Compact archive October 3, 2006

Urban art festival Move

Six best music clubs in Prague will connect next week for the second year of Move – “the festival of the urban culture”. In Abaton, Cross, Matrix, Palac Akropolis, Rock Cafe and Roxy you can see over 70 gigs, dramatic performances and movies.

Coldcut or Sofa Surfers are among the performers. The festival aims to offer a profile of the “street art” from biggest European cities like Berlin, Lisbon, London, Paris or Vienna, together with young Czech artists. Part of the festival will take place abroad, in Oslo, London and Berlin, with Czech bands November 2nd, Ahmed ma hlad and Chinaski.

During the festival there will be an international conference about the music industry, on Friday 13th October in the French Institute in Prague. The professionals can exchange their experience there.

The Move festival takes place from 9th till 14th October, tickets are available at the venues, as well as in Ticketpro, Ticketstream and Ticketportal.

You can find more information and program here.


Prague libraries have more readers

Prague citizens visit libraries more and more often. During the 90´s the number of readers went down, but since the Municipal Library on Marianske namesti was reconstructed in 1998, the number keeps raising. Nowadays, there are almost 200 000 registered readers of the Municipal Library of Prague, which makes about 16.6 percent of Prague citizens.

Most of the library´s branches are already automated, most recently the branch in Skalka, and soon also the branches in Michle and Vikova, Prague 4.

There are also plans for building new libraries in the city, as for the National Library, which should be built in 2010 in Letna and so move from the historical building Clementinum, which is now its residence. In 2008 there should be also a new National Technical Library.

Another possibility to borrow a book in Prague is to visit some foreign institute, for example Goethe-Institut in Masarykovo nabrezi or Institut Francais de Prague in Stepanska street.

This week, an event The week of the libraries takes place in many libraries around the republic. Its purpose is to attract new visitors, so people can for example obtain a free pass to the State Technical Library for half a year, or see various exhibitions.

The most popular book among readers right now is Da Vinci Code, which is reserved by 37 people in The Municipal Library.

Designblok 2006 starts

Designblok is a display of world design which is held annually in Prague in the form of presentations and exhibitions in galleries and salesrooms. Designblok 2006 starts today and ends on 8th October. The main topic of this year is housing and home.

Designblok is centred mainly in Superstudio in complex River Diamond (Prague’s Karlin, street Rohanske nabrezi) where visitors can see project Domov muj (My home) devoted to present housing visions. Here you can find not only presentations of more then 50 designers but also an inquiry office providing information about Designblok 2006 and a reading-room with style magazines from the whole world.

Among other places where Desingblok takes place let us name Vinohradska road with kitchen and furniture studios, Holesovice or Old Town. Logos of Designblok 2006 are located on visible places for easier orientation.


New centre Outlet Airport Praha

For travellers flying from/to Prague there will be a new shopping centre called Outlet Airport Praha. Construction works on this centre started a few days ago and should be finished in November 2007.

This new shopping centre will offer brand clothes from older collections that will be sold with a great discount. Company B.Consulting which is the operator of this centre, has already started dealing with brands such as Adidas, Nike, Puma, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana or Gucci. Also Czech brands should be represented.

Outlet Airport Praha will be near the Prague’s international airport Ruzyne on the important road artery Praha-Chomutov. There will be also an information board with departures and arrives of planes. The connection with the airport will be provided by shuffle buses for free.

A new park in Prague Zizkov

There will be a new park around the reconstructed St. Roch´s Church in Zizkov, Prague on the Olsanske namesti (square).

The baroque church, which was built in reaction to the plague in 1680, was reconstructed last year. It served as a graveyard church originally and became a parish church in 1842. This cupola building was probably designed by the famous French architect Jean Baptiste Mathey and built by the constructor Hainric. The main neo-Renaissance altar was designed by Antonin Baum in 1879 and the oldest extant thing is the baroque tinny font from 1595.

The uncared-for park around the church defaced its surroundings. Now there will be new grass plots with artificial watering, shrubs and newly paved ways. The works should be finished till the end of the year 2006.

The Chmelnice rock club is back

The legendary rock club Chmelnice in Jarov, Prague comes back to its beginnings and brings in live concerts again.

The cult club started in 1981 and became probably the most renowned Prague venue during the eighties thanks to its non conform program. Gigs of underground bands, many of which have started there (Garage, Hudba Praha and others), dramatic and lecture evenings took place there. During the communist era, this place became a sort of little space of freedom and among visitors there were often dissidents and other seditious groups of people. That´s why the club was a thorn in the official cultural institutions´ side.

In the 90´s the club declined, was closed for some time and then became a disco. Now it tries to resurrect its reputation and started yesterday with a live show of the band Hudba Praha, which celebrated its 25 years anniversary there. The club is now called Exit Chmelnice, has space for 500 visitors and hopes to revive the alternative spirit of its past.

International Jazz Festival Prague


Traditional International Jazz Festival in Prague belongs to the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, this year it already celebrates 30 years. International Jazz Festival Prague 2006 takes place in Reduta Jazz Club and Lucerna Music Bar from 26th October till 2nd November.

Jazz musicians from 11 countries will play in 10 concerts during eight days. The headliner of this year will be legendary organist from the USA Rhoda Scott who is on the programme on 2nd November. Among others we can hear Dutch Basily, Hungarian jazz chorus Djabe or jazz harmonica player Sugar Blue, an ex-teammate of Rolling Stones and Grammy winner.

The festival will also commemorate Czech jazz promoter Jaroslav Jezek who was born exactly 100 years ago. His ageless songs will be played by Petr Korinek Jazz Orchestra and sung by Eva Svobodova.

International Jazz Festival in Prague is held, like every year, under the auspices of President of the Czech Republic and the Capital City of Prague. For the program of the festival click here.


Rock'n'roll concert in Prague tonight

For all those who are fond of rock’n’roll music there is a concert of Pepa Pilar, the legend of Czech rock’n’roll, and his Classic Rock’n’Roll Band tonight.

Pepa Pilar started to play his favourite rock’n’roll songs in the band The teenagers at the end of the 50’s. In the old regime the rock’n’roll music was not so welcome and in 1978 he was even forced to change the name of the band to Classic Rock’n’Roll Band. In 1984 their first album was introduced, since 1989 Pepa Pilar has performed also in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

You can come back to 50’s and listen to your favourite songs in Music Bar Futurum (street Zborovska 7) at 9 p.m. The concert is held within the scope of Illegal pub free party and therefore is for free.