George Novak, the longtime honorary consul for the Czech Republic in Atlanta, died this week at 88 after a battle with cancer. Known for his wit, reliably upbeat outlook, athletic ability and selfless advocacy on behalf of his compatriots, Mr. Novak had represented the country’s interests in Georgia since 1994, fostering countless educational and cultural exchanges, […]
A new agreement between the Atlanta airport and its counterpart in Prague aims to improve aviation collaboration, but it was clear during Friday’s signing ceremony that both sides had an ulterior motive: spurring business interaction. Not one speaker let the prospect of reviving a nonstop flight to the Czech Republic capital, which Delta postponed for […]
The origins of the Czech and Slovak School of Atlanta, honoring Karel Velan date back five years to when Ivana Valkusova visited Atlanta from Paris. Curious to learn more about Atlanta’s Czech community, she contacted George Novak, the honorary consul general, and impressed upon him the need to open a school that would teach the American […]
A Czech plastics manufacturer today announced plans to invest $20 million in a Peachtree City factory, creating at least 20 jobs.
In September 2013, the Czech Republic’s foreign minister and ambassador came to Flowery Branch in Hall County to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for ALBAform Inc., which develops and manufactures custom metal components for the automotive industry. The high-level diplomats told Global Atlanta that they had left ceremonies surrounding a United Nations session in New […]
A senator from the Czech Republic is to discuss his political career fighting corruption at home as a guest of the Chick-fil-A Foundation‘s speakers series on Monday, Aug. 31. Libor Michálek is to describe his unlikely rise to power in the Czech parliament after serving as a whistleblower about corrupt practices in a Czech ministry. […]
The evening was mostly about the music, but an international jazz show organized by Global Atlanta hit notes of hospitality, diplomacy and the growth of Atlanta as an international city.
Growing up in a country stifled by communist rule, world-class Czech pianist Emil Viklicky was introduced to the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Count Basie via Voice of America and later embraced a career in jazz, celebrating its “freedom of expression.”
Vaclav Havel is alive and well. Or so it seemed as an enormous photo of him smiled down from the facade of the Czech Republic’s National Museum upon Wenceslas Square in Prague.
Note: Paul Varian, a former CNN writer, editor and senior executive producer, accompanied Global Atlanta Publisher Phil Bolton on a recent trip to Prague organized by George Novak, honorary Czech consul general in Atlanta. This is one in a series of stories from the trip. Mr. Varian’s account follows: I traveled nearly 5,000 miles for my introduction […]