An exhibition of photographs opened at the Czech Parliament in Prague on Monday evening to tell the story of the hundreds of people, mainly Romanies, who suffered and often perished at the concentration camp in Lety, around 80 km south of Prague. The camp has been a source of controversy in recent years, partly because of a pig-farm that now stands on the site and also because the camp was entirely staffed by Czech guards.
The American Ladies' Club was formed in Prague out of the initiative of the prominent Czech bachelor Vojta Naprstek (who later married one of its members), who believed in the power of the woman and her right to lead a fulfilling life; not just as a housewife and mother but as an educated part of the Czech population. Join us as we look back at the legacy of this club, founded 140 years ago this year.
Most of us can not imagine what it is like to be visually impaired or blind, what it's like to function in the world without sight. In the Czech Republic, some estimates have suggested that as many as 100, 000 people suffer from limited eyesight or are blind. That number was recently put forward by the organisers of a exhibition aimed at designing household objects for everyday use by the visually impaired, a task that organisers say is not addressed in the Czech Republic nearly often enough. In today's Special we look at the project and visit
On May 18th museums in the entire world celebrate their holiday. In order to promote cultural heritage around the planet, UNESCO's International Council of Museums (the ICOM) in 1977 established this date as the International Museums Day. In order to accommodate the needs of their visitors, museums in the Czech Republic have decided to shift the special programs celebrating the International Museums Day from Wednesday May 18th to this coming Sunday.
All of us, at one time or another, have suffered the misery of poorly-designed objects: the spill-proof bottle that leaks, the vase with a poor centre of gravity, an inaccessible computer jack. If, however you are visually impaired or blind, even well-designed objects can be a misery. A new exhibition, currently underway at the National Technical Museum - in conjunction with the Prague City museum - addresses the problem of design in everyday objects for the visually impaired. It presents new solutions where there have often been few in the
Strangely enough for a report about an art exhibition, we start at a train station - the Main Train Station in the centre of Prague. And this is where on May 1st, International Labour Day, an exhibition aptly called "Workers" was opened by its author - one of the world's most respected photographers - Brazil's Sebastiao Salgado.
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events