The Czech National Film Archive has come out with a new publication entitled Czech Animated Film from 1920 to 1945. The publication follows a six-part series that the archive published last year about Czech feature films. This book, though, looks at a rarely mentioned period in Czech animation. Although most of the famous Czech animated films came after the war, the seeds were planted in the interwar period. The book is also accompanied by a DVD with a rare collection of over 70 films from this period. Radio Prague spoke to Michaela Mertová from
On this last day of 2012, Radio Prague has prepared a special music show inspired by some of the events and particularly the mood of the past year. Much of this year in the Czech Republic was marked by corruption and political scandal. We take a look at some of the music that was inspired by these events, and also glance back at Czech songs that have expressed disgruntlement and protest against the political system of the time.
A month ago the English translation of Rustic Baroque by Czech writer Jiří Hájíček came out in the Czech Republic. The book won the prestigious Litera Magnesia prize in 2006, and has received international recognition as well. A historical novel that reveals the complexities and struggles of the time of collectivization in Czechoslovak countryside in the 1950’s, Rustic Baroque also shows how modern Czech society is still influenced by those events.
It was almost two years ago that then-fresh graduate Nina Mainerová set out with a colleague to open a professional architectural studio. But soon after their launch, the bills piled up and they were forced to modify their plans. First, they began offering preparatory classes for students applying to university; then they extended their workshops to include drawing and painting.
Among the organizations keeping the legacy of the country’s first post-communist president alive is the Václav Havel Library, which was established back in 2004 but has boosted its activities since he passed away in December last year. This year the Václav Havel Library began expanding – starting the process of opening a branch in the United States. Masha Volynsky reports.
This week the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague launched a new exhibition highlighting the fascinating history of the Matchbox brand – the famous die-cast toy cars. Matchbox and similar toy cars, traditionally referred to in Czech as Angličáci, have long proven popular here and there is no question the show will be a hit with families as well as collectors.
A tapestry dedicated to the late Czech president Václav Havel and financed by some of the world’s biggest rock stars was unveiled on Sunday at Prague’s recently renamed Václav Havel Airport. The massive artwork is based on a tribute to Mr. Havel by the Czech-born illustrator Peter Sís, while its creation was overseen by Amnesty International.