BEC monthly newsletter 04/2017

Let's play in the park!
The weather is getting gorgeous so we'll take you play pétanque in the Lužánky park and on Don Sparling's guided walk through the city center this month. For reading, you have 3 articles from us and 3 from expat bloggers. And writing? Express your thoughts on life in Brno and the Czech Republic in two surveys! Also, you have till the end of April to enter the Brno Short Story Writing Contest.
Last year the interest rates were the lowest in the Czech mortgage market history. It still is possible to arrange a mortgage with an interest rate about 2 % interest. How?
 Introducing the BEC partners: Speaking with Madfinger Games
Miguel Caron is the Studio Head at Madfinger Games. Ten months ago he moved from Canada. “With 50 % of the salary I had in Montreal I am 22 % richer in my lifestyle in Brno,” he says.

 A new app helps drivers keep track of street cleaning
Cars left in a street when a cleaning is scheduled get towed away. To get it back from a municipal parking lot costs 1920 CZK.

Written by expats

At the movies: The Shining - Enjoy your stay, it might last forever
Jack Nicholson will turn 80 this month, and to celebrate Kino Scala is screening a few of his classic films including The Shining that marked a turning point in his career.

Food corner: Klub cestovatelů... worth the journey
Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine are not exactly spoiled for choice in Brno, but there’s an oasis of spice to be found.

Writing was always what I wanted to do. I would grow up, go to university, get a degree, and write books for a living. Simple. Things didn’t quite work out that way. *** Remember there's still time to enter the Brno Short Story Writing Contest!
Invitation to our events

BEC ad hoc: Pétanque tournament
Sun, Apr 23, pétanque field in Lužánky park, 11 am
How about a “serious” or “not so serious” game of pétanque with French and Czech wine? Make up a team of three or come on your own and we will place you in a team. Pétanque sets provided on the spot.

Don's walk: "Parallel worlds"
Sat, Apr 29, meeting point: náměstí Svobody clock, 10.00 am
As nationalist tensions increased in the second half of the 19th century, two parallel worlds began to take shape in Brno – one for Czech-speakers, one for German-speakers. Discover some of the notable buildings and sites of these parallel worlds with BEC co-founder Don Sparling!
Expats' voice
What do you think of life in the Czech Republic?
Take part in the Expat Explorer survey – one of the longest running surveys of people living abroad! All responses are 100 % anonymous and will help understand the views and experiences of expats like you. Thank you for supporting the expat community. The survey closes on Apr 9.

Co-create Strategy Brno 2050
Become part of the strategy for Brno in 2050. Set out key objectives and priorities for the development of the city in the coming decades. What do you like and dislike about the city? Please fill out a questionnaire prepared by the City of Brno.
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Find your job at Madfinger Games
Madfinger Games, a leading producer of innovative free-to-play games for mobiles, is looking for new MADies! We are open minded and creative, seeking for people of the same stuff, who would like to bring expertise and upgrade our MADmachine. Senior Game Coders, Tools Engineer, Experts for iOS or Automation... and many more.  

Customer Care Agent Jobs
AT&T team of U VERSE customer care agents is looking for a helping hand to save the day. If you are the type of person who gets satisfaction from solving problems and has passion for excellent customer service, you are the voice we’ve been looking for. Apply today! 

Get the right stamp from Orange Tree
Orange Tree translation agency will help you with official translations of your documents from your language to Czech and vice versa. If you need a translation (with an official stamp) of your travel document, diploma, visa, medical records, employment contract, etc., contact us at +420 604 279 594 or

Learn to manage your assets
Learn to manage your assets and make your money work for you! Speak to an expert, call Monika Pimková at +420 777 223 684. 

Enjoy nice wines and atmosphere with friends
Dear wine lovers,  join us and enjoy an Extraordinary Wine Tasting in English - Vinařství Pod Zámkem Valtice. When: Apr 26 at 7 pm; where: Social club of Brno City District Office, Dominikánská 2; price: 300 CZK (8 samples with small snack provided). Reservation required, please book your place at or 724 306 029.

Searching for accommodation for a few months?
Flatio has the biggest offer of fully furnished flats and rooms for a few months in Brno. Without the commission, without the deposit. Internet connection and other services included.
Other tips worth your attention

Festival Bonjour Brno 2017
Apr 4-23, various locations
A traditional festival of French gourmet food and design market, film screenings in an old train wagon, travel conference, circus, photo exhibition, BBQ, and much more. See the complete programme!
Easter Festival of Sacred Music
Apr 9-23, various places
This classical music festival draws its most substantial inspiration from its being held between Holy Week, with its commemoration of the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ, and the Sunday celebrating His resurrection and the Easter week that follows. 
Win two free tickets to Jazz Fest - Jiří Šimek Trio & Poogie Bell Band
Apr 11, Sono centrum, Veveří 113, 7.30 pm 
Guitarist Jiří Šimek has been active in the local music scene for twenty years. Poogie Bell is a world renowned drummer, composer, arranger, and record producer. Win 2 tickets to their two bands performing live in Brno!
Win two free tickets to a jazz concert   Apoaché
Apr 11, Stará Pekárna, Štefánikova 8, 8 pm
Apoaché is a Czech band consisting of five musicians (including a lute player!) and a singer that plays a mixture of jazz. rock, world music and R&B. Win 2 tickets to their oncert in Brno!
Easter communion at the Anglican-Episcopal church
Apr 13+14+16, Mozartova 7
Holy Thursday at 7 pm in the Upper Room chapel (the rear of our church and upstairs), Good Friday at 7 pm, Easter Sunday at 12.15pm (just after midday) in the main church, as well as Sunday Mass at 12.15 pm every Sunday. All welcome!
Tap dancing show
Apr 18, náměstí Svobody, 5 pm
An international tap dancing festival will be open with a 15-minute open-air show of over 100 tap dancers in the heart of the city centre.
Kafka Band - Das Schloss
Apr 18, Sono centrum, Veveří 113, 8 pm
A unique opportunity to see the Kafka Band consisting of musicians involved in well known Czech bands (Tata bojs, Priessnitz) and a respected writer Jaromir Rudiš. Together they transformed the famous book Zámek (the Castle, das Schloss) by Franz Kafka into an original Czech-German audio-visual concert. 
Jack Nicholson Day
Apr 21, Kino Scala, Moravské nám. 3, 6 pm / 8.30 pm / 11 pm
A mini-festival to celebrate Jack Nicholson's 80th birthday held on the evening before the jubilee. You can catch three movies: Easyrider, Chinatown and The Shining.
Treasure of the Roma exhibition
till the end Apr, Museum of Romani culture, Bratislavská 67
A unique exhibition on Romani jewellery. For the first time ever, unique historical jewels as well as those of contemporary Romani designers are exhibited at one place.
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