St. Wenceslas

"Vezensky lagr" Totalitarian Prison Art on Wenceslas Square, Prague

Behind the symbolic barbed wire are placed few dozens of portraits of former political prisoners. The exhibition ‘Pribehy bezpravi’ (The Stories of Injustice) complements the third volume of the project Ztracena duse naroda – Ztrata slusnosti (The loss of a Nation’s soul – The loss of Decency) directed by Olga Sommerova.

Traditional contents of this event are movie screenings and debates with witnesses of communist injustice. The ‘lágr’ (communist prison) is build under the Wenceslas statue, having a symbolic meaning; it represents dozens of real lágrs of communist Czechoslovakia. The organizers explain:

“We chose photo portraits of prisoners’ files according to one aim; we wanted to show, how wide the spectra of persecuted citizens was. All the prisoners, whose photos are shown, are linked by becoming victims of the totalitarian despotism, and also by their bravery, moral strength, and resilience they demonstrated.”

Similar fate met thousands of other Czechoslovakian citizens, and the exhibition is devoted to them.
The project’s web here

St. Wenceslas beanfeast in Prague 4

On 28th September people in the Czech Republic commemorates st. Wenceslav, a saint and the patron of Czech lands. Prague 4 celebrates this special day by a beanfeast in the park Na Jezerce.

This celebration which already starts today with a march along streets in Prague 4 is going to take a few days. The main programme starts tomorrow at 10.00 in the park Na Jezerce.

The park is going to be in the spirit of medieval times with swordsmen, period musicians, markets, a tavern and shows of historical handicrafts. The feast promises a full programme for children and adults for the whole day. Visitors who like music can listen to several concerts of famous musicians: Jaroslav Hutka, Radim Hladik, Vera Martinova and Pavel Dobes.

Celebration continues on Friday at 16.00 in St. Wenceslas church with Antonin Dvorak’s Luzanska D-dur and on 3rd October at 17.00 with a concert of Marta Kubisova in Nusle town hall.

Entrance for all activities is free. To get to this feast, you can take metro red line C to station Pankrac and here continue by bus no. 188 to the bus stop Jezerka. Or from metro station Muzeum (red line C or green line A) tram no. 11. Parking is possible in the street Druzstevni ochoz.

St. Wenceslas Fair started

Traditional st. Wenceslas fair (Svatovaclavska pout) started last Saturday in the exhibition area (Vystaviste) in Holesovice Prague. This fair is open every weekday (except Monday) from 14.00 till 21.00, at weekends and holidays from 10.00 till 22.00 until 5th November.

This fair which is similar to Matejska pout in spring offers attractions not only for children under 10 years old but also lots of attractions for adults. In the area you can also find kiosks with various product assortment.

On Monday 2nd October from 12.00 till 16.00 there is a special programme for handicapped people. All attractions and adjoining programme are that day for handicapped people without charge.

In the same exhibition area you can also see a unique permanent exhibition of sea aquaria and sea animals and plants called Morsky svet (Sea World), or circus Praga inspired by Czech fairy tales.