When it comes to architectural discussions in the Czech capital, today it often seems to be a bitter battle of words from preservationists versus developers. While public buildings are most often used as examples of period Prague architecture, there are a number of still-standing and often well-preserved private villas, a few even open to the public. And it turns out, even back in those glory days; battles were still waged over the design of a “modern” building.
One event that has grown massively since its introduction is Prague Museum Night. This year more that 180,000 peopel are expected to check out special programs and events at cultural institutes across the city.
This year, the Prague Fringe Festival goes up to 11 — at least, it is the 11th edition of the alternative theater festival. The festival has 46 shows during its nine-day run, rnging from improv to Shakespeare.
The Czech Republic is one of the least religious countries in the world. Oddly, though, most major cities are filled with churches ranging from historical landmarks to hidden gems. Many are only open to the public a few minutes before or after services, and some not even that much. On Church Night (Noc kostelů), these venues reach out to the general public with music, services and tours.
An extensive and diverse exhibition dedicated to the pioneering American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist John Cage has just begun at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, marking the centenary of his birth and 20th anniversary of his death.
The colors, the dancing and most especially the music is what you’ll take away from any event you attend at this week’s World Roma Festival Khamoro. Organizers hope you’ll remember something else as well. In addition to the Roma music concerts, a fashion show, traditional craft exhibition and theater performances, there will be a two-day international conference on intolerance towards the minority group. It’s this intolerance that first led the founders to begin the festival.
While modernist music has long been part of the repertoire, there remain many brilliant composers whose work is much less widely known. Czech-born Viktor Ullmann is one of these composers and pianist Jeanne Golan is trying to restore the composer to his rightful place while showing the tremendous bravery and artistic vision he and his fellow inmates of Terezín showed in creating art up to the very end.
For the 52nd time already, children and youth will enjoy a week full of films and other activities at the film festival made especially for them at the east Moravian town of Zlín. This year, films and a rich program of activities will focus on Ireland and its culture.
Practically every weekend there is one music festival or another in and around Prague. The two-day Mezi ploty festival stands out because it is held on the grounds of the mental health hospital in Prague's Bohnice district.
Presenting side-by-side the work of two creative types who never met, lived in different countries and expressed themselves through different mediums sounds like the act of a desperate curator. But Two Geniuses now showing at the Gate Gallery cleverly demonstrates the shared world view of Irish artist Francis Bacon and Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal.