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A Literary Evening Focused on Czech Translations and Illustrations of Greenlandic Myths and Legends

On 3 December 2009, a literary evening focused on the translation of Greenlandic mythology and legends into Czech, including the accompanying illustrations, took place at the Residence of the Czech Embassy.

Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka introduced the Czech version of  Greenlandic Myths and Legends by Knud Rasmussen (Argo Publishing House 1998, second edition 2007, translation: Viola and Zdeněk Lyčka, illustrations: Martin Velíšek). In powerpoint show, he briefly presented the Arctic and Greenland, he introduced Inuit mythology to the audience and presented distinctive illustrations by Martin Velíšek.

Z. Lyčka gets the audience acquainted with Inuit mythology

At the same time, the exhibition of Martin Velíšek’s book illustrations took place at the Residence. The exhibition had already been shown in Greenland (Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Maniitsoq, Sisimiut and Ilulissat). Nowadays, its installation in Copenhagen is under discussion. In the summer 2010, the exhibition will be opened in Knud Rasmussen’s House in Hundested, North-West Sjælland.

From the exhibition

From the exhobition

The lecture by Z. Lyčka was intended especially for the English Speaking Union, but five ambassadors participated, too, as well as guests from Greenland Representation Office and the Greenlandic House in Copenhagen, former PEN-club President Niels Barfoed, journalists from The Copenhagen Post, DR and Ritzau, altogether about 60 people. The guests were offered light refreshments after the lecutre.

Light refreshments after the lecture

Pia Rosing Heilmann, teacher of Greenlandic, and journalist Steen Ulrik Johannessen