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Havel’s 80th birthday to be celebrated by concert

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Prague, Aug 28 (CTK) – The celebrations of the 80th birthday of late former Czech president Vaclav Havel will culminate with a concert in the Prague Lucerna palace on October 15, ten days after Havel’s birthday.

The concert is a part of the project Havel@80, with which the Vaclav Havel Library has been commemorating Havel’s birthday for the past year.

Playwright, writer and dissident Havel was the first Czechoslovak post-communist president in 1989-1992 and the first president of the independent Czech Republic in 1993-2003. He died on December 18, 2011.

The Saturday evening will start with the opening of the exhibition and launch of the book Look, Havel!. These are photos solely shot by unprofessional photographers the Vaclav Havel Library has gained thanks to a public appeal.

In six months, over 1,300 photos from 200 authors were sent to the organisers.

After the opening, music from four rostrums will be played. During the night and early morning, over 40 bands will be playing.

A symbolic 80 singers, anchormen, actors, musicians, artists, directors and writers will perform.

The programme of the evening will be gradually published on the webpage of the Vaclav Havel Library.

In a cafe and small pictures, participants in the concert will be able to see the film projections showing various scenes from Havel’s life and work.

A similar concert was held after Havel’s death in December 2011.

A number of Czech and foreign institutions have joined the celebrations such as the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York and the programme Art for Amnesty.

The birthday is also commemorated by Czech Centres across the world.

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