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?

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? 

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.

Send us your video by 30th September 2019 and win one of 3 fantastic goody bags from Touching 1989 partners including tickets to Electronica: Vision of Sound, a visual spectacle with atmospheric and intricate soundscapes by Czech, Hungarian and Polish musicians, current Slovak fiction translated by Julia Sherwood; Solidarność limited-edition T-shirts and bags; and much more! For guidelines and more information on how to get involved click HERE. Terms and Conditions

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.