Brno has been accepted as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network,
which fosters cooperation among cities that support creativity “as a
strategic factor for sustainable urban development”. The Moravian capital
is the second Czech city to make it onto the list, which has just been
expanded to take in 64 new locations.
Brno is included in the UNESCO network as a “creative city of music” while Prague features in its literature category. A total of 180 cities in 72 countries are involved.
The ride-sharing service Uber is back on the road in Brno after the Supreme Court in Olomouc temporarily overturned a ban on its services in the Czech Republic’s second largest city. This is the second time that such a ban has been invalidated by a higher instance court in a protracted battle between Brno’s taxi drivers and Uber.
The high court in Olomouc has provisionally overturned a ban on the use of the taxi application Uber in the Czech Republic’s second city Brno. The ban took effect in July after the city council argued that although it appeared like a regular taxi service, Uber, did not fulfil the licensing and other conditions that other tax drivers were forced to meet. A court still has to give a definite ruling on whether the Uber services can be allowed long term or not.
An exhibition about the famous Tugendhat Villa by Mies van der Rohe is currently on display in the City of Prague Museum. The travelling exhibition on the history of the UNESCO landmark was prepared by the Villa Tugendhat Study and Documentation Centre and has already made 25 stops around the world, including the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, or the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan.
Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, the Social Democratic Party’s
election leader, has slammed party colleague and the mayor of Brno
Bohunice, Milan Hrdlička, for making highly insulting remarks about
migrants in the city council’s news bulletin.
The mayor warned about the threat of an influx of „slugs“ from Spain, Italy and other states who would devastate the country and stop at nothing.
A person who degrades people to slugs and incites racial hatred has no place in the Social Democratic Party, Mr. Zaorálek tweeted.
The authorities in Brno are to go to the Constitutional Court in a bid to
win permission to hold events again on the city’s main square.
Entertainments were banned on náměstí Svobody following a complaint from
a couple who live on the square and said the commotion from such events was
Deputy mayor Richard Mrázek said it was important to maintain order and observe regulations regarding noise levels at night. However, náměstí Svobody is a central square and should serve citizens, he said.
A villa designed by prominent Viennese architect Armand Weiser,
commissioned by Jewish factory owner Fritz Weinberger in the South Moravian
town of Znojmo in the late 1920s, has been recognised by the Czech Culture
Ministry as a cultural heritage site. Armand Weiser was a key proponent of
modern Austrian architecture.
The Weinberger family founded what became a prosperous leather manufacturing company in the 1880s and ran the firm until the German occupation ahead of WWII, when part of Czechoslovakia was replaced by the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Police in Brno are publicising good deeds by local people on their official website, Czech Television reported on Saturday. They began posting such stories two weeks ago and have been adding one a day in a bid to encourage Brno residents to take greater interest in their surroundings. Examples to date include the story of a man who prevented thieves from stealing expensive equipment from a doctor’s surgery and the saving of a squirrel from a car showroom. The police said they had found inspiration in the work of writer Jaroslav Foglar, whose books were intended to inspire young people to socially-minded behavior.
Tuesday is the 30th anniversary of the first race at the Brno Circuit, one of the longest tracks used in the MotoGP series, the world’s top motorcycle racing event. Previously known as the Masaryk Circuit, the five-kilometre track replaced an original street circuit in the Moravian capital that had been used for motor racing events since the 1930s and at its longest measured 31 kilometres.