In Encore we look at two recordings said to be inspired by church towers. It is well known that Bohuslav Martinu grew up in a room at the top of the bell tower in the little town of Policka, but we will also be looking at a living composer, who has found an "oasis of peace" at the top of a Baroque spire in Prague.
Czech-born jazz guitarist Rudy Linka is a performer who needs no introduction to international audiences. Long based in New York, he returns often to the Czech Republic and has now organised a new festival bringing world-class musicians to Prague as well as other parts of the country. The festival takes place over three days and performances are free to the public - a great opportunity to hear great jazz. Jan Velinger spoke with Rudy Linka earlier on Friday to discuss the festival and also asked him about his own past: why it was that he chose
The Czech Pop Idol Aneta Langerova has been enjoying quite a bit of success here in the Czech Republic and she's been using it for a good cause. She staged an open air concert during the Karlovy Vary film festival to which she invited a number of special guests - young and talented singers, who have not been able to make it in the music scene because they are blind. The concert was in support of a Czech Radio project called Svetluska, which organized a number of events at the festival to bring people who do not have visual disabilities closer to
Danny Huston: "There are other directors, great auteurs, who make films about themselves. My father was really interested in dissecting - literally with a scalpel at times - the inner workings of the human heart, mind, and soul and was able to use as his "surgeons" authors of what he considered to be great works."
The official trailer of the 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival is now in full swing in the west Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. It opened on Friday with the world premiere of "Time", which was presented in person by Korean film director Kim Ki-Duk. By the end of the weekend, over five thousand visitors had already flocked to the festival and some 50,000 tickets had been sold for over eighty screenings. Dita Asiedu is there:
Vladislav Vancura is one of the best known Czech writers of the period between the First and Second World Wars. At home he is a household name, but if he is not well known abroad, this comes as no surprise. Vancura has often been described as untranslatable. His prose is very poetic, and some would say that his writing has dated. This has not stopped the translator Mark Corner from taking up the challenge of translating what is probably Vancura's best known book "Rozmarne leto", which he translates as "Summer of Caprice" into English. Mark Corner
A documentary examining everyday life in Communist Czechoslovakia is now available on DVD. Entitled "Vzpominam, Vzpominas, Vzpominate?" or "I remember, do you remember, do they remember?", the documentary looks at life through the prism of socialist realism against the memories of those who lived through it.
The Obecni Dum, or Municipal House, on the square Namesti Republiky is not only a stunning example of art nouveau architecture, but also an important venue for Czech art exhibitions. It is currently exhibiting the drawings of early 20th century Czech sculptor Otto Gutfreund. The drawings are on loan from the Moravian Gallery in Brno, which has been collecting the sculptor's drawings over the past few decades. The drawings, in conjunction with excerpts from the sculptor's diary, provide illumination into the methods of this internationally renowned
Tom Stoppard, one of the greatest living playwrights, has written a new play called Rock 'n' Roll and it includes some serious Czech content. Set in two locations—Prague and Cambridge—the scenes shift from those taking place in Czechoslovakia between 1968 and 1989, to those in England which revolve around the family of an academic Marxist, Max Morrow. The connecting point is a Czech student studying at Cambridge, Jan, who falls in love with Max's daughter. Described as a tragicomic family saga intertwined with a political drama set in Normalization-era Czechoslovakia,
In less than a week's time, the 41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will start in the west Bohemian spa town, named after Emperor Charles IV. For centuries the town has been sought out for its mineral water sources. Close to the border with Germany, it grew into a wealthy resort visited by people from either side of the border as well as from further afield.