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G'Day & Kia ora


Welcome to CANZA – the Czech Australian New Zealand Association! Our mission is to promote the interests and cultures of Australia and New Zealand in the Czech Republic and give expats and locals alike the opportunity to experience the Australian and New Zealand way of life in the Czech Republic. Please register on our website to receive news of our forthcoming events and activities!

A jste tu na stránkách CANZA. Vítejte! CANZA je Česko australsko novozélandská asociace, založená v České republice za účelem sdružování lidí, kteří mají zájem o kultury a propagací těchto zemí. Máte zájem dostávat informace o společenských událostech, které CANZA pořádá? Není nic snazšího, než se přihlásit a zařadit se tak do seznamu adresátů našeho e-bulletinu. Poznávejte kulturu protinožců bez nutnosti absolvování dlouhého letu či delší plavby lodí… vše zcela zdarma



Australia and New Zealand national teams call for support

13-23 June 

This year is very special for all the fastpitch softball fans in Europe. It is the first time the Men’s Fastpitch Softball World Cup tournament is held here and all of us in the Czech Republic have a unique opportunity to be right on the spot.

Prague and Havlickuv Brod were chosen to host the tournament between 13th and 23rd June where the national team of New Zealand defends their 2017 title and Australia will certainly challenge them to advance from the 2017 bronze.
Make sure you don’t miss it – find more on www.prague2019.com/en or https://mswc.wbsc.org/en/2019


ABIE Business Lunch - Next Week

19 June

There are still a few seats left at the ABIE Business Risk Lunch on Wednesday next week. 

These are always great and intimate events and the wine is on us.  For more details see the ABIE Website.



New Zealand - EU Free Trade Agreement -
Meet the NZ Ambassador

25 June - Prague

CANZA would like to offer you the opportunity to attend a free event - where you will have the chance to meet with the NZ Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

ABIE CZ  and the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic have organised a special briefing on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement from H.E. Rupert Holborow, New Zealand Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Ms Lucie Vondrackova, Director of Trade Policy from the Ministry of Industry, of the Czech Republic, followed by an open forum Q&A session.

Then join us afterwards for networking and quality NZ wine and finger food.

Where: Anglo American University, Letenská 120/5, Prague 1

Date: Tuesday 25 June, 18.00* - 21.00
* please be on time as the event starts promptly 

Registration: Attendance is free, but registration is essential. Click here to register



As the weather warms up so does the diversity of Aus-Kiwi themed entertainment visiting Prague.

Here’s a rundown on what to look forward to and we suggest you read carefully as there is the opportunity to win FREE tickets and get a FREE beer!


Prague Fringe Festival 

24 May to 1 June

CANZA is again proud to support the Prague Fringe Festival now in its 18th year!

As always, the festival is full of fresh comedy, theatre, dance and plain wackiness, so it should be no surprise that a substantial number of Fringe acts hail from Australia and New Zealand! Performances are mainly geared to adults but there is plenty for kids too.

Take a look at the fringe website where you can buy tickets directly and select acts based on their content, country of origin and age appropriateness - there really is something for everyone!


CANZA at the Fringe

We’ve selected choice Aus-Kiwi performances on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June so all you need to do is buy your tickets and join us at MALOSTRANSKÁ BESEDA for one or both evenings and experience fringe at it’s best. This is a casual arrangement, you can drop in and out as you please but join us in one of the breaks and we will shout you a free beer!

Friday 31 May

5pm Pied Piper (Inspirace)
6.15pm Tropez (Kampa)
7.30pm Australian Shakespeare Co (Beseda)

Join us for DRINKS-FOOD

9.30pm Where are you really from (Alchemists)

Join us for DRINKS-FOOD

10.45 Heather and Harry (Kampa)


Saturday 1 June

6pm Roots (Beseda)

Join us for DRINKS-FOOD

8pm Monkey Man (Alchemists)
9.15pm Sarah Kendall (Beseda)

Join us for DRINKS-FOOD

10.45 Cat Loud (Beseda)


EMIL Viklicky Down Under Q

19th June

Australian-Czech Jazz group Emil Vilicky are coming to Prague after sell-out concerts across Australia. The group will perform at Jazz Klub U stare pani. This is a must-see concert for Jazz lovers and we have 2 tickets to give away to CANZA members. For more details see the flyer here.

Just email us at info@canza.org to claim.


Larry Gurruwiwi and Malawurr 

12 July 
Bolfanek, (Klatovy direction, Southwest CZ)

It is rare indeed when we have the opportunity to hear Aboriginal didgeridoo performers all the way from NE Arnhem Land so we are thrilled to announce this special one-off concert organized by Ondrej Smeykal.

Larry and his brothers Vernon and Jason form the band Malawurra. Together they perform ancient Galpu clan songlines and dance ceremonies carrying thousands of years of stories, tradition, and knowledge deeply connected to land.

Do not miss this unique opportunity. See here for tickets and details:


WESTWIND: Djalu’s Legacy

11 July - Prague Cinema location to be announced soon.

Larry Gurruwiwi, the star of the feature film documentary Westwind and it’s Director Ben Strunnin, will attend a screening and discussion of the film in Prague. 

The film follows the Didgeridoo master, keeper of an ancient dreaming, tribal elder: Djalu who must pass on his sacred song lines and inspire the next generation by taking his music to the world. The film also features Aussie international recording artist Gotye. Westwind has also been hailed by Aus maestro genius Nick Cave, as "A haunting and important film about one man's heroic quest to keep the ancient knowledge of his culture alive, through the power of song.”

Stay tuned for details on the CANZA Facebook page.


ANZAC Thanks

Thank you to everyone who attended Anzac Day on 28 April, to our generous sponsor CMS Law and to the Aus ambassador for shouting us a round of drinks!

You will find photos from the event here


Business Opportunities for Czech Companies in Australia

5 June


Australasian Business in Europe is delighted to be involved in supporting this high-profile event organised by the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Embassy, and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission.

If features participation from very senior representatives of the Czech and Australian Governments. 

This is a full morning seminar and the complete program can be downloaded here

If you would like to attend or if you have any questions, Please RSVP directly to Austrade by clicking here.



Farewell Len

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our friend and loyal CANZA member Len Edney early on Sunday morning.

Len was one of the founders or CANZA way back in 2005.  His tireless work for CANZA, his brilliant auction oration at the Ball and awesome BBQs at ANZAC Day will be missed but most of all we will miss him!!

Len was Len right till the end as signified by a last catch up with Shane. who expertly smuggled beers into Motol which were shared together. Len's big wish was to make it to our Ball, Len, you know we'll party for you and make you proud!

Deepest condolences to Kristyna Edney and Oli Edney, our thoughts are with you today.

80 Years Young! 
UK - New Zealand - Czech Republic - a life well lived!



Announcing the Launch of Australasian Business in Europe

As you may already be aware, we have been working for some time to establish a business focused Australian and New Zealand chamber of commerce

This new organisation, which will compliment CANZA, will be better resourced and will provide support and assistance to CANZA's existing activities.  CANZA will continue to focus on social cultural and sporting aspects while ABiE will focus exclusively on business in a much more traditional 'Chamber of Commerce' model.

If you, or your company, are interested in business, check out the ABiE website where you can subscribe to the newsletter and get more information about membership.


Partnership with CNZBA

We are very pleased to announce a partnership with CNZBA (the Czech New Zealand Business Association).

The CNZBA is dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting reciprocal trade, business and investment between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

Since its establishment in December 2012, CNZBA has become officially recognized as a bilateral platform helping New Zealand and Czech Republic businesses and business oriented individuals expand their mutual business relations.

The CNZBA is a non-profit membership organisation fostering and protecting interests of its members and prospective members, who recruit from broad range of industries. Membership in the CZNBA is available to every company and individual involved or interested in undertaking trade, investment and/or any other form of legitimate business between New Zealand and the Czech Republic.

The CNZBA works independently, but maintains very good relations with the Czech and New Zealand government delegations and their trade & investment departments.

For more information visit www.cnzba.co.nz or Facebook.

If you are a Czech business looking to expand into New Zealand (or Australia) or a NZ or Australian business that has recently arrived in town, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

Partnership with Czech Cricket

cz_team_in_Vienna_2013_resized.jpgCANZA is delighted to announce that it has formed a partnership with Czech Cricket (Českomoravský Kriketový Svaz). Cricket as a sport and outdoor activity is very popular in both Australia and New Zealand with the national men's and women's teams of both countries performing at the pinnacle of the international game. Through the partnership we will be working on two fronts:

1) to help inform Czech-based Aussies and Kiwis that their time in the Czech Republic does not have to be without cricket, with regular senior and junior tournaments being played

2) to help introduce local Czech people to the Australian and New Zealand pastime and our beloved sport, cricket.

CMKS_logo_bigger.pngCzech Cricket has been steadily expanding since its formation in Prague in 2000. Czech Cricket coordinates and support local international and Czech State schools towards participation in the Czech Cricket Winter, Spring and Summer tournaments, which have been showing fantastic growth since their introduction in 2012. The expansion of these tournaments alongside the introduction of an additional team in the men’s game and a major facilities development overhaul project mean that 2014 is set to be a fantastic year for cricket in the Czech Republic.

If you or any of your friends, colleagues or relatives are interested in learning more about cricket, please contact info@CzechCricket.cz or for upcoming events, please keep an eye on the Czech Cricket website here www.czechcricket.cz/.


Opportunity for business referrals from Austrade

The Australian government trade, investment and education promotion agency - Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) - would like to offer an opportunity to register Service Providers interested in co-operation with Australian companies. To register, please complete this online form: http://www.austrade.gov.au/About-Austrade/Contact-us/Referrals-Database-Registration. The registration is open to companies offering Legal services; Interpreters / Translators; Consultancy companies; Accountancy companies; Providers of other services to companies.

Once approved, the registered company will be listed in the database of potential services providers to Australian companies interested in doing business in Central Europe and/or those already operating in this region.


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