Monthly Archives: May 2011

Central and Eastern Europe Lag in Innovation

International Herald Tribune In 2010, the European Union introduced the Innovation Union, an economic policy focused on promoting a world-class science base through public-private partnerships and the removal of bottlenecks that prevent ideas from reaching the marketplace. “The only viable road to sustainable growth and jobs is through research and innovation,” Mark English, spokesman for… Read more »

New Twists on Old Crafts

New York Times Being on the cutting edge of technology is one way to win market share; doing traditional, well-loved things supremely well is another. Some companies do both. Plzensky Prazdroj will have been brewing Pilsner Urquell beer for 169 years, come October. “At the time the new brewery was established, they had cutting-edge technology,… Read more »

South Moravia Expands as Information Hot Spot

New York Times One of Central Europe’s fastest-growing regions is South Moravia, centered on the city of Brno, in the Czech Republic. An information technology hot spot for more than a decade, with a focus on investment and innovation, the area is working strategically to bring in businesses and ideas that fit its research-led vision…. Read more »

In Prague, Celebrating the Richness of Romani

The New York Times The rhythmic, pulsating sounds of brass and rich voices, a film premiere and a wedding reconstruction are all part of the festive week of Khamoro in Prague. Now in its 13th year, the Khamoro Festival, which runs from May 22 to 28, aims to show the richness of Romani culture, and… Read more »

Putting people in their place

Czech Position The Street for Art festival aims to bring some public debate — if not the public itself — back to the capital’s underused public spaces Prague has a number of squares and pocket parks — although they are not used as much as similar spaces in Spain and Italy. If the organizers of… Read more »

Abstract street video takes off on plight of bees

Czech Position Swiss video artist Katja Loher displays her work in storefront window to challenge passersby to contemplate global, environmental issues Swiss video artist Katja Loher usually examines the human condition in a globalized world by projecting her videos onto large globes she calls “videoplanets” and onto smaller objects she calls “miniverses,” giving viewers an… Read more »