Compact archive October 6, 2006

Flamenco night with La Chiri and Los Remendios

Do you want to spent tonight in the rhythm of flamenco and learn something from the dance art? Find your way to the music club Popocafepetl in Prague.

Spanish dancer La Chiri who taught in prestigious flamenco schools in Spain and worked as a choreographer is coming to Prague after 6 years’ activities in Seville. She will be accompanied by the dance-music group Los Remendios.

Flamenco night starts at 20:30 in Popocafepetl, Újezd 19 street in Prague 1 – Little Quarter. Entrance fee is 200 CZK.

Brevnov fair starts

Brevnovske posviceni is a name for the traditional fair that takes place in front of the Brevnov Monastery (Brevnovsky klaster) in Marketska street, Prague 6.

From today visitors can enjoy their time on the fair-ground, by watching jugglers and entertainers, by listening to the live music, tasting good drinks and meals or by buying souvenirs on the market. Splendid fireworks are on the programme at 19:05 every day.

This year is a bit special. An attempt to break a world record will be made – to bake the largest Brevnov pie. Also the most beautiful young girls in Europe – the finalists of Miss Europe-Junior – will join the feast at 14:00 on Saturday.

The Brevnov fair closes at 22:00 every day and it is held until Sunday 8th October. Together with the fair, the Brevnov Monastery is open to the public.

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Suzanne Vega in Svandovo divadlo

The American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega is going to perform in the big hall of Svandovo divadlo (theater) in Smichov, Prague 5, tonight. She will play together with her bassist Mike Visceglia.

Suzanne Vega became famous thanks to her album Solitude Standing with songs like Luka or Tom´s Diner. Since then, she released several albums well regarded by both critics and listeners and cooperated with Phillip Glass and others. In 1999 she released a book called The Passionate Eye containing her lyrics, essays, short stories and an interview with Leonard Cohen. Her next album should be ready next year in the spring.

Tonight, the concert starts at 8 pm and will be followed by introducing the book Everything is a bet, a compilation of interviews with various personalities, Suzanne Vega included, held in the theater. The tickets are available at the venue.

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New information about terrorist threats

Czech newspaper MF DNES brings new information about terrorist threats in Prague: Arabic terrorist planned to kidnap tens of Jews during their celebration of the New Year, keep them as hostage and finally murder them.

Extremists planned that the release of hostage would be on condition that is not possible to meet, such as the withdrawal of the American troops from Iraq. Then the terrorist would explode the whole building. The attack would probably take place in the synagogue in Jeruzalemska street during the Jewish celebrations.

Two armed policemen guard in front of the synagogue, but it is possible that more plainclothes policemen are present. There are still enhanced security measures because of terrorist threats in Prague.

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The Musical Theater in Karlin returns

The restored Karlin theater will open again on 12th October. It has been modernized and made more comfortable for visitors. The theater was damaged by flood in 2002 and since then closed, the performances had to move to the Congress Centre.

The old hall of the Karlin theatre was built in 1881. Now it got a bigger stage, which was lowered a bit for a better view and also the number of seats was reduced to ensure a good view from every place. The theater now has a big turntable and the chandelier above the auditorium got its original appearance, as well as the historical curtain.

The theater will now be one of the most beautiful in Prague, thanks to forty restorers. Its first show will be the opening night of the American musical Producers, based on the eponymous movie from 1968. It has already been staged on Broadway, Toronto or London.

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Prague in 6th place in popularity

According to Tomio Okamura from Asociace ceskych cestovnich kancelari a agentur (Czech Travel Bureaus And Agencies Association) Prague is the 6th most visited place in Europe, before Barcelona and Vienna.

The most visited city in Europe is London, then Paris, Rome, Madrid, Berlin and then Prague. Last year 6,3 million tourists (mainly German, British and Italian) visited the capital of the Czech Republic. Even a higher number of visitors is estimated for this year.

Since 1989, after the revolution, the number of tourist has risen by 250 per cent. Average expenses are 2800 CZK per visitor per day.

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