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Sunday Music Show

Musician, singer, actor Tomáš Klus

21-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Tomáš Klus, photo: Bwin45, CC BY-SA 4.0 International In this week’s Sunday Music we hear work off a of a number of albums by Czech heartthrob, singer, songwriter and actor Tomáš Klus.  More

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Czech Life

Traditional folklore motifs given new form in contemporary fashion

20-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Collection Synek-Kramářová, photo: Zora Vláčilová / Folklor Moderní Slovácko Motifs from traditional Moravian folk dress, known as ‘kroje’, are enjoying new popularity in modern fashion, both casual and higher-end. A number of artists and designers have taken inspiration from folklore and updated motifs for the present-day. They hail largely from parts of Moravia where folklore still plays an important role in the Christian calendar, annual events including historic processions and celebrations such as the wine harvest.  More

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My Prague

My Prague – Piotrek Gawlinski

20-09-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Piotrek Gawlinski, photo: Ian Willoughby Piotrek Gawlinski is a young Polish tour guide who has been happily based in the Czech capital for several years. Indeed, his love of the city inspired him to start Lost and Found in Prague, an excellent photoblog showcasing rare images from the pre-1989 period. We begin our tour of “Piotrek Gawlinski’s Prague” a short distance from his Vršovice home on the terrace of Vinohrady’s Gröbe Villa, known locally as Grebovka.  More

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SoundCzech

Black eyes

20-09-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Esra Su / freeimages Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. This week the music is from an old black and white movie starring comic Vlasta Burian who is presenting his own “Russian” version of Black Eyes –Oči černé.  More

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Arts

How the Velvet Revolution overturned the literary landscape

19-09-2014 16:28 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Writers were at the forefront of the Velvet Revolution. But when the dust settled on the political changes they found a fast changing publishing revolution underway that left some of them sidelined. We look at the changes in the publishing and literary world over the last two decades.  More

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In Focus

Czech expats seek to strengthen language links

16-09-2014 16:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Miloš Turek Czech expats from around the world gathered in Prague last week for a conference on maintaining their native language skills abroad. Czechoslovak exiles who fled the country after the war or after the Soviet-led invasion of 1968, descendants of the old Czech settlers, as well as members of the younger community of Czechs who went abroad to study or work met for a two-day event held in the National Museum building in the centre of Prague to discuss their cultural and linguistic heritage.  More

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One on One

Jirka Mrázek – trading in Communist-era design items with firm Nanovo

15-09-2014 15:15 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Nanovo The company Nanovo trades in classic design items from Czechoslovakia’s Communist era. With a name that translates as ‘again’ or ‘afresh’, Nanovo sells everything from kitschy chandeliers to simple plastic phones to old-fashioned armchairs. Jirka Mrázek is one of two Praguers in their late 20s behind the firm, which since last summer has been operating out of a small warehouse in Vysočany, an old industrial part of the city.  More

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Letter from Prague

Very local radio

13-09-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Photo: Ian Willoughby On the way down the hill from the Roman Catholic graveyard in the small town of Třešť in the Vysočina I was surprised by a short burst of music. It came from a rather inconspicuous loudspeaker on a pole by a terraced house. More

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Business

New legislation to define Czech food products

19-09-2014 16:41 | Jan Richter

Photo: Ambro, FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Czech Agriculture Ministry has announced plans to introduce new legislation which should determine what food products can be labelled as Czech. The ministry believes such legislation would prevent retailers from deceiving consumers, who are increasingly...  More

Business News

19-09-2014 16:15 | Jan Richter

Photo: Tomáš Adamec In Business News this week: Czech central bank predicts labour market improvement; Czech Republic increasingly attractive for international manufacturers; car production up by 11 pct between January and September; railway operator ČD Cargo doubles profit...  More

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Current Affairs

Festival offers different perspective on Czech cities

19-09-2014 15:00 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Jan Krčmář / Zažít město jinak People in Prague will have a unique opportunity to see the city from a completely different perspective this Saturday. Dozens of streets in the capital, as well as other major towns, will be closed to traffic and turned into temporary pedestrian zones,...  More

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Panorama

Czech astronomers create country’s third dark skies reserve in western Bohemia

18-09-2014 15:53 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: CTK As of this week the Czech Republic has a third dark skies reserve in the Manětín region, in western Bohemia. Its opening on Monday attracted amateur astronomers from around the country as well as the mayors of the ten villages located in the area.   More

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Marketplace

Czech companies upbeat about business prospects in Iran

17-09-2014 16:01 | Jan Richter

A Czech business delegation has visited Iran on a fact-finding mission, the first of its kind in recent decades. Some 20 Czech firms, from machinery companies to pharmaceuticals producers, took part in the trip which could herald future closer cooperation...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

15-09-2014 13:18 | Ian Willoughby

Radek Štěpánek, Tomáš Berdych, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs’ great run in Davis Cup ends with semi-finals defeat to France – question marks hang over future involvement of star men Berdych and Štěpánek; Brno-Zlín ice hockey game abandoned after 13 minutes due to fog as Extraliga...  More

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Czech History

“Adventurers Against Their Will” highlights fate of people displaced during WWII

13-09-2014 02:01 | Jan Richter

Photo: archive of Joanie Schirm During the Second World War, millions of people lost their homes, family and friends, and were forced to start new lives elsewhere. The book Adventurers Against Their Will traces several such stories, based on wartime correspondence between a Czech Jewish...  More

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