BEC monthly newsletter 05/2015

Cultural shock? "The concept of a girlfriend and boyfriend, public display of affection and nudity. Also the visible presence of homeless people and teenagers smoking everywhere," recalls Mansoor Azeem from Pakistan who works for IBM and lives in a small town nearby Brno.
 Brno city waste collection fee 2015
There is a deadline coming up for all Brno residents: remember to pay your waste collection fee by May 31. It is 670 CZK and a fine can be up to three times the yearly fee.
 Win tickets to culinary event at Špilberk castle
Attention, foodies! Popular outdoor Špilberk Food Festival is coming to Brno again. With us you have a chance to win free tickets for this unusual dining experience.

 Set out for a journey at TEDxBrno 2015
Ticket sale for TEDxBrno continues till Monday, May 11 specially for Brno expats. Till then you will be given preference from the wait list. Treat yourself to the unreproducible TEDx atmosphere this year! 
Invitation to our events

BEC Guided tour: Art colony Kaménka
Tue, May 26, meeting point: tram station Nemocnice Milosrdných bratří, 6 pm
Explore the only Czech art colony that charms visitors with its idyllic and picturesque atmosphere. Your guide will be a long-term resident who will tell you about the colony's fascinating history and rumours. Afterwards we can have a beer in the famous Duckbar.

BEC AdHoc: Garden in sack and Restaurant Day
Sat, May 16, meeting point: Industra Coffee, Masná 9, 11 am
Restaurant Day, that’s a lot of goodies and coffee from talented enthusiasts. Garden in a sack gives everybody a chance to grow their own vegetables or flowers in bags and containers. We are connecting these two activities in one for you at Industra.

BEC Seminar/Discussion: Employee Card - a year after
Wed, Jun 17, Europe Direct lecture hall in Jiří Mahen Library, Kobližná 4, 6.30 pm
In June it will be one year since the introduction of a new residence permit for foreigners working in the Czech Republic, the so-called Employee Card. A Deloitte lawyer will talk to you about changes it introduced in practice, improvements and problems.
Expats' voice
Are you a photographer, graphic designer, web designer, marketer, copywriter or social media professional? We need you at a round table for experience and contact exchange. As per popular demand, there are small to mid-size businesses looking for such professionals. Our first B2B event will take place in late summer. Pleas email Kristína at if interested to participate.
We thank our partners and supporters:
GTS Lufthansa
Honeywell Infosys Tektronix
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
AT&T opens its door to job seekers
Looking for a job? Interested in telecommunications and modern technologies? Eager to see how business is done in an international company? If so, grab the opportunity now! Next Open Door event will be held in AT&T Brno Center on Thursday, May 14t.

Experience multiculturalism at Colours and Flavours of ISB  
Experience the wonderful diversity and multiculturalism of International School of Brno at the annual Colours and Flavours event on Saturday, May 23 from 11 am. Indulge in exotic tastes of international cuisines, watch the performance of Persian dancers, let your children enjoy fun activities at the playground. Free admission.

Legal assistance for foreigners in Brno, Czech Republic
Do you need professional legal aid? David will help you. He offers comprehensive legal services to foreigners in English language. Quality and quick legal services at reasonable fees. Don’t bother yourself with Czech laws and ask law firm David Zahumenský.

More than a coworking opportunity in the centre of Brno
Are you looking for a place to have meetings? Do you want to have a workshop, party or event with projection? Look at or write us on to make a deal. We are in the heart of Brno!

Other tips and events in Brno
May 11-12, Brno Observatory and Planetarium, Kraví hora 2, 7 pm
Not to be missed by Doctor Who fans: an audiovisual installation of a brand-new and unique multi-doctor story. Featuring a full-dome show with live musical accompaniment, specially created 3D images and video. Created by Duncan Hendy and David Konečný.

Reading group: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
 May 12, Moravian Library, Kounicova 65a, 4.30 pm
Discover the diversity of contemporary English-written literature at a monthly reading group, this time focusing on the book Brooklyn. You can borrow it at the Foreign Libraries, for reservation please write to
Win 2 tickets to Man and Superman by National Theatre London in Kino Scala
May 14, Kino Scala, Moravské náměstí 3, 7.45 pm
A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, Man and Superman asks fundamental questions about how we live. If interested in 2 free tickets, just email Anna at Winners will be drawn on Monday.

Dark blue festival
May 14-16, Břetislav Bakala Hall
International music festival for visually impaired children and students taking place for the 26th time will bring nearly 200 participants to Brno. They will perform solo and choral singing, play instruments, and perform theatre plays.
Brno museum night
May 16, various places, 6 pm-12 pm
Brno museums, galleries and other cultural institutions open their door to those interested in history, technology, art, and natural science for free on this night. To more distant locations you can get by free buses on special museum-night routes.
Week of the city: open-air knitting for a good cause
May 19, Konečného náměstí, 4-7 pm
Knitting 20×20 cm squares and joining them into baby blankets that will go to the charity organization Na počátku. If possible, bring yarn and knitting needles, but if you don’t have them or can’t knit, don’t worry. There will be people who will lend them to you teach you some simple knitting. You can knit just a few rows and pass it on. Any little bit helps!
Ignis Brunensis firework competition
May 28 - Jun 20, Brno dam and other places
The international fireworks festival opens on Thursday, May 28 in the city centre and continues on the surface of Brno Dam on June 6, 10, 13 and 17. Firework companies from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and France will compete with their pyrotechnical performances set to music by Antonín Dvořák recorded by the Czech Philharmonic.
Three thousand years of book art - Masterpieces of five cultures
til June 7, Moravian Museum - Bishop's Courtyard, Muzejní 1
The exhibition shows 43 facsimiles of Egyptian, Christian, Jewish, Central American, and Mughal culture unique titles. They document the evolution of books and illustrations in four continents in the span of 3000 years.

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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