The renowned Czech film and theatre director Petr Weigl, who achieved fame
with his opera adaptions, has died at the age of 79 years.
Mr. Weigl directed opera and ballet performances in Czech theatres as well as abroad and created a number of short and feature films for the Czech and Slovak Television, as well as for German public channel ARD and ZDF, British channels BBC and Channel 4.
Among his best-known works are the poetic film drama Radúz and Mahulena, starring Jan Tříska and Magda Vašáryová or a 1977 film version of Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka.
An annual festival of street art called Za Dveřmi or Behind the Door gets under way at Prague's Výstaviště exhibition grounds on Monday. Over the next four days, visitors can see over 40 performances by world and Czech troups, including DJuggledy, a performer, juggler and showman from Berlin. The tenth edition of the festival will kick off with a performance by Spanish stret theatre company Kamchatka.
Temperatures over the next four weeks should not fall below average for the
time of year, with daytime highs hovering around 25 degrees Celsius,
according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech
The coming week should see temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius. Rain and storms are also expected but precipitation for the whole four-week period should be below the long-term average.
Czech rower Ondřej Synek took the bronze medal at the World Rowing Cup in
Switzerland’s Lucerne on Sunday. The Czech World Champion came third in
the men’s single skull event, finishing behind Robert Manson of New
Zealand and Oliver Zeidler of Germany.
Jakub Podrazil and Lukáš Helešic finished third in the men’s pair event and currently occupy the first place in the World Cup rankings.
The Czech Republic will not accept any illegal migrants, Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš told the Czech News Agency on Sunday in reaction to Italy’s
appeal to the EU for help with taking in African migrants.
Mr Babiš pointed out that the EU agreement on migration was based on a voluntary basis. He said taking in more migrants was not a solution, and would only increase Europe’s problem.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has appealed to EU countries to take in some of the 450 migrants rescued from an overcrowded ship in the Mediterranean on Saturday. France and Malta have already agreed to host 50 people each and other EU members states will also take some of the asylum seekers.
Czech scientists urge politicians to step up their efforts in dealing with
water management and drought. In an open letter addressed to Czech
political leadership, scientists from the Czech limnological society have
called for improving the country’s water management policy, that would
take into account landscape as a whole.
According to the head of the society, Martin Rulík from Palacký University in Olomouc, insufficient care of the landscape results in wiping out of forests, degradation of agriculture land and the heating of cities.
The Czech pair Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková have won the
women's doubles final at Wimbledon, defeating Czech-US duo Květa
Peschkeová and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 4-6 and 6-0.
They are only the second ever Czech female doubles pairing to take a trophy at Wimbledon, following Jana Novotná and Helena Suková who won in 1989 and 1990.
Krejčíková and Siniaková, who are both 22, have also won the women’s doubles title at this year’s French Open in Paris.
General Secretary of the OECD, Ángel Gurría, is set to arrive in Prague
on Sunday. Mr Gurría will present the organisation’s regular economic
survey and the environmental performance review of the Czech Republic.
OECD’s Secretary General is scheduled to hold meetings with PM Andrej Babiš, as well as with several other high-level officials on Monday. He will also meet with the representatives of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and with the leaders of the unions.
Tomio Okamura was re-elected chairman of the anti-immigrant and anti-EU
Direct Democracy and Freedom Party (SPD) at a party congress on Saturday.
Mr Okamura, who was the only candidate to run for the post, received 150
out of 152 votes. Radim Fiala was re-elected first deputy leader of the
In his opening speech to the party conference on Saturday, Mr Okamura said that the Czech Republic succumbs to dictate from Brussels and Berlin. He also said the country was threatened by totalitarianism spread by NGOs supported by foreign funds.