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The story of a successful Fine Arts studio

23-03-2012 16:03 | Jan Velinger

It was almost two years ago that then-fresh graduate Nina Mainerová set out with a colleague to open a professional architectural studio. But soon after their launch, the bills piled up and they were forced to modify their plans. First, they began offering preparatory classes for students applying to university; then they extended their workshops to include drawing and painting.  More

Party game challenges players to change lousy lifestyles

14-03-2012 16:12 | Jan Velinger

You’ve just had a tough day at work, your family is making more and more demands, you’re smoking and drinking too much and if you’re not careful you could wind up dead. Sound dire? Well certainly – but only in real life. Here, we’re talking about your character in a new Czech game; one where players compete to change their lifestyles or else.  More

Prague’s Výtopna restaurant a hit with families, tourists & train fans

14-03-2012 13:49 | Jan Velinger

Many will remember the joy of getting toy trains as children and watching them zoom down the electric track. Now, somewhat unusually, that innocent excitement can now be relived at a popular Czech restaurant. Located in Brno, Prague and elsewhere, Výtopna is a venue like no other where toy engines – not waiters – deliver drinks to your table. For a country not big on theme-restaurants it has become surprisingly popular: a big hit especially for families with young kids.  More

Amanita Design, independent Czech games developer

02-03-2012 15:51 | Jan Richter

Samorost 1, photo: Amanita Design Amanita Design is a Brno-based, award-winning game development studio whose creations have become a huge hit on the internet. Their games combine elements of the technical world with nature in a way not seen before. Their signature game, Samorost, takes you to a universe composed of rusty parts of old, derelict machines and mossy, gnarled stumps of rotting wood. In this edition of the Arts, we meet the studio’s founder Jakub Dvorský.  More

Vlaada Chvátil – Designer of Through the Ages and Mage Knight

07-01-2012 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Vlaada Chvátil, photo: Czech Television When it comes to game designers you would be hard-pressed to find one more successful in recent years than the Czech Republic’s Vlaada Chvátil. Six years ago, the Brno-based designer made his mark with a civ-building board game called Through the Ages and since he has produced a slew of successes including titles like Space Alert (where players have to cooperate aboard a space vessel in trouble) and his newest game (released by the US company Wizkids) called Mage Knight. It’s a niche hobby but within it the designer has earned international recognition and success.   More

Magazine 2011

31-12-2011 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

In Magazine: a bride spends her wedding night in a drunk tank, Czechs sample cocktails in the form of a snack, a communist councilor turns up the heat with nude pics and finally – the real golden brew -beer containing 24 carat gold.  More

Prague’s Ladronka park offers something for everybody

16-11-2011 13:33 | Pavla Horáková

Ladronka In today’s Spotlight we don’t have to travel too far. Just a forty-five-minute tram ride uphill from the centre of Prague takes us to one of the largest parks in the city. Not long ago, its greenery was untended and the historic building in the middle of it was inhabited by a commune of squatters. But after a recent facelift, Ladronka, as the park is called, now offers something for everybody.  More

Czech pilot repeats pioneer flight

08-11-2011 16:17 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK 2011 marks one hundred years since Jan Kašpar, a Czech aviation pioneer, made the first long-distance flight from a town in East Bohemia, to the famous Chuchle racetrack near Prague. Kašpar covered the 120 kilometres in a retrofitted single-engine monoplane, bought from Louis Bleriot after the Frenchman’s successful flight over the English Channel. Kašpar’s own journey from Pardubice to Chuchle was itself ambitious and when he arrived he was given a heroes’ welcome. This week, in honour of the original deed, the feat was repeated by another Czech pilot, Petr Mára. Radio Prague’s Jan Velinger has the details.  More

Making dreams come true

04-08-2011 17:12 | Daniela Lazarová, Zdenka Kuchyňová

Petr Ondráček, photo: the archive of Petr Ondráček Some people dream of travelling around the world, others want to bring the world to their native village. In this week’s edition of Panorama we meet three Czechs who have all made their dreams come true.  More

There’s no room like the ballroom: Waltzing and other classic dances remain popular among young Czechs

26-02-2011 02:01 | Sarah Borufka

What do teenagers do in their spare time? Cha-cha, fox-trot and waltz might not be the first things to come to mind, but here in the Czech Republic, lessons in ballroom dancing are still an important rite of passage for most adolescents.  More

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