The 74th edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival begins
at Prague’s Municipal House on Sunday evening. The opening concert will
feature the traditional My Country by Bedřich Smetana performed by the
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
The orchestra was formed in the Bavarian city in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.
Jan Munk, the chairman of the Prague Jewish Community, has died at the age
of 72, his family announced on Sunday. Mr. Munk was also the director of
the Terezín Memorial for 27 years, during which time he succeeded in
opening a new Museum of the Ghetto and other displays. Members of his own
family had been interned at Terezín by the Nazis.
Mr. Munk headed the 1,500-member Prague Jewish Community from 2012.
The TOP 09 and Mayors and Independents parties have proposed that the
government be stripped of its right to remove a supreme state attorney
without giving a reason, iRozhlas.cz reported. The Czech Pirate Party are
preparing their own amendment to that effect and have convened a
cross-party discussion of the matter that will be attended by Minister of
Justice Marie Benešová, the news site said.
The opposition groupings have made the call following Ms. Benešová’s instalment as minister, which they regard as being connected to the police’s proposal that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who appointed her, go on trial for EU subsidy fraud.
The third in a sequence of public protests against the change of justice minister is planned for Prague and other cities on Monday evening. The organisers are demanding Ms. Benešová’s removal and guarantees that Pavel Zeman will not be replaced as supreme state attorney.
The relatively cool weather in the Czech Republic for the time of year –
with daytime highs of around 10 degrees Celsius – is set to continue
until Wednesday, when it will begin to gradually get warmer, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute says in a regular four-week forecast.
However, the next month will see lower than average temperatures for the period in question, though daytime highs will slowly increase. Precipitation should be in line with the seasonal average, the forecasters said.
The Czech Republic’s good start at the World Ice Hockey Championships in
Slovakia continued on Saturday night with a 7:2 victory over Norway.
Defenseman Filip Hronek and forward Michael Frolík both scored two goals,
as well as notching up one assist each.
The Czechs overcame defending champions Sweden 5:2 in Bratislava on Friday’s opening day of the tournament. Their next opponents are Russia on Monday evening.
President Miloš Zeman’s office has launched an Instagram account for
Prague Castle, the seat of the head of state. The creation of a profile on
the popular social networking platform comes on the 100th anniversary of
the establishment of the Office of President and is intended to connect
with the younger generation and show the institution behind the scenes,
The account @hradofficial could inspire young people to visit Prague Castle or take an interest in its history, said Mr. Zeman’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář. Prague Castle already had YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Prague Castle held an open day on Saturday allowing the public to see parts
of the complex that are normally inaccessible. The free of charge event was
held to mark to start of the summer season at one of the country’s most
As well as getting to view the rooms where the president appoints governments and welcomes foreign dignitaries, visitors could peruse presents given to the head of state by visitors and a mock-up of a state dinner table.
The Office of the President is this year celebrating its centenary. Marking that anniversary, interwar presidential seals, copies of the Order of the White Lion (the highest state honour) and period documents were put on display on Saturday.
The number of Czech children attending international schools either abroad
or in the Czech Republic has risen sharply in the last decade, according to
figures from the Ministry of Education cited by the Czech News Agency.
Whereas there were 2,744 Czechs enrolled at international schools in the
2008–2009 academic year, today that figure has risen to 9,274.
Of those attending such institutions in the Czech Republic the highest number is in Prague, followed by the Moravian Silesian Region.
The mansion where Nazi governor of Bohemia and Moravia Reinhard Heydrich
lived on the outskirts of Prague has been sold at auction for nearly CZK 39
million. The auction was anonymous. The building in Panenské Břežany in
Prague East had fallen into a state of disrepair when the previous owner, a
research institute, went bankrupt.
The Nazi’s first “protector” of the Czech lands, Konstantin von Neurath, moved into the property. When he was replaced by Heydrich the latter and his family took it over. The “Butcher of Prague” was living there when he was assassinated in 1942 by Czechoslovak paratroopers sent from the UK.