Among the summer events taking place in the country's many castles and chateaux is the annual Scottish Highland Games Czech Open at Sychrov Castle, north of Prague. The event has a four year tradition and is attended by around 8 thousand people every summer. It is due to take place this Saturday -ie. August 21st - and Radio Prague called the chief organizer Vasek Rout to tell us what visitors can expect:
It's not too late to attend a 16 th century ball! If you are on a diet give your snack to an elephant - the Prague Zoo has a new sponsorship programme. And, the Prague 5 district shocks its inhabitants with a controversial new billboard showing a dog poohing alongside its master - what's it all about? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Even if it's art -what's it doing parked here? The Prague police give one of the art exhibits on Wenceslas Square the Canadian boot and a huge parking fine! EU membership gives ballooning a boost and an eleven year old king rides through his village - traditions are still very much alive in some parts of the country. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
There's a lot of singing and dancing in the streets of the Czech capital these days in addition to the Khamoro Festival of Romany Culture and Music, there's another outdoor festival underway - the multi-ethnic folklore festival -which is a colourful display of the songs, dances and traditional dresses of 14 nations, among them India, Greece, Senagal and Cuba.
With EU accession just weeks away, the EC's headquarters in Brussels gets a taste of things Czech - beer, fruit dumplings and films - as well as a crash course in Czech for free! Birds of a feather flock together -and they are all flocking to the Jihlava Zoo for the annual human-bird jamboree! And, the garbage truck that smells of Chanel. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
Folk songs from Eastern Europe were a strong inspiration for the great composers Leos Janacek and Bela Bartok. Both of them travelled through the countryside - Janacek in the Slovak-Moravian borderland, Bartok in Transylvania - and recorded village singers using wax cylinders - the only equipment available at the time. The material they collected is still much sought after.
A wide variety of stories jostle for attention on Monday's front pages. There is coverage of tragedies at home and abroad: a deadly fire at a disco in east Moravia that killed a seventeen year old girl and injured 61 young people, the train collision in Switzerland in which a young Czech woman lost her life and Sunday's rocket attacks on the al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad, in which at least one Czech national is reported injured.
A popular folklore tradition known as 'Hody' takes place around this time in October in many rural areas of the Czech Republic. It's a festival that marks the end of the harvest. People dawn traditional costumes while singing and dancing well into the early hours of the morning. As Martin Hrobsky reports, this festival is not only popular in the Czech Republic.
The town of Kyjov, Moravia, celebrates the traditions of the surrounding region of Moravian Slovakia every four years with a folk festival. Thousands of people flocked to the town from August 14 - 17 to watch traditional folk bands perform, dress in colourful embroidered costumes, and enjoy what is called the King's Ride. Dita Asiedu tells us more about the festival:
For the fifteenth time, the Tanec Praha festival is back in full swing in the Czech capital, featuring foreign dance companies from eight countries and numerous choreographies from local dancers. In the space of eleven days, Czechs will be able to see the best of the best in contemporary dance not just in Prague but also in the Moravian city of Brno and the Bohemian town of Most. And, for the first time in its history, the festival is accompanied by a projection of dance movies at the French Institute in Prague.