Wednesday 3 August, 6pm: This is the first ‘creative meeting’. Forty residents attend the meeting. 88 people have signed up so far and six are on a waiting list, as they no longer live in Bedřichovice.
The writer Aleš Palán, who will contribute to a publication about the project is also attending the meeting to discuss the project.
This meeting marks the second step of the project where the final group of eighty villagers can suggest and discuss activities to present in London on Saturday 3 September. The ideas are varied and some unexpected. They plan to present their choir, play Football-Tennis, clean windows and sweep pathways, greet all passers-by in Czech, organise a barbecue, go to the church, bake traditional cakes and organise children’s games.
The items on the agenda of the meeting are as follows:
A) practical information about the trip such as travel arrangements and accommodation
B) discussion of activities to be performed in London
C) the creation of a ‘Dictionary’
Kateřina Šedá and Aleš Palán are keen to work on a fantasy London to Bedrichovice dictionary. For this the residents are also being asked to draw or describe typical activities, behaviours, fashion trends, and colloquial expressions used only in the village. The illustrators Martina Vybíhalová and Lubomír Mudrák are also present to document the creation of the dictionary through illustrations.
What we’ve heard so far in the streets of Bedřichovice…
A young woman on the bus talking to someone else: ‘I thought they were just making fun of us; I didn’t have a good feeling about what was going on. But now I’m in. I think it’s super!’
A friend from Podolí to Kateřina : ‘I’ve heard from locals that you’ve been pretty successful with the people of Bedřichovice.’
Another woman: ‘Well … I don’t know if I’m going … but as far as the drawing goes, I’ll help you, sure … I like drawing … couldn’t I take part as a painter instead?’
A man: ‘That many people have signed up already? Wow … I’d better go and sign up too, then. Can I fill in the form with you right now?’
‘I can’t believe it – you really did it? Are that many people really interested?’
‘I can’t come to the meeting on Wednesday, but I definitely want to take part in the project … so please count me in!’
‘Can we still sign up? We’re really interested in the event. Is there a waiting list?’
While flyers were being handed out:
‘Oh wow, you’re handing out invitations again? And have you been to our place yet? We’d like to take one anyhow, in case you’ve forgotten us, do you have a few spare …’
‘You don’t need to give me one; we’re not interested in anything like that at all!’
‘This house is empty! No need of a flyer here.’
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 10 August. Same place, same time.