Compact archive September 29, 2006

Ladronka among the awarded buildings

Ladronka, together with four other buildings was awarded as the Building of the Year 2006. The former squat was reconstructed and became a popular area for spending free time.

The origin of this baroque building goes to the 17th century. Its reconstruction cost 75 millions CZK and was made by architectural atelier Safr a Hajek.

Nowadays, the Ladronka visitors can relax in a restaurant and enjoy the view over Prague, borrow roller-skates or play bowling.

The other awarded buildings are: reconstruction of the municipal office in Semily, the multipurpose hall and finished Town stadium area in Liberec, the residence of Neomed company in Prague and reconstruction of the Reduta theater in Brno.

In previous years, the winners of the award include for example Sazka Arena in Prague or Prague tram route Hlubocepy – Barrandov.

Another given award was for example The award of State fund for housing development, which was acquired by the set of eight apartment blocks Galerie nad Vltavou (Gallery upon Vltava) in Prague.

Good business conditions in Prague

That Prague is very popular by tourists is well known. But is it also attractive for business? According to the survey European Cities Monitor (ECM), made by estate agency Cushman & Wakefield in London, Prague is in the 13th place out of 33 European cities in its suitability for entrepreneurial activities.

The city No. 1 for business activities is London before Paris or Frankfurt. However Prague, Madrid and Barcelona were evaluated as cities that did the most to increase their positions. Prague has also another advantage – a lot of companies want to create their affiliates in new EU member states.

Survey ECM is based on answers of 507 managers of top European companies. Good communication, the level of costs and the quality of life in cities were some of the criteria considered by the managers.

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The more accessible town-council

A new archway was opened in the new building of Prague town-council in Jungmannova street.

The archway connects two gates from Jungmannova and Charvatova streets. Visitors can find there two information centres, a copy centre, an information office of the Prague Public Transit Co., an office of the Technical administration of communications, a registry, signatures verification and guichets of the individual departments.

This should improve the accessibilty of the town-council. So far, the various departments were in more then thirty buildings around the town. That´s why they moved to one building, so people can find all departments at one place. There should be also the metropolitan police office soon.

You can find the list of all departments, the office hours and more information on www.praha-mesto.cz.

New skyscrapers in Prague?

Plans to build new skyscrapers in Pankrac, one of the parts in Prague, have brought many positive and negative responses for seven years, when it appeared for the first time. Now, when the realization of this project is really close, this opinion diversity is even more visible.

Opponents of this project claim that Prague is known for its beautiful historical skyline and new skyscrapers would destroy the amazing view. They also fear that Prague would lose its position on prestigious UNESCO list, which would harm its reputation in the world. They also criticise the city council for the fact that they did not inform UNESCO about their plans.

On the other hand, this project has lots of supporters. They say that Prague lacks something from the most modern architecture and that Prague centre joined UNESCO with its already existing skyscrapers in Pankrac.

UNESCO have not given official statement yet, it will consider next procedure after receiving all documents from the city and freelance expertise.

100 years of horceracing in Velka Chuchle

Horseracing takes place in Velka Chuchle for 100 years already. There was a celebration of this anniversary at the stadium yesterday.

Contemporary materials show how imposing was the first meeting in Velka Chuchle 100 years ago: on 28th of September 1906 there were thousands of visitors.

After 1989 there was a less successful period, but in recent years the stadium prospers again and aspires to be one of the top European race-grounds.

Last year there were 21 racing days in Velka Chuchle and 171 races altogether. The prize for the winner was 18 693 300 CZK, which is more than any other Czech race-ground can offer. From the beginning of April till the end of October (with the break during the summer) there were about 50 – 60 thousands of visitors and the attendance gets better every year.

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Czech films for everybody - Eskapady 2006

Eskapady 2006 is a project whose aim is to represent high-quality Czech and Czechoslovakia films to general public. Each film is either with English subtitles or interpreted into English and therefore is available for everybody who does not master Czech language.

The film show starts today at 18.00 by a silent film called Stavitel chrámu accompanied by life music. This project lasts 10 days and visitors can see well known films such as Lasky jedne plavovlasky (M. Forman, 1965), Skrivanci na niti (J. Menzel, 1969) or Obecna skola (J. Sverak, 1991). Eskapady 2006 presents also a comedy called Happy End by O. Lipsky. The magic of this film is its narration backwards; from the end to the begging of the story.

Films are shown in the afternoons and evenings in Atlas cinema in Prague (Sokolovska 1) in the small hall (Maly sal); for more information about the program click here.

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Nick Cave´s show sold out

The charismatic cult singer Nick Cave is going to perform in the Prague Congress Centre on Saturday the 30th of September, as we announced earlier. The tickets to the gig are already gone.

Cave started in the early 80´s with his first band, the goth pioneers The Birthday Party. After they split, Nick Cave, fascinated by the inspirational atmosphere of that time west Berlin, far from the artistic snobbery of London, moved to Berlin and assembled there a new band, the Bad Seeds: featuring Blixa Bargeld, guitarist from the industrial Einstürzende Neubauten, the ex-Magazine bassist Barry Adamson and former Birthday Party guitarist Mick Harvey on drums. Their post-punk music was influenced by blues, gospel and rock and their lyrics explored themes like death, love and religion.

Nick Cave also appeared in Wim Wender´s movie Wings of Desire (1987) and later in the Australian movie Ghosts…of the Civil Dead (1989). He published a novel And the Ass Saw the Angel, and also a collection of lyrics, plays and prose King Ink. His most successful album in recent years was Murder Ballads (1996), where he sings a duet with Kylie Minogue in the hit Where the Wild Roses Grow, and with PJ Harvey in Henry Lee. Recently, he wrote a screenplay to the movie The Proposition, as well as the soundtrack.

His Prague show is a part of his Solo Tour. The gig starts at 8 pm.

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World Press Photo ends this Sunday

Those of you who want to see the best photographs showing crucial events of the last year should not miss World Press Photo 2006 in Prague’s Karolinum (street Ovocny trh 3) open until 1st October. Prague is one of more than 90 places where you can see the best photos from the whole world divided into 10 categories.

World Press Photo was founded in 1955 in Amsterdam when it’s seated till nowadays. This year 83 044 photos from 4448 professional photographers representing 122 countries was evaluated. The jury awarded 63 authors from 25 countries in the world. Also Czech photographer Michal Novotny was successful; won 3rd place in the category Daily life for his pictures showing a braille school in Liberia.

The total winner of this year was Canadian photographer Finbarr O´Reilly working for Reuters agency with his photo showing an African woman kissing her baby’s hand. Traditional Prague’s Prize (Cena Prahy) was given to Edmond Terakopian living in London for his photos made shortly after terrorist attacks in London Tube.

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