Jan Sibik has long been considered one of the Czech Republic's most important photojournalists, a photographer who has worked in some of the world's most tortured areas. Futility, pain, loss and injustice all come to the forefront in Sibik's work - whether his focus is on the human actors and victims in war-torn parts of Africa or the former Soviet bloc. The subject matter - at times - is shocking. As Prague's Lord Mayor Pavel Bem said at the opening of Sibik's newest exhibit "Stories" at the Old Town Hall this week, the photographer allows us to
"I perceive everything as a game and maybe that is the reason why I am not a writer but a screenwriter," said Jaroslav Dietl about his life and work. 'The father of the Czech serial' as he has been labeled was often criticized because of his uncritical attitude towards the communist regime. At the same time he won the affection of viewers who loved his great skill in developing a story. No other Czech screenwriter has ever matched him.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival may attract the most glamour and media attention but it is far from being the only film festival here in the Czech Republic. Indeed, while this year's Karlovy Vary will be the 41st, the Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth - which got underway on Sunday - is being held for the 46th time. Coilin O'Connor is in the south Moravian town for the festival. He told me all about it.
7 nights....35 companies....38 shows.... 180 performances ... 6 venues. The Prague Fringe Festival - the Czech Republic's own version of the famous Edinburgh festival - is underway in Prague this week. A real treat for theatre buffs it offers the cream of new talent from around the world - from rainbow bubble theatre for kids to the raw, powerful testimony of a man fighting cancer. From slapstick to sexy, from a one woman jazz/cabaret show to a one-man Hamlet - in its fifth year the Prague Fringe Festival has more to offer than ever before. If