Meanwhile the festival Dvořák’s Prague comes to a close on Saturday with a concert by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra led by the young French conductor Ludovic Morlot in Rudolfinum. French pianist Cédric Tiberghien will be performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, while the music of Dvořák will be represented by the prelude Husitská and Symphony No. 7. One of the aims of the festival is to introduce with young musicians who have garnered success elsewhere but are little known in the Czech Republic.
A storm of outrage erupted in mid August when Prague city council gave the green light for a camp to be created for the capital’s homeless. Human rights groups said it was a throwback to a darker era, non-profit groups argued the step would simply not work. This week’s Talking Point looks at the arguments stirred up about the homeless camp.
Café society was a reality in Prague and many other Czech towns and cities during a golden era before the First World War and between the wars. There were hundreds of such cafés with the latest addition often trying to outdo its predecessors in luxury and splendour. This edition of Prague Spotlight centres on one of the most famous of these cafés, the Café Louvre. It is one of the few great cafés which have survived the ravages of time and has been restored to some of its original grandeur.
When Barbora Jarešová, the head of marketing at a Prague global real estate services firm, started blogging about cool places, hip design and trendy restaurants in the Czech Republic, it was mostly for her own pleasure and to inform close friends of what’s happening in Prague and other Czech cities. On her website, ProtiMysl, readers can see gorgeous photographs of little-known and unique locations – and to many foreigners, it comes as quite a surprise that there is more to Prague than dumplings, beer and art nouveau buildings. Barbora talked about
Prague councillors on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to create a special camp for the city’s homeless somewhere in the suburbs; a place where they would be given food and shelter, while remaining conveniently out of sight. Councillors argue that this will bring relief to both the general public and the homeless. However, human rights activists and non-profit groups have raised an outcry against what they see as a dangerous policy of segregation.
No visit to Prague is complete without a stroll across Charles Bridge. A masterpiece of mediaeval architecture, the bridge has survived floods, sieges and even some poorly executed renovations. In this edition of Spotlight, we walk across the bridge with architect Martin Krise from a preservationists’ association called the Club for Ancient Prague.
The City of Prague has halted traffic and transport on the Vltava after water flow on Sunday morning was measured at 600 cubic metres per second. Expected weather conditions should see an even greater volume. Piers will be closed and all transport and activity on the river stopped, deputy mayor Rudolf Blažek said. Anti-flood barriers, such as the one near the Four Seasons hotel not far from the historic Old Town Square, are be putting into effect in keeping with the city’s anti-flood measures.
The Prague Civic Democrats are expected to officially announce their candidate for mayor in local elections this autumn on Monday, but the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes has suggested that party bosses themselves are still far from decided. Names floated earlier include actor/senator Tomáš Topfer and emergency services head Zdeněk Schwarz. But neither man has officially been contacted and both denied any interest in the post, the paper said. The Civic Democrats are under pressure to find a strong candidate to run against rivals such as Markéta Reedová (former deputy mayor) for Public Affairs or Zdeněk Tůma (the former governor of the central bank, running for Top 09). In the national election back in May, it was newcomer TOP 09 that scored better than the Civic Democrats in Prague, which had long been their bastion.
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