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"Imagine ..." - Celebration of the Czech National Day

On October 17, 2017 the Czech National Day´s Reception and exhibition of black and white photographs by Mr. Ivo Šilhavý under the name "Imagine ..." were held in ​​Sheshi 21 in Pristina. Among the most prominent guests were the Prime Minister Mr. Ramush Haradinaj and former President Ms. Atifete Jahjaga. A number of representatives of the Kosovo political and civil life as well as Czech members of KFOR, UNMIK, EUO/EUSR, EULEX, OSCE and UNDP took place in the Reception too. The event followed up on the previous receptions of the Czech National Day and cultural activities of the Embassy, which underlined the need for mutual tolerance and respect. Prime Minister Haradinaj appreciated the exceptional nature of the event and its atmosphere, as well as all the other guests.

Ambassador Ivo Šilhavý presented in his short speech a three-minute photo exhibition as a challenge for each of us to treat each other with respect and love. In the spirit of President Václav Havel's motto "Truth and love must prevail over the lies and hatred", the guests had an opportunity to imagine, through the spontaneous emotions displayed in the photographs, that such a world is possible, respectively, that it's just on us.

The reception was coupled with a video projection of 31 black and white documentary photos on a large screen. The three-minute projection on the background of John Lennon's Imagine was a three-year cross-section of Ambassador Šilhavý´s life in Kosovo, documenting immediate and spontaneous moments from the life of the diplomat. The photographs captured local Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children and the Kosovo VIPs. Ms. Ester Levi, a Jewish who survived the Holocaust in the Kosovo Roma family, was also photographed. The link of all the photos was a spontaneous and immediate smile.


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"Imagine ..." – Celebration of the Czech National Day