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Baroque Bohemian Carnevale recreating centuries-old tradition long lost

14-02-2012 16:09 | Rob Cameron

Photo: CTK The annual Bohemian Carnevale got underway this week, and for the next seven days carnival-lovers will have a chance to forget the freezing temperatures in Prague with masked balls, parades and acrobatic performances. The event is an attempt to revive what was a major social event in days gone by – one that attracted big-name celebrities such as Mozart and Casanova.  More

Carp and Carols with the Nightingales

25-12-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan

Slavíčci A few days ago David Vaughan went to meet the Slavíčci – or Nightingales – one of Prague’s best-known children’s choirs. He talked to members of the choir about the rich tradition of Czech Christmas music, about why you might find yourself sharing your bath with a carp in the days before Christmas Eve, and what it’s like to sing beneath the towering Gothic vaults of Saint Vitus’ Cathedral. And, of course, the choir also brings us some of the best loved Czech carols, recorded especially for Radio Prague. That and more, in Radio Prague’s special Christmas Day programme. Happy listening.  More

Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass premieres in Chicago

20-12-2011 17:07 | Rosie Johnston

It has taken more than 200 years for Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass to come to Chicago, but it seems that good things come to those who wait. The Ryba Mass was premiered in the Windy City on Saturday and Rosie Johnston was there.  More

Ride of the Kings added to UNESCO heritage list

28-11-2011 15:37 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK The Czech Republic’s Ride of the Kings – a tradition dating back centuries still practiced in south-eastern Moravia – was added at the weekend to UNESCO’s list recognising intangible cultural heritage. The ride – practiced in just four villages in the Slovácko region – refers to the flight of Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus from Czech King George of Podébrady in the 15th century. Organisers had strived for years to see the tradition recognised and – following UNESCO’s decision – had every reason to celebrate.  More

Easter Special

25-04-2011 02:01 | Coilin O'Connor

Passion Play in Hořice, photo: archive of Lipensko region Radio Prague's special Easter programme focuses on the music of Czech composer and conductor Jaroslav Krček, who has arranged and recorded a number of traditional folk songs pertaining to this time of year as well as a number of his own compositions, which draw heavily on Czech Easter traditions for their inspiration.  More

UNESCO-listed carnival procession draws crowds at open-air museum

22-02-2011 16:41 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Hundreds of people came to see the carnival, or Shrovetide processions at the open-air museum at Veselý Kopec, near Hlinsko in eastern Bohemia, on Saturday. It was the first opportunity to see the centuries-old folk tradition after it was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage.  More

Czech carols from Christmas past and present

24-12-2010 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Photo: Julia Freeman-Woolpert / Stock.XCHNG Christmas is not Christmas without music, and on this occasion we will be sharing with you some of the rich spirit and history of Czech carols, some from Christmas past and some from Christmas present.   More

Grandson of Josef Lada discusses artist’s classic Christmas cards and more

14-12-2010 15:31 | Ian Willoughby

Cards featuring the work of Josef Lada are an integral part of Czech Christmas. Lada is best known internationally for illustrations of the Good Soldier Švejk, but his simply drawn carol singers, snow covered villages and nativity scenes are just as popular in his native country. His grandson, also named Josef Lada, says the artist's images capture something everyone can relate to.  More

New Czech Fables – From the culture of tramping, to children’s toys, to compulsory military service

10-12-2010 14:31 | Jan Velinger

Last week the Czech National Museum launched a new exhibition called New Czech Fables (or New Czech Myths) at the Kinský summer palace, located at the edge of Prague’s Petřín Hill. The show examines urban legends, sayings, social rituals and counter-culture movements in the former Czechoslovakia as well as present-day Czech Republic. In this week’s Arts, Radio Prague takes a closer look.  More

Blacksmith’s craft showcased at West Bohemian international symposium

16-09-2010 11:17 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Michele Morsa The charming and historic West Bohemian town of Bečov nad Teplou has just hosted its third international symposium showcasing the blacksmith’s craft. The two-day event gave the public the chance to get up close and feel the heat of the braziers as a series of top smiths showed that this is very much a craft making a comeback.   More



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