BEC Newsletter: Let's compare calendars

BEC monthly newsletter 2/2019


Let's compare calendars 
Scroll through this issue to find plenty of tips worth your attention - concerning the old and usual yearly responsibilities (taxes are due soon!); or something new and exciting - business meetings to support expat entrepreneurs, drama performances in English popping up through Brno, and much more!
  Are you a foreign entrepreneur, a freelancer, or an investor? Or are you thinking of leaving your job to start a business? We are creating a group of foreign business people in Brno to meet, to connect and to share. 

  More than ever, theatre is available for English-speaking spectators and actors.

Written by expats
The season for plums is long gone but that doesn't mean Czechs didn't find a way to enjoy their favourite food even in winter. Read about 'povidla' and more in this article written by an expat-nutritionist.
  Kino Art celebrates the holiday with a themed short festival, this time focusing on films featuring a diverse range of relationships, loves and circumstances.

Invitation to our events

BEC Seminar: Taxes
12 February, 5.30 pm, City Library, Koblizna 4
The deadline for Czech income tax return for 2018 (end of March) is approaching. Let´s be prepared. If you have questions regarding your tax residency, income tax, deductions, allowance or trade licence, use this opportunity to discuss your questions with an expert.

BEC Seminar: Healthcare and Medical Services
12 March, 5.30 pm, City Library, Koblizna 4
A doctor, a dentist, a midwife and experts on health insurance and vaccinations will discuss the specifics of the Czech healthcare system, health insurance for expats, and problems with finding medical assistance when foreigners do not speak Czech. Individual consultations possible. Free of charge after registration.
27 April, The City of Brno
Save the date for the biggest expat event of this city's history!
We are preparing something completely new and exciting. 
Mark the date 27 April in your calendar and await further instructions.
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Czech Courses at Masaryk University
Their method 'Colourful Czech' prioritizes the functional language against its formal composition. The exercises are designed to help students overcome their initial shyness and acquire the basics of Czech. Starting Feb 25. Also for pre-intermediate.
Discover a job you will love at Lufthansa
Our mission is to provide excellent services for all our Lufthansa’s passengers. We help everyone to get to their dream destinations. Making people happy is our biggest focus! There is a lot of excitement that the airline industry can offer.

The easiest way to meet with an English speaking doctor
Do you want better medical care, and do you want to save your time and money? Insurance experts from Pafin have some useful tips for you. 

Czech Courses
Are you a total beginner looking for a quick dive into the Czech language? In our intensive beginner course you will learn the basics of language as well as gain insight into Czech culture.

ISB Masquerade Ball 2019
Save the date for the annual International School of Brno gala - 8 March, in Semilasso. The program includes a tango lesson, an Ant Attack live concert, piano performances, a raffle, DJ and more! Tickets can be bought at ISB or on site. Open to the public.  

Expat Talks Live Stream no.2: The Real Story of a Romanian Expat
Expat Talks is a live stream by Foreigners where the company's CEO Andrea interviews expats living in the CR. In the 2nd episode, she will host Dana, the Director of Engineering, born in Romania. Tune in on Sunday, February 10 at 7 PM to watch!
Other tips worth your attention

A new Brno guide published - TO JE BRNO
Tourist Information Centre
Authentic, subjective, harsh and definitely not official. A new edition of the popular guide is out now to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the republic. It compares the opinions and visions of today's Brno personalities to their counterparts from the 1920s. Also in English. You can buy it at the Tourist Information Centre.

Flea Market
9 Feb, Alfa Passage, Postovska street
Crafts, vinyl, collection items, hobbies, fashion - all of that can be found at the monthly flea market at Alfa Pasáž in the centre. 
"A proč?" Book club for kids
13 Feb, YMCA Brno, Kounicova 3
During their next weekly meeting, the club will read a beautiful story about a lion of the colour of the snow who helps a little girl to find the courage which is inside here.
Syrian fiesta
16 Feb, Moravske namesti 1a, Moravian Gallery
Dance, food & fun aka 'come to see Syria that you won't see in the media'. Organised by Brno people and Syrians together.
Ema Destinn: The Storm and the Peace (DE) 
18 Feb, Villa Tugendhat
A multi-genre stage poem about the Czech national hero Ema Destinn. A musical theatre in the co-production of ProART Company (CZ) and Tanzkompanie Golde G. (DE), performed in Czech and German.
Open Evening for UK Nationals
19 Feb, Faculty of Social Studies Masaryk University, Jostova 10
The British Embassy in Prague will give an update on the status of the negotiations on citizens’ rights in relation to Brexit, the Czech government’s preparations, and what this means for you.
Ice skating and Winter Ball
23 Feb, Moravian Gallery, Moravske namesti 1a
Not only a ball but also ice skating in period clothing. That's the annual February event organised by the 'Jane Austen club' - an informal evening with English country dances and a historical theme. Period attire is welcome, but if you are not able to get one, don’t worry and come anyway. The atmosphere at the ball is friendly and relaxed and fellow dancers will always help you fit in and enjoy the dancing, however inexperienced you may be.
Feminist Avant-garde/Art of the '70s
March - April, various venues
The Brno House of Arts presents this international collective exhibition that started its journey through Europe in 2010 in Rome and continued to Madrid, Brussels, Halmstadt, Hamburg, London, Karlsruhe and Stavanger. It now has its premiere in the CR in Brno. 
The 6th annual Future Gate sci-fi film festival
6 - 10 March, NoArt - Radnicka 4, or the Observatory - Kravi Hora 2
Legends, film premieres, a serials marathon, lectures or the sci-fi themed pub quiz are waiting only for you at the NoArt Cinema (6th - 7th March) and in the Observatory (8th - 10th March). The 2019 theme is the living environment so we are going to introduce the various fates of our world. 

Jazz Fest Brno 2018
March - April, various venues
International jazz festival was established in 2002, with the goal to make jazz more popular, create more opportunities for artists to perform and to bring the international musicians together with the local scene. Tickets are already being sold - get yours before they are sold out.
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