The US singer Jello Biafra nearly missed his appearance at the Rock for People open air festival in Hradec Králové, eastern Bohemia, on Monday, organizers said. Apparently, the 52-year-old punk rock legend arrived at a wrong venue – instead of Hradec Králové, he drove to the town of Český Brod, where the festival was held four years ago. While his current band – The Guantanamo School of Medicine – was already on stage, the rock singer then made another stop at his hotel, and only performed for some 20 minutes at the festival.
The name Pete Best became a synonym for nearly man after he was kicked out of The Beatles before they became the biggest band the world had ever seen. The group’s original drummer is currently in Prague to perform at an exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music entitled Beatlemánie, which features original memorabilia and documents how young people in Czechoslovakia, like their peers elsewhere in the world, were thrilled by the explosion of the Fab Four. On the eve of the show, I discussed The Beatles’ continued popularity with Pete Best.
The opera ensemble of Prague’s National Theatre is preparing for the highlight of the season –the premiere of Leoš Janáček’s Kata Kabanová directed by the avant-garde American stage director Robert Wilson. The management of the national theatre said it was impressed with Wilson’s work with colour and light and hoped that his contribution would bring a new dimension to this Czech classic.
The 6th annual music festival Prague Proms will kick off with a Beatles Night concert on Saturday evening. The month-long string of events in churches, concert halls and jazz clubs will offer visitors a wide range of genres – from jazz and chamber music to opera and film music. The festival will also mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Czech composer Gustav Mahler.
Several hundred people turned out for Friday’s Czech Street Party in Brussels, the Czech event of the year in Belgium. A number of popular bands –including Support Lesbians, Niceland and Bek Ofis provided entertainment while visitors sampled Czech wine and beer and various regional specialties. The street party, now in its fourth year, also serves to promote Czech products and tourist destinations.
This weekend, Prague’s Kampa Island turned into a melting pot of cultures from all over the world, hosting a festival called RefuFest. Now in its fifth year, the festival supports the integration of foreigners, mainly refugees, into Czech society. It offered visitors a rich programme, including music, theatre, film screenings, debates and workshops.
The popular British trip hop band Massive Attack is to perform at Prague’s Tesla Arena on Monday. The group is back just six months after their November concert in the Czech capital, which was hopelessly sold out weeks in advance and received rave reviews. This will be their fourth gig in the Czech Republic.
Illegal recreational drugs have long been a part of the Czech music and dance scene, not least at many of country’s summer festivals. But until now, at least on occasion, NGOs focusing on drugs awareness were able to offer testing of drugs such as ecstasy on site. The aim was to check purity levels to be able to warn users of increased hazards and to make at least some of them think twice. Such initiatives now appear to be at an end: on Wednesday the police’s National Anti-Drug headquarters suggested such testing was not only inappropriate but
Now in its 52nd year, Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival transforms composer Bedřich Smetana’s home town in east Bohemia into a paradise for music lovers. The music festival, which is the country’s second oldest, kicked off on Friday and will run until July 5. What can visitors expect this year?
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