The sound of jazz by a skilled trio of musicians greets visitors at one of the most highly regarded events of the season: the awarding on Thursday of the Czech national prize for the year's outstanding design. Traditionally the event, organised by the Design Centre in cooperation with the Quality Council of the Czech Republic and titled Excellent Product of the Year - is held at Prague's Bethlehem Chapel, and it is nothing if not prestigious. It draws hundreds of designers as well as government ministers, manufacturers and business insiders to get
Slovaks living in the Czech Republic are returning home in their droves, a Czech artist has made it into the Guinness Book of Records for producing the world's smallest book of portraits, and what animal does Prague's mayor want to use as a mascot for the city's Olympic bid? Find out more in this week's Magazine.
The independent street artist Honza Kalab, who goes by the name of Point, has put up scores of sculptures on buildings around Prague. His pieces, made from gypsum, come in various colours but take the same form, with the letters of his pseudonym arranged to look like a little dragon. Honza Kalab's studio is a cold, disused electricity transformer station in Prague 9. When we met there, I began by asking how many of his sculptures he has put up in the capital?
Last year the Czech Prison Service decided to commission a calendar for 2007 that would be just "a little bit different", a calendar featuring shapely female silhouettes - mostly anonymous arms and legs - behind bars. Now, two months into the new year, the finished product has come under fairly heavy fire, with critics in the media questioning the calendar's appropriateness and overall worth.
Over 20,000 East Germans escaped to freedom via the West German Embassy in Prague in mid-to-late 1989, as the communist edifice started to crumble after four long decades. Their exodus is now recalled in a new exhibition entitled "Cesta za svobodou" or "Journey to Freedom" at Prague's Police Museum.
The National Gallery in Prague has marked the 211th anniversary of its foundation by opening its doors to the public free of charge all weekend. A group of aristocrats and intellectuals set up the Patriotic Friends of the Arts in 1796. They established two institutions, the Academy of Fine Arts and the publicly accessible Picture Gallery of Patriotic Friends of the Arts. The latter - combined with the Modern Gallery of the Kingdom of Bohemia, founded in 1902 - was the director predecessor of today's Czech National Gallery.
Czechs and Germans in 1930s Czechoslovakia: a complex picture
Wide range of events in store for Czechs this weekend as 30-year anniversary of Velvet Revolution reaches climax
Hundreds of thousands again gather in Prague to voice their opposition to prime minister
Shabby pub profits from nostalgia
Škoda unveils 4th-generation Octavia ahead of model’s 60th anniversary