Cooperation, not competition

TEH Meeting 78 
JOHAN Centrum (Pilsen, Czech Republic)
9 – 12 October 2014

With the Czech exclamation “Na Plzeň! Na Plzeň, drazí přátelé!” (For Pilsen! For Pilsen, dear friends!), meaning that we are going for a good beer – namely Pilsner Urquell, of course, we would like to invite you to the next TEH Meeting in Pilsen. We would like to show you around our city, to introduce you to our work and, most of all, to be with you and exchange ideas, not only about how to develop our cultural centres, but also about how to stimulate and inspire fellow cultural activists in other cities and countries.
The motto of this TEH Meeting is “Cooperation, not competition!” because until not so long ago JOHAN Centrum was one of the few independent cultural initiatives in Pilsen. Thanks to the designation of the city as the European Capital of Culture 2015, more and more civil society organisations operating in the cultural field are emerging and we believe that cooperation among us and with public institutions – like the Municipality and the European Capital of Culture 2015 project – is now crucial for sustainable cultural development of the city.

The training programme of this meeting will offer a variety of workshops related to the topics of cooperation and sustainable development of cultural centres: cooperation technologies, creative business models, artist-in-residence programmes, collective architecture, art mapping, collaborations between cultural organisations operating in the same city, etc. The meeting will also provide possibilities to nurture, enhance and develop the cooperation among our centres and with other organisations.

The host centre: JOHAN Centrum

JOHAN Centre was founded in 1998 and is a cultural centre supporting not only alternative culture, but also education. Our work has inspired similar initiatives in Pilsen and during your stay here you will have the chance to get to know them as well as the venues which have been created by the independent cultural community of Pilsen.

In July 2014 the long-awaited renovation of our building – an old train station in the South of the city – is starting and with it a new stage in the history of our centre. Due to this, most of the activities of the meeting will take place in our Drama Centre, a building that we share with other social, cultural and educational organisations in Pilsen.

The City of Pilsen

Pilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. It is a city with a great industrial tradition represented by companies such as Skoda and the Pilsner Urquell brewery. It is also the location of a growing and developing university. According to a great number of experts, Pilsen is the most typically Czech city with all the pros and cons of such a term.

How to get to Pilsen?

For participants coming from surrounding countries Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia (or even Hungary), the train can be a very convenient way to get to Pilsen.

If you travel by plane, the easiest way to get to Pilsen is to flight to Prague. The name of the airport of the city is Václav Havel Airport Prague (Czech: Letiště Václava Havla Praha) and it was formerly named Prague Ruzyně International Airport.

From Prague to Pilsen you can take the bus or the train. In both cases the duration of the trip is of around 60 minutes. More information on how to get to Pilsen will be provided before the meeting.

TEH Meeting 78 program

You can read a draft of the program of the TEH Meeting 78 here.

The training programme is one of the most important elements in TEH Meetings and we are preparing ten workshops around the topics most demanded by TEH members. Further information will be published very soon.

Sunday Excursions on 12 October

Option 1: Plasy Monastery

Founded in the 12th century by Prince Vladislav II, Plasy was burned down by the Hussites in 1421 during the Hussite Wars. In the 18th century renowned architects J.B. Mathey, Jan Blažej Santini Aichel and Kilian Ignác Dientzenhofer transformed it into Baroque style. The former Cistercian monastery of Plasy boasts numerous Baroque ceiling and wall frescoes – even two paintings by Czech master Karel Škréta – as well as a stunning exhibition of pharmacies from three historical periods.

After the tour, we will cook and have lunch together around a bonfire in the surrounding area of the monastery.

Duration: 10.30 – 16.00 (5,5 hours)

Option 2: Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Four years before Pilsner Urquell was invented, 36 barrels of bad beer were discarded in front of Pilsen’s town hall. The following year the decision to build a new brewery was announced and the first light “lager beer” was “born” in Pilsen during 1842. The Pilsner Urquell beer was so different from other brands on the market that it was considered a new kind of beer, simply called “Pilsner” or “Pils.” Nowadays, Pilsner beers make up 70 percent of all the beers around the world.

After tour,  we recommend you to have lunch at Na Spilce Restaurant, which offers traditional Czech cuisine and beer.

Duration: 11.00 – 13.00 (2 hours)


Registration Fees

The regular registration fee is 130€ and the reduced fee for TEH Members and Friends is 90€ (this reduction is only valid until the 31st August; after that date TEH Members and Friends will have to pay the regular fee, so please don’t wait until the last day). These fees include a 5 hours workshop, access to all evening activities and meals from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11.
Please note that due to space limitations in JOHAN’s premises, places are limited. If your organisation plans to send more than two representatives, please contact us ( to confirm availability.

Go to the registration form.

Registration deadlines

The deadline for registration is open until 30 September 2014.

Accommodation in Pilsen

JOHAN Centrum has negotiated a discount for TEH Meeting participants in two hotels which are quite near to the venue where the meeting will take place. Note that registrations will be made directly by the participants and passwords for discount on the bookings will be provided after the registration.
Hotel Victoria
Borska 19, Pilsen 301 00
Tel.: +420 / 377 221 010
Standard price from: 1.150 CZK (aprox. 42€) 1 person / night. Breakfast included.
*Discount for TEH Meeting 78 participants: 
Single room: 900 CZK / night (aprox. 33€). Breakfast included.
Double room: 1.300 CZK / night (aprox. 48€). Breakfast included.
Triple room: 1.800 CZK / night (aprox. 66€). Breakfast included.

Hotel Courtyard by Marriott
Sady 5. kvetna 57, Pilsen 301 00
Standard price from: 1.850 CZK (aprox. 68€) 1 person / night. Breakfast included.
*Discount for TEH Meeting 78 participants:
Single room: 1.650 CZK (aprox. 60€) / night. Breakfast included.
Double room: 1.850 CZK (aprox. 68€) / night. Breakfast included.

TEH Meeting 78 Partners

JOHAN Centrum is partnering with several non-profit organisations and institutions to organise TEH Meeting 78, among them Pilsen European Capital of Culture 2015, the City of Pilsen, the Arts and Theatre Institute, the Waldorf School of Pilsen and Papirna.