Year of the Revolution at the Václav Havel Library

01. November 2019

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Václav Havel Library has prepared a series of events, exhibitions and projects to appeal to a wide range of populations. From former regime survivors and direct participants in the revolution, to the new generation, which only knows of these events as stories from their parents and grandparents.

The educational project: The Year of Revolution, is especially intended for younger audiences. It aims to bring this important landmark in our modern history to students of primary and secondary schools from the perspective of the young youtuber. The series of eight video lessons, maps the key moments of the transformation of totalitarian Czechoslovakia into a democratic country from January to December 1989.

Workshops: Václav Havel – a Czech myth or Havel in a Nutshell and Velvet Prague 1989 are also geared toward young students. The first, is an interactive event, where students have the opportunity to work with selected texts of the first Post-Velvet Revolution President, photographs of the period’s events, and use critical thinking to process specific tasks. Workshop Velvet Prague 1989 explains the role the capital city of Prague played in the Revolution.

The seventh year of the International Conference to honor the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize laureate launched a series of autumn events on October 2nd at the Prague Crossroads. The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded by Václav Havel Library together with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Charter 77 Foundation.

Enver Can, on behalf of llham Tohti (China) – laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights prize, who is currently in prison.

In mid-October, the fourth year of the Democracy Festival took place in the KVH premises. It is aimed at celebrating civic activity, as the cornerstone of freedom and democracy, and in support of a public debate across generations and society as a whole.

“Václav Havel once said that if freedom is denied to anyone in the world, it is thus denied, indirectly, to all men. Václav Havel was not only a symbol of the Velvet Revolution 30 years ago, but he remains a symbol that embodies the freedom this revolution brought to our country after years of totalitarian rule.”- Zdeněk Bakala. Mr. Bakala and his wife Michaela are key supporters of this institution.

“Our thanks to the library, that since its founding, has sought to preserve the legacy of Václav Havel. We welcome the launch of the donor site  on the day of his 83rd birthday anniversary, “added Magdaléna Drsová, Director of philanthropic activities of the Bakalas.

The activities of the library commemorating the events of the Velvet Revolution, will culminate on November 17th at the Činoherní klub theatre in Prague, where 30 years ago, the Civic Forum was born, leading the revolution to victory. The audience can enjoy an engaging evening of period melodies, memories from witnesses of the fatal evening, and strategies for confronting the realities of today.

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