Compact archive November 3, 2006

Madrid is dancing in Prague

Contemporary Spanish dance will be introduced in Prague at the festival called “Madrid baila en Praga”. The festival will show various styles of Spanish dance from dance theatres, inspirations by flamenco to performances for children.

The festival will introduce many groups of Spanish dancer, such as Larumbe Danza, Aracaladanza, Losdedae or Teresa Nieto & Company. Besides the individual performances the festival will be accompanied with workshops and discussions about dance and culture policy.

The festival of Spanish dance takes place in Prague theatre Ponec (Husitska 24 A street) from today until 7th November. Tickets for various performances are available at the box-offices in Theatre Ponec and through Ticketpro.

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2006 International Privacy Survey

Privacy International, a human rights organization, issued the results of the ranking assessment of the state of privacy in European countries together with eleven benchmark countries, such as the USA, Canada, Russia or China.

The aim of this survey was to find countries with nurtured privacy protection and respect for privacy. The survey does not want to humiliate the worst ranking countries but to show that good privacy environment is possible.

The Czech Republic is 18th together with Slovakia out of 37 countries. The best ranking countries are Germany and Canada with the healthiest privacy environment. The worst ranking countries of the survey are Malaysia and China, in EU it is the United Kingdom.

If you want to learn more about the survey, click here.

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Changing of the statues on Old Town Bridge Tower

New decoration of Old Town Bridge Tower have to be done because of the poor state of the statues at the frontage. The statues were made in the 70’s of the last century from low-class artificial stone and were badly damaged by the changing weather during the years.

The old copies of historical statues will be replace with new stone ones. The original sculptures were made by Peter Parler in the 14th century and represent great rulers, such as St Vitus, the bridge’s patron saint, Charles IV or Wenceslas IV.

Due to this changes the viewing gallery will be closed to the public from 4th November to 12th November. The tickets to the Tower will be therefore cheaper. On 6th and 7th November the whole tower will be closed for technical reasons.

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World Arena Motocross in Prague

International race competition Euronics Arenacross invites for the performances of the best riders on the second longest indoor track in Europe.

This race take place in Prague for the first time. In contrast to Brno competition, where the competititon took place last years, also women will compete. More than 400 riders from 12 countries will contest on 420 meters long track in total. Visitors can also look forward to Jump Night Show freestyle exhibition on BMX bikes and small motorbikes at the end of the competition.

Arenamotocross is held in Sazka Arena this weekend. It starts at 19:00 on Saturday and at 15:00 on Sunday. Tickets are still available through Sazkaticket or at the box-offices in Sazka Arena for 390 – 790 CZK.

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Money exhibition in a bank vault

New exposition given by Czech National Bank (CNB) can be seen in the former bank vault in the city centre of Prague. The exhibition is devoted to people and money – it shows the history of money from flints to digital money and microchips.

Visitors can learn from audiovisual programmes, interactive touch screens, 65 show-cases with unique exhibits and means of payment. The exhibition also displays forget banknotes, banknotes protections and a special show-case full of 1 tone of gold in various forms. Visitors can buy medals, commemorative coins or replicas of ducats as souvenirs.

The exhibition is open every weekday except Monday from 9:00 to 16:00, on Thursday to 18:00. The building of the bank is on Na Prikope 28 street near Powder Gate.

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