Václav Havel Library actively promoting late president's legacy
Among the organizations keeping the legacy of the country’s first post-communist president alive is the Václav Havel Library, which was established back in 2004 but has boosted its activities since he passed away in December last year. This year the Václav Havel Library began expanding – starting the process of opening a branch in the United States. Masha Volynsky reports.
"The institution was inspired by the presidential libraries in the United States, but the character of the Czech Vaclav Havel Library is a bit different. Here he was not only the president, he was much more famous as a writer, as an individual and as a dissident."
The library was founded eight years ago by, among others, Mr. Havel’s wife Dagmar and his long-time friends Karel Schwarzenberg, who is now Czech foreign minister, and Miloslav Petrusek, a well-known sociologist who passed away this summer.
"I’m very happy that there has been a lot of interest in Vaclav Havel as a person, as somebody who inspires others, in the past year, since his death. For this first anniversary of his death, many institutions and individuals have organized many different events in memory of Vaclav Havel."
This year, the library has also decided to promote the late playwright’s legacy abroad, establishing the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York in May. The organization has an office there, but the final shape and location of the new American branch of the library has not yet been finalized.
Most of the Vaclav Havel Library’s events are held in Prague’s Galerie Montmartre. However, if all goes according to plan the institution will in the future move to a far grander space in the Prague Castle district.