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John Connolly - on crime writing and his latest novel The Black Angel - partly set in the Czech Rep

04-10-2005 13:38 | Jan Velinger

John Connolly John Connolly is the bestselling author of Nocturnes - a collection of macabre short stories, and the Charlie Parker novels that have successfully blended mystery with the supernatural. Over five books - beginning with Every Dead Thing - Connolly's main character, private eye Charlie Parker, has found himself in some pretty sticky situations. In Connolly's latest, The Black Angel, the character even visits the Czech Republic to learn more about the origins of a famous bone chapel. The author, who is Irish, spent a great deal of time in this country, coming back many times over the years. When I met John here recently the first thing I asked him about was Prague.  More

Encore: Finding an answer to Dvorak's "Question"

02-10-2005 | Patricia Goodson, David Vaughan

A new CD brings Dvorak's piano compositions to a broader audience; the Smetana Trio revives Novak's Trio in D minor, and a historic Prague Spring recording is available at last.   More

Two leftfield classical music festivals get underway in Prague

30-09-2005 13:26 | Coilin O'Connor

Photo: www.strunypodzimu.cz In this week's Arts, we look at two slightly offbeat classical music festivals: the wonderfully eclectic Strings of Autumn event, which is celebrating its tenth aniversary, and Prague's International Chamber Music Festival, which promotes an often-neglected side of classical music.   More

Joyce Pritchard: visit to ancestral Czech villages in Romania "the trip of a lifetime"

28-09-2005 | Ian Willoughby

In today's special programme we meet Joyce Pritchard, an American woman who recently went back to her roots, when she visited the isolated Czech villages in Romania from which her great-grandparents emigrated a century ago. She and 14 other Americans of Czech-Romanian descent met long-lost relatives and experienced old Czech customs in a region somewhat left behind by the modern world. It was, says Joyce Pritchard, the trip of a lifetime.   More

Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist" premieres in Prague

27-09-2005 14:33 | Rob Cameron

Oliver Twist One of the world's most famous film directors, Roman Polanski, was in Prague this weekend to attend the premiere of his latest movie Oliver Twist, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel of life on the streets of Victorian London. Oliver Twist is the latest major movie to be filmed in Prague, mostly at the city's Barrandov studios. So is it any good? Theo Schwinke, editorial director of Monitor CE, publishers of the Prague Daily Monitor, was at the premiere.   More

Something Like Happiness clinches Best Film award at San Sebastian

26-09-2005 15:32 | Rob Cameron

Bohdan Slama with the Best Film award at the prestigious San Sebastian film festival, photo: CTK "Something Like Happiness", a new film by Czech director Bohdan Slama, won its first major success on the international stage at the weekend, clinching the Best Film award at the prestigious San Sebastian film festival. To add to the film's success, Ana Geislerova won Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman suffering from severe mental problems in the film, about ordinary people trying to survive the trials and tribulations of life. Tomas Baldynsky is a film critic for the magazine Reflex.   More

Daria In and Out - the life of a Czech prima ballerina presented both on and off-stage

15-06-2005 14:36 | Dita Asiedu

Daria Klimentova, photo: Petr Nasic Prima ballerina Daria Klimentova is undoubtedly one of the most popular Czech dancers ever, with an impressive career in the Prague National Theatre Ballet, the Cape Ballet Company in Cape Town, the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, and since 1996 the English National Ballet. On Tuesday, an exhibition of 60 photographs opened to the public in the foyer of the Albert Hall that depicts her career both on and off stage.   More

No Eurovision for the Czech Republic?!

23-05-2003 | Dean Vuletic

Many of you are probably familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual contest in which European countries compete for the best pop song. It has been taking place since 1956, and hundreds of millions of people all around the world now tune into it each year. But those hundreds of millions do not include the Czechs.   More

Salvage of Cultural Heritage project continues

06-12-2002 | Alena Škodová

Bedrich Smetana The "Salvage of Cultural Heritage" is a project whose main objective is to seek and preserve significant works by our famous predecessors which are important for our time as well as for future generations. The project includes some of the original scores by great Czech composers from the 19th century, but also the renovation of other cultural sites, such as Charles Bridge in Prague, the Baroque theatre in Cesky Krumlov or the house where Gustav Mahler was born at Kaliste near Humpolec.   More

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