In this week's Arts, Dita Asiedu looks at how the Terezin Memorial is faring one year after the devastating floods, invites you to a film festival in the town of terezin and an exhibition of photographs in Prague, and reports why Czech President Vaclav Klaus may have to wait longer than expected before moving into his office at Prague Castle:
Prague blue-chips hit a three-year high earlier this week. Meanwhile, the Czech crown fell to its lowest in over a year and a half against the euro. The Czech central bank will most likely change its inflation targeting policy. New Telecommunications Act forces former monopoly Czech Telecom to rent last mile to competitors. Czech Telecom to sell off some assets. The largest Czech coal-burning power station out of operation. Power Utility CEZ eying mulls eastward expansion. Sixteen buildings in Prague's Wenceslas Square are up for sale again.
A new bout of illness for President Klaus makes the front pages today - "President Taken To Hospital" thunders MLADA FRONTA DNES, accompanied by a large colour photo of Mr Klaus kissing his wife. There's also a front-page photo of the presidential couple in PRAVO - there too the story is big news. Only LIDOVE NOVINY and HOSPODARSKE NOVINY take a more sober line - the former giving the story second place after the Greek earthquake, and the latter barely mentioning it.
In the middle of the city, in Prague's Jama Street there is one bar you can visit if you're in the mood for something a little unusual, that is, for climbing up the walls. Confused? Well, let me explain: the so-called Boulder Bar was launched for and by avid rock climbers two years ago with the aim of providing practice space for beginners and experts to hone their climbing skills. Fancy moves, hanging from various knobs, pegs, handholds, and footholds, often falling to the thick padded ground - all that is just part of the regular order of things.
August the 13th, 2002, is a day most people in Prague won't forget in a hurry - it began with wailing sirens and ended with the biggest deluge the Czech capital had seen in five hundred years. Exactly one year ago Prague woke up to find parts of the city underwater, and the effects of those "five hundred year" floods are still with us today.
Wenceslas Square has been one of the most important places in Prague since the Middle Ages, when it was known as the Horse Market. It was renamed Wenceslas Square during the Czech national revival and has - over the years - been the scene of many significant moments in the country's history. It has seen many changes in recent years, not always for the better. We asked some pedestrians on the square what they thought about it.
If you've been on Prague's Wenceslas Square (Vaclavkse namesti) recently, you may have noticed an extremely futuristic car, a huge naked Buddha or four golden-coloured shopping trolleys. No, the world hasn't gone mad - the square is currently playing host to an exhibition of sculptures by Czech and Slovak artists. What's more the sculptures seem to be popular, if the number of people having their photos taken by them is anything to go by. The exhibition is organised by the Art Factory gallery, which is owned by Zora Carrier. I asked her how many
If a dance club were a work of art then Palac Akropolis would be perfect to fit the bill. For years now it has been a favoured venue here in Prague attracting young people from all over, both locals and visitors from abroad. A place where students, professionals, artists, and intellectuals can come to see performing bands, to dance, or simply to take in the scene...
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