Unveiling of 40th Václav Havel ´s Bench in Brussels – October 12, 2021

Havel’s Place, a memorial bench to Vaclav Havel, was oficially unveiled in Brussels at the Park Leopold, close to the main building of the European Parliament, on 12 October 2021. Two chairs and a table around the trunk of a linden tree (Czech National Tree) are dedicated to former Czech President Vaclav Havel and were designed by architect Bořek Šípek.

The purpose of the project is to support democratic openness to dialogue referring to the first Czech president elected after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Similar benches already stand in many cities around the world and in the Czech Republic.

Havel´s Place in Brussels is a joint project of the City of Prague, the City of Brussels and the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium. Mayor of the City of Prague Zdenek Hrib, Mayor of the City of Brussels Philippe Close and Ambassador of the Czech Republic Pavel Klucky all together cut the ribon during the ceremony which was attended by about 100 people, including representatives of EU institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of foreign delegations and journalists.

Among distinguished guests was also Mrs Eliane Tillieux, President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Belgian Parliament.

Photo: Dagmar Kneřová