My guest for One on One this week is Kristof Kintera, an award-winning artist whose work appears in many prestigious collections such as that of the Czech National Museum and the American Museum of Fine Arts. He has also sold many pieces to private Czech and foreign collectors. This 33-year-old sculptor and designer is something of an enfant terrible of the Czech art scene. His bizarre creations ranging from human figures made out of potatoes to depictions of household implements having sex are always daring and provocative in a manner reminiscent
One could have been mistaken for thinking oneself to be anywhere other than Prague this weekend, as the streets came alive with Latin music and Brazilian flags. This was however neither an attempted takeover from across the Atlantic nor a confused expression of misplaced cultural identity. It was the city's annual carnival. Beginning on a Prague square, winding its way through the streets of Smichov to Prague's artificial beach where the party continued, the festival was an attempt to turn the potentially depressing end of the holiday season into
Antonin Dvorak's best-loved opera Rusalka tells the haunting story of a water-nymph who yearns to become human because she has fallen in love with a mortal. Through a witch's magic spell she leaves her underwater home to live on land - with tragic results. First premiered at Prague's National Theatre in 1901 Dvorak's Rusalka became an instant success with the public and has enchanted opera lovers for over a century.
The life of Arnost Lustig (81) is like an excursion through modern Czech history. The internationally renowned author of novels such as Dita Saxova, A Prayer for Katherine Horowitz and Lovely Green Eyes spent three years in Nazi camps, joined the Communist Party and left his homeland in 1968. In this week's edition of Arts, Arnost Lustig talks to us about his eventful life.
Since the fall of communism the Czech Republic has undergone a complete transformation towards a capitalist economy, visible everywhere from the revitalization of Skoda to the appearance of department stores like Tesco in Prague and Brno. But how is this transition comparable to the economic developments of the past? A new exhibition at Prague's National Museum of Agriculture is hoping to provide visitors with some answers, and to show how trade developed throughout the history of the Czech lands: from humble beginnings to the state of trade
The Good Soldier Svejk is one of the best known and best loved of Czech literary creations. Enlisted into the Austrio-Hungarian Army during the Great War, Svejk manages by a kind of subversive idiocy to resist actually serving, and spends long periods wandering about in South Bohemia. Now fans can follow in his circuitous footsteps, during a series of "Svejk weekends".
After a break of 18 years, the playwright and former Czech president Vaclav Havel has finally finished a long-awaited new play. Called Odchazeni (Leaving), it has been receiving some perhaps unwelcome coverage in the media. After a few months of talks with the Czech National Theatre, Mr Havel has now decided to withdraw his play from the theatre, because it refused to cast his wife Dagmar Havlova in the main role.
Thursday marks the end of Charles University's 51st Czech Language Summer School. Over the past month, participants from over 36 countries, from Mexico to Mongolia, have been brushing up on their Czech skills in the nation's capital. Former student Rosie Johnston went back to school to see the progress that they had made:
The end of the summer holidays brings yet another event not to be missed by any true film fan. Following the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Summer Film School in Uherske Hradiste, Fresh Film Fest, the biggest show of international student and young cinema in the Czech Republic, is starting this Wednesday.