The Tender Revolution at the Embassy
25.11.2009 / 15:00
On 24 November 2009, a lecture by Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka on the Velvet Revolution took place at the Embassy.
The lecture was mainly focused on Czechs living in Denmark. About 50 participants represented the exile generation after 1968, but most of them were young people, especially European exchange students (Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Russia). Former Danish Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr. Jørgen Bøjer, was also present. Z. Lyčka made a recollection of what happened in Czechoslovakia under the moving days of November 1989. He focused on his personal experiences from Národní třída and read a short part from Peter Sís’ book ”THE WALL: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain”.
After the lecture, the documentary film „A Tender Revolution“ by Jiří Střecha and Petr Slavík was screened. The film is a montage of authentic archive recordings from 1989 and the few weeks that followed after the 17 November 1989. It is based on four edited journals: “17 November 1989” by Vítězslav Bojanovský, “10 Days” by Jiří Střecha, “Conscience against Violence” by Petr Slavík and “Reflections” by Martin Tobiáš, as well as on recordings by the following authors: M. Šandová, V. Kvasnička, P. Skála, B. Sobotka and A. Sobotka. A video recording from 17 November, a part of the film by the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) “Bring a Flower with You” and a part of the TV programme “Sondy” are also used in the documentary.
In the end, a vivid discussion between generations, i. a. about Communists’ role and their influence today, started. This “velvet evening“ was the last event among the series of activities of the Czech Embassy around Denmark recollecting the fall of the Iron Curtain 20 years ago.