Václav Havel, the late dissident Czech playwright turned statesman and champion of human rights causes, has been honored with his own official Scottish tartan. Its creator, Giles Jackson, a professor with a background in business and in particular social entrepreneurship, was inspired by Havel’s call upon PEN International members to get directly involved in issues of the day. The (indirect) result? The Liberation Kilt Co., whose slogan is ‘Dress to protest!’
The government has taken the plunge, apparently under pressure from widow Dagmar, but most Czechs are still not on board when it comes to the idea of renaming Prague’s international airport in honor of Václav Havel. A survey taken before the government decision showed 49 percent of those polled opposed to the idea with 39 percent in favor.
Almost three months after his death, the Czech state has done little to honor the memory of former president Václav Havel apart from naming a law after him. His widow got up on the stage and on live television denounced the government’s failure to take a decision renaming the country’s main international airport after the Czech statesman.
Moviegoers in Prague this week attended the premiere of the first feature film by former Czech President Václav Havel. The renowned playwright and ex-dissident who led the Velvet Revolution tells RFE/RL’s Gregory Feifer in an interview that “Leaving” isn’t about a particular person or act of leaving but a general exploration of constant change in life.
Former President Václav Havel dons a new hat — film director. The once-dissident playwright has taken his most recent stage drama, which bears some similarities to his own life, to the big screen. But unfortunately it plays as canned theater, since almost all the talky action still takes place between a villa and a gazebo. And for all its talk, it doesn’t give much political or historical insight.