The Czech Arts & Culture Week, hosted by Chulalongkorn University in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Thailand, commemorates the 22nd anniversary of Václav Havel’s visit to Thailand to receive an honorary doctorate from Chulalongkorn University. The last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the Czech Republic, Havel was more than a politician—he was a writer, dramatist, and dissident, an intellectual widely credited with leading the charge for democracy after the fall of communism.
Myriad discussions, activities, and speeches are scheduled, featuring prominent figures representing Thailand and the Czech Republic. Foremost among them are an exhibition of rare photographs commemorating Havel’s visit to Thailand, special lectures and film screenings, and a highlight performance of the first ever Thai theatre adaption of Jaroslav Hašek classic, “A (not so) Good Evening with the (not so) Good Soldier Švejk.”
The Czech Arts & Culture Week offers a unique opportunity to explore the diversity of Czech culture. Plus, on the docket are some impressive speakers, including Thai film critic Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn, who will hold a special Q&A and discussion after the screening of the Czech film “Fair Play” on Wednesday. A second screening of the film “Fair Play” will take place Friday, followed by a Q&A session and post-screening discussion led by prominent Thai film critic and cinema writer Kong Rithdee.
Other highlights include a public lecture and screening of “From Ambivalent Christianity to Kafkaesque and Schweikism: Czech Culture Reflected in Czech Cinema” by Keiko Sei, Curator and Lecturer at Prague’s FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) on Tuesday, and a special keynote speech and pre-overview of the play “The Good Soldier Švejk” by His Excellency Dr Vítězslav Grepl on Thursday.
All events are free of charge and open to the public.
For more information, please the Facebook page of Chulalongkorn’s Central and Eastern European Studies Section.