VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY 2010
November 19th, 2010 at 7.00PM-10.30 PM @ GREENHOUSE, 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
The "Velvet Revolution" (November 16 – December 29, 1989)
Refers to a non-violent revolution in former Czechoslovakia that saw the overthrow of the
Communist government. The Velvet/Gentle Revolution was a start of a democratization
process in the country. Czechoslovakia held afterwards its first democratic elections in
summer 1990 after more than 40 years of a totalitarian regime.
On November 17, 1989, riot police suppressed a peaceful student demonstration in Prague.
That event sparked a series of popular demonstrations from November 19 to late December.
By the end of November the number of peaceful protesters assembled in Prague had swelled
from 200,000 the previous day to an estimated half-million. The peaceful protests seized
the all country A two-hour general strike, involving all citizens of Czechoslovakia, was held
on November 27.
VELVET REVOLUTION (November 17th 1989)
With the collapse of other Communist governments in eastern Europe, and increasing street
protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced on November 28 that it would
relinquish power and dismantle the single-party state. Barbed wire and other obstructions
were removed from the border with West Germany and Austria in early December.
On December 10, 1989, President Gustáv Husák appointed the first largely non-Communist
government in Czechoslovakia since 1948, and resigned. Alexander Dubček was elected
speaker of the federal parliament on December 28 and Václav Havel the President of
Czechoslovakia on December 29, 1989. In summer 1990 Czechoslovakia held its first
democratic elections since 1946.
21 YEARS AFTER…
The Consulate General of Slovakia
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic,
+421 Foundation and Czech Center New York present a joint event:
the “ VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY”
to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the fall of communism and
the triumph of democracy in former Czechoslovakia in 1989.
We cordially invite you to attend our signature event the“ VELVET REVOLUTION PARTY”
on November 19th 2010 at the prestigious SoHO club GREENHOUSE.
GREENHOUSE @ 150 Varick Street, SoHo, New York
Welcome speech ( Consuls General of Slovakia and the Czech Republic)
Book presentation (by the Slovakian author Rene Benda titled „My Cold War“)
Author of the novel, Mr. Rene Benda was born in
Bratislava, Slovakia. He emigrated to Austria in
1988 and now is living alternately in Slovakia,
Czech Republic, Great Britain and USA. He is
pursuing various projects in the sphere of
international educational exchange and
„My Cold War“ will be available for purchase
at the venue for a suggested price of $17.00.*
All proceeds from the book sales will support the
philantrophic programs of the +421 Foundation.
* exact cash and personal check accepted
The Velvet Revolution Party is not just a fancy event, it’s an opportunity for you to support
various causes and charities. Through this event, and thanks to the voluntary donations
from our patrons, we have been able to support following organizations:
ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTED IN 2007-2009:
Reocentrum (the premier treatment center for children with cerebral palsy disease in Bratislava, Slovakia)
Zlin Orphanage in Lazy, Czech Republic
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Apeal of Consience Foundation
Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association
+421 Foundation Inc.
This year you will have the opportunity to support artists and
cultural exchange projects of the +421 Foundation.
If you wish to support the +421 Foundation and its projects, please send your donation
check payable to +421 Foundation Inc., (a public charity organization exempt
under 501 /c/ /3/ of the Internal Revenue Code) to the following address:
+421 Foundation, P.O.Box 4114, New York, NY 10163.
Memo: Velvet Revolution Party 2010
Tax ID number (EIN): 26-1415582, DLN number: 17053051047028
Your donation is tax-deductible.
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