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Havel to be honored in October playfest

An archived photo depicting Václav Havel at Wenceslas Square. Photo: Wikicommons.

The festival is to celebrate what would have been the famed leaders’ 80th birthday.


PRAGUE – Poet, playwright, national leader, the first president of the Czech Republic Václav Havel will be honored in October with a four-day festival to commemorate his birthday, the Ministry of Culture announced on Friday.

The festival, called “To Havel with Love,” will feature theater troupes from Ukraine and Belarus as well as homegrown talent. A highlight of the festival to run from October 4 – 9 will be the days of October 8-9, which will be called Eighty Hours with Havel and includes performances of all of Havel’s plays.

“I believe that there is Havel’s legacy, his personality must be remembered, perhaps more than ever,” Minister of Culture David Herman told government news agency ČTK.

As part of the festival, local artist Kurt Gebauer will be installing a sculpture in honor of Havel outside the National Theater, while details of the secret sculpture are scant, it will be based on the symbol of a love heart, imagery associated with Havel’s political dissidence and ultimate leadership.

Havel passed away in 2011 and would have been 80 this year.  A number of other festivals and events are planned for the month of October to commemorate the important post-communism leader of the Republic.

The Lucerna Music Club will host an all-day music event on October 15

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