BEC monthly newsletter 2/2014

Introducting the BEC partners: Red Hat
What do foreign employees usually appreciate in Brno? Is there anything that they especially miss here? What should the city improve to become more attractive for a hi-tech international company like Red Hat and its senior professionals? What specialization or skills should have the candidates applying for a job at Red Hat in Brno? Read the interview with Tyler Šiprová who manages the recruiting team for Brno as well as other locations around Europe and the Middle East and find out!

Shall we dance?
Czechs are widely known for their great love of sport, especially all kinds of outdoor activities. High-quality equipment and clothing therefore seem to be one of the essentials in most families. And yet, at the beginning of February – as if transformed by a swing of a magic wand – these head-to-toe-lycra-clad cyclists and skiers suddenly turn into princesses and princes charming. They leave their bikes, helmets and backpacks at home, dress up into suits and ball gowns and join their friends already swirling on a ballroom dancefloor. Read our article.
Invitation to our event
 BEC Seminar: Taxation of individuals
Thursday, February 27, 6 pm, Mayor’s lounge, Old City Hall, Mečová 5, Stará radnice (Old city hall)
The deadline for the Czech income tax return is drawing to its close. Income tax, tax deductable items, tax residency, tax credits, employees, entrepreneurs – all of these can make tax return a bit complicated. Tax consultants and accountants seem to be sought after much more than usual. If any of the above mentioned topics concern you or your company, come to our BEC seminar and discuss your questions with experts on tax issues. Free entrance for registered BEC members.

BEC Special: The Brno Expat Ball
Saturday, March 1, 7:30 pm, Community Centre Sýpka, Kytnerova 1, Brno - Medlánky
Dress up and and join us at this beautiful occasion. You will get a chance to experience a traditional Czech ball night and enjoy a welcome glass of wine, home-made muffins and a little surprise present as well as to become a part of a an interesting program. And, if you have never done ballroom dancing before, no worries! There will be other people around you in the same position. Semi-formal dress code, entrance fee: 250 CZK in advance / 300 CZK at the door.
Fellow expat's voice
We want to hear from you! This month's topic: TAXES
Because we want our seminars to be tailored to your - our expats' - needs as much as possible, the Fellow expat's voice topic for the February issue is - again - closely connected with the topic of our up-coming seminar on taxes. Please, feel very welcome to send us any questions concerning double tax residency, additional income, tax allowance, VAT or any other topic(s) related to taxes that might cross your mind to our contact e-mail address with the words “MY VOICE” as the subject of your email or write your question in the registration form for the seminar. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
We thank our partners:

Offers from our Partners and Referral programme members:
Spielberk Chosen As Location for Czech “Office” sitcom
Spielberk Office Centre will have a new client for a few weeks in March—Paper and Print— the fictional employer and workplace setting for Czech TV’s new series, “Kancl”— a wholly Czech version of the global hit The Office. The film crew will utilise space throughout Spielberk Office Centre. Spielberk buildings and grounds, including the lake, gardens, and awardwinning pedestrian bridge, are likely to feature in the broadcast.

New season of dancing
Our next semester begins in February and ends in June. We start our new dance and fitness classes again. Street dance/Bboying/High heels/Newstyle hustle/Prove it.
For kids and adults! Girls and boys! Wanna get some fun? For more information click here.

Technical Writer needed
Red Hat in Brno is looking for a Technical Writer. In this role you' ll have an opportunity to create technical documentation for latest software technologies. Don‘t hesitate to apply if you are interested, your English is fluent and you are familiar with Linux. See more and apply. More jobs in Brno availalbe here.

Spring courses - Czech for foreigners
New Czech courses of 7 levels are starting also in February. Find one that is right for you and take your Czech to new heights with Correct Language Centre.

Tips for other events
Design.Live! Jiří Šibor
Feb 1 - Mar 2, Moravská galerie in Brno, Husova 18

"Space for Design" brings topical 21st century trends in Czech design into the permanent exhibition of applied arts. Outstanding artists, exceptional artworks and original projects are introduced in a quarterly cycle of presentations. Free entry.
February MeetUp
Feb 13, Friend's - Beer & wine restaurant, Josefská 25, 7 pm
Whether you are new a Brno or have been here for years, come along for a drink and a chat, swap information or make a few new friends! Students, workers, moms, dads - everybody is welcome! We are looking forward to meeting you! Invite your friends along too!
Show your Love Lovemusic - Valentine's Day
Feb 14, Lovemusic, Pekařská 406/17, 2 pm - 23 pm
St. Valentine's Day is a holiday of LoveMusic and therefore they have a gift for you in form of a little celebration which takes place on St. Valentine´s Friday in Lovemusic shop. Program with the motto "Show your love" begins early in the morning with the happening to support the theatre called II. pád.
Emma's Masked Ball
Feb 14, Community Centre Sýpka, Kytnerova 1a, Brno - Medlánky, 7:30 pm
Whether you will spend this Valentine evening with your loved one, or you’d rather take advantage of this opportunity and enchant and be acquainted with other dancers under the guise of anonymity, you will surely enjoy the night.
Entrance fee: 150 CZK in advance/190 CZK at the door.
Live Music in Mazaný Anděl - duo Adam Hrubý and Filip Pešta
Feb 15, Mazaný Anděl, Šilingrovo náměstí 4/5, 8 pm
Restaurant and pub Mazaný Anděl turns into a dance floor once again on Saturday night. If you like drinking and dancing this is the right event for you!

Flea market in Club Fléda
Feb 16, Club Fléda, Štefánikova 24, from 3 pm till 6 pm
Do you have things
at home that you should get rid of but don´t want to throw away? If yes, come and sell them at the flea market. Of course you can also buy stuff :)

In case of any questions regarding selling, write to

Future Shorts Brno: Winter screening 2014
Feb 18, Trojka café, Dominikánská 9, 8 pm
The world's biggest pop-up film festival is back! Winter season of the festival Future Shorts Brno is here and it brings a selection of the best short movies.
Entrance fee: 80 CZK (students) / 100 CZK (others)
144th English Meeting (James Bond edition)
Feb 21, Café Dvorek pod Petrovem,
Petrov 1, 7 pm
This meeting is appropriate for any English level: native speakers, beginners, everyone is welcome. The meetings typically have no program - it's spontaneous. If you don't have a companion, simply come and say "Hi" to the first person you like.
Cinema Mundi
Feb 26 - Mar 6, various cinemas around city centre
Cinema Mundi international film festival focuses on contemporary films produced in both countries with a long film tradition and those whose cinema is not so well known to European audiences. This year the festival is going to celebrate its 5th birthday.
Předfašanková zábava
Feb 27, Cultural Centre Babylon, Kounicova 22, from 7 pm
An event where you can both listen to and dance to traditional Czech folklore music: hammered dulcimer (by Pajtáš band) and wind instruments (by VUTbrňanka band).
Entrance fee: 70 CZK

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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