Compact archive December 7, 2006

Children's choirs in Old Town Square in Prague

The second Advent weekend in the centre of Prague will be devoted to children “connecting Europe”. The project Bridges Between Cities introduces children’s choirs from five big cities: Prague, Brno, Wienna, Krakov, Bratislava.

It is an exchange of children’s singing, dancing and folklore groups from associated cities in Europe celebrating Christmas together. The age of children is between ten to eighteen years old. One of the aims of the project is that the children get to know the visited cities much better.

People in Prague can see the performances of the children this weekend from 15:00 to 17:00 in Old Town Square full of Christmas markets.


Exhibition of untypical pictures of Prague

Vaclav Spala Gallery displays an exhibition “Tomas Bican – Mesto” showing 50 large-sized black-and white photos by Czech photographer Tomas Bican. The pictures do not represent the traditional views on popular places in Prague but they concentrate on unique way of looking at the peripheries of Prague.

Panoramic photos of this exhibition show Prague architecture and the way of living in Prague. Bican’s photos were awarded in Czech Press Photo 2001 and Praha fotograficka. This exhibition closes 10 years of Bican’s work on Prague pictures.

You can visit the exhibition in Vaclav Spala Gallery (Narodni trida 30) every day (except Monday) from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 12:30 to 18:00 until 29th December 2006.


Christmas markets at Prague Exhibition Ground

Christmas markets can be found on many places in Prague centre. Industrial Palace (Prumyslovy palac) at Prague Exhibition Ground (Vystaviste) in Prague-Holesovice offers Christmas markets with rich accompanying programme.

The Christmas markets starts tomorrow and will last until 22nd December. You can find variety of goods especially from small Czech companies. At the same time Dobry den agency will presents some records and curiosities concerning winter and Christmas in the left wing of Industrial Palace.

From 8th to 10th December food products with Czech quality label Klasa can be bought in the Middle Hall of Industrial Palace. Organizers promise tasting of the food and many interesting competitions.

From 15th to 17th December you can see the work of art potters, smiths, carpenters, glass makers, etc. On 15th December you can also hear Christmas fanfares (at 14:00 and 17:00 from right wing of Industrial Palace).

Christmas beer market is scheduled for 16th and 17th December. You can taste and buy many kinds of beer from the famous ones to more exotic ones.


Big success of The Hunters of Mammoths exhibition

The exhibition of the National Museum called The Hunters of Mammoths enjoys a big success. Since October it has been visited by more than 110 000 people.

According to Radka Schusterova the exhibition is the most successful one in many years. The most visitors (4800) came on 17th November, which is a national holiday in the Czech Republic.

The most admired exhibit is The Venus of Dolni Vestonice. It was passed for Mona Lisa of the prehistoric age in New York’s exhibition four years ago.

The exhibition is open until the end of April 2007. This Monday and Tuesday the National Museum closes already at 15:00. Updated: the exhibition is prolonged until 2nd September 2007.


Skype's development branch in Prague

Skype company that offers free or cheap calling through internet all over the world will open a development branch in Prague in early 2007. About 20 percent of the company’s product-engineering workforce will be represented in the capital of the Czech Republic.

About 30 software developers will be hired for the new development branch in Prague. “They [Czech software developers] are among the best in the world and have a lot to contribute to future generations of our product,” said Riina Einberg from Skype company.

Skype, based in Luxembourg, developed a software that enables transmission of voice, video or SMS through internet three years ago. It is used by more then 136 million people in 27 language versions.