by Samina Virani
- The How to Be a Czech exhibit, which debuted at the Czech Centre during Bucharest’s Open Night of the Institutes, invited curious guests to embark on a staged immigration and naturalisation process to become “Czech-proof”. A survey asking about life choices, favourite neighborhoods and aspirations was followed by a few playful initiation steps, including drawing a Czech flag, singing a Czech song, and a final anthem-singing ceremony.
- Visitors left with substantial insights about the Czech identity, whizzed up in a smart and engaging way that almost made them feel “Czeched in”.
- Now in its sixth year, Bucharest’s Open Night of the Institutes — a 16-hour embassy hop around the city — aims to bring neighbouring cultures and histories into full exposition, transparency, and understanding.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- Romanians’ curiosity towards other nations and cultures suggests their thirst to diversify and exchange with the rest of the world.
- The Czech exhibition’s open-door policy implies the Czechs’ need for understanding and empathy as a people and culture, as well as their open position to let the world in.