Performers

Ilona Burgrová

Ilona Burgrová

A former basketball player, participant of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, 2010 World Vice-Champion and Euroleague 2015 winner. She holds a Master's degree in Public Health Promotion and Education from the American University of South Carolina. She then complemented her education with a degree in Sports Diplomacy. She is currently a member of the Athletes' Commission and Chair of the Commission for Equal Opportunities in Sport of the Czech Olympic Committee.

Aleš Hejna

Aleš Hejna

A mapmaker and a storyteller, he graduated from a university of economics, but never pursued it and became a surveyor. He walks in the woods and draws maps. He collects fairy tale books by Alois Mikulka and Miloš Macourek. Every night he reads to his three children before bed.

Jiří Chroust

Jiří Chroust

Head of the Marketing Department at Techmania Science Center, who worked for several years as a marketing specialist at ZCU. During his time at ZCU he organized events such as Science and Technology Day, Scientists' Night and Open Days. In addition to marketing, he is also a moderator and will lead us through a panel discussion on Sports Diplomacy and Sport as a Middle Eastern Phenomenon.

Jakub Novotný

Jakub Novotný

Jakub Novotný is an artist, graphic designer, graduate of Middle Eastern studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of ZČU and a long-time skater. In addition to running the Knedlo Zelo Wear clothing brand full-time, he teaches skateboarding and dramaturges cultural and skateboard events, especially as part of the Transforma festival in Tábor.

In the past, he has volunteered with 7Hills Skatepark, Make Life Skate Life and SkatePal. During 2014 - 2019, he regularly visited Jordan and Morocco for ethnographic research on local skateboard communities. He is now putting his experience in social work, cultural production and skateboarding and his contacts with the global skate community to full use as a curator Skateholders project. The latter is a platform for connecting skateboarding with urbanism, art and educational activities and operates within the programme České Budějovice - European Capital of Culture 2028.

Anna Řehořová

Anna Řehořová

Student of Czech and English at the Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She is also active in the Academic Senate and was recently elected by the student curia to the position of Deputy Ombudsman. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports or volunteering, for example for Pilsen Pride or the Feminist University Circle, with whom she started recording the podcast Identity.

SAHAR Group

SAHAR Group

Taneční skupina, která se zabývá folklorními tanci Blízkého východu a severní Afriky. Ve svém repertoáru má nejen tanec Dabke, ale i další tance egyptské, marocké, alžírské atd. SAHAR Group vystupuje nejen v ČR na různých kulturních událostech a festivalech, ale také v zahraničí. Tančila v Egyptě, Maroku, Kanadě a na podzim 2023 i v Jordánsku.

Skupina úzce spolupracuje s Velvyslanectvím Státu Palestina se kterým společně realizují velmi oblíbené módní přehlídky tradičních palestinských oděvů.

Klára Šubíková

Klára Šubíková

Long time basketball player, participant in amateur badminton tournaments and long distance marches. A graduate of the International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies undergraduate programs at MUNI and a former student of Security Studies and the Department of Middle East Studies at CU.

She runs the South Asia section of the student security portal Security Outlines, where she has contributed to weekly news from the region for nine years and is currently editing articles.

Mayye Zayed

Mayye Zayed

An Egyptian award-winning filmmaker based in Berlin and the founder of Cleo Media for female-driven content production and impact distribution in Alexandria. Since 2010, she has been working as a film director, producer, impact producer, editor and cinematographer. Mayye is a Fulbright scholar who studied cinema and media studies in Wellesley College and Innovations in Documentary in MIT in 2011/2012 in the USA.

She is the recipient of the Getty Images ARRAY grant in 2017 and Film Independent's Global Media Makers Fellowship in 2017 and 2019. She’s also an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Nipkow Program, Good Pitch, Mediterranean Film Institute, Documentary Campus Masterschool, DOX BOX and the American Film Showcase documentary program in USC School of Cinematic Arts. She was also a jury member for film grants for prestigious organisations such as Getty Images and Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund.

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