Compact archive February 6, 2007

Touch the North through every sense

An extraordinary exhibition that partly focuses on the oldest European nation living behind the the Arctic Circle in the area of Finnmark can be seen until this Sunday at the “krizova chodba” of the Carolinum Gallery (Ovocny trh 3) in Prague.

The exhibition called Touch of the North touches every sense by photographs, music, texts and designs. The author has immortalized the variety of the north and the values of the people living there. Many pictures were taken in Norway and Iceland. The author also launched a book with the same title at the same time.

The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Prague. It is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.


Prague Vitkov Memorial will turn into a modern museum

Prague National monument Vitkov is to be closed soon to be reconstructed. The National Museum has already submit a tender for the reconstruction.

The reconstruction will start at the end of April or beginning of May. It will take approximately two years, estimated costs are 230 million CZK. After the reconstruction the monument will turn into a modern history museum housing an exhibition called The Crossroads of Czech Statehood. Besides the museum a cafe with a panoramic view will be open in the memorial.

The monument was founded in the 30’s of the 20th century to commemorate the foundation of the Czechoslovakia and the bravery of Czech legionaries. At the communist period, it was used as a mausoleum of political leaders. Bronze statue of Jan Zizka, 9 meters high, will be renovated too.


Ozzy Osbourne plans a concert in Prague

The British hard-rock star Ozzy Osbourne will most probably perform in Prague this June. As the concert is not confirmed yet, the speaker of Sazka Arena, Zdenek Zikmund, could not say the details.

However, he warns that some foreign websites already sell fake tickets to the concert from 120 to 150 EUR. “Tickets are not on sale yet,” said Zikmund. Only booking the tickets in advance and special tickets via fun clubs are possible.

Thousands of people went to the concert of Ozzy Osbourne in Sparta stadium in Prague in 2005. Ozzy Osbourne also plans to release a new album this year.


Exhibition of anti-racist posters in National Library

The National Library in Prague (Klementinum 190) holds an exhibition of anti-racist posters with the title Tolerant – Intolerant. The exhibition is held within the framework of the international film festival about human rights One World 2007.

The main themes of the exhibition are neo-nationalism, racism and racially motivated extremism. The exhibition displays works of students of the Faculty of Art and Design of J. E. Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem, and posters from the Goethe-Institute Prag collection.

The exhibition is held until 15th March in the ground floor exhibition corridor. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 19:00. The entrance fee is 5 CZK.


Footballer of the Year 2006 is Tomas Rosicky

The best player of one of the most popular team sport in the Czech Republic, football, was awarded Footballer of the Year 2006 in Prague’s hotel Hilton yesterday evening. The prize was given to Tomas Rosicky for the third time in his football carrier.

Tomas Rosicky (26) changed football club Dortmund for Arsenal last year and became also the captain of the Czech national team. Tomas Rosicky got a few more points than Petr Cech, goalkeeper of Chelsea, who suffered a serious injury last October. Pavel Nedved, Juventus midfielder, was the third.

The award Footballer of the Year have been given since 1965. 104 experts decided this year about the best player. Tomas Rosicky won this prize in 2001 and 2002, last year the prize was given to Petr Cech.