Hip Hop Kemp, the largest music festival of the genre in Central and Eastern Europe officially kicks off on Thursday night at the massive open-air site Festivalpark on the outskirts of Hradec Králové. But thousands of fans, including hundreds from abroad, particularly Poland, have already begun descending on the city. Along the way, scores have found themselves caught up in police searches for illegal drugs and contraband.
The biggest public event marking the 50th anniversary of the invasion of Czechoslovakia was a concert that filled Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Tuesday evening. The culmination of the free show came with Marta Kubišová’s rendition of A Prayer for Marta, a song that came to symbolise the 1968 invasion.
Thousands of people attended a concert on Prague’s Wenceslas Square on
Tuesday evening marking the 50th anniversary of the invasion of
Czechoslovakia by Soviet-led Warsaw Pact troops.
The concert, organised by Czech Radio, included greatest hits of the 1960s, performed by Czech and Slovak contemporary singers, such as Aneta Langerová, Tomáš Klus, Jana Kirschner and many others, who were accompanied by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The event culminated with a special video-mapping projection on the National Museum building, which is located on the top of Wenceslas Square.
One of the best-known Czech music DJs, DJ Loutka, has died at the age of
51. The death of the dance music scene stalwart, whose real name was Michal
Maudr, was confirmed by a representative of Prague’s Roxy club, a venue
where he performed regularly.
DJ Loutka began his career at Bunkr, which was one of the leading Prague clubs in the early 1990s. The tabloid news site Blesk reported that he had committed suicide.
Ninety years ago to this day, on the 12th of August, 1928, Leoš Janáček, one of the most significant Czech composers, died in a hospital in Ostrava. He was brought there from his native Hukvaldy in North Moravia, where he was spending his holidays. The native region was a major inspiration for Janáček. He was interested not only in folk songs, but he also heard musical motives in the melody of the local dialect.
Summer is here with a vengeance, temperatures are hitting 37 degrees Celsius in the Czech Republic and holiday makers are heading for the country’s lakes and rivers or high up in the mountains to cool down. This week’s Sunday Music show presents some of the best-loved summer pop music hits reflecting the lazy, relaxed atmosphere of long summer days in the countryside.
Eight musicians and groups are set to compete in the inaugural edition of
the “Sound of Silent Movies” competition in Prague’s Žižkov
district, which starts on Thursday evening and runs through September 14th.
Audiences will select the winner, based on the best improvisions accompanying silent classics such as Modern Times with Charlie Chaplin and the original King Kong from 1933 starring Fay Wray, as well as Czech cartoons featuring the beloved ant Ferda Mravenec.
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