The Czech Foreign Ministry registered a heightened interest in visas to the
Czech Republic last year, receiving over 722,000 requests overall. The
biggest interest was in so-called Schengen visas which give foreign
visitors 90 days of free movement around Schengen.
The number of requests for long-term or permanent residence in the country doubled to 37,000 in 2018, according to Foreign Ministry sources.
English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform two concerts in
Prague within his Divide 2019 tour. His first concert at Letnany airport on
Sunday, July 7th, was sold out within hours leading the organizers to add a
second concert on Monday.
The police have warned drivers to expect traffic restrictions in the vicinity of the concert and strict security measures will be in place for concert-goers.
Culture Minister Antonín Staněk has lashed out against Deputy Prime
Minister Jan Hamáček, saying on Twitter that the party leader had
betrayed him by asking him to resign in connection with public protests to
the sacking of two heads of cultural institutions.
Staněk wrote on Twitter that Hamáček had gone back on his word, driven by fear and weakness. The Social Democratic Party’s demand for a change of guard at the culture ministry has brought the government to the brink of collapse after President Zeman refused to dismiss Staněk and appoint the party’s new nominee for the post.
The president has called a meeting on July 12th at which he hopes to effect a reconciliation, but the Social Democrats have said that unless their condition is met they will walk out of the government.
Two more Czech attractions have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage
Site list. One is the uniquely preserved mining landscape Krušné hory –
Erzgebirge for which the Czech Republic made a joint bid with Germany, the
other is the national stud farm in Kladruby in Central Bohemia.
Founded in 1579, the farm is known for its Kladruber horses, one of the oldest breeds in the world. The first Czech sites to be included on the list were the historic centre of Prague, Telč and Český Krumlov in 1992. The overall number of Czech sites has now reached 14.
The Bulgarian-Greek road comedy “The Father” won the main prize at the
54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, picking up the Crystal Globe
at the closing gala ceremony on Saturday night.
The jury also singled out the German psychological family drama “Lara” by Jan-Ole Gerster for which Corinna Harfouch took the Best Actress Award. Milan Ondrik won Best Actor for his lead role in the Slovak-Czech family drama “Let There Be Light”, while Belgian director Tim Mielants won the director’s prize for his film “Patrick”.
The viewers’ award went to Olga Sommerova’s document “Jiří Suchy – Tackling Life with Ease”.
One of the main celebrities at the festival Patricia Clarkson got a standing ovation as she received the Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema, as did Julianne Moore at the opening of the festival.
Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček iodf the Social Democratic party said
he was ready to resign, following the meeting of top officials at the Lány
Chateau on Thursday concerning the replacement of Culture Minister Antonín
Mr. Petříček told the Czech News Agency he was disappointed by the outcome of the meeting between President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Antonín Babiš and Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček, adding that he didn’t see many possibilities for the Social Democrats to remain in the government.
His party colleague, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová, wrote on her Facebook account that if the Constitution and the coalition agreement were violated, Social Democrat ministers were ready to resign.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will honour cinematographer
Vladimír Smutný on Thursday with a special screening of the 1983 film End
of the Lonely Farm Berghof.
The seven-time winner of the Czech Lion for Best Cinematography, and a two-time winner of the Czech Film Critics’ Award is set to receive the festival’s President‘s Award at the closing ceremony on Saturday.
Mr Smutný has collaborated on countless films, including the Oscar-winning Kolya by Jan Svěrák and the recently completed The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul.
US studio Steven Holl Architects + Architecture Acts has won an international architectural and urbanistic competition for a concert hall in Ostrava, the city’s mayor Zdeněk Macura announced on Thursday. The cost of the building, which is to be located in the city centre, is estimated at 1.5 billion crowns. The construction works should begin in 2022 and should be completed by the end of 2023. The winning proposal was supported by six out of seven members of the jury.
The open-air festival Rock for People gets underway on Thursday at the
former military airfield near Hradec Králové in east Bohemia. Among the
headliners this year are the British bands Manic Street Preachers, Franz
Ferdinand and Bring Me the Horizon.
Now in its 25th year, Rock for People is one of the biggest music events of its kind in the Czech Republic, with over 100 bands, musicians and DJs performing over the course of the next three days.
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