2015

2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015 18:52

A LOOK BACK AT DRUMMING FOR BUBNY

19 November 2015

... We are convinced that this year's commemoration of the first transport from Prague will not remain a thing of the past. Many participants have asked whether a similar inimitable atmosphere might just be repeated at the same place. Our answer is that in a year we will almost certainly disrupt the silence of looking on quietly at past and current events... and future events in a year, too..
Yes, hopefully we have succeeded in establishing a new form of remembrance.

 

 

Thank you to the many photographers who sent their visual remembrances from Drumming for Bubny.

The selection published here is from Jan Dobrovský, David Peltán and students from the Secondary Technical School of Communications in Panská Street.

Photographs by Jan Dobrovský

Photographs by Davit Peltán

Photographs by students from the Secondary Technical School of Communications in Panská Street

 

We look forward to next year, along with the further transformation of Bubny train station into the Bubny Memorial of Silence.

 

Thursday, 19 November 2015 18:45

ECHOES OF “DRUMMING FOR BUBNY” IN THE CZECH SENATE

22 October 2015

The final echoes of "Drumming for Bubny" reverberated this morning at the Wallenstein Palace.

At a meeting of the upper chamber of the Czech parliament, the senators heard a brief presentation about the Memorial of Silence, accompanied by the band Tam Tam Batucada under the direction of Miloš Vacík.

First vice-chairman of the senate Přemysl Sobotka stated that every way of making sure that the wartime events will not be forgotten is important. Many meanings remain current, and past phenomena have a way of repeating themselves.

We should add in conclusion that the Senate chambers have excellent acoustics for drumming.

Friday, 23 October 2015 15:43

DRUMMING FOR BUBNY IN PRAGUE

16 October 2015, 5pm - 7 pm

MORE THAN WORDS!

Hundreds of people gathered in the pouring rain under Aleš Veselý's sculpture Gate to Infinity, determined to brave the mud and cold.
Joined by wartime survivors, diplomats from Kosovo, Albania, Finland, Bulgaria, Germany and Israel, the mayor of Prague Adriana Krnáčová, and the mayor of Prague 7 Jan Čižinský, they spent more than an hour and a half drumming in order to express their stand against a silent majority passively looking on during a time of general endangerment.

The organizers of this public gathering, survivors, and members of the Terezín initiative,
who came to Bubny in the footsteps of their own wartime stories, would like to thank all those who participated.

The rhythm was defined by Miloš Vacík's Tam Tam Batucada orchestra and drummers David Koller, Alan Vitouš, Jan Červenka, Jaroslav Kořán, Jan Horváth, Papis Mias, Vít Halška and Lenka Dundrová.

Gathered under umbrellas, the crowd watched a 40-minute "warm-up session" by musicians and actors from various Prague theaters.
Jana Boušková, Václav Vydra, Nela Boudová and Bára Hrzánová read quotes by Czech and international authors. QUOTATION_EN.pdf

This was followed by the group drumming, which did not begin to die down until an hour and a half later. Some 360 participants played on drums made using money raised from a HitHit fundraiser. Another 100 drummers brought their own instruments.

Special thanks go to Mr. Libor Winkler and Mr. Jean-Francois Otto for their significant financial support.
Thanks also go to the Czech Ministry of Culture and the Prague 7 Municipal District.

Next year, on the 75th anniversary of the first Jewish transport from Prague, we will again meet at Prague-Bubny train station in order to drum against a silent majority passively looking on!

In the meantime, we will continue to drum for the Bubny Memorial of Silence on its path towards realization.

You can follow our project's ongoing development on our website and on Facebook.

Thank you very much!

Friday, 16 October 2015 11:57

DRUMMING FOR DRUMS WITH MADELEINE ALBRIGHT AT THE CZECH EMBASSY

15 October 2015

 

 

 

The Embassy of the Czech Republic has organized Drumming for Drums (Bubnování pro Bubny) with special guest, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, onOctober 15, at 6 pm, at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC.

The event commemorated the day (October 16, 1941) that the first Nazi transport of Jews set out from the Prague-Bubny Railway Station. The deportations of Prague Jews and the expulsion of Prague Germans after WWII caused the city to lose its traditional identity. Prague lost 50,000 of its residents, who perished. The transports took place while the city kept silent.

Drumming for Drums in DC was held in solidarity with a special event taking place a day later in Prague at the actual train station from which the transports departed—Prague-Bubny Railway Station. The word "bubny" means "drums" in English. The drumming is a call to action against the silence that oppressed and destroyed many lives. A drumbeat echoes, reverberates, remembering the lives lost and the beating heart of humanity. The event is held to raise awareness and funding for the Memorial of Silence in Prague, Czech Republic.

Madeleine Albright greeted the audience and gave a symbolic drum beat that led to whole drum circle performing. The Ambassador Gandalovič, as well as the Czechoslovak WWII veteran Frank Becher, the Israeli Embassy representative Ilan Sztulman, and representative of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Anatol Steck joined the drumming circle.

The facilitated drumming circle was lead by Kristen Arant, and her team – Hands on Drums Ensemble with Katy Gone, Kewku Ooosu, Ken Quam, joined by members of the Belly Belly Rhythm Collective. Performance of drumming by Batala Washington, Afro-Brazilian all-female group was a special contribution to drumminng against silence.

Later, Mrs. Albright recorded a video message for Bubnování pro Bubny event in Prague and signed a pair of drumming sticks that the Embassy will present to the Bubny Memorial of Silence as a special gift to commemorate the Drumming for Drums in Washington, DC.

The Memorial of Silence is a project that will transform the Bubny Railway Station, in Prague, Czech Republic into a center for discussion of "the Shoah in us" as a contemporary stigma. The project is carried out by a non-profit organization Memorial Shoah Prague o.p.s. (Památník šoa Praha, o.p.s.). Its main activities at present include the development of the architectural plans and the creating of the script for a memorial's future permanent exhibition. In addition it organizes exhibitions and events for the general public.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:09

Exhibition: A FRAGMENT OF THE MEMORIAL OF SILENCE

14 October 2015 

On 14 October, the exhibition A Fragment of the Memorial of Silence was opened with the participation of survivors and artists who worked with us on the project "The Voices of Family Albums."

The exhibition offered an insight into the work of the memorial's development team.
The "fragment" of the future permanent exhibition is the section entitled 50,000 Forgotten Books.
Those deported through Bubny station will be remembered by an endless river of books... some of which even have memory...

At a press conference held inside the future exhibition space, we received expressions of support from
Bára Hrzánová, Miloš Vacík, Leoš Válka and David Gaydečka.
All participants tried out the instruments made for Friday's Drumming for Bubny event.

The exhibition was open from 1 to 6pm until 25 October 2015.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:59

Drumming for Bubny

October 2015

October 16, 2015 annually commemorates the day of the first Jewish transport set out from Prague in 1941. The survivors and their families meet regularly at a bronze relief by Helga Hošková at the Parkhotel.

The Memorial of Silence team is preparing for this occasion a major public event, which will take place in the railway station area, under the statue of the Gate of Infinity.

The event will be open for everyone who is not indifferent to the fact that Prague lost 50,000 of its citizens, who perished, and that by the deportations of Prague Jews and by the expulsion of the Prague Germans the city lost its traditional identity ... and especially that the transports took place while the city kept silent. Drumming for Bubny will be a meeting for all those who want to actively express their attitude to the silent majority. For more information see our website, Facebook, Twitter and HitHit.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015 19:41

Presentation of the Memorial's Development

Summer / Fall 2015

A traveling exhibition with a presentation of the architectural project of the future exposition arrived after a series of stops to the railway station Bubny. It is now in the departure hall of the railway station and available with commentary upon request. If interested, please contact us at info@bubny.org

Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:14

UNITED ISLANDS OF PRAGUE at the BUBNY RAILWAY STATION

June 18, 2015

Památník šoa Praha hosted the music festival United Islands of Prague at the Bubny railway station on June 18, 2015 with a concert of three bands featuring music of various European cultures in a modern style. Thank you for joining us!

6:45 -7:30 p.m. DESHANE, the trio will provide for some Scandinavian tunes. Originally, the band was formed by two musicians known as Deshi (wind instruments, didgeridoo), who invited the Norwegian jazz singer Ane Bjerken to join them. The trio will first cool you down with some melancholic Norwegian folk music before putting you under a spell with shamanistic sounds of the didgeridoo, to finally welcome you back in Europe with arched note sequences of their wind instruments.

8:00 – 8:45 p.m. DŽEZVICA, the Balkan tunes have not disappeared from the Czech music scene. The torch has been taken up by seven musicians from the Dzezvica formation. The band's style is far from the typical idea of Balkan brass music. Although it's been partially inspired by it, it has its own, characteristic style, which can be also attributed to the Dzezvica's line-up: accordion, guitar, cajón, cello, viola, clarinet and flute.

9:15 - 10:00 p.m. PONK, a post-folklore dulcimer trio that's been successfully breaking down prejudices about folk music. It uses a modest number of instruments (dulcimer, bass, violin and vocals) to produce interesting sounds – an eclectic combination of folk music with blues, rock, funk and R'n'B elements and influences from other musical styles.

More info at http://unitedislands.cz/program/

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INVITATION

During the concert you can see the exhibition A Road to Memorial inside the railway station building.

Refreshments will be provided.

In case of inclement weather the concert will move under the roof of the station.

Concert accompanies the transformation of the Bubny railway station into the MEMORIAL OF SILENCE.

Friday, 22 May 2015 12:07

WE ARE OPEN

June 1, 2015

The Memorial Shoah Prague joined an extraordinary cultural event in Prague 7 "WE ARE OPEN". On May 28 the railway station Bubny was opened to the public and presented the exhibition "Road to Memorial".

The next chance to visit the exhibition hall of the station is coming up soon. Already on June 18, 2015, we will host a concert as part of the Club Night (Klubová noc) by United Islands of Prague right at the statue "Gate of Infinity". More info at http://unitedislands.cz/