BEC monthly newsletter 04/2015

Vaccination has saved by far the most human lives out of all medical procedures. We are bringing you a practical guide to what vaccine is mandatory and what optional in the Czech Republic. 

 Introducing the BEC partners: speaking with Honeywell
What factors does Jakub Ondroušek from Honeywell think attract foreigners to Brno? "Most importantly, the work content – we have a nice portfolio of activities, develop interesting products and do some exciting research."

 At the movies - Crowe's first directing gig is a big, soppy, enjoyable mess
Russell Crowe has never been very convincing with the love stuff. The Water Diviner's tone is deeply uneven, working best when the main hero is on his adventures, and grinding to a halt during the predictable romantic subplot.

 Food corner - Lunch files: Vietnamese market
Ever heard of the Vietnamese market in Brno? "Everything is cheap as it is delicious. It’s a fun little siesta if you have the time to sneak away during the day." Enjoy the latest food review on our blog!
Invitation to our events

BEC Ad hoc: Wine tasting
Fri, Apr 17, Alliance francaise, Moravské náměstí 15, 6 pm
Join us at a French and Czech wine tasting paired with chlebíčky and cheese. Please sign up, the entrance fee is 200 CZK for the BEC members. The event is organized with the Alliance francaise as part of the Bonjour Brno festival.

BEC Seminar: Healthcare and medical services 
Wed, Apr 22, Faculty of Medicine, room 257, Komenského náměstí 2, 6.30 pm
Doctors and experts on health insurance and vaccinations will discuss the specifics of Czech healthcare system, health insurance for expats or foreigners' problems with finding medical assistance when not speaking Czech. Please sign up for the free seminar and let Kristína know  your questions on health care in advance! Refreshment and Moravian wine will be provided. 

Don's walk: Brno commemorative
Sat, Apr 25, meeting point: the obelisk at Denisovy sady, 10 am
Let's wander through the city center with Don Sparling who will tell us about famous people and events commemorated in Brno by various monuments, plaques, statues, and buildings. Please sign up for the walk with a voluntary admission fee.

BEC Ad hoc: Pétanque tournament
Sun, Apr 26, Lužánky park, 11 am
Teaming up with the Alliance francaise once again, we are holding a pétanque tournament. Come enjoy the (hopefully) almost-summer weather, wine and cookies, and get sporty with us! Please sign up.

Expats' voice
Europe Direct information centre is looking for citizens of Latvia and Luxembourg (or somebody who lived, worked or studied there) to share their experience in a cultural programme in the Jiří Mahen Library during the countries' Council of the EU presidency. Small financial reward granted. Please contact
We thank our partners and supporters:
GTS Lufthansa
Honeywell Infosys Tektronix
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Develop your career at Lufthansa
Lufthansa InTouch is searching for German and English language speakers for the Customer Service Consultant position. If you speak them on advanced level, please apply. Previous work experience not necessary. Benefits include high discounts on flight tickets.

Spielberk Office Centre is on Facebook now
CTP is introducing the Spielberk Office Centre Facebook pages. If you are interested in the news from the centre, just check their profile. They pin posts about activities at the centre, tips for weekend or daily menus of the restaurants at the centre and many more.

AT&T opens its door to Girls Day
AT&T has become the first company in Brno to join the Girls Day event, which is held annually in April in 16 countries worldwide. The aim of the event is to promote work and studies in technological disciplines to high school female students.

Think of prevention against tick-borne encephalitis
The Czech Republic has the highest number of tick-borne encephalitis cases in the entire EU. Every year the ticks occur in higher altitudes and closer to human dwellings. Get a vaccination discount at Avenier (2 x 100 CZK, two doses) till the end of April.

VZP for foreigners offers health insurance for your VISA and beyond
Enjoy fast, friendly and professional service including free access to where you can find English speaking doctors that accept our insurance. More information available online or at 24-hour English speaking customer helpline 00420 777 322 522.

Get the right sun care in Chytrá lékárna
Chytrá lékárna in the city centre of Brno is ready to diagnose you skin type and recommended the right skin care for you. Specially for the springtime, they exclusively offer sun care of French natural and luxury cosmetics Nuxe. Pay a visit to Chytrá lékárná in Česká, Kobližná or Panská street.
Other tips and events in Brno
Apr 10, Kino Art, Art, Cihlářská 19, 5 pm
As partners of Kino Art, we are giving away 2 free tickets for Game of Thrones marathon - just email Anna if interested and she will draw the winner by Thursday noon. They will be screening the whole season 4 plus the first episode of season 5 in English with Czech subtitles.

Get 50 % off of Kantilena concert at Easter festival of sacred music
Apr 10, Church of Saint Augustine, Náměstí Míru 7, 8 pm
Easter is not over yet for those who like sacred music - enjoy a children's choir and orchestra concert in a church on Kraví hora. Tickets available at the office of the orchestra in Besední street or in House of Lords of Lipá in Freedom Square. For discount, report the password "BEC classical".
Bonjour Brno - festival of French culture
Apr 10-26, various places
Music, theatre, film, wine, pétanque... and much more French stuff you can think of is brought to Brno once again by Alliance francaise. This year it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the twin cities Brno and Rennes. Check out the programme in English day by day.
Mike Fried's American night: pop up restaurant in Fresh Freaks
Apr 12, Fresh Freaks, Lidická 46, 7 pm
Our food critic Mike Fried is also a great cook as he proved at the first Italian pop up night. This time he will be getting back to his roots and bust out some hearty American food. Yes, the USA is more than McDonald's. Taste his corn chowder, mac'n'cheese or southern fried chicken for 375 CZK. Booking needed.
The Little Kyogen Theatre - Large laundry
Apr 12, HaDivadlo, Poštovská 8D, Alfa pasáž, 7.30 pm 
Japanese kyogen (literally "crazy words") is a comic theatre form. The Little Theatre of Kyogen is a unique theatre group fulfilling a long-term cultural cooperation between Czech and Japanese theatre. You can see them live in HaDivadlo this Sunday performing the Large laundry play.
Win 2 tickets to a JazzFestBrno concert
Apr 15, Besední dům, Komenského náměstí 8, 8 pm
As partners of JazzFestBrno, we are giving away 2 free tickets to the concert of Tomáš Liška and Pénte (CZ/GER) and Fred Hersch Solo (USA) - just email Anna if interested and she will draw the winner by next Monday. JazzFestBrno is bringing musicians (including Bobby McFerrin) from 10 countries to Brno and is taking place till mid-June.
Factory fashion market
Apr 17-18, Vlněna, Hall No 11. Přízova 3
Spring up your wardrobe at the 13th market offering the best from the Czech and Slovak independent fashion, accessories and design. Factory fashion market is organised by the Brno design label LoveMusic and runs from 12 pm to 8 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday. This time with new creators and local food market!

The Hard Problem by National Theatre London live in Kino Scala
Apr 18, Kino Scala, Moravské náměstí 3, 7.45 pm
Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard returns to the National Theatre with a highly-anticipated new play. Hilary, a young psychology researcher, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? That is "the hard problem".

Celtic music by the Bran band
Apr 22, Stará Pekárna, Štefánikova 8, 8 pm
Six musicians bring the best of Celtic music to Central Europe. The band's name "Bran" means "raven" in Breton, one of the Celtic languages. In Celtic legends, ravens act as messengers.
Lecture on psychedelic drugs in science and medicine
Apr 24, Brno
A leading neuroscientist Robin Carhart-Harris from London is travelling to the Czech Republic exclusively for this event to talk about his LSD and psilocybin research. He examines drugs' influence on brain functioning and looks into possibilities of therapeutic use in psychological disorders or addictions treating.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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