This weekend, people in Prague will have a unique chance to visit some thirty buildings across the city, from historical sights to state-of-the art office buildings, which are otherwise inaccessible to the public. The event, called Open House, was originally founded in 1992 in London and over the years, more than thirty cities across the world have joined in. I talked with Open House’s Bohdana Rambousková and I first asked her about the history of the festival:
A few years ago several boxes of wartime radio recordings from London were found lying forgotten in an attic at the Czech Foreign ministry. Some are in English and some in Czech, many of them are broadcasts produced by the BBC, others by the Czechoslovak government in exile as part of the fight against Nazi Germany on the airwaves. Radio archivists are gradually working through the material and already some fascinating recordings have turned up. They include a completely forgotten radio play by František Langer who was one of the best known playwrights
A special Maori ritual was held in front of the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen on Tuesday at the opening of an exhibition of Maori portraits by Pilsen-born painter Gottfried Lindauer. The artist, who was born in Pilsen in 1839, is largely unknown in the Czech Republic, but his pictures have become part of New Zealand’s national cultural heritage. The exhibition is being held in the framework of Pilsen- European Capital of Culture 2015 and what makes it exceptional is that the valuable portraits have never before been allowed to leave New Zealand’s
The annual Anifilm festival of animated film kicks off in the South Bohemian town of Třeboň on Tuesday. Over the next six days, hundreds of films, as well as music videos and animated commercials will be screened in numerous venues all over the town. The original festival, Anifest, was founded in 2002 and changed into Anifilm last year.
This week’s Sunday Music show is devoted to pop singer Aneta Langerová who dominated the Czech music industry's annual Anděl awards a few weeks ago, picking up the prizes for best female singer, best album, best song and best music video. We’ll hear songs from her highly acclaimed latest album Na radosti.
Michal Bregant is the director of the National Film Archive, which is tasked with preserving the Czech Republic’s rich cinema heritage and oversees over 150 million metres of film. Previously he headed another important institution, FAMU film school. A Praguer through and through, Bregant grew up on the city centre street Celetná. His family’s kitchen window overlooked the adjacent, narrow Kamzíkova – and there we take a short trip down memory lane at the start of our tour of “his Prague”.
If you want to find out about ongoing exhibitions but also the importance of contemporary art in the Czech Republic, this week you can make use of a special helpline. From now until Sunday, well-known curators are picking up the phone to field questions. The temporary helpline is a project created by students at Prague’s Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture in conjunction with the Tranzitdisplay gallery.