From May until December this year, the Czech Republic will be showcasing Czech culture at a festival called Bohemia Magica in France. The festival includes a long series of cultural events promoting Czech film, literature, theatre, music and art. In a couple of weeks the French public was expecting to see an exhibition of a priceless collection of art - the Vincenc Kramar Collection, which includes 17 Pablo Picasso paintings. But it seems visitors to the Czech Season in France will be denied a glimpse of the artwork. The owner of the collection,
This Tuesday saw the 11th annual awarding of the prestigious "Excellent Product of the Year Award", a prize which recognises, as well as promotes, excellence and innovation in Czech design on both the professional and student levels. Out of this year's 172 entries, 11 designs received the Excellent Design award, while one entry was given the National Prize. My colleague Jan Velinger attended the award ceremony:
The Lower House of Parliament has approved an amendment to the penal code which, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Havel, could mean up to eight years in jail for spray-painters who scrawl graffiti on historic buildings. This problem has been escalating and represents a real threat to medieval sites and buildings, many of them protected by the United Nations heritage organization, UNESCO. has been looking into the issue.