BEC monthly newsletter 03/2015

Combining the theory and our first-hand experience with the offices that deal with family-related financial benefits, we created a new infosheet suited specifically to foreigners in Brno. 

 What expats say: Brno is like home but with more things to do
"There is so much cliché about French guys. Supposedly they are very romantic, but Czech guys are too, I think," says Aude Martin, the directrice of Alliance francaise, in the latest interview on our blog.

Stop and smell the... pasque flowers, snowflakes, camellias
Enjoy something unique when it comes to spring flowers: snowflakes in such numbers that the ground is white, the world record of pasque flowers or a collection of camellias named after a botanist from Brno.


At the movies - Battle of brains: The Theory of Everyhing vs The Imitation Game
Eddie Redmayne landed the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. "His performance is astonishing. I thought that I was watching a young Hawking instead of Redmayne," writes Lee Adams.

Food corner - Holy crepes! Le Phare
"The crepes arrived promptly. The first bite told me all I needed to know. They were perfection personified. Despite their thinness, the texture was fluffy and melted in our mouths," writes Mike Fried about a new crêperie in Brno.
Invitation to our events

BEC Special: The 2nd Brno Expat Ball
Sat, March 28, Community Centre Sýpka, Kytnerova 1, 7.30 pm
Do you like live music and lively company? Have you ever tried swing dancing? Did you know that Olga, one of the ball guest performers and your fellow Brno expat, has won the Czech national championship in pole dancing? And, most importantly, would you like to experience a beloved Czech dancing tradition with a new and unusual foreigner-friendly twist? Check our promo video and join us! Masks available on the spot, entrance fee 350 CZK in advance (in our office or online) or 400 CZK at the door.

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 be discussing the specifics of Czech healthcare system, health insurance for expats as well as problems with finding medical assistance when foreigners do not speak Czech. Whether you are an employee or a freelancer, EU resident or not, have public or private health insurance, we will provide valuable information. Please sign up for the event. Refreshment and Moravian wine provided. 
Expats' voice
We are collecting questions for the seminar on healthcare and medical services in April. Email Kristina with the subject "BEC medical seminar" if you have any, if you've experienced problems with the Czech health care system or if recommending a specialist.
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Uniqua is offering a special discount for BEC members
UNIQA Ins. Company offers you a special discount of 25 % at the Comprehensive (komplex) Healthcare Insurance. Lower prices are valid till the end of March. Don't hesitate to contact Mr Ivo Válka for more details at +420 606 793 182 or

Correct Language Centre launches general Czech courses
Czech courses of 6 different levels are starting very soon at the Correct Language Centre. Find one that is right for you and take your Czech to new heights with professional and qualified teachers at a language school located in the centre of Brno.

Hire professionals to deal with your tax return
Did you know that you can apply for a new type of personal tax reduction – kindergarten expenses – in your income tax for 2014? Learn more in an article on Employee's Tax Return or contact the experts on financial and tax services from the BELL Consulting.
Other tips and events in Brno
Mar 9, Fléda Club, Štefánikova 24, 8 pm
As partners of Future Shorts Brno, we are giving away 2 free tickets - just email Anna if interested and she will draw the winner by Friday. A selection of 9 best short films from 9 countries around the world will be screened with both English and Czech subtitles. Afterparty by Freaky Mondays Brno.

Mike Fried's Italian night: pop up restaurant in Fresh Freaks
Mar 10, Fresh Freaks, Lidická 46, 7.30 pm
Our food critic Mike Fried is also a great cook. See for yourself at his event of good food, better wine and amazing people. The theme is Italian and you can taste some prosciutto wrapped artichoke, squash risotto or slow cooked veal. Seating is limited to 10 people, price 375 CZK for the menu of five courses.
Win 2 tickets for International Student Ball 
Mar 12, Semilasso, Palackého třída 126, 7 pm
We are giving away 2 free tickets - just email Anna if interested and she will draw the winner by Monday. ISC MU, ISC MENDELU & ISC VUT are throwing the classiest social event of the spring semester. Non-dancers don't need to worry, there will be two dancing workshops for free.
Win 2 tickets to Dianne Reeves concert at JazzFestBrno
Mar 17, Bobycentrum, Sportovní 2a, 8.30 pm
As partners of JazzFestBrno, we are giving away 2 free tickets to the concert of the American Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves - just email Anna if interested and she will draw the winner by Wednesday. The festival is bringing musicians (including Bobby McFerrin) from 10 countries to Brno and is taking place till mid-June.
One World Film Festival
Mar 17 - Mar 24, various cinemas 
For the 16th year, People In Need NGO is bringing the largest international human rights documentary film festival One World to Brno. Burst through your bubble with them! There will be 19 English screenings held daily at 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm in Kavárna Trojka (Dominikánská 9).

Markéta Lazarová with English subtitles at Kino Art
Mar 18, Kino Art, Cihlářská 19, 7 pm
A Czech cinema classic with English subtitles: František Vláčil’s film adaptation (1967) of the historical ballad Markéta Lazarová written by Vladislav Vančura is a story of a virtuous maiden destined for the convent who was forced to serve as lover and wife of a violent knight, depicting the earthiness of life in the middle ages.

Public lecture - Black lives matter: recent racial protests in the US
Mar 19, Moravian Library, Kounicova 65a, 5 pm
Paul Von Blum, a senior lecturer at UCLA, will explore the impact of the recent protests following the police killings of several unarmed black persons, historical roots of African American distrust of police and importance of raising public consciousness about the problems of continuing racism in America.
Swing & gypsy jazz dance evening
Mar 20, Alliance francaise, Moravské náměstí 15, 7 pm 
An event devoted to the guitarist Django Reinhardt that will transform the Alliance francaise into a dance club. Open to all lovers of swing and gypsy jazz. You can experience retro atmosphere, a swing dance lesson and a photo booth in the style of 1930s. Entrance fee 60 CZK.

Get 20 % off jazz and world music concert of the Kiran Ahluwalia trio
Mar 24, Besední dům, Komenského nám. 8, 7.30 pm
Indian-Pakistani-American trio will be performing Indian poetry set to music, stirring rhythms and breath-taking virtuosity, singing and playing the guitar, tabla, and percussion.

Brno in comics
until Mar 27, Brno Urban Centre, Mečová 5
The exhibition presents 12 short comics on significant natural, historical and cultural sights in Brno. The comics are in English. Free entrance. Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm with a lunch break.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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