Compact archive November 15, 2006

International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Prague

Prague will host XVI. International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music. The festival is held under the auspices of the City of Prague in the first Advent week.

The festival is open for male, female, mixed and children’s choirs. The participating choirs will sing Advent, Christmas or spiritual songs a cappella or with instrumental accompaniment. Part of the festival will be also a contest for Petr Eben Award.

The festival takes place in National House Smichov (nam. 14. rijna 16) from 1st to 2nd December. The participating choirs will sing together in the Old Town Square on Saturday 2nd December at 16:00. For the programme of the festival click here.


Prague Castle in Photographs 1900 - 1939

Second part of the exhibition Prague Castle in Photographs concentrates on the historically significant period 1900 – 1939. The photographs show the transformation of the decaying Castle to the modern seat of Czech presidents and the final phase of building St. Vitus Cathedral.

The exhibition contains documentary photographs as well as art photographs by famous photographers Josef Hudek or Frantisek Drtikola. The display includes also snapshots of cultural and political events and portrait photographs of people connected with Prague Castle.

The exhibition takes place in The Teresian Wing of the Old Royal Palace. It is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Entrance fee is 70 CZK (discounts for students, families and school classes). The exhibition is held until 14th January 2007.


Museum complex on Wenceslas Square

The National Museum on the upper part of Wenceslas Square may get the building where Radion Free Europe seats now. The connection of these two buildings promises a large area for exhibitions and other cultural projects. The Ministry of Culture want the goverment to decide about it before the end of this month.

The Radio Free Europe next to the National Museum is going to move to a new building in Hagibor which is better protected. New spaces in the old building in Wenceslas Sguare can be used as large lecture-rooms, labs, administration offices and also as exhibition halls or restaurants. This building can be connected with the National Museum with a tunnel, which will create a unique museum complex.

Also the National museum is going to change. First phase of restoration works will start in spring next year. In four years the historical building of the National museum will be totally empty and waiting for restoration that will last from 2011 to 2015.


Art exhibition that helps disabled students

Konto Bariery Foundation organizes the exhibition of paintings, graphic art, drawings and sculptures to help disabled students. The exhibition takes place in Prague’s Carolinum in Ovocny trh.

Visitors can see 336 paitings and sculptures by prominent Czech artists every day and decide which work they like most until 30th November. There is no entrance fee.

The auction of works takes place in Blue lecture-room in Carolinum on Saturday 2nd December 2006 at 14:00. The call price will be a half of the real value of the piece of art.

The profit from the auction will be given partly as grants to disabled students and partly to people who need a corneal transplantation. Last year Konto Bariery collected 4 million CZK.


Harlem Gospel Singers & Band show in Prague

Harlem Gospel Singers & Band celebrate their 15th anniversary of their foundation by the music concert full of gospel, jazz, blues, R&B and soul in Prague. The concert of Harlem Gospel Singers & Band does not offer only great music performance but also great choreography and show.

The main star of the show is Queen Esther Marrow who performed with Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerrald, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Chick Corea or B.B.King. Her concerts were visited by American presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush and the British Royal family. She considers the biggest success of her career several performances for the Pope John Paul II. She was awarded prestigious Elly Fitgerald for her life’s work.

The show of Harlem Gospel Singers & Band takes place in Congress Centre in Prague (Tr. 5. kvetna 65 street) on 10th December at 20:00. Ticketpro sells tickets from 1690 CZK to 690 CZK.