BEC monthly newsletter 10/2012

Brno Expat Centre
Our dear expats,
it seems that despite a still-lasting and beautifully warm Indian summer we can no longer ignore the fact that days are slowly getting shorter, wetter and colder. And yet, there is absolutely no reason to be unhappy about that as October in Brno is the time of clove-smelling mulled wine, conker wars and endless strolls in the red-and-yellow sea of fallen leaves. After all, all one needs to forget about rain and cold are good food and good company, right? :-)

September was a busy month. We started it with a boat ride and a networking evening at the Veveří castle as a celebrationof the opening of a new BEC season. We also organised another seminar – this time focusing on the Czech language and followed by a mini-fair of language schools offering (not only) Czech courses. Those who could not be there with us or just want to remember the nice moments - see the photos and read more .

Not all of our readers have met us face to face yet (come to our upcoming event!) and that is why we decided to itroduce our Brno Expat Centre crew in a new mini-series of interviews. Let's start with Jan who joined Brnopolis as a new BEC project manager in summer 2011. Read in the interview about his travel passion and must go places hidden to expats’ eyes. What surprised him most and what he finds the most difficult task in taking care of Brno expats.

Invitation to our event

Monday, October 29, 5:45pm, Brno Observatory and Planetarium, Kraví hora 2
Event programme and registration
Do you need to rent a flat in Brno? Would you like to share it? Are you looking for some legal advice to make sure you do it right? Are you interested in buying a property, investing in it or insuring it? If any of these questions (or any questions concerning housing and real estate) have recently crossed your mind and the answers are nowhere (or at least not so easy) to be found, come to our seminar on HOUSING AND REALITIES. Andrea Černá (City real Estate), Oksana Olšovská (, Tomáš Petyovský (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Nathan Brown (Czechpoint) – Brno’s leading experts on real estate, housing or legal support in these areas – will do their best in order to embrace the complexity of this topic and answer all of your questions.

Fellow expat's voice

We want to hear from you! This month topic: HOUSING
This is a new section collecting your suggestions and tips which – as we hope – might help your fellow expats to feel better (and more at home) in Brno. In every following issue the information concerning the previous topic (received via email) will be summed up and a new topic will be announced. The topic for the October issue is closely related to the topic of our up-coming seminar on real estate and housing in Brno. Do you know any tried-and-true real estate agents in Brno? Have you ever run into any trouble when looking for a place to stay or rent? How do you / did you find accommodation in Brno? How much time did it take to find your new place? What practice was surprising for you or what recommendations would you have for your peers looking for a flat?

We will be very happy if you find a minute and send us a short sum of your experience or tip to our contact e-mail address with the words “MY VOICE” as the subject of your email. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

We thank our partners

Offer from our Referral programme member

GTS GroupGTS GROUP (A Lufthansa Company) is looking for new colleagues
Are you a multilingual and searching for a job in Brno? GTS Brno is growing and looking for new colleagues. If you speak fluently English + German, Russian, Polish, Serbian, Hungarian, Romanian or Bulgarian and would like to start your career in airline industry - visit the website and apply now.

City Real Estate is offering an apartment to rent.
"New apartment to rent 2 + kk, Jakubské náměstí, 45 m2, free immediately. Price 12 000 CZK + utilities. If you are interested, please call City Real Estate: 602 127 506.

Do you speak Norwegian or Danish? Then we have a great job in Brno for you! For more details contact Michal Toman ( We are a leading recruitment company with 14 offices in the Czech Republic focusing on Multilingual jobs, IT, Finance, HR, Sales, Marketing and Engineering.  

Tips for other events

FREE  CZECH LANGUAGE COURSES  for non-EU residents. The South-Moravian Integration Centre offers courses of the Czech language and computer courses (all of them free of charge). As for the courses of Czech, soon there will be another Czech course – Level A2 (pre-intermediate), taking place during the weekdays; and an intensive Czech course – Level A1 (beginners) taking place during one weekend in November. For more information and schedule, please contact the Centre directly or have a look on their website. There are also Czech courses taking place outside Brno, so feel free to enquire.
Monday 8 – Sunday 14 Oct, Náměstí svobody

Learn more about Czech folklore, traditional crafts and food. Visit Náměstí svobody square during the upcoming week.

WHO WANTS TO KILL JESSIE? - Czech movie with EN subtitles
Wednesday 10 Oct, House of Arts
Kdo chce zabít Jesii - a legendary Czech comedy. Understand the Czech humor better and immerse into the pop culture of the 60's. A comic-book heroine coming alive. Free of charge.

Sunday 14 Oct, 6pm, Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Nové Sady 32a

The regular monthly English-language service  is led by the Anglican Chaplain in the Czech Republic, Rev'd Ricky Yates, in a friendly atmosphere and a welcoming venue. More details, including a location map & public transport details can be found on the Anglican Church website Please do have a look at the map before attending the service as the church is a little tricky to find. However, you don't have to be Anglican in order to attend - everybody will be most welcome.

Thursday 18 Oct, 8 pm, Klub Alterna, Kounicova 48
Entrance fee: 130 CZK.

Marta Töpferová is a Czech singer and musician who emigrated to the USA, New York in 1987. Her concert in Brno is a promise of an exceptional experience of Caribbean and Latin American music that she loves with her whole heart.
Saturday 20 Oct, 8:30 – 9:30 pm, Metro Music Bar, Poštovská 6.
Inscription fee: 130/150 CZK.

Get a first-hand experience of passionate Cuban dancing!
Saturday 20 Oct, Cafe Falk

This event is to promote the Italian and Czech cinematography.Two projections: Italian movie with Czech subtitles and Czech movie with italian subtitles.

SAMHAIN - Irish music and dance evening
Thursday 25 Oct, 7 pm; Dělňák cultural centre, Klajdovská 28, Brno - Líšeň

A celebration of Celtic autumn with live music and plenty of dancing for everyone. Featuring Dálach, Brno's traditional Irish music band, and three dance groups who will present their Irish choreographies - Démáirt, La Quadrilla, Níl na lá. Also including art stalls with Celtic jewellery, kilts and accessories, painted T-shirts and hopefully some whiskey, if the prohibition's over ;-)
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 Oct

“Before I sing, I must feel.” (Ira D. Sankey) Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear original Czech gospel :)

“KDO JSI KDO JSEM” – “WHO ARE YOU WHO AM I” - a new project of Salvation Army in Brno for non-EU citizens. Among the activities offered through this project there are various clubs for children and teenagers or a possibility of individual help with learning Czech and other school subjects.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.
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