Thanks to his Honest Guide videos, Janek Rubeš is THE face of Prague for many people around the world. The Honest Guide shows warn visitors about all kinds of scams in the Czech capital – but also reflect their presenter’s clear love of the city. Our tour of “Janek Rubeš’s Prague” begins on a bench by the park in the picturesque Kampa district.
A new exhibition entitled ‘Fear of the Unknown’, previously shown in an earlier inception in Bratislava, opened this week at Prague’s National Technical Library, focussing on the plight of refugees and the discourse surrounding the migrant crisis. The discussion is one which has been highly-politicised and exploited not only by fringe politicians but sadly even by the political mainstream. One of the exhibition’s main aims is thus to show that hate and xenophobia are never the answer – and many of the installations make the point very effectively.
Prague Police have admitted error on the part of officers who responded to an attack by a 33-year-old woman against a stranger in a café restroom; according to a statement by police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulová, officers failed to assess the seriousness of the situation and to relay important information about the attack to doctors at a psychiatric clinic where the suspect was taken. The woman was released not long after and later fatally stabed a person at a Prague shopping mall. The General Inspection of the Security Forces is investigating how the initial incident was handled by responding officers.
Conservationists will not approve the plan of Prague district 5 to install a giant wheel on the embankment of the Vltava River, the head of the Prague City Hall Heritage Department Jiří Skalický told the Czech News Agency on Wednesday. Prague 5 councillors plan to install a 60 metre wheel by the river in the Smíchov district and have already signed a deal with the investor to rent the proposed site. However, as part of the UNESCO world heritage list, Prague needs to get approval from conservationist to install such a huge construction in the city centre.
The Prague 5 district authority is due to sign a contract with an investor in the coming days who will build a big wheel on the banks of the Vltava River, the local deputy mayor Martin Slabý told journalists on Tuesday. Some locals are opposed to the construction of the 60-metre Ferris wheel, as are opposition councillors and the City of Prague.
A freshly launched online campaign aims to curb trolling on the Czech internet. Actual comments – including those wishing all kinds of deaths on gays, Muslims and members of other minorities – are superimposed on photos of 40 or so targets of such venom in the campaign We’re all in this together, which has caused quite a stir. The person behind it is Lukáš Houdek, from the government’s Hate Free Culture project.