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Grand opening of Czech House Jerusalem

A festive ceremony at the end of November marks the beginning of operations of the Czech House Jerusalem, a facility that comes under the purview of, and is run and coordinated by, the Czech Centres. In promoting and raising the good name of the Czech Republic, supporting tourism, and fostering business and trade contacts, the Czech House Jerusalem will collaborate closely with the government agencies CzechTourism, CzechTrade, and CzechInvest. The network of Czech centres is thus adding another pin to the map, and as of November of this year, will entertain a presence in no fewer than twenty-three metropolises on three continents.

This boost to the Czech presence in Jerusalem will help promote mutual collaboration across the entire spectrum of interests and possibilities. This is borne out, e.g. by the way in which eminent institutions, chiefly among them the Israeli-Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Czech-Israeli Mutual Chamber of Commerce, became involved in the establishment and opening of the Czech House Jerusalem. Its appearance owes a good deal to renowned Israeli architect Buki Zuker, world-famous not least for helping restore Florence when it was devastated by floods in the 1960s.

The Czech House Jerusalem is located in the building of one of Israel's major cultural and social institutions: the Jerusalem Cinematheque, which is at the same time home to the unique Israel Film Archive. The renowned Czech company Lasvit played a part in decorating the interior by supplying two large vases designed by Arik Levy and entitled "Crystal Rocky". Both form part of the permanent furnishings of the Czech House Jerusalem. 

The Czech House Jerusalem will engage in cultural activities right off the bat, starting, on occasion of the festive opening on 27 November 2018, with the installation of 'Masaryk and the Holy Land', an exhibition further enriched by part of the Czech National Museum's exposition that likewise centres around T.G.M. as a historical and public figure. For December, the Czech House has been preparing a Jiří Stivín concert as part of the International Jazz Days at the Israel Theatre Jerusalem.

Events planned for 2019 include, e.g. the exhibition '100 Years of Czech(oslovak) Glass', which will take place right on the premises of the Cinematheque Gallery, the showing of a facsimile reproduction of the Strahov Gospel Book in Jerusalem, and a Festival of Medieval Music. As a matter of course, the Czech House Jerusalem will also become involved in the film festivals organized by the Cinematheque Jerusalem.