BEC monthly newsletter 08/2015

Free on Saturday? Czech Rail runs the “Pálava – Podyjí Express”, leaving the Brno Main Station at 8:06 and stopping in places like Břeclav, Valtice, Mikulov or Znojmo. A day-return ticket, which includes taking a bicycle aboard, costs only 70 CZK.
  Enjoy the rest of summer around Brno
We hope that you been having a good summer! To make the second half even better, in our newly updated infosheet you will find tips for hidden swimming places, hiking and biking, new wine trails, places where to BBQ or a list of all open-air cinemas.
Written by expats

 At the movies - Daisies (Sedmikrásky): Still fresh and angry
A provocative and funny film banned in the 1960s, after which its director Věra Chytilová was forbidden to make a movie for almost a decade. Catch an outdoor summer screening at the Old Town Hall on Monday, August 10 at 9 pm.

 Through Brno: An expat's view of local absurdity
Proud to introduce our new blogger Bruno Zalubil from the USA. "Have you seen the road-crew guys laying hot tar in nothing but a Speedo? What is the best restaurant for your visiting mother?" Through Brno will be a space to share your experiences. 

Invitation to our event

BEC AdHoc: Open-air cinema & BBQ
Mon, Aug 17, Dominikánská 2 in the courtyard, 6 pm
Join our BBQ followed by an open-air screening of the documentary film Amy about the singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Bring your grill or throw your food on someone else's, stay for the movie (90 CZK) or feel free to leave after the BBQ. 
Expat participation
Information centre Europe Direct in Brno is organizing a language exchange platform "speak dating" in the Jiří Mahen Library at the end of September when we celebrate the European Day of Languages. They are looking for volunteers to have informal conversations in one of the world languages. Please apply at

Help a student with a survey on expatriates
Please spare 10 minutes by Saturday, August 15 to fill in an anonymous questionnaire needed for a diploma thesis on preparation for assignments in the Czech Republic.
We thank our partners and supporters:


Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Raiffeisenbank joins our Partnership Programme 
We are happy to welcome Raiffeisenbank as our new partner. Raiffeisenbank has joined us for the benefit of local international employees and business people with "the most foreign friendly" account and client services. Watch closer for the upcoming campaign.

Red Hat has bright people and offices
Red Hat in Brno is Central European engineering hub with one of most brightly colored offices. Some of the brightest people who love open source software and problem-solving come to to the Red Hat R&D Centre to work on technology they care about.

Develop your career at Lufthansa
Lufthansa InTouch Brno is searching for German and English speakers for the Customer Service Consultant position. Please apply if you speak them on advanced level. Previous experience not necessary, benefits include high discounts on flight tickets.

ISB is getting ready for the new school year 
Whilst our families are enjoying summer vacation, at ISB the classrooms are being renovated and decorated to welcome new and returning students on September 2. Please note that Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary and High School registration is still open! For more info contact

Moravian Tours will arrange your trip
Do you like nature, biking, trekking, sightseeing or wine tasting? Go with us on weekend trips in atractive Moravian locations – Jeseníky mountains, wine region Pálava, historical town Třebíč. We offer transport, accommodation, English speaking guide, bike rental etc for small groups only.
Other tips for events in Brno

Veveří castle music festival
Aug 7+8, Veveří Castle
Part of the Moravian Castles summer cultural festival taking place at significant historic sights. Top musicians performing in an unusual atmosphere, wide range of additional services and refreshments, and a tour of the castle included in the price of the ticket.
Night tour of the Ossuary of St. James's Church
Aug 7+14+21+28, Jakubské náměstí 1, 10 pm - 1 am
Every Friday in August, the Ossuary of St. James’ Church will be open past midnight and lit only by candles. Enjoy the mysterious atmosphere of a night tour of the second largest ossuary in Europe. Reservations at 515 919 793 or
International guitar festival
Aug 9-15, various places
Attention guitar lovers! An international guitar festival is coming to Brno for the 24th time. Enjoy concerts, flamenco workshop, classes, lectures and guitar comeptition with composers and pedagogues from all over the world.

Summer creative workshops for adults
Aug 10-14 & 17-21, Faculty of Fine Arts, Údolní 19a
Take part in creative workshops for adults taught by practising artists and learn how to create your own books, jewellery in the Art Deco style or paper lanterns. Price 1000 CZK per week or 250 CZK per lesson. Please apply at
Open-air cinema at the Old Town Hall: Czech films with English subtitles
Aug 8+10+15+17+22+24, Old Town Hall, Radnická 8-10, 9 pm
Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová, Vojtěch Jasný - famous directors of the Czech New Wave o 1960s that made films with improvised dialogues, black humour and non-actors. Catch their movies with English subtitles at the Old Town Hall summer cinema.

The Brno Day: parade, re-enactment, crafts
Aug 14-16, various places
It has been 370 years since defeating the Swedish army in the Thirty Years’ War. The 3-day celebrations include a parade of the guard of honor in period uniforms, the battle re-enactment on the slopes of Špilberk or a traditional crafts fair held in Freedom Square.

Moto Grand Prix Brno
Aug 14-16, Brno circuit, Masarykův okruh 201
This year the Masaryk Circuit is celebrating its 50th year of hosting the world championship of road motorcycles. It is symbolically returning to the center of Brno with a commemorative ride through the old town on Thursday, August 13 at noon.

Get 20-50 % off International music festival Špilberk
Aug 16-21, Špilberk Castle
Enjoy film music, classical music or rock performed by a philharmonic orchestra. There will be 6 concerts at Špilberk, and the password BEC CLASSICAL gets you 50 % off on Tue + Fri and 20 % off on the rest of the days.
Industra Food Fest
Aug 28, Industra, Masná 9, from 10 am
A festival of honest fresh food with accompanying program and a great feel. On 4000 m2 selected professionals and amateurs will offer street food from around the world, as well as desserts and drinks. Plus lectures, workshops and entertainment.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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