STEPS TO CZECH [London, Sundays]
LIVING MUSEUMS PROJECT - BRITISH MUSEUM [22 March 2015]
We said goodbye to each other and we went to enjoy the rest of Sunday. So see you next time, in the British Museum or in the Czech School...
LILACS OF PEACE project [four workshops in May 2015]
The Lilacs of Peace art workshops will be inspired by the e-book Lilacs of Peace which tells the history of the Second World War and commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of the War. More than 100 children from Islington created the artwork for the e-book.
The aim of the Lilacs of Peace project is to tell children about a fundamental part of 20th century history that shaped all our lives across the world, through inclusive artistic endeavour that is designed to be both educational and entertaining. Its emphasis will be on the peace found in 1945, long hoped for, and its resonance throughout the world today.
MAY 11 [Aimed at pre-school children, Museum of Islington.]
Did you know that animas fought in the Second World War? Some animals even won medals for bravery!
MAY 25 [Aimed at primary school children, Museum of Islington.]
Tales from the Holocaust. We’ll be talking about Nicholas Winton, an English banker, who saved 669 Jewish children, and Anne Frank, a Jewish girl from the Netherlands who hid in a secret room behind a bookcase to escape the Nazis. Anne kept a diary which is still read all over the world.
MAY 28 [Aimed at primary school children. Museum of Islington.]
Technology – planes, aircraft carriers, flying bombs, the atom bomb. The Second World War was a new kind of war. Scientists were inventing weapons that were faster, stronger and deadlier than before. Leaders knew that the side with the most powerful technology would win the war.
MAY 31 [Kurdish Children and Youth Centre]
At the end of May we had another workshop with the Kurdish children. We introduced them our new e-book, since in the last autumn they collaborated with us on the book illustrations. They liked it, mainly because they recognised their own art. After the introduction they started a lot of creative activities focused on Prague and the Czech Republic. They built Saint Vitus Cathedral, the Prague Castle, made their own Golems and invented a poison in the Rudolf the Emperor alchemists’ workrooms.
WORKSHOPS IN HIGHBURY QUADRANT PRIMARY SCHOOL [five Monday workshops, 21 September - 19 October]
There were five workshops organized for the children from Highbury Quadrant Primary School. The topic of the first workshop was The Waste Land. The main aim of this workshop attended by twenty-five children was to present the fate of three Czech villages – Lidice, Ležáky, and Javoříčko – that were burnt down during the Second World War and also show the parallel of the past with the current situation in Syria, which is now being destroyed and deserted because of the war.
Lidice is a village which, as a part of the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, on orders from Adolf Hitler was completely destroyed by German forces in reprisal for the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in 1942. All 173 men over 15 years of age from the village were executed, 184 women and 88 children were deported to concentration camps.
The village Ležáky was completely razed to the ground by Nazi forces during the reprisals for the assassination of Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich. In December 1941, several Allied paratroopers were sent to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich in Operation Anthropoid. Several people from Ležáky helped this group, providing a hiding place for their radio set. Gestapo agents found the radio transmitter in Ležáky which belonged to the paratroopers. All 33 men and women were shot, children were separated from their families and sent to concentration camps or to German families. Unlike Lidice, Ležáky was not rebuilt after the war, and only memorials exist today.
Javoříčko is often referred as the Moravian Lidice. It was burned on 5 May 1945 by German troops, at the same day when American soldiers reached Pilsen and the Soviet troops were liberating one Czech town after the other, after 9 o´clock the Nazi Units came to Javoříčko. German killed all the men and burnt down the whole village. Today approximately 50 inhabitants reside in the village.
The other workshops in Highbury Quadrant Primary School were focused on war heroes, technology and culture.
LEAFLET - CZ [PDF]
EXHIBITION DAY IN HIGHBURY QUADRANT PRIMARY SCHOOL [19 October 2015]
FAMILY WORKSHOPS, Museum of Islington, half term holidays [29-30 October 2015]
LEAFLET - EN [PDF]
WORKSHOPS FOR WILLIAM TYNDALE SCHOOL [12 November]
The Czech School without Borders London organized workshops for two classes of schoolchildren on 12 November 2015 in the Islington Museum. The aim of the event was to introduce interesting things related to WW2 in an attractive way. With the help of the instructors children could create paper puppets representing the war heroes (pilots, soldiers and nurses), try their skills in cross stitching or practice their imagination in scraping the images on paper painted with ink. Great success had also creating submarines of plastic bottles or encoding secret messages. The lecturers also prepared an accompanying program in the form of thematic board game and a variety of minor tasks such as motion games, crosswords or puzzles. For some children, the highlight of the program was the opportunity to experience how people felt in the bomb shelters.
WORKSHOPS FOR THE KURDISH CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE [22 and 28 November]
There were two workshops for the Kurdish community organized in November 2015. The children could create the stories about their own war heroes, think about the positive and negative facts in their lives and the world as well, create together a beautiful painting and have fun while playing the authentic board games.
The last workshop of the successful project Lilacs of Peace was held on Saturday 28th November and was organize in co-operation of the Czech School without Borders and the Kurdish Children & Youth Centre. It was a magnificent end indeed, because it was attended by nearly thirty children of all ages (4-15). Most of children had previously attended more of these Lilacs of Peace workshops but even this time they tried new activities such as painting a small piece of the picture using water colours which together with other ones made a big abstract painting, they learnt how to assemble a toy – a paper cone with the bead on the string which should be caught in the cone. Children also thought about positive and negative aspect of the war in parallel with their own lives, they used their creative imagination in writing stories and what’s more, children could play a board game especially designed by Lilacs of Peace project lecturers.
Again, children were enthusiastic about doing all of these activities and throughout the workshop they kept asking if there would be more workshops. Hopefully, this pleasant co-operation of the Czech School without Borders and the Kurdish Children & Youth Centre will continue in other projects next year.
EXHIBITION - LILACS OF PEACE [27 November - 20 December 2015]
On Friday 27th November in the Islington Museum there was an opening of the exhibition of the outcome of the project Lilacs of Peace led by Czech School without Borders. The exhibition, which has been opened until the end of January 2016, is composed of pictures, colourful collages, paper puppets, and a lot more handicrafts created by pupils of Highbury Quadrant Primary School, William Tyndale School, and Kurdish Children & Youth Centre with the help of lecturers of Czech School without Borders.
The opening was accompanied with an additional art workshop where children and their parents could try to make some of the things that they could see on the display. The cosy atmosphere of the Islington Museum together with delicious food and drinks for the visitors created very pleasant Friday afternoon that the organizers and visitors enjoyed very much.
LEAFLET - EN [PDF]
THREE BROTHERS [29 November 2015]
Three brothers set out into the wide world seeking adventure, wisdom and true love in this humorous musical take on fairy tales which combines the stories of The Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and The Twelve Months. Written and narrated by Zdeněk Svěrák and boasting upbeat music and catchy songs by Svěrák and Jaroslav Uhlíř, this is a joyous family adventure mixing actors and animation by Oscar winning director Jan ‘Kolya’ Svěrák.
Jan Svěrák, Czech Republic / Denmark 2014, 90’, English subtitles
With Zdeněk Svěrák, Vojtěch Dyk, Tomáš Klus and Zdeněk Piskula
We had amazing afternoon with fairytale topics!
A NIGHT WITH H. C. ANDERSEN [20 March 2015]
All the kids were working hard and every good work was deservedly rewarded. In complete darkness kids hand in hand discovered treasure chests at the altar. White Lady, who appeared on the gallery above the nave of the church, descended to the treasure and fairly distributed it among the children.
And then everybody fled to their classrooms to their teachers and classmates, so they were a little bit closer to be able to speak Czech correctly.
CHILDREN’S DAY [24 May 2015]
CAMP IN WINDSOR [24 - 27 October 2015]
LEAFLET - CZ [PDF]
ST NICHOLAS [5 December 2015]
LEAFLET - CZ [PDF]