The US duo Dálava, consisting of vocalist Julia Úlehla and guitarist Aram Bajakian, explores traditional Moravian folk songs collected by Úlehla’s great-grandfather, blending them with more contemporary, indie-rock sound. We are going to listen to their second album, called the Book of Transfigurations, which was released in April 2017.
A record 20,000 people visited the annual Brutal Assault heavy metal festival, which takes place at an old army fortress known as Josefov, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. The 21st edition of the festival, one of the biggest events of its kinds in Europe, got underway on Thursday and featured around 110 acts including Czech black metal band Master’s Hammer.
The 2017 Prague Pride LGBT festival, a week-long event celebrating sexual diversity, culminated on Saturday with a traditional carnival parade through the city centre. Several thousand people took part in the procession, which set off from Wenceslas Square and ended at Prague’s Letná plain, where a concert is held. Around two hundred people took part in a march in support of the “traditional family” model organized by Christian Democrat opponents of Prague Pride.
Barrel organ players from around Europe descended on Prague this week for their annual gathering in celebration of the historical instrument and street music. The event called “The Barrel Organ Lives!” brought a unique atmosphere to Prague’s Lesser Town which provided a perfect backdrop for the open-air public concerts that took place here.
Brutal Assault is one of the best-known festivals of heavy or extreme music in the Czech Republic – from black metal to hardcore punk. Every year, it takes place within the grounds of an 18th century fortress known as Josefov at the town of Jaroměř, near the Polish border. In fact it is on right now, with some 20,000 people attending this week to see more than 100 bands. In the past, bands like Motörhead performed there.
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