BEC monthly newsletter 05/2013

What advantages do BEC members have?
Find out how to take a full advantage of a BEC membership and learn more about our new BEC member´s area. How to become a member? Where to get advice and where to download BEC Infosheets and lists of contacts? What are the BEC events? Answers to all of these functional questions can be found right here.

Introducing our BEC team: Vlastimil Veselý
Get to know another member of the BEC team! In the third part of our mini-series of interviews we are introducing a true wine lover as well as one of the co-founders of both Brnopolis and Brno Expat Centre. Read the interview and find out about the history of Brnopolis NGO or where Vlasta goes to get his favourite Moravian red wine.

Being a South-African grandma in Brno
Shivana Sewchuran is from Johannesburg in South Africa and she came to Brno for a few months to spend some time with her daughter and her grandchildren. Here is what she loves about the Czech Republic or what typically Czech activity she has enjoyed recently.

Invitation to our events
BEC InformAL Meeting: Brno Dancing
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 pm, Kabaret Špaček, Kopečná 46

Because of the festive spring mood and April 29 being an International Dance Day we decided to dedicated the fifth meeting from our series of BEC InformAL evenings to dance. Join us on the third May Wednesday and get introduced to some of both professional and non-professional expat dancers living, working and - most importantly - dancing in Brno. As usual, a short discussion will be followed by a raffle and our InformAL evening will give you a good reason to call and meet some of your old friends or make new ones. This time, however, we might do a little dancing as well!

Fellow expat's voice
This month's topic: BEC Registration Contest continues, first winners already selected!
Register for free, get your friends or colleagues registered too and win a prize! These few words sum up nicely the idea of the BEC Registration Contest we launched several weeks ago. We already know the names of our first winners - Martina Šatinská, Sabina Patáková and Frank Van Bommel. Each of them will get two tickets for the upcoming Špilberk Food Festival 2013 . The rest of you, don´t worry! There are more juicy prizes waiting for you - the next deadline is June 16! And we will appreciate your feedback too. We are looking forward to hearing from you at
We thank our partners:
Offers from our Referral programme members:
New intensive course of Czech for Foreigners
An intensive course of Czech for Foreigners "Beginner 1 Course (Level A1)" in the language centre CORRECT - Mondays and Thursdays at 17:55-19:25.

Talent Supporting Programme for your kids
MENSA PONNY Club takes place every Wednesday afternoon. The Club is free of charge and also open to children from other nurseries. We support the child´s interest in logical thinking, riddles, observation, benchmarking, thinking, learning, concentration, patience, etc. Do you have a gifted child? Have a look at our test!

Free of charge assistance for clients
Did you know that we not only mediate accommodation but all of our clients are also entitled to VIP services that encompass free-of-charge unlimited apartment assistance during the whole duration of the lease contract?

Dental clinic taking patients on a short notice 
In order to keep up with growing interest in our services and shorten waiting periods for our patients we decided to increase our capacity by fifty percent, starting on May 1 2013. We are thus hoping to meet the needs of all of our clients in the shortest possible time.
Tips for more events
Days of Portuguese culture
Thursday - Thursday, May 2 - 16, all around the Brno centre

Discover the rich culture of the Portuguese-speaking countries such as Portugal (of course) but also Timor Leste, Goy or Mozambique. Check out the programme and choose some of the upcoming concerts, exhibitions or film screenings.

Majáles Open Air Festival
Tuesday, May 7, Brno Exhibition Centre, Výstaviště 1

Remember your student years and celebrate spring with music, floats and masked procession.

Špilberk Food Festival 2013
Friday - Sunday, May 10-12, Špilberk Castle, Špilberk 1
The second year of the Špilberk Food Festival will take place in the most significant historical monument in Brno and bring its visitors an extraordinary gastronomic experience.

"Kontajnery k světu" - Containers, art and experiments
Monday - Sunday, May 20 - June 2, all around the Brno centre

Unconventional artistic concept in a public space: five containers will be turned into social networking areas: a library, an art gallery, a woorkshop, a theatre, a lecture room or a café.

Future Shorts Festival
Tuesday, June 4, Café Trojka, the courtyard of Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Dominikánská 348/9

The spring season of the world's biggest pop-up short film festival Future Shorts has started. Come to the next screening and enjoy the open-air atmosphere. Films will be shown in original versions with both Czech and English subtitles.

13th Film Festival of the Faculty of Informatics of MU, Brno
Thursday, May 16, 7 pm, lecture rooms of the Faculty of Informatics, MU, Botanická 68a

Come to see the result of two-semester work of students studying literary or technical scripts, film production and editing who are not afraid of becoming actors, directors cameramen or sound engineers for a while either. All films with English subtitles, free entry.

Poetry Reading by Kerry Shawn Keys
Thursday, May 16, 5 pm, Small event room of the Moravian Library, Kounicova 65a, Brno, 6th floor

Kerry Shawn Keys is an American poet, playwright, children’s book author, and wonderscript writer who has published over 40 books and received a number of literary awards. His most recent book is Night Flight, poems.

Brno Museum Night 2013
Saturday, May 18, 6 pm - midnight, all around the Brno Centre

Fifteen cultural institutions including a new BMN guest – the Brno Philharmonic - will open their doors to the public. Brno at night can be really magical! 

Scottish Day with Valevil Whisky Bar
Saturday, May 18, from 10 am at Veveří castle near Brno Lake, Entrance: 150.- CZK
Visitors in kilts – FREE entrance!
Celtic music, Scottish pipers, Scottish and Irish dance performances and Scottish ceilidh dancing lessons. Children's programme – Loch Ness monster hunt. All strong men can take part in traditional Highland Games and win a bottle of whisky. Free whisky tasting in the castle.

Ignis Brunensis Festival
Friday - Sunday, May 24 - June 16, Exhibition Centre, Brno Lake or Špilberk Castle

The sixteenth year of an international fireworks festival and competition is starting soon!

All events are also advertised in our BEC Google Calendar.

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