The former dissident, playwright and one of the first spokesmen of Charter 77 died on December 18, 2011, at the age of 75.

Today takes place the event called Readings from Havel at Prague’s Alfréd ve Dvoře theater, where anyone can stop to read or listen to their favorite passages from Havel’s work.

An extensive exhibition of photographs by Tomki Němec and Bohdan Holomíček, recording important historical events as well as ordinary moments in Václav Havel’s life, is also on at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.

Commemorations have also taken place outside of the Czech Republic. In Kiev a street formerly named after a Soviet revolutionary officially became Václav Havel Boulevard on Thursday, meanwhile in Innsbruck, Austria, a new bell has been named after Havel on Friday.