Communist Party deputy chairman Jiří Dolejš is perhaps not somebody one would expect to be a fan of The Plastic People of the Universe, an underground rock band persecuted in the 1970s and ‘80s by the Communist regime. Some of his followers are angry after Mr. Dolejš posted their photo on his Facebook page and have slammed the group in language reminiscent of pre-1989 propaganda.
The British duo Pet Shop Boys performed to a crowd of 2,000 at Prague’s multi-purpose Forum Karlin on Wednesday as part of their Electric World Tour as well as this year’s Prague Pride Festival – celebrating LGBT culture. The duo performed well-known hits dating back to the 1980s and 1990s as well as material of off their latest album, titled Electric. The opening band was Cartonnage. The Pet Shop Boys have performed in the Czech capital on numerous occasions; they first played Prague in 1991.
A charity concert is to be held on Wednesday to help raise money for the families of the five Czech soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan at the beginning of July. The event, in Prague’s Broadway theatre, will feature some of the country’s lead singers and an auction offering among others Jaromír Jágr’s hockey jersey and Lukáš Konečný’s boxing gloves. Charities have already raised 3.8 million crowns in support of this cause.
Singer Michal Hrůza, who was critically injured in a fight outside an Ostrava bar two weeks ago, is being transported to a clinic in Bohemia for further medical treatment. Hrůza, who suffered serious brain damage and was in a coma for several days, is reportedly making progress and is getting help from a speech therapist. The singer was brutally beaten up by two young men who were engaged in a fight outside the bar which he had just left. When Hrůza tried to stop the fight and called the police the young men turned on him, beat him up and left him lying unconscious in the street.
Some of the best Czech films of the 1960s and 70s, such as Markéta Lazarová, Shop on Main Street, and The Cremator, have one thing in common, besides the country of origin: the author of the score, Zdeněk Liška. Only a few recordings of his music came out independently; most recently, the British label Finders Keepers published his soundtrack of The Little Mermaid. In this edition of Panorama, we look the life and work of this prolific composer, and one of the most versatile artists in the field.
Kdyby tisíc klarinetů, or If a Thousand Clarinets, is a charming 1964 Czech musical film featuring a host of stars of the day, including singers Waldemar Matuška, Karel Gott, Eva Pilarová and Hana Hegerová, the great songwriters and musicians Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr, and actors such as Jana Brejchová, Vlastimil Brodský and (not wearing his director’s cap) Jiří Menzel.
The 13th edition of the annual international music festival Colours of Ostrava kicks off in the eastern city of Ostrava on Thursday. One of the biggest such events in central Europe, the festival’s line-up this year features more than a hundred bands and artists including the singer Robert Plant, the US bands The National and MGMT and as well as a number of Czech performers. The festival, which is held in a former mining and industrial complex in Dolní Vítkovíce, runs until Sunday; some 35,000 people are expected to attend.
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