Michal Horáček has had something of a storied career, from author and journalist to businessman and music producer, and prior to that, in 1989, acting as a representative of Civic Forum. As of this week he is also a presidential hopeful. Arguably, his greatest accomplishment to date, though, has been his work as a lyricist. In today’s programme, we play some of his very best hits.
In recent years the annual Prague Writers’ Festival has done much to promote writing from North Africa and the Middle East in the Czech Republic. This year was no exception, with the award-winning Algerian novelist Kamel Daoud and the Egyptian poet Mohamed Metwalli prominent among the writers taking part. David Vaughan caught up with Mohamed Metwalli to talk about his poetry, the complexities of writing in Egypt today and the pleasures of Prague beer.
A new card game called RONE (Races of the New Era) by debuting game designer Štěpán Štefaník has hit stores in the Czech Republic after doing well at Essen Spiel, the world’s most famous annual game fair held in Essen, Germany. In RONE, players take sides in a post-apocalyptic world, vying to strategically outmanoeuvre the other in seizing rare, remaining resources. The game, eight years in the making, got off the ground in part due to crowdfunding.
The Czech Museum of Music is set to receive a unique collection of letters written by the legendary Czech opera singer Ema Destinnová and her close friend Hilda Schueler. The collection, containing other memorabilia belonging to the great singer was donated to the Czech Republic by Ms Schueller’s grandchildren. It will be handed over to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the Czech Embassy in Sweden on Thursday.
Fans of cult series Star Trek will be flocking to Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall on Wednesday night to hear tunes from their favourite films and episodes live, including the most recent movie Star Trek Beyond. The concert version of Star Trek, which is part of a festival by Film Music Prague, takes place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first voyage of Star Trek onto the TV screen.
This year’s Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, which came to a close on Sunday, was the 20th edition of an event that brings almost the entire Czech documentary community – and a host of noteworthy international guests – to the Vysočina town. In this roundup of Jihlava 2016, we meet a main prize winner, the head of the festival, leading US experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison, and Rebecca O’Brien, who has worked closely with Ken Loach for almost 30 years.
One of the biggest events at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival was the premiere of Little Mole and Laozi by Filip Remunda. Part of Czech Television’s Czech Journal series, which Remunda runs with Vít Klusák, it centres on events surrounding the visit of China’s president, Xi Jinping, to Prague in March. At that time Chinese flags were placed all along the road from the airport to the city centre, while groups of seemingly organised Chinese loudly welcomed Xi and clashed with protesting supporters of Tibet. Speaking after the Jihlava
Hana Hegerová, dubbed “the Slav Edith Piaf” turned 85 in October. In the course of a career spanning more than six decades she recorded over twenty albums, appeared in more than a dozen films and gave thousands of concerts. In this edition of Sunday Music we pay tribute to the queen of Czech chanson.
Stand-up comedy does not have a terribly deep tradition in the Czech Republic although that is changing. Now, a new festival called PRAHAha, to launch on Monday, November 3, is bringing more than 50 performers over 10 days to six venues in the capital. If you’re a fan of stand-up in Prague, or have even dreamed of trying your own material on an open mic, this is your chance.