BEC monthly newsletter 03/2017

Think creatively this March
This month we are bringing you three events: you can ask an expert about your tax obligations, learn graphic design, and debate Brno urbanism with the city chief architect. Do you have a creative itch to scratch? Two articles deal with advice on how to write. Join the 2017 Brno Short Story Writing Contest and win 6,000 CZK. 
 Simon Mawer: Without writing I am a waste of space
The British author of The Glass Room inspired by the Villa Tugendhat will help judge The Brno Short Story Writing Contest. “For aspiring writers I have two pieces of advice,” he says.

Written by expats

At the movies: T2 Trainspotting - Boyle puts the band back together
Even though this belated sequel won’t be regarded as another era-defining moment in British cinema, it’s extremely enjoyable, with some big laughs and very touching moments. And the music absolutely rocks.

Arts scene: See a giant sand worm aka Olgoj Chorchoj
A bilingual exhibition of a fascinating artistic duo presents their contribution to Czech design over the past 25 years. You can catch it at the Museum of Applied Arts till mid-April.

Food corner: Restaurant day at Piknik Box
An open-air café in a little park behind the Moravian Library hosts a laid-back food festival of (mostly) amateur cooks fulfilling a personal passion.

Anyone who can write a business email or a complaint letter or a witty line on Facebook has enough ability to be able to write a decent short story. 

Invitation to our events

Meet the expert: Taxes
Wed, Mar 8, Brno Expat Centre, Moravské nám. 3, 4-7 pm
Not sure about your tax obligations? Meet a professional tax and accounting adviser Michael Hájek from Bell Consulting and have your questions answered during a free-of-charge consultation in our office. Please book your time slot.    

Canva graphic workshop - last 3 seats left
Fri, Mar 10, Melvil Space, Minoritská 10, 10 am - 4 pm
Do you want to dramatically improve your level of graphics designs? Join an interactive course on the Canva tool and create professionally looking graphics to amplify your business communication. Price 2500 CZK+VAT, please apply at

Discussion with the City of Brno chief architect: City life the world over
Tue, Mar 28, Brno City Chief Architect's Office, Zelný trh 13, 5.30-7.30 pm
The chief city architect Michal Sedláček worked in New York, Moscow and L.A. To help shape Brno into a modern metropolis, he is interested in your thoughts. Join an informal debate about urbanism and public space. Free of charge, book your seat.
Expats' voice
Win two books: Czech fiction in English
Pálava Publishing is a recently established Brno-based publishing house that focuses on unique works of fiction by contemporary Czech authors in English translation. 

Europe Direct: expat volunteer speakers wanted
Europe Direct located at Jiří Mahen Library (Kobližná 4) is searching for volunteers for a series of 1,5-hour-long debates on foreigners living in Brno. Would you like to give a talk about your journey to the Czech Republic, the obstacles you have overcome, your perception of Czechs, and your home country and culture? Please contact The talks will take place once a month from March till June.
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Career in both technical and non-technical field
With several thousand employees and about 94 nationalities in one place, IBM Client Innovation Centre in Brno is one of the most diverse IBM centres in the world. Whether you are about to launch your professional career or are an experienced IT professional, we offer endless opportunities and exciting career paths.

Brno is seeking an expat city/urban planner 
Brno City Chief Architect‘s Office is looking for a ​​city/urban planner from Brno expatriate community. Full-time or part time job. Requirements: professional degree in city planning or architecture, good working knowledge of English. Please send your CV and portfolio to

When in doubt about taxes, hire a professional
2016 income tax return and payment due date (April 1) is approaching. BELL Consulting help both individuals and companies with tax advising and accounting. They also specialize in founding and liquidating companies or payroll services.

Improve your Czech this spring
Correct Language Centre is starting new spring Czech courses of five levels (A0-B2). Both total beginners and advanced students can find the right course. If interested, please check the schedule.

Aesthetic dentistry Cenessto moves to a new place
Let us introduce to you a brand new Cenessto in a new amazing place in the centre of Brno. You can find us on the 9th floor in Lidická 31. Now with enlarged capacities and shorter order times!

International School of Brno Ball 2017
Come and dance with the world! The International School of Brno cordially invites you to join the very first ISB Ball which will take place on March 31 from 6 pm in Semilasso (Palackého 126). Ant Attack, DJ Olaf, raffle, dance lesson, live performances, and much more. Tickets sold online.
Other tips worth your attention

Future Gate Festival
Mar 1-4, Kino Art, Cihlářská 19
An annual festival of science fiction movies brings both new and legendary movies in a special version with carefully selected awarded films: The Terminator, Akira, E.T., Moonwalkers... Plus themed decorations and costumed fans.
Night of commercials fans
Mar 4, Fléda club, Štefánikova 24, 7 pm
Over 5-hour long screening of more than 300 best commercials from 50 countries.
Holy communion for the first Sunday of Lent
Mar 5, The Upper Room, Mozartova 7, 5 pm
An English-language Anglican service of holy communion. It will last for about an hour and will be followed by light refreshments.
Win two free tickets to a jazz concert   Robby Marshall Quartet
Mar 7, Stará Pekárna, Štefánikova 8, 8 pm
Robby Marshall is a masterful voice on the tenor sax, clarinet and seemingly countless other winds. Win 2 tickets to his quartet concert in Brno!
Verdi & Mozart from The Met Opera
Mar 11+25, Kino Scala, Moravské nám. 3
La traviata and Idomeneo on live transmissions and recorded shows from the Metropolitan Opera in New York in HD resolution with 5.1 sound. With English subtitles, 350 CZK.
St Patrick's Day - Irish concert and ceilí
Mar 17, Dělňák Líšeň, Klajdovská 28, 6-10 pm
A traditional event organized by Brno Irish dance groups and musicians. An opportunity to celebrate the feast not just with drinks but also with music and dancing.
Gala night with
Mar 18, Besední dům, Komenského nám. 8, 8 pm
An evening where people from various corners of the world can talk, dance, and enjoy the genius loci of Besední dům. Tickets (1100 CZK) available online.
Norooz - Persian spring and New Year celebration
Mar 23-24, Café Trojka, Dominikánská 9; Alliance francaise, Moravské nám. 15
Celebrate the spring and Persian New Year  with a talk about how Iran - a beautiful country with bad reputation - became a Czech girl's second home. Or with a Persian cooking class. Or with an evening of music, dance, poetry and Persian food and tea!
Scottish ball
Mar 25, Sýpka community hall, Kytnerova 1, 7.30 pm
An evening full of live music, Scottish dances, whisky, and fun. Get your ticket for 230 CZK on pre-sale at The Whisky Shop in Pekařská 28.
One World Film Festival
Mar 27-Apr 4, various locations
The international human rights documentary film festival will take place for the 18th time in Brno. English screenings and screenings with English subtitles will take place in Praha in Husova 4. 
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