Touching 1989: Reflections & Recollections | OPEN CALL

30 years ago, the events of 1989 redrew the political map of Europe, affecting the lives of millions. Looking at those historical moments and their aftermath from today’s perspective what role did the year 1989 play in your life? Do you have an experience or a memory of 1989? Maybe you immigrated to the UK, maybe you have family memories, maybe you have another story to tell. WHATEVER IT IS, WE WANT TO HEAR IT!

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English Translation of Tomáš Halík’s Books

Tomáš Halík’s books are now available in English translation by Gerald Turner. From the Underground Church to Freedom and I Want You to Be were published in Notre Dame Press. You can find more information in the leaflets below. 

Halik – I Want You to Be

Halik – From the Underground Church to Freedom

Easter Celebration at Okénko

There was a traditional Easter celebration at Okénko on Saturday 30th March. Many children and their parents came along and enjoyed traditional food, dance, songs and other Easter traditions.


Ian Kennaway’s 80th Birthday at Velehrad

Ian Kennaway, the founder of the charity Friends of Czech Herigate, celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday 7th July at Velehrad. 


Ten-year anniversary of the Slovak Catholic Mission in London

On Sunday the 1st of July, the Solemnity of St. Cyril and Methodius was celebrated at the Slovak Catholic Mission at London Bridge. Bishop Jozef  Hal’ko from Bratislava presided the Holy Mass, marking also the 10 years of autonomy of the Slovak Catholic Mission (SCM). His Excellency the Ambassador of Slovakia and the Slovak Military Attaché were among the invited guests. Velehrad in London, where Slovak and Czech Masses were celebrated for many decades prior to the Slovak Mission moving to the church in Melior Street, was represented by a Trustees Mrs Marta Tomsky and the Hon. Secretary Mrs. Ludmila Stane (viz photo JE L. Rehak, M. Tomsky, L. Stane, bishop Jozef Hal’ko) 

TWO REVIEWS: Smetana Trio at Wigmore Hall

Smetana Trio, reinvigorated with new Violinist, Radim Kresta, perform a masterclass in Czech Chamber Music. Every time a musical ensemble steps out onto a stage there is an act of courage involved – each performance is a new venture. For the Smetana Trio, the excitement of that venture was enhanced at the Wigmore Hall’s Morning Coffee Concert today owing to the fact that this was their first public performance in the UK in their new configuration, with violinist Radim Kresta joining the powerhouse partnership of pianist Jitka Čechová and cellist Jan Páleníček. All the more impressive, then, that the Trio succeeded in reinvoigorating the souls of a Sunday-morning audience in a tired-out Capital, reeling from the mayhem of the week. Read more

Tomáš Halík’s Book I Want You To Be

I Want You To Be is a finalist for the 2016 Foreword INDIES book of the Year Award in the Adult Nonfiction, Philosophy category. The winners will be announced during the American Library Association conference, June 22-27, 2017, in Chicago. Here is a link to the announcement: https://awards.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2016/philosophy/


 Dr. Eva Pinkavová on GOOD KING WENCESLAS



Remembering Beryl Tučapská by Marian Werner



R.I.P. COUNT JOSEPH CZERNIN 9.8.1924 – 13.4.2015

11128744_806259962797309_7730902921873645460_oIT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS TO ANNOUNCE THAT COUNT JOSEPH CZERNIN, PATRON OF “VELEHRAD LONDON”, DIED ON MONDAY THE 13TH OF APRIL 2015. R.I.P.Joseph Czernin was born in Prague in 1924 to one of the oldest Czech noble families. During the Nazi occupation of the Czech Lands, he was forced to work in Germany. After the war, he studied law in Prague and in 1947 he came to the United Kingdom to study English. After the communist coup of February 1948, he decided to stay in England permanently. From the very beginning, he got involved in the organisation of the social and religious life of Czech and Slovak immigrants. His commitment to the charity Velehrad dates back to 1950´s. He was a longtime and tireless advocate of the preservation of the Czech language, culture and traditions in the UK. May he rest in peace.