Prague recently saw the return of robots in Café Neu Romance, an annual festival held at the National Technical Library celebrating robots and artistic performance. I met with the festival’s founder Christian Gjørret to discuss how this year’s edition went and have him explain what it was all about.
A new exhibition currently on display at Prague’s Centre for Contemporary Art presents an experimental project by architecture students from Prague and Bratislava, who created a so-called parallel membrane city. Urbo Kune, which means a common city in Esperanto, was designed for an old quarry in Prague’s Zbraslav. The laid-out model of the utopian city can be seen at DOX until mid-January.
The summer release Kontakt is the third LP by Kittchen, the masked man of Czech DIY pop. The follow-up to Radio, which picked up an Anděl award for best alternative album in 2012, it finds the mysterious musician cooking up more top class – to quote his Vimeo page – “industrial kitchen sounds and alternative folk”.
The Autumn edition of Prague’s flagship antique market has just finished with exhibitors of high priced paintings, glassware, militaria, and furniture in buoyant spirits on the hopes of high spending Czechs and foreigners coming through the doors. The optimism is fuelled by the fact that many Czechs apparently feel that they have a bit of cash to spare on an antique purchase as leaving the cash in the bank gives a poor return. And foreign buyers too seem to believe that there are bargains and investments to be found.
It is not unusual to come across poets writing in English even if it is not their mother tongue. But for a non-native speaker to write poetry in Czech is rare indeed, and some might say bordering on the masochistic, given the fiendish complexities of the Czech language. But the process can also be very rewarding, both for the poet and the reader. The Romanian poet, Dan Duta has taken up the challenge, as David Vaughan finds out in this week’s Czech Books.
Saturday, November 21, sees the return of Theatre Night in the Czech Republic. In its third year, the countrywide event promises visitors, including families with children, a magical look at how theatres are run and productions staged. For anyone attracted to the theatre stage, this is an event not to be missed.