Compact archive February 21, 2007

Six concerts of Prague Spring 2007 are sold out

Prague Spring, a traditional music festival offering the world’s famous musicians, will remember the 100th anniversary of the birth of two Czech composers Dalibor Vackar and Zdenek Liska.

The festival will start with a concert of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zdenek Macal on 12th May and finished the Prague Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky on 3rd June.

The 62th Prague Spring will host, among others, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from the USA, Academy of St. Martin in the Field from England, soloists Murray Perahia, Jordi Savall, Steven Isserlis, or Thomas Hampson. And for the first time also Czech violist Pavel Sporcl.

About one quarters of the tickets for almost 50 concerts and 9 theatre performance are sold. Six concerts are already sold out.

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Prague is more and more popular among Czech tourists

When you visit Prague Castle or Charles Bridge, you may here various languages from all over the world. The number of tourists in Prague is growing every year but the number of foreign tourists started to stagnate last year.

“Everybody who wanted to see Prague, has already been here,” explained Tomio Okamura from the Association of travel bureaus and agencies. Especially British tourists now travel to more eastern and cheaper countries.

On the other hand, more and more people from the Czech Republic plan to spend their holiday in Prague. About 60 thousand more people with the Czech nationality visited Prague in 2006 compared with the year 2005. The start of tourist season is expected at Easter.

Anti-award for Santa Claus decorations

The shopping centre Letnany in Prague was given an anti-award Zarach 2006 for the biggest misunderstanding of Czech Christmas traditions. The “prize” was given by the members of Creative Copywriters Club for the Christmas decorations in the shopping centre in 2006.

The members criticized that the shopping centre used the figure of Santa Claus which does not belong to the Czech traditions. The prize was sent by post because the member decline to enter the shopping centre for symbolic 100 days.

The “award” is a part of a campaign against the domestication of Santa Claus in Czech Christmas tradition. The club created web pages Anti-santa.cz to support their campaign that will be repeated regularly.

Kinga Dobay's premiere in State Opera Prague

Prague State Opera will stage tomorrow the opera by Francis Poulenc: La Voix humaine & Les Mammeles de Tirésias directed by famous Pier Luigi Pizzi who directed also the Europa riconosciuta by Salieri in newly open La Scala in Milan.

The role of a woman who tries for the last time to contact her ex-lover by a mobile phone will be performed by world’s famous opera singer Kinga Dobay who will perform in Prague for the first time.

Les Mammeles de Tirésias is a parody to the text of Guillaume Apollinaire about a feminist who is tired of being just a housewife and morph into a male. Les Mammeles de Tirésias is a Czech premiere.

The performance is conducted by G. Tourniairne and performed in French with Czech captions.

Scuba divers found more fragments from the statues

Police scuba divers submerged to the bottom of Vltava river to find more ornaments that used to parts of the statues on Charles Bridge. The first search was made two weeks ago in an attempt to find fragments of the precious inscription on the Crucifix and Calvary.

Scuba divers were successful in finding two more object yesterday. One of them is a ceremonial sword, probably more than 200 years old, and a brass object that looks like a small spire. According to Petra Hoftichova from the city gallery, it might be a part of the eternal light from the statue of Saint Salvator with Cosmas and Damian.

The object was found between the fifth and sixth pillars of the Charles Bridge from the Old Town side. The scuba divers are still looking for an 40-kilogram angel that is missing from the statue of the Madonna attending to St. Bernard.

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