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Opening of the exhibition “15 Years of Czech Press Photo“ in Ringsted

The opening of the exhibition called “15 Years of Czech Press Photo“ took place at Ringsted Library on March 9 as a cultural event on the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council.

The Czech flag was flied at the library entrance to honour the CZ PRES.

From left: Mayor Niels Ulrich Hermansen, Library Director Jens-Erik Korntved, Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka

The opening speech was given by Library Director Jens-Erik Korntved. Mayor Niels Ulrich Hermansen then praised the quality of Czech photography. Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka thanked the Library for its cooperation and then presented the logo, the motto and the priorities of the CZ PRES. He revealed the main cultural and promotional activities connected with the Czech Presidency in Denmark and informed about the exhibition – a collection of the 60 best Czech press photos awarded by an international jury in the annual contest of Czech Press Photo through the last 15 years. He expressed his delight in the fact that the exhibition takes place in the town which is a witness of historical Czech-Danish relations. Queen Markéta, the daughter of Přemysl I Otakar, who married to Valdemar the Victorious and in Denmark is generally known as Queen Dagmar, is burried in St Bendts Church near the City Hall. Moreover, Ringsted is a twin-city to Kutná Hora.

The invited guests

The Nordic Office of the CzechTourism Agency, situated in Stockholm, in cooperation with the Czech Airlines Copenhagen Office had prepared a visitors’ contest on the Czech Republic. The winner, who will be drawn among the correct respondents, will receive a weekend stay in Prague for two persons.

Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka (left) and Library Director Jens-Erik Korntved

The participants of the opening ceremony were offered a glass of Czech beer or wine. The exhibiton in Ringsted will be open until 20 March 2009.