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Czech theatrical legend Jiří Suchý turns 80

03-10-2011 16:15 | Pavla Horáková

Jiří Suchý, photo: Alžběta Švarcová The popular Czech actor, singer, songwriter, playwright, painter, screenwriter and director Jiří Suchý turned 80 on Saturday. In top form, the living legend of Czech theatre received standing ovations at a special concert he held to celebrate his birthday at Prague’s Semafor theatre.  More

Singer and songwriter James Harries

02-10-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

James Harries In this edition of our Sunday Music Show we talk to singer, songwriter and guitarist James Harries, a Manchester native who has lived and worked in the Czech Republic for the last 13 years. His sixth and latest album, Growing Pains, is only one of the many interesting projects he is involved in.  More

Tax breaks threaten Czech film industry

01-10-2011 02:01 | Peter Smith

Radio Prague is introducing Screen Czech - a monthly show devoted to film and TV production here in the Czech Republic. Over the next few months Peter Smith will be bringing you news about the industry and interviews with the people most closely involved, both Czech and foreigners coming here to work. There will also be a run down of all the latest Czech movie news coming up. The first edition of Screen Czech deals with a controversial issue that threatens to derail foreign investment in the movie and TV industry here in the Czech Republic. Tax.  More

Edith Pargeter: an English novelist in Prague

01-10-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan

Edith Pargeter This week would have been the 98th birthday of Edith Pargeter, an English writer who translated many of the Czech classics. You may well have come across her under the penname Ellis Peters that she adopted for much of her fiction. Under this alias she created two of the most famous fictional detectives in twentieth century crime writing, Sergeant George Felse, and the medieval monastic sleuth Brother Cadfael. In Czech Books this week, David Vaughan explores Edith Pargeter’s special relationship to Czechoslovakia.  More

Photographer Jiří Jírů on life behind the Iron Curtain, exile and ‘Photostroika’

30-09-2011 16:12 | Rosie Johnston

Photo: Jiří Jírů Jiří Jírů developed a love for photography from his uncle, the avant-garde Czech photographer Václav Jírů, before studying the discipline in Brussels and working for US publications such as Time and Newsweek. In the course of his career, Jiří Jírů has snapped celebrities ranging from the Bee Gees to Queen Elizabeth II, and spent almost a decade working as President Václav Havel’s official photographer. Jírů divides his time between Prague and Brussels, which is where he found himself on August 21, 1968:  More

A tale of two brothers, and the building of a nation

28-09-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

Statue of Saint Václav For the occasion of September 28, I’m here at a place that some people actually call the real centre of the Czech Republic. Not the geographic centre to be sure, but certainly the focal point for much of the Czech Republic’s rocky modern-day history. It’s a statue of a man on a horse (which people call ‘the horse’ when they arrange one of the hundreds of meetings that take place here each day). But it’s of course the man on the horse that has overseen everything over the last hundred years from the declaration of Czechoslovak independence to the various political demonstrations that gravitate here today. Above me is of course Saint Václav, or Wenceslas, from which the surrounding square takes its name, and his likeness has adorned this place for at least three hundred years, in different incarnations. Legend has it that when worse comes to worst for the Czech lands he will come un-petrified, and ride away to quash their enemies – a disconcerting prophesy when one considers the parades of Nazis and Communists that the statue saw come and go. But even in that, there is a good point to be made: this symbol of Czech statehood is indomitable; the legacy of St. Václav rides on through the ages, now for about the 1,076th year.  More

Egon Erwin Kisch – the Raging Reporter

27-09-2011 12:20 | Jan Richter

One of Prague’s best known German-language authors was Egon Erwin Kisch, who was born in the Czech capital 125 years ago this Thursday. His excellent style and original choice of stories, together with his dramatic life, earned him a reputation of the ‘Raging Reporter’ that is still very much alive today.  More

Christopher Harwood – professor of Czech at Columbia University

26-09-2011 | Ian Willoughby

Christopher Harwood Christopher Harwood is a lecturer in Czech at Columbia University in New York. When I met him at his office on Columbia’s Upper West Side campus, we discussed Czech literature, the difficulties of learning Czech, and how Professor Harwood himself had become good enough at the language to teach it at one of the world’s leading universities.  More

Antonín Dvořák - a personal tribute

25-09-2011 02:01 | Christian Falvey

On this week’s Sunday Music Show we mark the birthday of Antonín Dvořák, who would have 170 candles on his birthday cake this year. Unfortunately he only lived to the age of 63, enjoying a career of about four decades, but he saw the kind of success in his day that few composers could dare to hope for. Today’s show is a personal tribute to one of the greatest masters of Western musical history.  More

A Prague poet “infinitely better known than Shakespeare”

24-09-2011 02:01 | David Vaughan

Elizabeth Jane Weston In Czech Books this week we find out about the life and times of an English-born Renaissance poet who spent nearly all her life in Prague and in her time was more celebrated than Shakespeare. David Vaughan has been exploring the life and work of “Westonia”.   More

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