The Czech Republic’s biggest festival of world music, Respect, kicks off in Prague on Saturday. The annual event, now in its 19th year, takes place at Prague's Výstaviště fairgrounds. Among the biggest stars this year will be the Ethiopian legend Mahmoud Ahmed, accompanied by some of his long time musical associates, and a multicultural group Diwa Saz from Israel, who perform ancient music from Central Asia, Turkey, Persia, and the Holy Land.
Music lovers in Prague will be sad to hear the news that the annual Respect ethnic world music festival will not be held at Prague Castle. President Vaclav Klaus announced this week that he no longer wanted to support the music festival. But, the festival will still go ahead this year, Prague City Hall has come to the rescue.