In this edition of the programme, documentary maker Keith Jones takes us on a tour of Letná, the neighbourhood of the Czech capital that he calls home. The Irish-American, whose most recent work was the well-received Punk in Africa, studied at Prague’s FAMU film school and has been living in the city for almost all of the last 22 years.
Nearly 190,000 Czechs were treated with asthma last year, with was some 2,000 more than the previous year, according to government figures released on Friday. The highest number of asthma sufferers per 100,000 inhabitants was registered in Prague, the lowest in the Olomouc region. 37 percent of patients suffered from medium and severe forms of asthma. Last year also saw a 2-percent increase in the number of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Prague City Hall has said it wants to get homeless people off Prague’s trams, buses and metro. Mayor Tomáš Hudeček said on Thursday he will establish a working group to tackle the problem. The body is to be made up of Prague Transport authority officials, police officers and NGO representatives. Mr. Hudeček said it was not yet clear how many officers and street-workers would be needed to resolve the problem. He said he hoped to see results in the winter of this year. Due to the inadequate capacity of Prague shelters for the homeless many homeless people seek protection from the cold on the city’s public transport.
More than a decade ago Derek Sayer, a professor of history at Lancaster University, published an immensely popular book entitle The Coasts of Bohemia, which covers Czech history and culture from the mythical past all the way until early twentieth century. Its readers have been eagerly awaiting a continuation of the accessible and highly detailed work that opened up Czech history to a wider audience. This year, professor Sayer published a new work - ‘Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History’, which focuses in on the Czech capital
Earlier this month, literatis in this country and all over the world marked the 130th anniversary of one of the most famous Prague writers – Franz Kafka. Outside of the Czech Republic this was a chance to take another look at one of the best known writers of the 20th century, but locally the occasion brought to the fore the unresolved relationship that this country, and particularly the capital, has with the German-speaking Jewish author.
An interim government headed by Jiří Rusnok, an economist and adviser to
President Miloš Zeman, was sworn in by the president at Prague Castle on
Wednesday. The caretaker government will have 30 days to win a confidence
vote in the lower house of Parliament. So far, most parliamentary parties
have said they will not support this government. If it fails to win
backing, President Miloš Zeman can task a new prime minister with forming
a new cabinet.
During the swearing-in ceremony the president said that one of the main goals of the government was to prevent political influence in ongoing police investigations and to secure the independence of the court system.
The previous government of Petr Nečas, which was supposed to remain in power until next spring, fell last month after the prime minister’s close aide was charged in connection with a spying and corruption scandal.
During preparations for the installation of new plumbing in the center of Prague, archeologists discovered the remains of a large farm house from the beginning of the 13th century. Only a few meters below street level on Rytířská street, a building 70 meters long and eight meters wide was uncovered. Archeologists from the Prague City Museum said that this building was larger than most built at the time. They were able to recover brickwork from the outer wall of the building as well as the remains of a medieval stove.
World famous jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra on Wednesday night at the Municipal House in Prauge. The concert is part of the Prague Proms musical program that includes both classical music and jazz performances. As part of the Proms series, Prague audience had a chance to hear actor and singer F. Murray Abraham earlier this month. Prague Proms are also host a free open-air concert on Wenceslas Square on Sunday evening.
One of Prague’s defining buildings of the late communist era is set for demolition, its new owners, the PPF group, have confirmed. Hotel Praha, a large, curved concrete structure, will make way for a park for pupils of an elite school run by PPF. However, many architecture enthusiasts say the building is of great value and are up in arms over the decision.
Architects, preservationists and artists are planning a protest on Tuesday evening against the demolition of the Hotel Praha in Prague 6. Supporters say the 1980s building, which has a concrete exterior, is of significant architectural value and should be left standing. However, the PPF group, which bought it last month, plans to knock it down later this year to make way for a private park for its elite Open Gate school.
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