In the Arts we'll be looking at experimental vision in both music and architecture. First, we look at the Czech band known as SOIL, and second, we'll be looking at a new exhibition titled Futura Pragensis, where students of architecture foresee and propose how Prague might look in two hundred years.
A memorial concert was held last Saturday in the Merkin Concert Hall of the Kaufman Center in New York City in honour of composer Andrew Yin Svoboda, who passed away at the young age of 27, just a few months into his doctoral studies at the prestigious Columbia University. The event was sponsored by the university's Department of Music and a student-run organization called Columbia Composers organized the memorial along with the tireless efforts of the Svoboda family.
Some thirteen years ago the Czech National Library first started a pioneering project in which it turns rare documents into digital form. Its experts even devised a special format for the digitisation which was later adopted as a UNESCO standard. For its preservation efforts, the library was given a UNESCO award earlier this year. In this edition of Czech Science, we take you to the historic building of the Czech National Library in Prague where the oldest manuscripts meet with the most advanced technology.
"The Good Soldier Svejk and His Fortunes in the World War" is the episodic tale of a Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian Army whose own apparent stupidity is used to critique the absurdities of war. Translated into 60 languages, it is perhaps the best known Czech work of fiction of all time. Now, over 80 years after its publication, its author Jaroslav Hasek and illustrator Josef Lada have been reunited in a new collection.
Even in his youth, Vitezslav Jandak was a character actor, resigned to playing second fiddle to the leading man. In the immensely popular film "Tri Orisky Pro Popelku" (1973) - the Czechs' take on Cinderella -- Jandak plays a bumbling fool attending the handsome prince on a hunting trip. Thirty years later and just shy of 100 days into his role as Culture Minister, Jandak -- with his bulbous nose, protruding belly and receding hairline -- has become the nation's most popular politician.
British agent 007 is on his way to the Czech Republic - the 21st film in the Bond series - Casino Royale - will be filmed in and around Prague next year. It is the latest in a long line of big budget movies to be produced in this country over the last decade or so. For a deep insight into the Czech film industry's talent for attracting the big budget projects, Radio Prague spoke to Theo Schwinke, the editorial director of Monitor CE, which publishes the Prague Daily Monitor, publisher of the online Daily Monitor.
My guest today is Pavel Steidl, a Czech guitarist who has been listed among the eight best guitarists in the world. He has performed in 30 countries with Mexico being his second favourite after his native Czech Republic. He returned to the country after many years of emigration in the Netherlands. He is always travelling around the world, but he feels at home in the little village of Skryje on the River Berounka. This is the river of his childhood, and from his exile, he always dreamed of coming home. I met him at his house and after he had explained
Famufest, which was held in Prague last week, is the annual showcase of films made by students of the Film and TV School of Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, or FAMU as it's known. In the Arts this week, Radio Prague looks at the highlights of this year's festival and assesses the contuining importance of this school to Czech cinema.
This edition of Czechs Today looks at the work of a man known to most movie and theatre-goers and certainly most TV viewers in the Czech Republic: none other than actor, publicist, and talk show host Jan Kraus. It has been almost a year since Kraus launched the Czech TV late night show called "Uvolnete se, prosim" - translated roughly as "Loosen up, please!". The show successfully introduced - for the first time in the Czech Republic - the 'night show' format so well-known and perfected in the US. And, "Uvolnete se, prosim..." has taken off: there are