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Current Affairs

Olympic star and 1968 invasion protestor Věra Čáslavská dies

31-08-2016 12:28 | Chris Johnstone

Věra Čáslavská, photo: CTK

Věra Čáslavská, photo: CTK

The sad news was announced on Wednesday that the most successful ever Czech Olympic athlete, Věra Čáslavská, died at the age of 74. She had been battling cancer of the pancreas. The gymnast will be remembered not just for her medals but for her protest against the Soviet bloc invasion of Czechoslovakia at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.  More

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European Heritage Days to open hundreds of cultural and historical sites

31-08-2016 15:26 | Ruth Fraňková

Slavonice, photo: CzechTourism Nearly a thousand cultural and historical sites as well as technical monuments across the Czech Republic will open to the public for free during the European Heritage Days starting this weekend. Over the course of nine days, people will get the chance to see hundreds of sites many of which are not normally accessible to the public.  More

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Where is radio at today and where is it headed? A discussion with the EBU’s Graham Dixon

31-08-2016 16:11 | Ian Willoughby

Graham Dixon, photo: archive of EBU Radio Prague is today celebrating the 80th anniversary of its first, shortwave broadcast. Obviously the medium of radio has changed enormously since 31 August 1936, particularly in recent times with the advent of the internet. To look at where radio is at today, and where it may be headed in the future, I spoke to Graham Dixon, a former managing editor at BBC Radio 3 who is now head of radio at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in Geneva.  More

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One on One

Assassination scene in Anthropoid one of best in movies, says historical adviser Zdeněk Špitálník

29-08-2016 16:23 | Ian Willoughby

'Anthropoid', photo: LD Entertainment Czech viewers will finally get the chance to see Anthropoid at the end of September, when the much-anticipated movie hits cinemas around the country. Exploring the daring operation to assassinate Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942, the film was directed and co-written by Englishman Sean Ellis. However, Anthropoid had considerable Czech input, including from Zdeněk Špitálník of Prague’s Military History Institute, who served as historical adviser on the movie.  More

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Czechoslovakia and India through the archives

27-08-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Karel Čapek and František Křižík, photo: archive of Czech Radio In this, the last programme in our series to mark Radio Prague’s 80th birthday, we travel eastwards looking at links between India and Czechoslovakia both before and after the Second World War as captured in our archives. In the 1920s and 30s cultural links were strong, despite the huge differences and distance between the two countries, and many of these links survived even in the time of the Cold War.  More

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Travel Tip

Mělník - delightfuly quirky

27-08-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Mělník châteaux, photo: Magdalena Kašubová Mělník is a small town just 30 kilometers north of Prague, situated at the point where the Vltava flows into the mighty Elbe river. It’s the kind of place a visitor can easily pass through without actually seeing – or get the wrong impression from a mere cursory glance.  More

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Roma-inspired fashion line helps fight prejudice and social exclusion

25-08-2016 15:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Official Facebook page of Gypsy MaMa The Gypsy MaMa fashion brand is the work of a Czech NGO which has been very active in helping to improve the living conditions of several thousand Romanies living in one of the country’s biggest socially excluded areas known as the Brno “Bronx”. Gypsy MaMa was established to help young Romanies get a foothold on the labour market by harnessing their creative potential and giving them work experience. More

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Gone with the wind: study suggests possible jobs bonanza from power plants

31-08-2016 14:40 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Eva Odstrčilová Up to 5,600 people could be employed in the Czech wind energy sector by the year 2050, according to a study by the Seven consultancy. According to the daily, which published the results of the study, that prediction could be fulfilled if the state...  More

TV blockbuster setback following Barrandov fire

30-08-2016 15:12 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: CTK A fire at Prague’s Barrandov film studios has destroyed the set for a blockbuster television series around the Knights Templar in the 14th century which was set to pump over a billion crowns into the local economy. Shooting of Knightfall, a ten part...  More

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In Focus

Snail poo paper and other innovations provide inspiration at Prague materials library

30-08-2016 15:59 | Ruth Fraňková

Library of Materials, photo: Veronika Ruppert Snail poo paper, glowing fibre or fabrics made of metal: these are just some of the hundreds of material samples that can be found in the Library of Materials, located at Prague’s district of Břevnov. The aim of MatériO is to serve as an inspiration...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Folk band Asonance brings English, Scottish and Irish ballads to Czech audiences

28-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Asonance, photo: official website of Asonance During the summer season the country’s castles and chateaux resound with live music as a backdrop to the fencing, dancing, food tasting and hand-craft events that take place there. In addition to medieval music the atmosphere of these historic sites...  More

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27-08-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Illustrative photo: Ahunt, Public Domain In Magazine: Czech helicopter pilot stops at a petrol station in Slovakia to fill up, a locksmith builds his own ultra-light plane in order to be able to fly to work daily, two Czechs on a twin bike crash a Mercedes in Slovakia, some Zlín employees are...  More

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LIMBO – THE production to see at this year’s Letní Letná festival

26-08-2016 15:51 | Jan Velinger

LIMBO, photo: archive of the festival The Letní Letná festival of New Circus is back and well underway in the Czech capital. One of the headlining acts this year is LIMBO, a production which has gotten rave reviews, was reportedly seen by Madonna (twice) and, not surprisingly, has sold...  More

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Cycling in Czech Republic viewed as sport rather than means of transport, says Homeport founder

24-08-2016 15:37 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Homeport The Prague-based company Homeport, which is operating successful bike sharing schemes all around the world, including Great Britain, France or Saudi Arabia, is planning to launch its services in Prague. The company wants to take part in a public tender...  More

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