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Iva Prochazkova - respected author of children's books & books for young adults

10-10-2007 16:55 | Jan Velinger

Iva Prochazkova Iva Prochazkova is one of the Czech Republic's most respected authors of children's books and novels for young adults, a writer who spent much of her career in Austria and Germany before returning to the Czech Republic in the 1990s. The author, recognised both in the Czech Republic as well as abroad, learned last month she would receive this year's Friedrich Gerstacker Award, Germany's oldest prize for youth literature. She receives the prize for her book Tanec Trosecniku (translatable as Dance of the Castaways or Castaways' Dance), a fantastical story of a young Roma boy who survives an usual and deadly pandemic spread by the media. That book as well as key moments in Iva Prochazkova's career are the subject of this edition of Czechs Today.   More

Pioneering environmental film festival celebrates its 33rd year

09-10-2007 16:05 | Rosie Johnston

The Ekofilm festival is less about red carpets - and more about green politics than anything else. It was the first environment-focused film festival in Europe when it was set up back in 1974. This Monday, it got underway for the 33rd time, in the Southern Bohemian towns of Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov. And this year it's bigger than ever before - on the programme are concerts, seminars and an international film competition, all with a decidedly green twist. One of the institutions behind the festival is the Czech Environment Ministry. Jakub Kaspar is a ministry spokesperson, he explains a bit about the history of Ekofilm:  More

Kupka painting sets new auction record

08-10-2007 15:48 | Daniela Lazarová

Elevation IV In May of this year "Abstract composition" - an oil on canvas by the Czech-born abstract artist Frantisek Kupka - fetched a record price at auction 13.4 million crowns (over 642,000 US dollars). That record has now been broken - not surprisingly by another of Kupka's works.   More

Arnost Lustig: Love in the proximity of death

07-10-2007 | David Vaughan

Arnost Lustig Czech Books comes today from the Cafe Union in Prague's Nusle district, where I'm joined by one of the Czech Republic's most honoured and widely read novelists. Arnost Lustig, born in 1926, was sixteen when he was sent to the Terezin ghetto during the war, and went on to survive Auschwitz. After the war he worked as a journalist, and went on to become a novelist of international reputation. He is still very active as a writer, with all his work strongly influenced by his experiences of the Second World War. His recent novels, "Lovely Green Eyes", "Waiting for Leah" and "Fire on Water" have all been received with critical acclaim, especially in the United States and Britain. They will be the focus of our discussion today.   More

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07-10-2007 | Pavla Horáková

Once again a month has passed and it's time to reveal the identity of our September mystery Czech and announce the names of four of you who will receive small prizes from Radio Prague. Listeners quoted: Teodor Shepertycki, Keith A. Simmonds, Pier Carlo Acchino, Harold Yeglin, Helmut Matt, Colin Law, Charles Konecny, David Eldridge, Christine Takaguchi-Coates.   More

'Extinct churches - living music': exhibition brings to life Prague'sreligious past

05-10-2007 16:16 | Joshua Singer

Czech Museum of Music Prague is full of old and beautiful churches, often crouching between hubbubs of modern social activity. Many regularly play host to concerts, maintaining through music a sense of continuity of past and present. But what about the city's many once significant churches that now are disused, or whose foundations lie beneath the trappings of the modern era? Well now a new exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music in Prague is using the same musical medium to resurrect the atmosphere of the city's bygone centres of worship. And the location couldn't be more fitting.   More

The converted warehouse offering Prague's artists a home

04-10-2007 16:22 | Rosie Johnston

'Lost Innocence', photo: CTK A galaxy of stars from the Czech art world met this week to open 'Ztracena nevinnost' ('Lost Innocence') - an exhibition showcasing three generations of Czech artists side by side. But it wasn't held at the National Gallery - the event took place in a somewhat less refined setting. 'Ztracena nevinnost' marks the opening of the Meet Factory, an old warehouse skirting the railway in Prague's rough and ready Lihovar district. As well as providing a space for exhibitions, the Meet Factory serves as a concert venue, cinema, and artists' residence.   More

7th annual Mind Sports Olympiad sees introduction of new Czech titles

01-10-2007 17:54 | Jan Velinger

Tyrsuv Dum It has become something of a tradition every autumn for game lovers in Prague to match wits in at the annual Mind Sports Olympiad. The event, which draws hundreds of players, is held at Tyrsuv Dum, a stately palace in the city's Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter). This year visitors will even have the chance to try a number of new Czech releases.  More

Discord at the Prague Autumn Music Festival

30-09-2007 | Daniela Lazarová

Prague is very much a centre of culture and proud of the fact that its classical music festivals attract music lovers from around the world. The Prague Spring Music Festival is a highly prestigious international music event and the more recently established Prague Autumn Festival has likewise gained an excellent reputation. Usually concert goers leave with lasting impressions - and come back for more. But occasionally a note of discord creeps in.   More

First Chinese cultural centre in Czech Republic opens in Olomouc

27-09-2007 14:46 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: CTK As China's economy goes from strength to strength, the country is also making great efforts to promote its language and culture across the world. In just three years, China has opened branches of its Confucius Institute in over 70 countries around the world. The first Confucius Institute in the Czech Republic was opened on Wednesday at Palacky University in Olomouc. I spoke to the head of the centre David Uher and started by asking him whether it was the university's own initiative or whether it was the Chinese who approached them.   More

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