“Czech Cultural Evening: Beer as Cultural Diplomacy”
(Berlin, ICD House; April 25th, 2013)
After the presentation, the audience sat down to watch the Czech film Kolya, which won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film focuses on the relationship between a Czech-speaking man and a Russian-speaking boy who is placed in his care, and their gradual warming to one another despite initial language barriers. The film was therefore highly fitting, as it presents Cultural Diplomacy in a variety of ways.
After the film screening, participants headed downstairs where they were treated to a variety of Czech beers, as well as delicious Czech potato pancakes and traditional sweet cakes which were specially homemade for the event by Ludmila. This conclusion to the Czech Cultural Evening allowed the Russian and European participants of the EMR Conference, as well as ICD interns and staff, to discuss the film and other elements of Czech Cultural Diplomacy in an informal and relaxed setting.