Please note that your personal badge obtained at the conference registration desk will be required when entering the social events. We look forward to see you all at the social events and hope that it will be as fruitfully stimulating and enjoyable as the scientific programme of the conference.
WELCOME RECEPTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 18:00-20:30
Traditionally, the conference welcome reception will be held on Wednesday evening from 6pm together with the possibility to register for the conference at the core of the conference venue, the atrium of Rajska building and its patio. This event is included in all registration fee categories.
This occasion will be used as an opportunity to support and introduce an example of social enterprise activities being carried out here in Prague. The catering service for the welcome reception will be provided by the civic association InBáze Berkat. In order to create new jobs for migrants and to earn own funds for integration activities this civic association has developed a social enterprise project - Ethnocatering, where a group of women migrants cook and serve delicacies of their traditional cuisine (Georgian, Armenian, Afghan, etc.).
SOCIAL EVENT AT RUDOLFINUM
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 20:00-23:00
ENTRANCE: ALŠOVO NÁBŘEŽÍ 12, PRAGUE 1 (ON THE BANK OF THE RIVER VLTAVA)
The main conference social event will take place at Rudolfinum, the seat of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Galerie Rudolfinum, a Neo-Renaissance building situated in a beautiful location in the centre of Prague on the bank of the River Vltava.
This event is included in all registration fee categories.
The neo-renaissance Rudolfinum building is located on a site called Rejdiště. In 1873 this site was bought by the Czech Insurance Company (Česká spořitelna), with the goal of building a House of Artists as part of the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of its founding. Crown prince Rudolf became the patron of the project and the building was named after him. Well known Prague architects Ignác Ullmann, Antonín Barvitius, J. Zítek, J. Schulz a F. Beníšek, as well as Viennese architects A. Wieleman, O. Thienemann, G. Niemann, V. Lunche a Köchlin were invited to enter their bids into the project competition. The winners - J. Schulz and J. Zítek - presented the first plans in 1875. The facade is an analogy of the Semper Opera in Dresden (1838-41) destroyed by fire. The building was finished in 1881, the sculptures in the attic gable date from 1884 and during the same year the concert hall and the surrounding spaces were furnished. The inauguration concert was held on February 7, 1885 and in this year exhibitions began in the adjacent building. The Rudolfinum has been the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra since 1946 and is one of the main venues of the Prague Spring International Music Festival held each year in May and June. The building also contains the Galerie Rudolfinum, an art gallery that focuses mainly on contemporary art.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Keynes and the Lounge Lizards band will be performing during this event.
CONFERENCE DINNER AT THE CONVENT OF ST AGNES OF BOHEMIA
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 20:00-23:00
ENTRANCE: ANEŽSKÁ 12, PRAGUE 1
This event is included only in the standard registration fee categories. It is not included in the discounted registration fee categories!
The conference dinner will be served in the exceptional ambience of the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia that is currently used for the exhibitions of the National Gallery in Prague. The St Agnes of Bohemia Convent (together with neighbouring St Francis Church) is the oldest Gothic building and one of the most famous and significant convents in Bohemia. Now it is a treasure of the National Culture Heritage of the Czech Republic. It is situated in the Old Town in the centre of Prague.
The St Agnes Convent was founded by the Premyslid Princess Anežka (Agnes), sister of King Václav (Wenceslas) I in 1231 as the first convent of the Order of Poor Clares north of the Alps. It was the first Gothic building in Prague. The grounds originally had a larger Poor Clare convent and less significant monastery of Friars Minor that was later closed. In its time the convent was an influential spiritual centre in the history of our nation, and was also the site of the Premyslid burial-grounds. However, after the death of its founder, the great era of the convent ended and its importance waned. Shortly after the mid 16th century the Poor Clares were evicted and the was taken over by the Dominicans for roughly seventy years. The Poor Clares were then forcibly returned to the dilapidated convent, but only partial Baroque renovations were made to the devastated building. The convent was one of the first to be closed. It was shut down in January 1782 and thereafter used as workshops, storage facilities and homes for the poor.
Before its demolition as part of the „Old Town Slum Clearance" it was saved through the efforts of the Union for the Renewal of the Convent of the Blessed Agnes. It was renovated in 1963 to meet the exhibition needs of the National Gallery. Since November 2000, it has been the home of a newly conceived exhibition of mediaeval and early Renaissance art.
The dinner will be accompanied by Eve Quartet´s performance.