Preparations are well underway for the 2015 edition of the colourful One World international festival of human rights documentaries, which begins in Prague on Monday before travelling on to 33 other cities and towns. The visuals for the 2015 One World feature people covered in bubble wrap and before discussing expected highlights with fest director Hana Kulhánková I asked what was the thinking behind this year’s theme.
Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to the very first and undoubtedly the most popular Czech musical Starci na chmelu or The Hop Pickers. The film, also known in English as The Hop Side Story, was directed by Ladislav Rychman in 1964 and has become something of a cult classic. The songs, composed by Vlastimil Hála, Jiří Malásek and Jiří Bažant, remain popular to this day.
Anyone interested in English-language theatre in Prague will do well to look up tickets for productions by the Prague Shakespeare Company, founded by the Texas-born Guy Roberts, who is also its artistic director. The company has a much anticipated production of Twelfth Night coming up at the Kolowrat Theatre as well as other plays on.
The National Gallery in Prague is undergoing a restructuring in view of showing its collections to the best possible advantage and meeting the standards of a leading European art institution. The man masterminding this transformation is chief-curator Adam Budak who previously worked at the Kunsthaus in Graz, Austria and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC.
“Once upon a time there lived a thief …” the times are changing and so are fairytales. A collection of stories written by a judge from police files reflects the reality of the present day far better than the traditional classics and the aim of the collection is to teach children right from wrong in an entertaining manner.
In mid-February, Wenceslas Square in Prague will be hosting a special event – a concert of the Tap Tap orchestra. The Tap Tap has travelled the world, performed at the Prague Spring festival and sold out the Prague Opera House, but what makes this band truly unique are its members: most of them are handicapped.
Today’s Sunday Music Show looks at Wabi Daněk, the legendary Czech folk and country singer, who has teamed up with a group of young musicians in a project called Ďáblovo stádo or The Devil’s Flock. To this day, they have released two albums of the best known folk and country songs, giving them a fresh, contemporary twist.
We are in Prague’s Jewish Ghetto at the end of the 17th century. A young boy dies under mysterious circumstances. Did he die of natural causes or was it murder? This real life mystery is the starting point for the latest novel by the Prague writer, Marek Toman. The book takes us on a journey where past and present intertwine, and where rumour, prejudice, fear and deception draw us ever further from the truth. David Vaughan went to meet the author.
The Prague Shakespeare Company is now rehearsing a new production of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night to premiere at Divadlo Kolowrat in March. The production is already garnering plenty of attention, not least because one of the main roles will be performed by Great Britain’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jan Thompson.