BEC monthly newsletter 10/2016

Happy 7th season!
BEC has been helping foreigners since 2010; in September we celebrated another season opening. In October we'll take you to the "in" neighbourhood of Brno's 19th century middle class  with Don Sparling as a guide. You have till the end of the month to submit your application for a creative project and win up to 10,000 CZK! 

 BEC enters 7th season of supporting expats
We kicked off a new season 2016-2017 on the banks of the Svratka River at the Riviera Traffic Education Park this September. See what's new with us!

 Introducing the BEC partners: Speaking with
David Reid is the Chief Customer Officer at His biggest passion is travel, which is probably why he ended up at this fast-growing startup in Brno. The travel agency has employed more than 300 newbies so far this year.

Written by expats

 At the movies: Anthropoid - Makes history boring
The great story of Czechoslovak parachutists assassinating Hitler's third in command Reinhard Heydrich deserves a great movie. Anthropoid isn’t it.

Food corner: Transported to Ellas
Greeks constitute a sizable community in the Czech Republic so it is no surprise that delicious Greek food can be had in Brno. If you didn’t make it to Greece this summer, at Ellas you’ll almost feel like you’re there.
Are you putting yourself in danger by, I don't know, not understanding warnings that the water supply is contaminated? Autumn always seems like a good time to learn. Here are some tips and strategies on mastering Czech!
Invitation to our events

Don’s walk: Being bourgeois in Brno c. 1900          
Sat, Oct 22, meeting place: courtyard of the Městské divadlo, Lidická 12, 10 am
At the end of the nineteenth century, the “in” neighbourhood for Brno’s well-off middle class was the new residential development just to the north of the historical core of the city. Look at this area with Don Sparling as your guide! Free entry, no registration.
Expats' voice

"Expats for Brno" - win a 10,000 CZK grant
BEC announces a new initiative for innovative projects created by expats – “Expats for Brno”. We'd like to increase public awareness of the foreign community in Brno among the general public. Create something you're passionate about – e.g. a workshop, concert, exhibition, web, set of photographs, music video, blog, theatre performance – and we'll support you with up to 10,000 CZK. Submit your applications October 31.
Offers from our partners and referral programme members:
Searching not only for a job, but also friends for life?
Are you passionate about travelling? Lufthansa InTouch Brno is currently searching for German and Italian speakers for the Customer Service Consultant position. Are you interested? Please apply.

FEI becomes part of Thermo Fisher Scientific
FEI Company, the leader in development and production of high-performance electron microscopes, with its largest technology center situated in Brno and, at the same time, the largest exporter from the South-Moravia Region, has become the part of the American company Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Czech courses for foreigners
Autumn Czech courses for both beginners and advanced students are starting at Correct Language Centre in a few days. Don't hesitate to sign up for one and start speaking Czech in November.

Job opportunities for expats
At the multilingual " Job Fair Powered by Prague.TV" speakers and consultants will offer help finding the best jobs for expats. Aside from meeting with potential employers, you can also get feedback on your CV and learn how to prepare for a job interview. In Prague on Oct 15, free entry for those who register

Classes, parties and camps for children
The Little Gym Brno is currently enrolling children aged 10 months to 12 years for various exercises. The first lesson is free! You can enrol through an online form. For more information, please visit our website or call 515 535 573. Our program is in English as well. 

ISB is growing!
The International School of Brno has successfully started the 2016/17 school year. We are proud to announce a 20% increase in student enrolment, new staff members from all around the world and new modern premises for our Secondary and High School departments. Grow with us - the enrolment process continues!

Need a car? Carsharing is easy!
If you need a car, just go and pick up one! Carsharing is easy, clever and responsible service. Autonapůl, the first Czech carsharing, offers more than 20 cars in Brno alone - plus one 9-seater van. Many more cars are located in seven other cities across the country.
Other tips worth your attention

Coffee Week
Oct 1-7, various places
As a city with a long tradition of coffee culture, Brno celebrates the International Coffee Day (Oct 1) with a week-long festival full of special offers and workshops in cafés, barista competitions, concerts, exhibitions, and more.  
Janáček Brno 2016 - international theatre and music festival
Oct 7-18, various places
Twenty seven top-class productions over twelve days on twelve stages in Brno. The biennial festival consists of three strands: operas, choral works and multi-genre approaches to Leoš Janáček’s compositions. Tickets available online.
Brno 16 - festival of short movies
Oct 12-15, Kino Art, Cihlářská 19 
“Sixteen” in film-making slang means film format that is 16 mm wide; it is used in both professional film and television, but especially amateur cinematography. All films at the festival are provided with EN and CZE subtitles.
The Stand In (Záskok) - Jára Cimrman in English
Oct 14, Divadlo Bolka Polívky, Jakubské nám. 5, 7 pm
Jára Cimrman defines the Czech character and humour. He is a cultural touchstone much in the same way as Monty Python is for English speakers. A rare opportunity to see a play performed by native English-speaking actors in Brno.
Days of Cantonese opera
Oct 15, Theatre Orlí, Orlí 19, 7 pm
Oct 16, Sono Centre, Veveří 113, 7 pm

Six classical Chinese stories in a traditional art form that includes music, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting. Performed by a real Cantonese opera troupe coming from Guangdong province, China. Free entrance for those registered.
National theatre Brno - win tickets to Made in USA ballet
Oct 22, Janáček theatre, Rooseveltova 7, 7 pm
The last but one chance to see this ultimate of neo-classical ballet to cutting-edge, visual movement theatre in this season. Win two free tickets!
ExpArt fest - meeting with foreign artists
Oct 28-29, Fléda Club, Štefánikova 24 
Two days of live music, theatre and dance performances, video projections, art and photography exhibitions, as well as stands where artists can showcase their works. And also handcraft and food from all over the world!
Welcome to the Czech Republic course
Nov 5, Mezírka 1, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm 
The South Moravian Regional Centre to Support the Integration of Foreigners hosts an adaptation/integration lecture for newcomers. Free entry. Please sign up by emailing
More events are advertised in the BEC Google Calendar.
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