The seventh Signal festival will again bring video mapping and light installations to the streets of Prague, every night from Thursday to Sunday. This year’s edition promises something special in the form of a piece by famous architect Eva Jiřičná, though it will also be overlapping with events linked to the funeral of singer Karel Gott. I discussed all that with Signal founder Martin Pošta, but first asked him about this year’s theme, which is revolution.
The prestigious EFFE Award for remarkable arts festivals has been awarded
to both the Prague Spring International Music Festival and the World Roma
Festival known as Khamoro. The award, which is also held by prestigious
festivals such as the BBC Proms, will be handed to their representatives at
a special ceremony at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on Thursday.
Both festivals also received the EFFE Label, the organisation’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. EFFE stands for Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. It is issued by the European Festivals Association, which connects about 100 festivals and festival associations in 40 countries.
Ages ago, Czech winemakers embraced St. Martin’s Day as befitting festival to uncork the season’s first wine. The nation’s brewers only recently followed suit, seizing on St. Wenceslas Day to celebrate and showcase their tipples. That red letter day is now the peak of a week-long national celebration – the Days of Czech Beer.
The annual Letní Letná festival returns to Prague next week with some of the world’s best contemporary circus acts, from puppet shows and cabaret to breath-taking acrobatic performances. The 16th edition of the event kicks off on Wednesday night with a sky walk over the Vltava. I asked to Letní Letná manager Ivana Pěkná to tell me more about the opening night.
The ninth edition of Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual minorities
gets underway on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long
festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screening
and exhibitions. It will culminate on Saturday with a massive parade
through the centre of the city, which is expected to attract around 30,000
The festival’s headline this year is Together Within Reach, which refers to the fact that even today, many same-sex couples still prefer to refrain from public displays of affection.
Prague is hosting a major traditional culture fest this week - the Prague Folklore Days. Around 50 amateur folklore ensembles from Europe, Asia and Africa have gathered in the Czech capital to show off their musical and dancing skills to the public in various parts of the city. The event launched on Thursday and will continue until Saturday evening.
A third edition of the open air festival Arena, founded by the Forman
brothers, gets underway at Prague’ Smíchov embankment on Wednesday
evening. Over the course of ten days, the festival will offer a number of
theatre and circus performances, concerts, a dance hall as well as
workshops for children.
Among the highlights of this year’s event will be a new performance by the world-known French ensemble Cirque Trottola called Campana or the Czech premiere Matěj Forman’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Happy Prince.
The most travelled flock of hens, the longest limousine car, or a two-meter-high knitted snowman are just some of the attractions visitors can look forward to seeing at the 29th Pelhřimov Curiosity Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday. The festival has been going strong for nearly 30 years and attracts people from across the country, as well as the wider continent.
The 18th edition of the annual Prague Fringe festival is set to start on Friday. Theatres, cafes and many other spaces in the Czech capital’s picturesque Malá Strana district will host a weeklong programme packed with events ranging from theatre to music. The festival is the brainchild of Scotsman Steve Gove, who has been based in the Czech capital since the 1990s. He says the relatively small size of the Prague Fringe is actually an advantage.
One of the events accompanying this year’s Forum 2000 conference was the Festival of Democracy, which featured discussions on what freedom and democracy mean for young people in the Czech Republic today. Given the mixed bag of opinions surrounding the current direction of the democratic system in the Czech Republic, I went to the discussion in order to find out more about how democracy is explained to teenagers and what they think of it.