Aussie Kiwi Film Festival
1st to 6th November at Lucerna, Ponrepo & Aero cinemas.
Freedom has been chosen as the overarching theme of this year’s Australian and New Zealand film festival program in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism in central Europe.
As part of this year’s festival, the Vaclav Havel Library will host an evening entitled “The journey of Czechoslovaks in search of freedom down under + Havel in the Pacific” on Tuesday, 5th of November at 7pm.
The clash of indigenous and European cultures, immigration and tolerance - all longstanding important themes in Australian and New Zealand filmmaking - will play an important role in the films to be screened, none more so than the festival’s opening night movie, Ladies in Black, directed by Bruce Beresford (Lucerna, 1.11.2019 at 8pm), which uses humour to illustrate the prejudices and preconceptions around immigration indigenous and European cultural clashes. This film has won awards for Best Actress, Best Original Music Score and Best Costume Design from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts in 2018. At the gala opening, audiences will hear Aboriginal mission songs sung live by the indigenous Australian singer, Jessie Lloyd. An exhibition of photographs by Jiří Jírů, called “Havel in New Zealand”, taken on the president’s visit to the Pacific in 1995, will also be on display in Lucerna café for the duration of the festival.
Other highlights include Vai (Ponrepo, 2.11.2019, at 3pm), short vignettes filmed by nine female directors in various countries of the Pacific – Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Niue and New Zealand. Children’s classic film Storm Boy staring Geoffrey Rush ( Ponrepo, 3.11.2019, at 3pm), The unmissable Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. A screening of this film will be held on 2nd of November, the 25th anniversary of the premiere of this legendary road movie. The screening will be preceded by a live on stage drag show from the group Hanky Panky. Following the movie, there will be an after party at Champagneria Bar at Průchodní Street with wines from festival partner Foltýn Wine. Plus Australian drama Buoyancy (Atlas, 4.11.2019 at 5pm), which won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Berlinale, will be accompanied by a discussion on the topic of “How to free modern day slaves in the fishing industry”. The discussion will include experts from the organisation La Strada and the Institute of International Relations and will be moderated by Michael Rozsypal from Czech Radio Plus. More films are scheduled on Saturday and all the following days until Wednesday and the final event in Ponrepo cinema, when the screening of film Daffodils will be followed by a wine tasting of Australian and New Zealand wines with festival partner Foltýn Wine (free entry with your Daffodils ticket) & Lonely Planet raffle.
There are many, many more amazing films that deserve mention, for more information visit the Aussie Kiwi Film Festival website here: http://aussiefilmfest.cz/en/
Peaky Speakeasy Charity Ball
We are proud to announce that the ball has officially sold out!
Welcome to the new Australian Ambassador
H.E. Mr Lloyd Brodrick
Ambassador-designate of Australia
Our new Ambassador, Lloyd Brodrick is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was most recently Assistant Secretary, Budget Branch. He has previously served overseas as Acting Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Baghdad; Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, The Hague; and Counsellor, Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Geneva.
Mr Brodrick holds an Executive Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University; and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Macquarie University.
We welcome Mr Brodrick and look forward to seeing him in Prague soon.
Outgoing Ambassador Paul Wojciechowski will be sadly missed and leaves big shoes for his replacement to fill.
2019 CANZA Ball - Now sold out
7 December - Prague
Our Aussie-Kiwi Charity Ball with a speakeasy-prohibition theme promises to be one of the best nights out in Prague.
Fantastic Australian and New Zealand wines have been paired with fine Antipodean cuisine as well as Australian-sourced hops beer brewed in CZ. Local band Tram 69 will provide the soundtrack for the evening as will DJ Little Frank, along with Maori troupe Whakaari Rotorua, direct from New Zealand!
An auction and raffle will help raise funds for a Prague-based shelter SKP HOPO.
2019 CANZA Ball - Save the Date
7 December - Prague
Save the date: This year's ball will be on 7 December and promises to be a great one. Our charity this year will once again be SKP HOPO - Azylový dům Horní Počernice. They used our donation from last year to help complete the refurbishment of their sheet metal homes for mothers (see the before and after photos).
This year our money will be used to fit out and furnish two of the rooms.
It is great to be able to support such a worthy cause and also to know that our money will go directly into something that will really help.
Partnership with CNZBA
The CNZBA is dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting reciprocal trade, business and investment between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
Since its establishment in December 2012, CNZBA has become officially recognized as a bilateral platform helping New Zealand and Czech Republic businesses and business oriented individuals expand their mutual business relations.
The CNZBA is a non-profit membership organisation fostering and protecting interests of its members and prospective members, who recruit from broad range of industries. Membership in the CZNBA is available to every company and individual involved or interested in undertaking trade, investment and/or any other form of legitimate business between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
The CNZBA works independently, but maintains very good relations with the Czech and New Zealand government delegations and their trade & investment departments.
If you are a Czech business looking to expand into New Zealand (or Australia) or a NZ or Australian business that has recently arrived in town, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Partnership with Czech Cricket
CANZA is delighted to announce that it has formed a partnership with Czech Cricket (Českomoravský Kriketový Svaz). Cricket as a sport and outdoor activity is very popular in both Australia and New Zealand with the national men's and women's teams of both countries performing at the pinnacle of the international game. Through the partnership we will be working on two fronts:
1) to help inform Czech-based Aussies and Kiwis that their time in the Czech Republic does not have to be without cricket, with regular senior and junior tournaments being played
2) to help introduce local Czech people to the Australian and New Zealand pastime and our beloved sport, cricket.
Czech Cricket has been steadily expanding since its formation in Prague in 2000. Czech Cricket coordinates and support local international and Czech State schools towards participation in the Czech Cricket Winter, Spring and Summer tournaments, which have been showing fantastic growth since their introduction in 2012. The expansion of these tournaments alongside the introduction of an additional team in the men’s game and a major facilities development overhaul project mean that 2014 is set to be a fantastic year for cricket in the Czech Republic.
If you or any of your friends, colleagues or relatives are interested in learning more about cricket, please contact info@CzechCricket.cz or for upcoming events, please keep an eye on the Czech Cricket website here www.czechcricket.cz/.
Opportunity for business referrals from Austrade
The Australian government trade, investment and education promotion agency - Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) - would like to offer an opportunity to register Service Providers interested in co-operation with Australian companies. To register, please complete this online form: http://www.austrade.gov.au/About-Austrade/Contact-us/Referrals-Database-Registration. The registration is open to companies offering Legal services; Interpreters / Translators; Consultancy companies; Accountancy companies; Providers of other services to companies.
Once approved, the registered company will be listed in the database of potential services providers to Australian companies interested in doing business in Central Europe and/or those already operating in this region.