Memphis in May Kicks Off International Week Saluting the Czech Republic

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Memphis in May International Festival’s salute to the Czech Republic is finally here, and the lineup of programs designed to immerse Memphians in the culture of this year’s honored nation is extensive. From photography and art exhibits at public libraries and museums, to performances at The Orpheum Theater, a tantalizing gourmet menu at The Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe, and a celebration of Czech beer, there are countless ways for Mid-Southerners to experience this beautiful and progressive nation’s rich culture.


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 • 7:00 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


“The Beer-miere”- Enjoy the premiere of “Brake Czech,” a Memphis in May-exclusive, limited batch pilsner in the traditional Czech style, made with Czech hops.  Representatives from Czech Tourism will be on-hand to present the history and tradition of Czech beer and introduce the new beer’s limited release. Features live music by 1Breath Quartet interpreting Czech music in a Memphis Jazz style. Crosstown Brewing Company - Saturday, May 12; 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 - May 12; call 901-529-4000 for reservations

“Castles and Crystals” Memphis in May International Gala Saluting the Czech Republic – The Peabody Hotel- Skyway Ballroom; May 11 at 6:30 pm

Fundraising event featuring Czech wines and gourmet dinner, dancing, silent auction, with special guest His Excellency Hynek Kmoníček and entertainment from the legendary Booker T. Jones

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 the Czech Republic. Award-winning Kamil Mrva, Ph.D., is one of the most prominent representatives of the younger generation of Czech architects.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Wednesday, May 9 at 6:00 pm reception; 6:30 pm presentation

Doing Business in the Czech Republic: Greater Memphis Chamber Luncheon with

featured speaker H.E. Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States, along with these business leaders:

Jan Prochazka, CEO, HE3DA (
Michal Sterba, CEO, GZ Media (
Milan Grohmann, CEO, Instar ITS (
Pavel Najvar, CTO, Javlin Data Solutions (
Karel Volenec, Chairman Czech Medical Devices Association

$30 for members, $40 for non-members (includes lunch and parking).

University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Conference Center - Thursday, May 10 at 11:30 am

Greater Memphis IT Council Luncheon: Keynote speaker Pavel Najvar, CTO from Javlin Data Solutions, Prague.  Friday, May 11, 2018; 11:30 a.m.

Cinema of Czech Republic-- In collaboration with Indie Memphis, Czech films will be screened each week in May on Tuesday evenings.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.: hear from one of the Czech Republic’s most prolific filmmakers, Jan Hřebejk who has directed more than 15 films for theaters and TV since Divided We Fall became an international success in 2000, and watch his film, Family Friend at the MALCO Ridgeway Four; Admission- $10


Czech Scientists and Their Inventions-- an exhibition of caricatures of leading Czech scientists and their most famous discoveries by illustrator and director Přemek 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—Admission: FREE       

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; Admission: $15-Adults, $12-Children

M.E.N.D.E.L.-- This fun traveling display produced by the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University, tells the fascinating story of the Czech scientist Gregor Johann Mendel. Known as the father of modern genetics, Mendel’s remarkable life story is told as a graphic novel on individual letter panels that form his last name.  Memphis Botanic Garden (adjacent to the Visitors Center) -  May 1-31 - FREE with admission


Curated by the City of Prague Museum, this interactive virtual exhibition provides unique look at inhabitants’ struggles through time with the overflowing banks of the Vltava River.

Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island - May 2-May 31, 2018 Free with Museum admission

2018 Memphis in May International Festival Dates:
International Week: May 7-13, 2018
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 16-19, 2018
Great American River Run: May 26, 2018
901Fest: May 26, 2018

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