Czech pilot Roman Kramařík has completed a flight around the world in a small Cessna airplane marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Over the course of 46 days, the one-time aerobatic pilot crossed three oceans and three continents, covering over 40,000 kilometres. I met with Mr. Kramařík just a few days after he landed in Prague and I first asked him what made him set out on this adventurous journey:
Palacký University in Olomouc has issued a comic book portraying two
milestone periods in Czech history – the events surrounding the birth of
Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the Soviet-led invasion of the country in 1968.
The comic book, created by university students on the occasion of the country’s 100th birthday,, was presented to the public within this year’s Street Art Festival in Olomouc and copies of it have been sent to schools around the country. It can also be viewed online.
Bořek Lizec, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, has unearthed and preserved remarkable stories of Czech-American friendships and come to believe that, quite possibly, Czechoslovakia would not have gained its independence had it not been for efforts of the people of Chicago and the Midwest. To honour their individual and collective contributions and legacies, he is helping put together centenary celebrations in “the windy city” this autumn requiring two weekends to pack it all in.
President Miloš Zeman and other politicians paid tribute to
Czechoslovakia’s first president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk at his grave in
Lány on Saturday on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of his death.
The Czech head of state also lit the annual ceremonial fire, along with the honorary head of TOP 09 party Karel Schwarzenberg, mayor of Lány Karel Sklenička and a group of voluntary firefighters. Dozens of people attended the traditional event, which was established in 1935.
Masaryk had great merit in bringing about the establishment of an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks after WWI. Dubbed the Father of the Nation, Masaryk was a much loved and respected politician and is revered to this day.
Three new versions of Bedřich Smetana’s opera Libuše are being
performed in the Czech Republic in the near future in connection with next
month’s centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, Novinky.cz
reported on Thursday.
The first of the productions will be performed by the opera of the National Theatre in Brno at the city’s Central European Exhibition Centre on Friday.
The second will premiere at Prague’s National Theatre at the end of next week and the third will get its first airing at the Theatre of North Bohemia in Ústí nad Labem on September 28.
An open-air photo exhibition documenting the history of Czechoslovakia and
later the Czech Republic over the past 100 years has just opened in the
west Bohemian town of Plzen.
The photographs were taken by ctk news agency reporters and document the daily life of citizens as well as milestone moments in the country’s history. They were selected from an archive containing several million photographs.
The exhibition, marking the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, runs until August 19.
As part of this year’s celebrations of the centenary of modern Czech statehood, Czech president Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska undertook a joint ride on a historical train to mark the anniversary of the declaration of independent Czechoslovakia and also to commemorate its first head of the state Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Czech President Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiška will
travel together today in a historic presidential train as part of ongoing
events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of
The heads of state will stop in Hodonín in the Czech Republic where they will place a wreath in honour of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Later in the day, Zeman and Kiška will go to Topoľčianky in neighbouring Slovakia, the site of Masaryk’s favourite summer retreat.