BEC monthly newsletter 11/2015

November: It's business time
Why not start a business in Brno? Or at least learn how to do so at our seminar. For fun catch a movie at one of many film festivals. And have a look at our new city map so that you never get lost! In the meantime, don't overdo it with sweets, like they don't in Tanzania.
We will be happy to add them so that all expats know where to go. Whether new here or a local already, have a look at our multi-layered map that has over 70 points of interest so far.

What expats say: Eating sweets is over the top here
You go to work and somebody baked a cake: it’s home-made, you have to try it. When it comes to Christmas, it is even worse. In Tanzania, we only eat sweets on special occassions, says Corona Čermák (33).
Written by expats

 Arts scene: Leoš Janáček, Brno's first hipster
Tell the average non-Czech that you live in Brno and you’re likely to get a blank stare, but mention this city to a musician or concert goer and the response is often going to be, “Oh right—Janáček!” You can hear his music in Jenůfa at Janáček Theatre on Nov 7.

At the movies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Don't dream it, be it
It isn’t necessarily a queer film. It is about people daring to be different, recognising their innermost desires, and living their dreams. That is a liberating message, whether you’re gay or straight. Showing at Kino Scala as part of Mezipatra on Nov 14.

Food corner: Lokál hero
Svíčková na smetaně or bulls testicles? I decided on the svíčková because it’s the daddy of Czech cuisine, and, seriously, has anyone ever had bulls testicles? Lokál is a great place to get a cold beer and a reliably good bite to eat.
Through Brno: Having a baby!
I ended up reading Pride and Prejudice out loud between contractions. It is hard to know who was suffering more. Read a story on having a baby in Brno, and if you are, in fact, having a baby, check out our infosheet #4.
Invitation to our event

BEC seminar: Doing business in Brno
Mon, Nov 23, South Moravian Innovation Centre, Purkyňova 127, 5.45 pm
A seminar for expats who  run or consider opening a business, freelancers on trading license, new entrepreneurs, and small businesses. What paperwork is needed? What not to forget in your business plan? How to finance a business? Learn at a panel discussion with refreshment and wine. Booking required.
Expats' voice

We want to hear from you! Shape the seminar for enterpreneurs
Ever tried to start your own business in the Czech Republic? What difficulties did you experience? What kind of advice was most needed? Please share your experience and help us to shape a seminar for entrepreneurs with foreign background who run a business in Brno or plan to do so. Your ideas are welcome at
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Other tips worth your attention

Visions of Light film festival
Nov 5-7, Kino Art, Cihlářská19
Festival of films whose content and structure were ahead of their time, still have their relevance, and their creators became classics and icons. Also screened will be films that have only been showed marginally or not at all in the Czech Republic.
Janáček theatre - Open house
Nov 6-7, Janáček theatre, Rooseveltova 7
Janáček theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. Enjoy a unique tour full of musical and dancing surprises from 6 pm till 9 pm on Friday or from 10 am till 1 pm on Saturday. Free entry.
Chopin on historical instruments - 50 % off for BEC members
Nov 10, Besední dům, Komenského nám. 8, 7.30 pm
Wroclawska Orkiestra Barokowa and a Hungarian pianist Alex Szilasi behind a "golden" Pleyel piano (there are only three in the world!) performing Chopin. Tickets are available on-line, at the Brno Philharmonic ticket offices in Besední street and Dům pánů z Lipé in nám. Svobody 17. With the password "BEC classical", you will get 50 % off.
Mezipatra queer film festival
Nov 12-18, various locations
Festival of around a hundred top-ranking films on LBGT themes, an international competition, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, discussion panels, and parties is coming Brno. Join the 110 000 both straight and gay Czech viewers.
Autumn regency day - Jane Austen ball
Nov 14, Sýpka, Kytnerova 1, 9 am - 8 pm
Experience a ball like in Jane Austen times! From 9 am to 3 pm there will be an English country dance workshop and from 4 pm the Regency ball with dance instructions. Previous dance knowledge is not required. Period attire is welcome but not necessary.
French film festival
Nov 18-29, Kino Scala, Moravské nám. 3
Annual festival of French movies is coming to Kino Scala. Films are screened in French with Czech subtitles or Czech dubbing, tickets cost 100 CZK.
Next door family 2015: looking for Czech and foreign families
Nov 22, 1 pm
Would you like to participate in a multicultural Sunday lunch? Join over 1200 families that had the courage to meet different cultures and make new friends in past 12 years in Brno. Share a meal at your home or visit another family. Please register with Lenka Hradecká.
Future shorts Brno
Nov 23, Fléda Club, Štefánikova 24, 8 pm
The world’s biggest pop-up short film festival Future Shorts is coming to Brno again. Win two tickets to the set of shorts from 7 countries! Some of them won awards at international film festivals and will be screened with English and Czech subtitles.

Metropolitan opera live: Lulu
Nov 28, Kino Scala, Moravské nám. 3, 6.15 pm
Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Set out for a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. German version with English and Czech subtitles.
Win tickets to Víno z blízka wine festival
Dec 5+6, various places
Win two tickets to an all-day long wine degustation of eighteen Moravian winemakers in Brno city centre's restaurants, cafés and bars on the first December Saturday and to a wine market with retail prices at the Faculty of Social Studies (Joštova 10) on Sunday!

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.
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