One of the most famous attractions of Prague's Old Town is the former Jewish Ghetto, a witness to the long and rich Jewish history of the Czech capital, and also to centuries of discrimination. The gradual emancipation of Prague's Jewish population began with the Enlightenment in the 18th century. As some Prague Jews grew wealthier and more self-confident, as well as more secular, the first portraits began to appear. Some depicted the spiritual leaders of Prague's Jewish society but others showed well off members of the community and their families.
Datatransfer is the name of a festival of contemporary visual culture being held at Prague's Archa theatre this weekend. Organisers say the festival, which is taking place for the sixth time this year, aims to present progressive trends in digital film, graphic design and photography. Jana Zielinski, one of Datatransfer's curators, told me more.
This Thursday saw the start of the famous Prague Spring Festival opened by the Czech Philharmonic performing works by J. B. Foerster, Otakar Ostrcil, and Antonin Dvorak, conducted by Zdenek Macal. The repertoire echoed the first historic concert in 1946, while Friday will see a performance of the more traditional "Ma Vlast" - Bedrich Smetana's "My Country". The festival - as always - is taking place at a number of important and architecturally stunning venues including Prague's Rudolfinum Concert Hall, the Estates Theatre, the National Theatre,
A new exhibition of photographs opened in the town of Broumov this weekend, depicting the region's unique geography and cultural heritage. Broumov and the surrounding villages were once home to a sizeable German community, almost all of whom were expelled after the war. The pictures, by photographer Hana Jakrlova, record the echoes of a lost community. Rob Cameron was at the opening and has this report.
A group of students training to be car mechanics in the town of Tisnov have created something unique in the motoring world - a car with two steering wheels. Convicts and police officers play their annual "friendly" football game. And, why do Czechs fear weddings in the month of May? Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
In this week's Arts we look at two new separate exhibitions opening in and around Prague. The first, at the Hollar gallery on the banks of the Vltava in the Czech capital, opened Wednesday: it brings together work by many of the country's best known graphic designers - who first made their mark some forty years ago. The second exhibition, held just outside of Prague at the Museum of Central Bohemia in Roztoky, also looks at the 60s. It takes something of a playful approach, combining not only a look at Czech glassware and jewellery, but lifestyle
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