Posts Categorized: Culture

The art of sitting in Prague

Czech Position Nová Scéna by the landmark Czech national theater promotes ‘loitering’ in Prague, puts on shows with latest outdoor installation Loitering isn’t typically encouraged in city centers nor do authorities often enable loafers by giving them a place to hang around. But like a ray of sunshine in furniture form plunked down in the… Read more »

Trumpting Czech

Opus Osm The Czech National Symphony Orchestra’s Prague Proms is an annual mid-summer music festival, this year (June 21-July 23) featuring a mix of classical, jazz, and choral music. Opus Osm managed to catch a busy Jan Hasenöhrl, founder of St. Blaise’s Bigband as well as of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, for some questions…. Read more »

Jazz Festival Roams Czech Squares

The New York Times Prague’s musical heritage is no secret, but often it is restrained to concert halls and the occasional club. Since 2005, though, the Bohemia Jazz Festival has brought renowned musicians to city squares across the Czech Republic for free open-air concerts. The festival, the brainchild of the Czech-American jazz musician Rudy Linka,… Read more »

Baroque Opera – It’s Fun!

Czech Position Prague Baroque Festival sings up nightly performances of some over-the-top opera along with the world premiere of one by Vivaldi Music as a tool to communicate; contrast as a dramatic element; recreating the music and drama of ancient cultures – all this sounds a bit theoretical, but in fact Baroque opera is just… Read more »

Music Festival Takes to Prague’s Islands

The New York Times The islands of Prague will be pulsating with music and pounding with dancing feet during United Islands, a free international music festival that is held on islands in the Vltava River from June 23 to 25. “United Islands is the biggest musical event in Prague with attendance of about 30,000 people,”… 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 »

The Rebelling Dames make a joyful noise

The Prague Post Concert series at Municipal Library focuses on females The phrase “rebelling dames” evokes a variety of images: Amelia Earhart, Thelma and Louise, or perhaps two elderly ladies sneaking off from the old-age home to joyride the streets in their electric wheelchairs. Some local rebelling dames will soon take over Prague’s Municipal Library,… Read more »

Life and a question on a busy Prague plaza

Czech Position More than a short cut; the gray space behind the National Theater in Prague is coming to life with a sculpture of a naked green man The plaza between the glass-encased New Stage (Nová Scéna) and the National Theater is perhaps best known as a pedestrian short cut — but that is changing…. Read more »

Prague’s Jewish Museum Branching Out

Czech Position Looking to reach more visitors, the Jewish Museum in Prague is presenting modern as well as historical aspects of Jewish life Striving for a more open and contemporary feel the Jewish Museum in Prague has some big plans underway. From music to film to art, organizers say 2011 will be a year of… Read more »