Expat Czechs meet for three-day conference in Prague
Czechs living abroad and their descendants are currently meeting in Prague for a three-day conference. The 120 delegates from 16 adopted countries as diverse as America and Egypt are here to discuss the common interests of Czechs living abroad, primarily cultural life. Christian Falvey went to the opening of the conference to find out more.
“I think it’s really important for the Czechs from other countries to get together every two years. We get ideas from what they do in their countries and we exchange ideas and talk about what could be done and all that. I think it’s very important to keep in touch with where you come from.”
“I was talking about expat theatre run by Czechs in Canada, Austria, Croatia and newly in Brussels which are trying to maintain Czech culture in foreign countries, under attack from other languages. The conference is centred on issues of culture, and expatriate theatres are a very large part of that, because they are the unifying element in the different communities: a meeting place where the theatrical level is not as important as meeting, being together, sharing culture, language and the same viewpoints.”
That is very much the benefit of the compatriots’ conference as well. Ms. Vrzáňová says that the there are positive practical results from each conference despite the aging demographic of their visitors.
The seminars in the old Federal Assembly building, now called the New National Museum building, will continue until Tuesday evening.
Photo: Miloš Turek