Cultural Events Honoring Czech Republic Announced

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On the heels of unveiling the 2018 Fine Arts Poster honoring the Czech Republic at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Tuesday night, Memphis in May International Festival has released the first of its annual lineup of cultural programs designed to immerse Memphians in the culture of this year’s honored nation. From photography and art exhibits at public libraries and museums, to performances at The Orpheum Theater or the Beale Street Music Festival, there are countless ways for Mid-Southerners to learn more about the “jewel of Central Europe.”

The following international cultural exhibits, lectures and performances from the Czech Republic are scheduled to appear at a variety of venues throughout the city of Memphis during the month of May with more to come.


Czech Scientists and Their Inventions-- an exhibition of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their most famous discoveries by illustrator and director PÅ™emek Ponáhlý, presenting Czech male and female scientists via a humorous and hyperbolic depiction.  Goodwyn Gallery at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, May 1 – 31, 2018  

Witness to the Revolution-- This exhibit uses eyewitness accounts from Americans who were in Europe in the fall and winter of 1989 as communism fell in Czechoslovakia, including a professor, a student, a reporter and U.S. Embassy staff. Their notes, pictures and videos combine to tell a fascinating story of a pivotal moment in history. National Civil Rights Museum, May 1 – 31, 2018

Cinema of Czech Republic-- In collaboration with Indie Memphis, Czech films will be screened each week in May on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evenings. Film titles, dates and venues will be announced soon.

Save the date - Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to hear from one of the Czech Republic’s most prolific filmmakers, Jan Hrebejk who has directed more than 15 films for theaters and TV since Divided We Fall became an international success in 2000.


Dan Bárta and Illustratosphere-- Seven-time Czech Grammy-winner Dan Bárta and the exceptional Illustratosphere bring their rock, pop, funk and jazz to Beale Street Music FestivalTom Lee Park, Memphis, Tennessee, May 4-6; Tickets available through                                       

One Night in Prague: A Sensory Celebration of the Czech Republic

Experience a gourmet sampling of Czech cuisine and enjoy performances by the world-renown Epoque Quartet, who fuse their classical training with the sounds of jazz and rock for a concert unlike any other. 

The Orpheum Theatre, May 10, 2018 • 7:30 pm;

 Domazlice Bagpipe Band—Performances of the original folk music of the region of Chodsko in Bohemia. Memphis-area schools, May 9-11 and 14-15, 2018


Cuisine of the Czech Republic –Renowned Czech chef, best-selling author, TV personality and entrepreneur Zdenek Pohlreich, will be the featured chef. The Peabody Hotel, Chez Philippe;

901-529-4000 for reservations, May 12 at 7:00 pm

Prague Pitmasters -- Master chefs under tutelage of Zdenek Pohlreich bring Czech-inspired barbecue dishes. World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, May 16-19, 2018; Tom Lee Park

                “Castles and Crystals” Memphis in May International Gala – The Peabody Hotel- Skyway Ballroom

May 11 at 6:30 pm; Tickets: $250 / Individual * $2,500/ Table * $5,000/ Sponsor Table

Call 901-525-4611 for tickets and information or email sgreen [at] memphisinmay [dot] org  


Architects of the World Lecture Series in partnership with AIA Memphis: Kamil Mrva

Explore the unique architectural, cultural, social and economic environment of this year’s celebrated country – the Czech Republic. Award-winning Kamil Mrva, Ph.D., is one of the most prominent representatives of the younger generation of Czech architects.

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