Members of Česka beseda were joined by the Czech Language Professor, Jana Skoumalová, together with students from the Czech Republic currently studying at the Sarajevo University.
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Start of the Czech Language Course
 
Czech language course for members of Česka beseda Sarajevo started on 8 March 2017 on the premises of the St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery in Bistrik. The Course is taught by Jana Skoumalová, Professor of Czech Language at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo. The language course is attended by: Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, Karmela Smolik, Zdravko Vobornik, Slavenka Vobornik, Gordana Vobornik, Dubravka Hadžikadunić, Duša Černi Kulenović and Leona Sabolek. The first meeting dedicated to practical arrangements. The course will be organized in two classes to be held twice a month. For the next class, scheduled for 22 March 2017, the Professor will bring copied texts from textbooks for all candidates which will be used as materials for learning the Czech language.
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National Museum, 8 March 2017
 
On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the National Museum of BiH welcomed all ladies with the free museum entry and all visitors to the Museum were able to enjoy various exponents. Blooming saffrons in the museum complex were a symbolic gift for the ladies. The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the most representative and the oldest scientific, educational and cultural institution in our country. The Museum complex consists of four pavilions connected by the entry terrace and a botanical garden occupying the central area. The entire complex was designed by the architect Karlo Paržik (Karel Pařík), the then Chief Architectural Advisor of the National Government, who was also the Chief Supervisor of construction works. Česka beseda also visited the Museum on that occasion and presented the Director, Mirsad Sijarić, with a postage stamp with the image of Karl Paržik as a token of good cooperation.
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Presidency, 1 March 2017
 
Members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegović and Dragan Čović, addressed the guests at the gala reception organized at the Presidency building on the occasion of the BiH Independence Day. The reception was attended by high officials of the international community, representatives of the diplomatic corps, academic community and public life in BiH, including representatives of national minorities, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka on behalf of Česka beseda and Bruno Palestra on behalf of the Association of Citizens of Italian Origin in Sarajevo.
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Czech Language Department
 
On 23 February 2017, the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo opened a Czech Language Department – optional course Czech Language and Culture 1. Classes for candidates outside of the Faculty are organized on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information please contact the following e-mail address: jana.k.skoumalova@gmail.com, Professor Jana Skoumalová
 
   
Working Visit to Mostar
 
On 14 February 2017, President of Česka Beseda, Jovanka Manzalović Šalaka, Vice-President for Culture, Leona Sabolek, and member Ljubica Ristić visited the Citizen's Association „Arhitekt Karel Pařík“, Association of Czech-Bosnian Friendship from Mostar. The Association's premises are located at the Puppet Theater which has been reconstructed by the Czech Republic. Cooperation between the two associations was agreed with the President of the Association, Alen Gološov. The start of the cooperation should be marked in May by the exhibition “Our 20 Years” initially organized by Česka beseda at the National Museum on the occasion of 20th anniversary of reopening.
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Management Board Meeting and “Working Get-Together” of Beseda Members
 
Management Board of Česka beseda Sarajevo held its plenary session on 8 February 2017 during the Czech Corner. The Board discussed the work plan and electoral convention to be held this coming spring. A working get-together with the members was organized after the session. In addition to the 2017 Work Plan, the Board also discussed the application for a study visit to Dobruška for a Czech language course. A Czech language course will be organized for the members of Česka beseda on the premises of St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery. The course will be held by the Czech Language Professor, Jana Skoumalová. Beseda plans to establish cooperation with the Center for Healthy Aging in the Sarajevo Centar Municipality and try to organize a trip to the Czech Republic with the Center. Ljuba Ristić volunteered to hold a lecture on folk costumes and customs of the Czech South Moravia as part of the cooperation.
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CZECH CORNER – “Literature With a Cup of Tea”
 
St. Anthony's Franciscan Monastery
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