When you enter the gallery of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague these days, it is as if you have stepped back in time. Students of the university have prepared an exhibition dedicated to the housing culture of the 1970s - the era that saw the most building of standardized housing estates all over communist Czechoslovakia. Indeed, panelaky - grey, pre-fabricated blocks of flats - are a prominent feature of almost every Czech city or town. I asked one of the curators of the exhibition, Pavel Vancat, to explain its title: Husakovo
On Thursday afternoon, a new centre for the Czech Republic, known as the Czech House, opens its doors to the public in Brussels. It will become the address of the Czech embassy, the Czech Centre as well as a number of national companies and institutions. Its main aim is to promote the Czech Republic before it takes on the EU presidency in 2009. I spoke to the head of the Czech Centre in Brussels, Petr Polivka, just a few hours before the start of the event and he agreed to answer a few questions related to the centre's new address:
Iva Prochazkova is one of the Czech Republic's most respected authors of children's books and novels for young adults, a writer who spent much of her career in Austria and Germany before returning to the Czech Republic in the 1990s. The author, recognised both in the Czech Republic as well as abroad, learned last month she would receive this year's Friedrich Gerstacker Award, Germany's oldest prize for youth literature. She receives the prize for her book Tanec Trosecniku (translatable as Dance of the Castaways or Castaways' Dance), a fantastical
The Ekofilm festival is less about red carpets - and more about green politics than anything else. It was the first environment-focused film festival in Europe when it was set up back in 1974. This Monday, it got underway for the 33rd time, in the Southern Bohemian towns of Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov. And this year it's bigger than ever before - on the programme are concerts, seminars and an international film competition, all with a decidedly green twist. One of the institutions behind the festival is the Czech Environment Ministry. Jakub
Czech Books comes today from the Cafe Union in Prague's Nusle district, where I'm joined by one of the Czech Republic's most honoured and widely read novelists. Arnost Lustig, born in 1926, was sixteen when he was sent to the Terezin ghetto during the war, and went on to survive Auschwitz. After the war he worked as a journalist, and went on to become a novelist of international reputation. He is still very active as a writer, with all his work strongly influenced by his experiences of the Second World War. His recent novels, "Lovely Green Eyes",
Once again a month has passed and it's time to reveal the identity of our September mystery Czech and announce the names of four of you who will receive small prizes from Radio Prague. Listeners quoted: Teodor Shepertycki, Keith A. Simmonds, Pier Carlo Acchino, Harold Yeglin, Helmut Matt, Colin Law, Charles Konecny, David Eldridge, Christine Takaguchi-Coates.
Prague is full of old and beautiful churches, often crouching between hubbubs of modern social activity. Many regularly play host to concerts, maintaining through music a sense of continuity of past and present. But what about the city's many once significant churches that now are disused, or whose foundations lie beneath the trappings of the modern era? Well now a new exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music in Prague is using the same musical medium to resurrect the atmosphere of the city's bygone centres of worship. And the location couldn't
A galaxy of stars from the Czech art world met this week to open 'Ztracena nevinnost' ('Lost Innocence') - an exhibition showcasing three generations of Czech artists side by side. But it wasn't held at the National Gallery - the event took place in a somewhat less refined setting. 'Ztracena nevinnost' marks the opening of the Meet Factory, an old warehouse skirting the railway in Prague's rough and ready Lihovar district. As well as providing a space for exhibitions, the Meet Factory serves as a concert venue, cinema, and artists' residence.