Compact archive January 3, 2007

Tickets for Prague Spring 2007 available

62nd international music festival Prague Spring 2007 starts on Saturday 12th May and finishes on Sunday 3rd June. For all those who want to attend Prague Spring 2007 we point out that tickets are already on sale. Tickets (also E-tickets) are available via Ticketpro or in Prague’s Rudolfinum (nam. Jana Palacha).

The concerts take place in various places in Prague, such as Rudolfinum, Municipal House , Lichtenstein Palace, Church Of St. Simon and St. Juda, etc. For the programme of the festival click here.

The Prague Spring 2007 is a significant music event held under the patronage of the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus and in association with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Outstanding artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles has been performing at Prague Spring since 1946.

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Mark-up of bus tickets

The new system of paying tolls on Czech highways has increased the prices of bus tickets in the country. One of the biggest bus transporter in the Czech Republic, Student Agency, announced that tickets from Prague to Ostrava will be more expensive from tomorrow. Capital Expres increased the prices in December.

Popular Student Agency yellow buses go to Ostrava via Prostejov, Olomouc, Novy Jicin, Frydek-Mistek. The price of the tickets will increase from 290 CZK to 320 CZK. Tickets reserved by internet or SMS will cost 40 CZK more – 290 CZK. Also the prices of student tickets will raise.

Czech Railways want to prosper from the higher prices of bus tickets. Czech Railways offer tickets from 150 CZK to 500 CZK. The journey from Prague to Ostrava takes by pendolinos 3 1/2 hours, by fast trains 4 1/2 hours. The quickest Student Agency bus is in Ostrava in 4 hours 40 minutes.

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The Czech Republic in Eurovision

For the first time the Czech Republic will send its representative song to Eurovision Song Contest. Czech television is now choosing 10 representatives. Each song will be promoted by its interpreters and one famous person. People can send votes until 10th March when the Czech representative song will be known.

Last year the final in Athens was watched by 100 million viewers. The winner of the last year, group Lordi, is from Finland, that is why this year’s final will take place in Helsinki in March 2007.

International contest Eurovision was founded in the mid 50’s as an attempt to find in music a reuniting component in post-war Europe. In 1956 only seven countries competed, last year it was almost forty.

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Survey 14 years after the split of Czechoslovakia

On 1st January 2007 it has been 14 years since the former Czechoslovakia split peacefully into two independent countries – the Czech and Slovak republics. The Public Opinion Research Centre made a survey to find out what people in the Czech Republic think about the split.

More than a half of Czech people think that the division was a good step. To be exact, 56 % of people agree with the split, while in 1993 only every fourth person (25%) agreed. About 1/3 of Czech people (34%) now don’t agree with the split, while in 1993 it was 53 %.

47 % of Czech people believe that the relations between Czech and Slovak inhabitants are the same as before the split. 25% think the relations are better, 18% think that they are worse.

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Prague Zoo raises prices

Prague Zoo raises the entrance fees. From the 1st January the tickets will be 10 CZK more expensive. That means that adults have to pay now 100 CZK and children 70 CZK. Family tickets cost 300 CZK. The annual tickets stay unchanged (except family annual tickets that costs now 1200 CZK). There will be no seasonal discounts any more.

Prague Zoo is sponsored by the City of Prague so that it can keep the low prices, otherwise the price would be 180 CZK. Still the tickets to Prague Zoo are very cheap compared to Western Europe or even some zoos in the Czech Republic. There is also possible to buy so call Troja card (Trojska karta) which enables visitors to see Prague zoo, Botanical garden and Troja chateau for very good price.

Prague Zoo breeds more then 5000 animals of 650 species. These days visitors can see many young animals born around the New Years Day. Today for the first time people can see young giraffe born on 20th December or little leopards born on 26th December.

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