BEC monthly newsletter 12/2016

Veselé Vánoce!
So, how has the year 2016 been for you so far? Maybe you can tell us at our meet-up next Thursday – that's all we want for Christmas. Enjoy this one last newsletter, we'll keep you supplied with good reads in 2017. And have a great Christmas break!
 No ticket? Be prepared to pay up to 1,500 CZK
Have you encountered a ticket inspector (revizor in Czech) on a tram, bus or trolleybus yet? If you ended up being fined, your experience should have gone something like this.

 Introducing the BEC partners: Speaking with MU
There are 153 expats out of over 3,000 employees at Masaryk University this year. “We try to bring the world to our students,” says the vice-rector for internationalization Ivan Malý.

Written by expats

At the movies: Stranger than Paradise - Feels a bit like home
Stranger than Paradise understands that if you’ve got no money and no place to go, then everywhere is basically the same. Kino Scala is showing a short festival of Jarmusch films on Dec 27-30.
This restaurant manages to fill the currently underpopulated zone of “fine dining without the fuss” in Brno. The pasta dishes are a real highlight – freshly made with perfectly pitched texture.
Milan Kundera is one of the reasons that I live in Brno. He is in every sentence I write because he has had a profound influence on my punctuation. Not long ago, he performed a small gesture for me.
Invitation to our events

BEC Pre-christmas meet up: All we want for Christmas...
Thu, Dec 15, The Immigrant, Veveří 57, 6-10 pm
…is for you to come to our little party! An informal get-together with free cider, punch, nachos, and sliders. Will you please bring something sweet to share? Come have a chat with the BEC team at this year's last event! Friends and family welcome.
Expats' voice
Have you been a Scouts (or similar) leader at home? Do you enjoy working with children, helping them to develop into good people and leaders of the future? Would you like to contribute to quality leisure time of expat kids in Brno? Then come and be a part of this exciting new venture! A group for children aged 6-11 will be supported by the local YMCA Scouts together with a local colleague. We hope to begin in the next term. If interested, please contact Katka at
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
CELTA course at Masaryk University
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an internationally recognized certification in the field of the teaching of English. Apply for CELTA certificate course at Masaryk University until 15th December 2016. Information and applications can be sent to

Become the voice of AT&T
Looking for a Customer Care Specialist to accomplish the one and only mission: keep our customers happy. You need: fluent English, a flexibility for variable shift patterns; we offer: annual bonuses & benefits, a dynamic new workspace with career growth.

Doing business in Brno?
Regus is located in the premium location of Spielberk Business Center and offers any office solution you might need: from registered office through co-working up to private offices. All utilities and services included, offices fully furnished and ready. Contact +420 777 169 927 or

How about New Year's at Hotel International?
Do you have plans for the upcoming New Year’s Eve? We do, and it’s going to be a blast! If you are a fan of delicous food or dancing through your shoes, then you are just the type for the New Year’s celebration at Hotel International Brno. 

Special wine Christmas offer
Do you want excelent Moravian wine as a present for your loved ones? Or some wine for your Christmas table? Choose from our selection and we will deliver the wine directly to your house. Send your orders to or call 724 306 029.

Game centre BRuNO is holding an evening for parents
The new modern amusement centre BRuNO family park in Brno-Slatina is organizing an adult‘s evening on Friday, December 19. Come enjoy all the attractions that your children love!
Other tips worth your attention

Yuki Higashino & Elisabeth Kihlström's art exhibition
Nov 22 - Jan 15, G99 Gallery, Dominikánská 9
The Swedish artist Elisabeth Kihlström (1988) and Yuki Higashino (1984) from Japan met four years ago in Vienna and have been working together ever since. Yuki exhibits new acrylic paintings on Plexiglas; Elisabeth's central theme of the presented works is the mobile phone phenomenon.
Christmas markets
Nov 25 - Dec 23, various places
Enjoy the Christmas spirit at four different markets in the city centre: Freedom square, Dominican Square, Cabbage Market, and Moravian Square. Besides gifts, food and drinks, there is also cultural programme. How about a concert of the Howard Gospel Choir on Sat, Dec 17 from 6 pm?
LUX film days
Dec 7-9, Kino Scala, Moravské nám. 3
An annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. Subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU, the films visit more than 40 cities of the 28 European member states. Free entry.
Author's reading and debate - American gypsy: A memoir
Dec 8, Moravian library, Kounicova 65a, 6th floor, 5 pm
Oksana Marafioti is an American writer of Romani-Armenian descent. She has spoken extensively on social reform and cultural diversity. She's teaches critical thinking, creative writing, and literature courses at the University of Nevada.   
Don Sparling's tour of the former prison
Dec 10, Bratislavská 68, 2 pm
An extraordinary building with a history dating back to the late 18th century. Originally situated outside the city walls, it gradually became part of the city centre. Very few people today know that even during the 20th century political opponents of Nazism and communism were executed here. An English tour for 150 CZK.
Service of lessons and carols for Christmas
Dec 11, The Upper Room, Mozartova 7, 4.30 pm
Are you spending Advent away from home? Join a service of lessons and carols of the Anglican Church – sing traditional carols and hear again the good news of Christmas.
The Nutcracker
Dec 13+18+21+28, Janáček Theatre, Rooseveltova 7
The classic holiday ballet with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music. Let yourself be carried away on a sleigh to the Land of Snow. Dance among the Snowflakes. Be welcomed by the Candy Man in the Kingdom of Sweets on The Nutcracker's the fairytale journey.
The Gypsywood Players - Spoon River Anthology
Dec 13+15, Buranteatr, Kounicova 22, 7.30 pm
The Brno English Department Theatre Group brings a rare chance to see English language theatre in Brno. They will be performing Spoon River Anthology, an American classic by Edgar Lee Masters, next Tue and Thu. Book your tickets at
Czech Christmass Mass by Jan Jakub Ryba
Dec 23+24, Alfa Passage, Poštovská 4 
The most famous piece of Czech Christmas music performed live by the actors of HaDivadlo theatre, on Friday at 7 pm and on Saturday at 10 pm. Free entry. The mass was composed by a small-town teacher, Jakub Jan Ryba, in 1896.
Public ice-skating
various times and places
A (Czech) summary of public ice-skatign rinks and winter stadiums. Some of them rent the ice-skates, too.
More events are advertised in the BEC Google Calendar.
We thank our partners and supporters:


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