Michal Bregant is the director of the National Film Archive, which is tasked with preserving the Czech Republic’s rich cinema heritage and oversees over 150 million metres of film. Previously he headed another important institution, FAMU film school. A Praguer through and through, Bregant grew up on the city centre street Celetná. His family’s kitchen window overlooked the adjacent, narrow Kamzíkova – and there we take a short trip down memory lane at the start of our tour of “his Prague”.
The Prague region had the lowest unemployment rate in the entire European Union last year with 2.5 percent, according to freshly published data from Eurostat. It shared top spot on the list with Germany’s Upper Bavaria. But why is the Prague region doing so well in this respect? That’s a question I put to economist Daniel Münich.
President Miloš Zeman says a Prague district that refused to take any legal action after eggs and other objects were thrown at him is militantly right-wing. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said if eggs had been thrown at a right-wing head of state, Prague 2 would have acted differently. The president came under a hail of missiles while speaking at an event in the district marking the 25th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution in November, hours after another protest against him in the centre of the city.
Police are investigating Wednesday’s explosion of a car in Prague as attempted murder, a spokesman for the police, Jan Daněk, informed on Thursday. A bomb placed under a Skoda Octavia car exploded in Prague’s district of Měcholupy at around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. A 40-year-old woman who was sitting in the car in the time of the explosion suffered serious injuries.
Prague hotels have upped their prices by between 12 and 20 percent at the start of May for the ice hockey world championships being hosted by the capital and Ostrava. The price hikes were announced by the Czech Association of Travel Agencies. The biggest demand has come at the end the championships which continue until May 17. The association warned that hotels which had exaggerated their price rises were being shunned. Championship organisers expect 600,000 fans to be attracted to games.
A 5 x 20 metre concrete slab serving as siding of the bridge-like construction that serves Chotkova Street in the Prague city centre broke off on Sunday morning, requiring technicians to secure the section and test additional panels for safety. The slab broke off at around 6 AM. No one was hurt but guests were evacuated from two rooms at a nearby boutique hotel - the Hofmeister - as a precautionary measure. An additional side panel was found to be loose and had to be secured. Chotkova is a heavily used street winding up from the city's Malá strana quarter to Letná Park and Prague Castle, seeing traffic from both trams and motor vehicles. The concrete panel which collapsed was not a load-bearing part of the construction.
This Thursday, cyclists in Prague will have a unique opportunity to take a ride through the Blanka tunnel, before it gets filled with cars. The organizers of the annual Velká Jarní Cyklojízda or Critical Mass Bike Ride, the NGO Automat, expect thousands of people to turn up for the event. Vratislav Filler is in charge of the project:
The trial run of Prague’s Blanka tunnel could be launched on September 15, according to the spokesman for ČKD Praha DIZ, company which supplied the cables destroyed during flooding last year. The date has been agreed by representatives of Prague City Hall and the construction company. The 37-billion crown tunnel was due to open after numerous delays in April. However, the opening had to be postponed again due to the faulty cables. It was originally estimated that their replacement might take several months and cost an additional one billion crowns, but now it seems their replacement will be less extensive.
Two of President Miloš Zeman’s closest associates at his Prague Castle office are in line for ambassadorial posts, Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday. Mr. Zeman’s head of protocol, Jindřich Forejt, looks set to receive a long-mooted appointment as Czech ambassador to the Vatican, the newspaper said. However, the move is not expected to occur until late 2017, shortly before the president’s term ends. His foreign policy advisor, Hynek Kmoníček, is expected to become the country’s ambassador to Washington in around a year’s time. Hospodářské noviny said the planned departure of two key members of Mr. Zeman’s staff suggested he may not seek a second term.
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events