Compact archive February 13, 2007

I wish you were here

Today we picked for you a very nice article about Prague dedicated to the author’s mother. We hope you will like it, too.

Today I visited the Lennon Wall and thought of you. This wall was created after Lennon was shot and was originally a memorial of graffitti that was not approved by the government and was painted over. The artists continued to come back to the same spot, no matter how many times the police had the wall repainted until it became the only location in Prague where it is legal to graffitti and express oneself artisitcally on the side of a public wall. This wall reminded me of you and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of it… (the whole article)

A Great Night of Spanish Music in Prague

Lovers of classical music and Spain should not miss the concert in Prague’s Rudolfinum (Alsovo nabrezi 12). A Great Night of Spanish Music will evoke the atmosphere of temperament Spain.

The music will be performed by Russian State Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Eduard Serov accompanied by famous guitarist Rolando Saad. This concert will be in the Czech Republic for the first time after being very successful in other European countries.

A Great Night of Spanish Music will take place in the Dvorak’s Hall of Rudolfinum on 21st February 2007 from 19:30. Tickets can be bought for 1390 CZK, 1240 CZK and 1120 CZK.


New threat of bomb attack in Prague

Police officers with automatics are now guarding the surroundings of Corinthia Towers hotel. The hotel is situated near Nuselsky bridge but also near the Congress Centre. The police guard the place because of threats of a bomb attack.

From the analyses of the police it appears that the risk is minimal but the police don’t want to underestimate the situation. The action should not affect any Prague citizens and tourist.

Even though people who threaten with a bomb attack can be sentenced up to 5 years imprisonment, it’s been already the third thread in Prague since the end of the last year.

2007 Index of Economic Freedom

The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal published the 2007 Index of Economic Freedom which ranks 157 countries in 10 categories. The highest economic freedom has Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The lowest Libya, Cuba and North Korea.

The chart evaluated the business freedom, trade freedom, fiscal freedom, freedom from government, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, property rights, freedom from corruption and labour freedom of the countries.

The Czech Republic is in the 31st position. The best score of the Czech Republic is in the monetary and financial areas, the worst in the level of corruption and state interference. For more information click here.


Holiday World 2007

For already 16th times Prague exhibition ground Holesovice will host the fair Holiday World, the biggest show of tourism industry in the Czech Republic. Exhibitors from 47 countries of the world will present their countries to attract more tourists. The partner country of this year is Turkey.

According to the Jan Novotny, the director of the organizing agency Incheba, the fair is a “central European premier tourism industry event”. Besides the foreign exhibitors, visitors of the fair will learn more about attractive places and services in the Czech Republic.

The fair will be open to the public from 16th to 18th February 2007. It is open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00. Besides the trams (5, 12, 14, 15, 17) running regularly from the metro station Holesovice to Vystaviste (exhibition ground), there will be also additional buses no. 751 at the same route.


Festival against totalitarianism in Prague next week

Prague’s festival against totalitarianism, Mene tekel, will remind the period of communism and its crimes. Many exhibitions, movies and lectures will show the life in the Czechoslovakia in 1948 – 1989.

The festival starts this Monday (19th February) and will take 7 days. It starts with an ecumenical service for dead political prisoners in St Vitus cathedral. Let’s also mention an exhibition that will show large photos of living political prisoners of the totalitarianism and the items they created in prisons. The exhibition starts on Tuesday in Clementinum.

The festival will be finished on Sunday by a “spiritual purification” of the balcony of Kinsky Palace in Old Town Square from which communist leader Klement Gottwald addressed people 59 years ago. This time the chairwoman of Confederation of Political Prisoners of the Czech Republic Nadezda Kavalirova, Prague’s bishop Vaclav Maly and the Lord Mayer will give their speeches from this balcony.