Interview with Jan Plachý, organizer and creator of the EXPATS GAMES
Many foreigners have a problem getting involved, gaining new contacts and experiencing authentic and pleasant moments. We want to change this.
Jan Plachý is the organizer and creator of the EXPATS GAMES idea as well as of the entire event, the largest socio-sports meeting of Czechs and foreigners living in our country. The event will take place on May 25, 2013, on the grounds of the Czech Agricultural University in Prague 6 - Suchdol.
Honza, where do you come from and why did you decide to organize such an event?
Even though I was born in Prague, I spent nearly half my life abroad. So I know first hand what it’s like to live permanently in a foreign country and everything that it entails. I think up and organize many events and in this case the event is a result of my long-term personal conviction that people want something similar and the fact that nobody offers this type of event on the market.
So what is the event’s goal and who is it for?
I had the EXPATS GAMES idea already a few years ago and the goal is clear: help bring the Czech and foreign community closer together and give both sides the opportunity to get to know each other better. We want to offer a diverse multicultural environment to the Czech participants and we want to show the foreign participants Czech traditions and customs, and we want to help them find new contacts, inspiration and possibilities for making their lives in the CR more pleasant.
This event has several partners, including Miss Expat. What actually is Miss Expat and what are we to imagine under this partnership?
Miss Expat is a partner project with a similar idea, i.e., to help foreigners with their integration in the CR and to also point out that beautiful and rich (spiritually) people from various parts of the world live around us. In addition, we should also highlight the social aspect of both projects, which is to help foreigners from lower classes or from national minorities so that their lives in the CR are also fulfilling and full-fledged.
Let’s spend some time talking about the event itself. What can the visitors look forward to?
The daily program will run from 11 AM, which is when the children’s activities will start, along with sports competitions in soccer, football-tennis, tennis, beach volleyball and track and field. In the early afternoon we will offer participants several performances for children and adults. And the program also includes an interactive fairy tale as well as games with jugglers and magicians. Everybody is looking forward to the school soccer tournament, which will start at 3 PM. The rest of the afternoon will be spiced up by activities such as the finals of the CZECH GAMES competition, outdoor yoga, tai chi and traditional performances by representatives of some of the participating countries.
There are many weekend events happening in the country and there is definitely plenty to choose from. What makes your event interesting and unique?
Besides creating a unique multicultural environment, the event is also unique in that it offers activities for the whole family in one day. We want people to have fun and get actively involved in the competitions, tournaments and accompanying activities. Because only satisfied participants will remember the event and come again next year.
One of the main attractions is the CZECH GAMES. What have you prepared for the participants and what do they need to do to participate in the games?
The CZECH GAMES are a fun competition in the style of Fort Boyard, in which teams consisting of 4-6 members will complete challenges at 6 stations. The competitors can look forward to challenges such as the summer biathlon, orienteering on roller skates, a beer quiz as well as a run in traditional Czech costumes. Competitors can register electronically by filling in the form at www.expatsgames.cz.
Do participants also need to register for the other activities?
Registration is necessary only for the sports tournaments, such as soccer, tennis, football-tennis, beach volleyball, track and field and swimming. Of course it’s also possible to register on site, but only if there are still spots available for the specific sport.
Is it possible to only come as a spectator to the event?
We want to offer a good time and activities for everyone, whether they get actively involved in the competitions or whether they watch the activities as a spectator. That is why we have also prepared a diverse daily accompanying program for children as well as adults, along with all-day refreshments and an evening after-party.
In your advertising you mention an evening program consisting of concerts and a fashion show. Is it possible to only come for the evening program?
Yes, the event is divided into a daytime and evening program and it’s possible to take part in both parts or just in the evening one. In the evening we want to give a chance to those who miss our daytime program or those who simply prefer the evening cultural event to also experience the atmosphere of the EXPATS GAMES. Our program also includes two live concerts, and the highlight of the evening will be a fashion show in dresses and swimsuits by the finalists of the Miss Expat competition.
Thank you very much for the interview. More information about the event and program is available at www.expatsgames.cz/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ExpatsGames
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