30 years ago, the events of 1989 redrew the political map of Europe, affecting the lives of millions. Looking at those historical moments and their aftermath from today’s perspective – what do we remember and what has changed for us?

TOUCHING 1989
project aims to create one ‚collective memory‘ of the revolutionary year of 1989 in Europe. Combining the personal stories of people from all backgrounds and of all ages currently living in the UK into one strong voice, testifying to the changes we have experienced within the last 30 years, we hope to improve the understanding of the world today and to learn more about each other.

Starting Monday 16 September 2019 at least two new videos will be published each week on this website and shared via social media.

Stories will be archived into an online gallery building up a portfolio of stories ready to be discovered. Would you like to share your story with us? GET INVOLVED NOW!

The online gallery will also become a part of the photographic exhibition documenting the 1989 events which will take place at the Czech Centre London from 1 November 2019 – 3 January 2020.

The TOUCHING 1989 project is organised by the Czech Centre, Goethe-Institut, Polish Cultural Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute and Slovak Embassy in London.

Petr Čech

Petr Čech is a former professional goalkeeper who spent 11 years playing for Chelsea and 4 years playing for Arsenal before retiring in May 2019.

Monika Gullerová

Dr Monika Gullerová is an associate professor in experimental pathology at the Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Tereza Stehlíková

Tereza Stehlíková is as an artist and works as a senior lecturer in still & moving image theory / practice, at University of Westminster, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. 

Nadia Conway

Nadia Conway is a former Mayor of Enfield and a founder of Levočské babie léto, one of the most influential classical music festivals in the heart of Slovakia.  

Pavel Klimov

Pavel Klimov was born and raised in Moscow. In 1996 he came to London for training and work experience and since then he lives and works here as a lawyer.

Jan Marek

Professor Jan Marek is a Consultant Cardiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He focuses on paediatric and prenatal cardiology and cardiovascular imaging

Students of Czech School Without Borders London

Isabella Kraft, Natalie Carter, Matyas Polensky, Miriam Quhali and Babetka Clark, volunteers at the Czech School Without Borders London.

Elzbieta Smolenska

Elzbieta Smolenska is a journalist and photographer living in London. For many years she worked for BBC World Service in London covering political and cultural events.