BEC Newsletter December: Good Deeds

BEC monthly newsletter 12/2019


Volunteering and good deeds
      Christmas is the time of giving, and not only to your loved ones. If you’d like to help people in need, we've researched English-friendly opportunities for you. 
       We have more tips and invitations - have a read:
Buy a present for lonely seniors or children whose parents are in prison, save people from freezing or help people with spinal cord injuries.
If you’re renting or searching for a rental, follow the tips here and hopefully avoid sour difficulties later. Written by a lawyer and a real estate agent.
Nobody knows what Ježíšek looks like. The sound of a bell is no match for a jolly old guy with a bag of toys. Written by Bruno Zalubil.
Invitation to our events

BEC Christmas party
11 December, 5 pm, Café Era (Zemědělská 30)
Enjoy a pleasant evening with the BEC crew and fellow expats; breathe in the festive atmosphere through The Nutcracker theme.
Expat ballet dancers will be joining us at 5pm!

Time Management - personal development workshop
21 January, 5:30 pm, City Library
Save the date for another workshop from our Janurary personal development series.

Businessing in Brno
 Brno success stories: ROI Hunter – the gateway to Facebook and Google
ROI Hunter stands among the world’s best of its business sector – developing a software platform for Facebook and Google advertising campaigns. 
And they started here in Brno. Read more in the article.

A course tailored for expats thinking of starting a business, split into 5 evening seminars and two weeks. You'll get answers to many questions connected with the first steps, as well as a clearly defined business plan.
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Check our open positions
With several thousand employees and more than 90 nationalities in one place, IBM Client Innovation Centre in Brno is one of the most diverse IBM centres in the world. IBM offers endless opportunities and exciting career paths both in technical and non-technical fields. 
What is your dream destination?
There is a lot of excitement that the airline industry can offer! Discover a job you will love - we help everyone to get to their dream destinations. Making people happy is our biggest focus! And while doing it, you can explore the world with our employee flight rates; they are amazing. 

We are hiring artists, programmers, and other game developers
Hangar 13 is the internal 2K development studio behind the award-winning Mafia III. 2K Czech in Brno is one of four Hangar 13 vibrant locations. Our portfolio consists of titles such as Hidden & Dangerous, Vietcong, Top Spin 4, and Mafia. 
Need basic or advanced Czech in 2020?
Correct Language Centre is running 9 new courses of 5 different levels for both English and Russian speakers from the beginning of January. Also, you can consider giving a course voucher as an Xmas present. 
Meet Frank Bold Attorneys - our new partnered attorney office
Purpose-driven law firm with headquarters in Brno and operations in three EU countries. Their clients include businesses, municipalities and individuals. Specializes in Public, Corporate, Energy and Family law. Speaks English, French and German.
Other tips worth your attention

Goose on a String Theatre - Dynasty: The Lehman Brothers
6 Dec, Zelny trh 9 
Another English-friendly performance at Divadlo Husa na provázku. This time, it's Dynasty: The Lehman Brothers. "The engrossing portrait of a German-Jewish family begins with the arrival of one of the Lehman brothers in America, where he opened a small shop, and ends with the bankruptcy of the world-famous Lehman Brothers bank, triggering the global economic crisis.” Buy tickets for 100 CZK, a discount for all BEC's friends, by writing at
Christmas Market at the Brno Exhibition Centre
6-15 Dec, Brno Exhibition Centre, F and G1 pavilion
Do you know that there is another Christmas fair in Brno, just outside the city centre? Dwell into the Christmas spirit at the Fair Grounds. Almost 400 merchants selling everything from small items to expensive products, concerts and workshops, all under one roof.
The Gypsywood Players - Hair
10 or 12 Dec, Buranteatr - Kounicova 20
Gypsywood Players, the theatrical group under the Masaryk University, are proud to present Hair! Most of you probably know the 1979 film adaptation by Miloš Forman. Come and see GWP’s own, freewheeling adaptation of the „noisy accident,“ as it was originally perceived, that brought the turned-on, tuned-in, and dropped-out counterculture of the late ‘60s from the streets and parks onto the stage, and thereby “shook musical theatre to its roots.” Peace! 
Swedish Christmas Concert
12 Dec, The Red Church, Jostova
On the occasion of St. Lucia's feast, prepare yourself for the mysterious atmosphere of a long winter night with candlelight and beautiful (perhaps not only) Nordic music. 
Czech Theater - Charlotte and Alice
15 Dec, Music Lab - Opletalova 1
Dramatized reading of actual letters between Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk and Alice Masaryk. If you are interested in Czech history, US history, feminism, prison, or mother-daughter relationships, you will love this story. The collection of letters on which this play is based will be sold at the venue. Brought back on stage on request by the Brno's expat community.
Abba Mania
16 Dec 2019, Sono Centre - Veveří 113
The highly acclaimed show comes from London's West End to Brno. Remind yourself of the greatest hits as well as of decorations and contemporary costumes and enjoy the magnificent trip back to the 1970s.
Brno Christmas
until 5 Jan, City centre
The holiday season is back again. Celebrate it with the rest of Brno: Christmas markets on 4 squares, each with a different theme; concerts and performances; and the famous ferry's wheel. It's the only place in the world where you can have Turbomošt®. You can also taste other delicacies from Brno, Moravia, the CR and further afield.
Ice Rink at Moravske namesti
until 10 Mar, Moravské náměstí
Designer ice rink beneath Margrave Jošt statue in the centre and a new winter meeting point, where you can surely warm yourself up. There are many other rinks around Brno: have a look at the list and their availability
Theodor Pištěk's Exhibit
until 12 Jan 2020, Brno House of Arts - Malinovskeho nam 2
Theodor Pištěk’s painterly expression has been praised in many cultural centres at home and abroad. House of Arts' exhibit will remind the visitors that his work is one of a few within the context of Czech culture that reaches a standard on a par with the international protopostmodern works in Europe in the 1970s and it will draw attention to paintings which in the 1980s thematicised the design phenomenon belatedly appreciated by various postconceptual tendencies of today. 
Inca Gold exhibition
1 Nov - 31 Jan, BVV - Brno Exhibition Centre
Over 2,000 m2 of an exhibition that shows the entire history of settlement in the Americas. Visitors can see dozens of real gold exhibits lent to the Czech Republic by the Peruvian government. All in an entertaining and adventurous format that pulls visitors in. 
Czech Cookbook - Recipies in English
order a hardcopy online
Kristýna Koutná has written a cookbook that will finally make cooking all your favourite Czech recipes possible. The book also contains many traditions, stories and customs behind Czech cuisine, including proper Czech Christmas. Good idea for a present, we think. 
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