Today's Sunday Music Show marks the 30th anniversary of one of the Czech Republic's most respected alternative bands Už Jsme Doma. The avant garde punk group, which rose to prominence after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, celebrates thirty years of its existence with a new album entitled Tři křížky, offering a fresh take on their most popular songs.
Contain[era] is a project bringing together the work of eight up-and-coming European artists from major cities including Prague, Rome and Berlin. Each artist’s work, installed in an actual transport container, is being rotated from city to city and put on display in outdoor locations. Overall, the project tackles expectations about the presentation and dissemination of artwork in what many increasingly refer to as the Post-Internet era.
Ever since the publication of the first Czech translation of Longfellow’s Hiawatha in the 1860s, Czechs have had a special affection for the American West. This was always more than just a fantasy about the space and freedom of the open plains; for many Czechs, after centuries under Austrian rule, there was also a somewhat romanticized sense of identity with the fate of Native Americans at the hands of white settlers. So it is not surprising that when scouting gained popularity at the time of the First Czechoslovak Republic, it took on many symbols
Reading Helps is a long-running project founded by businessman Martin Roman to counter worsening reading skills among children and youths in the Czech Republic registered in a past International Student Assessment (which compared the results of 34 countries). Children who complete books recommended by a special jury gain credit to go to charities of their choice. The project has raised millions to help - teaching kids not only a love of reading but also showing how they can contribute to a better society.
The Czech Film and Television Academy has chosen Home Care, a new feature film debut by director Slávek Horák, as its choice for the 2016 Academy Awards. The film snagged two awards at the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer and also received a positive review from Variety magazine. The producers are keeping their fingers crossed it will be well-received across the pond and could get an Oscar nomination to boot.
Today's Sunday Music Show turns the spotlight on Czech singer Johannes Benz and his debut album One Way Road. Johannes Benz is the artistic alter ego of the singer, musician, composer and filmmaker Jan Foukal. The album originated during his trip to the US, and is a blend of folk, rock and American country music.
The frontman of Prague band The Prostitutes, Adrian T. Bell this year picked up the Apollo critic’s award for best Czech LP of the year for his solo debut, Different World. The Newcastle-born singer moved to Prague in 1993 and for most of the intervening period has lived just off Jiřího z Poděbrad square in the Vinohrady district. And it is there – beneath the shade of some trees on a sweltering day – that we begin our tour of “Adrian Bell’s Prague”.
The Prague Vintage Fair is an annual fashion event which presents authentic vintage clothing in the context of contemporary fashion trends. Now in its third year the fair will revolve around a “Dress for Love” theme inspired by the film The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover by Peter Greenaway. So if you thought vintage rules out sexy – pay a visit to the Prague Vintage Fair on 26th and 27th of September 2015 at the New Town Hall. I spoke to model and project manager Nora Barnhart about what’s in store for visitors this year and how the idea