The Velvet Reunion

November 17, 2017 ,

A night of celebration for the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989. The Velvet Revolution marked the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia after student protestors packed the streets of Prague, forcing the Communist governement to seize power.

Pictured above is Vaclav Havel, leading dissident voice in the the Velvet Revolution, playwright, and first President of the Czech Republic. The name Ferdinand Vanek was Havel's stage name in theater. A birthday annoucement for Vanek was posted in the popular Communist State newspaper "Rude Pravo." Havel was a known dissident in Czechoslovakia, so the paper's annoucement suggested that the Communist state supported a celebration of him, even while they outwardly condemned all of his work against the state. This publication helped to spread the face of Havel and continued to make him a popular symbol in the fight for civil liberties against the state.

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Organized by: Czech Center NY