Prague’s Žižkov district will name one of its streets after Olga Havlová, the deceased first wife of ex-president Vaclav Havel. The former first lady was extremely popular with the public and often proclaimed herself to be a Žižkov patriot, the district where she was born and grew up. Olga Havlová died of cancer in 1996.
Prague residents have been marking the 120th anniversary of the famous Petřín tower and funicular on Petřín hill. Organisers put together a series of events for visitors on Saturday which wrap-up at five pm local time. Free admission has been on offer for those arriving in 19th century costume. Historic vehicles, including antique fire trucks, are on view near the venue. Petřín Tower - the Czech capital’s answer to the Eiffel Tower in Paris – was completed for the Prague Jubilee of 1891.
In this week’s Arts, my guest is Welsh writer James Stafford, the author of a wonderfully irreverent new webcomic The Sorrowful Putto of Prague. The comic tells the story of a 400-year-old putto (or cherub) named Xavier living in the city and it has captured the attention of both Czech and English-language readers. After looking up the site myself, I was curious to learn more about Xavier and his world. Luckily James Stafford – who is not usually based in Prague – was able to come to the studio to discuss the project.
On the edge of Prague’s Letná plain, overlooking the Vltava and the Old Town, stand several remarkable buildings from the Belle Époque when Prague was hoping to become the Paris of the East. One of these structures is the Hanau Pavilion, a church-like edifice of cast iron and bricks built to demonstrate the dynamic development of Bohemian industry. Today as in the past, its restaurant offers amazing views of the capital.
Prague City Hall wants significant changes to the municipal development plan over the coming years, the Czech Press Agency reports. According to the agency, the changes would include a transformation of industrial zones in Vysočany and Ruzně into residential areas and potentially redevelop the area of Strahov Stadium. The current city administration says the new development plan will not be ready until at least 2014, a considerable postponement from the plans of the previous administration. The city is already discussing three packages for major city-wide changes, including the reconstruction of three train stations as well as metro and transport structures.
The first Prague Pride march in support of sexual minorities set off across the city centre on Saturday, the main event of the five-day Tolerance Festival. Roughly 5,000 rainbow-clad marchers met at Náměstí Republiky at 1 p.m. and set out for Střelecký Ostrov, where a music festival will be held. Thousands of bystanders also stopped to watch the parade. The prcession was met by a small group of some 40 right-wing extremists at Jungmannově náměstí, some of whom hurled plastic bottles and insults; no other conflicts occurred. A counter-event organised by young Christian Democrats saw about 200 and ended before the gay pride march began.
Are you planning to visit Prague but would like to avoid all the tourist traps? Do you want to spend some time off the beaten track and experience the city the way the locals do? If you consider yourself a traveller rather than a tourist, a new map called Use It will help you to do all that, and more.
In this edition of our Sunday Music Show, we’ll hear songs inspired by the Czech capital, its beauty, its people and some of the events that took place there. Throughout the centuries, many writers, painters and other artists have been captured by the city’s charm but in our show today, we will listen to songs by foreign artists including Nick Cave, British Sea Power, Slayer, Joaquin Sabina, Vladimir Troshin, and others.
The Culture Committee of the Czech Senate on Wednesday voted in favour of
revising the planned demolition of a building on Prague’s Wenceslas
Square. Committee members argued Prague City Hall officials who approved
the demolition as well as Culture Minister Jiří Besser who backed their
decision failed to take into account experts’ opinions on the matter.
Earlier this year, Prague City Hall approved a request by the owner of the 130-year-old building to demolish it and build an office complex in its place. The plan has raised concerns both among the public and preservationists.
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