BEC monthly newsletter 02/2017

Are you feeling at home?
Brno is becoming more and more open to foreigners: offices are introducing information in English, international companies are seeking employees with language skills, there is a new literary competition of English short stories starting today. To make you feel even more at home, we'll answer any questions on accommodation at our seminar on Feb 23. 
 Brno-Centre District Office is now English-friendly
Information on paperwork related to the registry is now available in English and Russian in the Brno-Centre district. What is your experience when dealing with local city district offices?

 A difficult journey to Czech citizenship
Thinking of becoming a Czech citizen one day? It is a frustrating and tedious slog through iron hoops of Kafka-esque bureaucracy. But it can be done! Read the real journey of Anne Johnson from USA.

Written by expats

At the movies: Oscars 2017 - What's showing in Brno
Damien Chazelle’s exuberant modern musical La La Land has racked up a record equalling fourteen nominations, tying with All About Eve and Titanic.

Reading is one of my New Year’s resolutions: one book a week. It is often more fun to read about events that happen where you live. I hope to have occasion to read many works of writing about Brno very soon. A new writing contest begins on February 1! 
Invitation to our events

BEC seminar: Housing and real estate
Thu, Feb 23, Jiří Mahen Library, Kounicova 65a, 5.30 pm
Any questions concerning housing and real estate (short- and long-term rent, purchasing property, insurance) will be addressed by Brno’s leading experts in two panel blocks. Feel free to send us your questions in advance while registering. 
Expats' voice
Celebrate Brno through writing, win 6000 CZK

The 2017 Brno Short Story Writing Contest, supported by the Brno Expat Centre, has begun accepting entries. The theme for the short stories is simple: Brno. The jury is headlined by expat writer Simon Mawer and BEC co-founder Don Sparling. First place gets 6,000 CZK, second place 2,000 CZK and third place 1,000 CZK. Submit your entry (must be in English and less than 2,500 words) by April 30!
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
User experience design manager for EMEA – Brno
Honeywell Czech Republic is looking for an experienced UX Designer with managerial background. Send your resume if you are passionate about UX design, want to lead new UX team in Brno and work closely with Aerospace leadership in Europe. New projects, great people! Contact details:

Looking for German speakers
Currently we are looking for German speakers who want the best work-life balance, work on projects with top class customers, office not even 10 minutes from the city center, and the greatest team you can imagine. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Lufthansa seeks German, Polish and Hungarian speakers
Are you interested in working with people all around the world and fly for attractive prices? Lufthansa InTouch Brno is currently searching for German, Polish and Hungarian speakers for the Customer Service Consultant position.

Deutsche Telekom Services Europe is hiring
Hey, we are new in Brno! As a global player we offer a variety of open positions for you. We are delighted to meet you in person – drop by to meet us in Holandská 3. For more details, please contact Jana Svobodová at or +420 730 554 515. Life is for sharing.

Remember to get travel insurance before taking a holiday
Have you thought about your travel insurance before taking a winter holiday? UNIQA offers special deals for BEC members. Don't hesitate to contact Ivo Válka for more details at +420 606 793 182 or

ISB is hiring for 2017/2018
Join the ISB team! Working at ISB is a great opportunity to teach and learn in an environment committed to hard work, respect and fun. For the upcoming school year, ISB is looking for primary, secondary and high school teachers. Please send an updated CV to

Orange Tree takes on interns from Masaryk University
Orange Tree has established co-operation with the Masaryk University in Brno. We provide internship placements for students of the “English-language Translation” follow-up master’s programme. We bet on training our people from scratch – starting while they are still at the university seems to be the right path to take.
Other tips worth your attention

Movie Monday: The Help
Feb 6, Moravian Library, Kounicova 65a, 6 pm
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work. In English with English subtitles, free entry.
Festival of Scandinavian films
Feb 14-24, Sál Břetislava Bakaly, Žerotínovo nám. 6
The best of Scandinavian cinema screened with English subtitles.
Win two free tickets to modern jazz  Bisaxuality
Feb 14, Stará Pekárna, Štefánikova 8, 8 pm 
Bisaxuality is a group of Czech musicians who has been established on the Brno jazz scene for a long time. Win 2 tickets to their concert!
F*ckUp night Brno Science mixer special
Feb 16, Industra, Masná 9, 7-10pm
Thriving on failure, science style. Networking and fun (not only) for researchers. Come and listen to speakers, exchange experience at the afterparty, compare your failures, and establish new contacts. In English, free registration. 
Jane Austen dance evening
Feb 25, Tuřanská beseda, Podlipná 25, 7 pm
An informal ball from the period of Jane Austen, this time with flower decorations. A short explanation of period dances, friendly and relaxed atmosphere with fellow dancers helping you to fit in, period costumes optional. 
Multilingual job fair
Feb 25, Faculty of Social Studies, Joštova 10, 10 am - 4.30 pm
A must attend event for those looking for job opportunities in Brno, organized by The biggest companies in the Czech Republic will seek employees with outstanding (language) skills. Free registration. Bring your CV!
The Transformation of Brno exhibition
till Mar 26, Villa Löw-Beer – Celnice Gallery, Drobného 22 
The exhibition focuses on the city of Brno, its past and present, and shows transformation of some of its streets, squares and corners during the past one hundred twenty to one hundred fifty years. Free entry.
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