Czech Position launched in December 2010 with the lofty goal of becoming the world’s daily English-language source for Czech political, business and cultural news, by offering a mix of breaking news reports, feature articles, analysis and investigative reporting. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
The Czech Archaeological Society (ČSP) has announced the discovery of the remains of houses dating back more than 7,500 years in the Prague district of Bubeneč, along with a burial site there that is about half as old.
Already in the 1990s, Prague had become a famous – or perhaps infamous — destination for stag parties and sex tourists. Today, the side streets of Wenceslas Square are riddled with bordellos catering to straight and gay men alike. But while sex clubs continue to do a brisk business largely thanks to the tourist trade, prostitution has steadily moved into the living rooms of private residential apartments, to cater to Czech clients.
Director Bohdan Sláma digs deep into family relationships and the importance of upbringing in his new film ‘Four Suns’ – the first Czech film ever to compete at the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
Currently, sex education is taught in Czech schools along with a few related subjects, such as biology. A small but influential advocacy group, the Committee for the Defense of Parental Rights (VORP), which helped stop the country’s first-ever guidebook on the subject from being part of the national curriculum, argued before the Senate on Tuesday that there can be no “uniform approach” to teaching children the facts of life.
While arguments still rage in his homeland about how best to honor the memory of Václav Havel, French capital Paris has announced that a library will be named after the former Czechoslovak and Czech president. Havel, a writer and dissident against the communist regime who led the peaceful revolution that toppled it in 1989 and went on to become head of state, died aged 75 on December 18.
The Czech Republic’s ‘first private art academy’ — the brainchild of conceptual artist Evžen Šimera and Ondřej Brody, half of the “conceptual neo-dadaistic artistic couple” Brody and [Kristofer] Paetau — is to open early this year. The artist want to apply their iconoclastic and contrarian tendencies to the teaching of art at Scholastika, to be housed within an iconic building, already home to renowned artists and designers like Maxim Velčovský and Umělec magazine.
Lawyers for embattled ex-Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi have put Hollywood stars and footballers on their list of witnesses who may be called to help defend the 75-year-old against allegations of having solicited paid sex from minors and abuse of public office. But despite featuring in a famous nude photos at Berlusconi’s Sardinian villa, Mirek Topolánek is not expected to join the celebrity witnesses for the defense.
Czech MP Kateřina Klasnová (VV) came up with a novel way of getting the full attention of councilors from the Prague 1 district at a recent meeting. Convinced a company renting city-owned property is not only operating a gay sauna and gym but also offering sexual services, she got her message across by projecting shots of in flagrante delicto gay sex (albeit with the naughty bits censored).
The 12th queer film festival Mezipatra 2011 is underway in Prague following its initial week in Brno with a diverse program ranging from cutting edge work to some fairly well-known Hollywood hits. With directors Todd Haynes and Tom Kalin as guests, it will present a marker of how far New Queer Cinema has come over the past two decades.