This year’s edition of the Signal Festival, which features 18 artistic
light installations and video-mappings at indoor and outdoor locations in
Prague, will be held under the theme ‘Revolution’.
Like last year, the art will be displayed on three routes, namely in Karlín, Staré Město and Malá Strana. Half of the artists are Czech and half from various foreign countries.
A third of the works will be located in the so-called gallery zone, for example at the Museum of Music or the Ministry of Transport. The largest laser display, by Czech artist Jakub Pešek, will span from the Smetana Embankment across and across Střelecký Island.
Organisers say they except the four-day Signal Festival, which begins on 10 October, will draw some 600,000 spectators. The theme was chosen as part of celebrations ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
In the early days of space travel, years before the Apollo 11 mission, an Austrian journalist walked into a travel office in Vienna asking to reserve a flight to the Moon. Pan American Airways took his reservation, launching what would years later become the carrier’s ‘First Moon Flights Club’. Among the nearly 100,000 people who joined it was the grandfather of Czech documentary film producer Veronika Janatková. Her directorial debut, ‘Ticket to the Moon’, offers a unique perspective on universal longings across the divide of the Iron Curtain,
The 1969 moon landing glued millions of people around the world to their TV sets 50 years ago. For Czechs and Slovaks, this historic event had a special, bittersweet, taste. Vít Pohanka spoke to two Czech journalists who had the unique opportunity to cover the Apollo flight both from the USA and Prague.
Observatories in the Czech Republic will remain open in the night hours on
Tuesday night to enable the public to view the expected partial lunar
eclipse due to start at 11.30pm.
If observation conditions are good people would also be able to glimpse the planets Jupiter and Saturn and a trace of the Milky Way. The partial eclipse should be visible from across Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and the US.
The next partial lunar eclipse is due to take place early next year.
High rise workers have started reattaching artist David Černý’s black
babies onto the Žižkov transmitter in Prague.
The ten babies which were installed in 2001 and had become one of Prague’s tourist attractions, were removed for maintenance in 2017.
Czech Radio Communications, which owns the transmitter, had ten new copies made, which will remain a permanent feature of the transmitter.
The original babies are now on an exhibition tour in the United States.
All ten babies should be installed by April 9th.
Since the country joined the European Space Agency (ESA) 10 years ago, the Czech space industry has seen a growth both in size and capabilities. Now the director of the Czech Aeronautical Research Institute says the groundwork in expertise and resources has been laid for the country to take the next step.
The Signal Festival, now in its 6th year, kicks off in Prague on Thursday night. The three day light festival offers visitors over two dozen artistic light installations and video-mappings on three routes in Prague, at indoor and outdoor locations. I asked Jose Pinto, head of Signal’s operations and marketing, to tell me about this year’s highlights.
Plans have been unveiled for this year’s edition of Prague’s Signal
festival of light. The 2018 Signal will take place in the capital from 11
to 14 November and organisers say that for the first time it will have a
common theme, the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. This will
be reflected in the involvement of an unusually high number of Czech
The Prague district of Karlín will for the first time feature in this year’s edition of the festival, which comprises light installations and video mapping shows. Around half a million people are expected to attend.