Several thousand people gathered in the town of Stara Boleslav on Thursday for the annual pilgrimage of St. Wenceslas dedicated to the patron saint of the Czech nation. An open air mass held outside the church where the prince was murdered by dissenters, among them his brother Boleslav, was served by Bishop Frantisek Lobkowicz. The Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, spoke about St. Wenceslas'legacy. Events in the town include theatre performances, concerts and a traditional St. Wenceslas fair. September 28, the day on which the prince was murdered,is observed as the Day of Czech Statehood and is a public holiday.
The Senate has awarded 16 Czech personalities from the field of science, culture and sport with a medal of merit for making an outstanding contribution in their field of expertise and spreading the good name of the Czech Republic abroad. The awards were handed out on the eve of the Day of Czech Statehood, or St Wenceslas Day, September 28. Among those honoured were cross country skiing champion Květa Jeriová-Pecková, historian Petr Čornej, and oncologist Jitka Abrahámová
The world renowned Czech harpsicord player Zuzana Růžičková has died at
the age of 90. In a career spanning more than half a century she recorded
over 100 albums and was the first harpsichordist to record Bach's
complete works in a collection of 35 CDs.
She taught such prominent musicians as Christopher Hogwood, Ketil Haugsand and Mahan Esfahani.
Růžičková endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed.
The artist received numerous awards including a medal of merit from the president in 2004 and prize for outstanding contribution to Czech and world music.
The American conductor and pianist Dennis Russel Davies is to head the Brno
Philharmonic Orchestra as of next year, the ctk news agency reported.
The seasoned musician has worked with leading European ensembles. He held permanent posts with the Baden-Württemberg State Opera House, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra among others.
The Brno Philharmonic has been without a permanent head for almost two years since the departure of Serbian Alexandar Markovic whose tenure ended in 2015.
Historians from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes have
gained access to several thousand documents from Russian archives relating
to Czech and Slovak soldiers fighting in exile who were interned in Soviet
gulags by the communist regime during WWII.
This is the first time that Moscow has released these sensitive documents for study outside Russian territory. They were acquired by Museum of the Slovak National Uprising which has given Czech historians access to them as well.
According to the head of the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising Stanislav Mičev close to 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks were interned in Russia between 1941 and 1945, among them two generals and 159 lieutenants. Over 4,000 of them never came home.
A Prague court has upheld a six months suspended sentence for the members
of the art group Stohoven.
Three members of the art group were earlier found guilty of disorderly conduct, criminal damage and theft for illicitly removing the presidential flag above Prague Castle and replacing it with a giant pair of red shorts in protest at the policies of President Miloš Zeman.
The state attorney in the case appealed the lower instance court verdict on the grounds that it was too mild. Two of the group members were in court to hear the verdict, the third died in a car accident earlier this year.
An annual event aimed at promoting the country’s brewing traditions has
begun in pubs and restaurants around the Czech Republic. The Days of Czech
Beer campaign, which runs until Sunday, offers drinkers the opportunity to
sample beers from dozens of breweries, including one-off ones created for
It also aims to support drinking draft beers in pubs and so prevent the demise of traditional Czech hostelries, an organiser said.
The minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec, told President Miloš Zeman
that he had no information regarding the Stork’s Nest affair in a meeting
at Prague Castle on Tuesday evening. Mr. Chovanec said he told the
president he had no way of knowing more about the case than Mr. Zeman
himself already knew from the media.
The lower house voted to lift the immunity of ANO chief Andrej Babiš so he can face criminal charges of subsidy abuse in connection with Stork’s Nest, a farm and hotel complex. Mr. Babiš says the allegations are part of a campaign to harm him ahead of next month’s elections.