Compact archive February 23, 2007

Enjoy Sunday in Prague city centre

The Prague district 1, the city centre, organizes special events this Sunday, which are for permanent inhabitants of this Prague district for free. People can take part in many cultural and sport events this Sunday.We picked up some of them for you.

Exactly 120 years ago famous Czech sportsman went down the hill Petrin on his special skis. Competitors in costumes can try their luck skiing down the hill on the original skis. The competition starts at the top of Petrin hill on Sunday at 10:15.

From 10:00 to 16:00 you can also explore the Petrin underground. The entrance to the underground is from Lobkowitz garden. At 11:30 you can visit Zofin island and support (or join?) Prague people swimming in the Vltava river. From 12:00 to 19:00 you can try to climb the climbing wall on Zofin island.


Tomi Amos in Prague Congress centre

American singer, pianist and songwriter with red hair Tori Amos will perform in the Czech Republic. She will introduce here songs from her new album American Doll Posse during her tour via many European cities.

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) comes from Newton in North Carolina, USA. She showed her music talent when she was 3. She started to play piano. At the age of 6 she was accepted at prestigious conservatory in Baltimore. Her first big success was her first solo album Little Earthquakes (1992). She was nominated many times Grammy Awards for the Best Alternative Music Performance and the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Her Prague concert will be held in Prague Congress centre (5.kvena 65) on 21st June 2007. The tickets will be available from Tuesday via Ticketpro. The price of the tickets will be, according to the organizing agency Interkoncerts, about 800 CZK.


Weeding boom thanks to lucky sevens

7/7/2007 seems to be a magic date for many couples in the Czech Republic. Czech authorities already point out to a ‘wedding mania’. ‘Lucky sevens’ attract many people as a starting day for their marriage.

Many couples who decide now to get marry in their favourite castle or place on this day, will be disappointed. Many popular places has been booked up since last November. For example, in the Hluboka nad Vltavou chateau the solemnizing councillors will have to work in two shift to meet the demand.

Even though demographers expect a weeding boom on this day, the number of couples getting married in the Czech Republic is not growing. The average age (first marriage) of grooms is 30 and brides 28. Many couples now start a family without being married.

Morgan Freeman in Prague

Besides the actors from Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a film that follows very successful The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prague Barrandov studio will host another Hollywood star soon. It’s Morgan Freeman known from many films, such as Seven, Bruce Almighty, Million Dollar Baby or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Morgan Freeman will arrive in Prague in April and will spend there 12 weeks. The director Timur Bekmambetov chose him and James McAvoy, who acted in The Last King of Scotland, for his new film Wanted.

The story for Wanted was adapted from Mark Miller’s comic book series. The story tells about Wesley Gibson (played by James McAvoy) who finds out that his father is an assassin. After his father’s death he joins a secret organisations of assassins. He is trained by lead-assassin (played by Morgan Freeman) to become a killer just like his father.


Matejska fair starts tomorrow

For 412 times in history, Prague will host a popular fair Matejska that starts tomorrow at Prague Exhibition Ground. This year visitors can look forward to more than 100 attractions, from the most adventure ones to the attractions for the smallest children.

Totally new attractions will be dodgem cars on water, a three-dimensional cinema and a haunted house from Amsterdam. Visitors can also visit a nearby Seaworld. The fair is open from Tuesday to Friday from 14:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00. The fair is closed on Monday for technical maintenance.

Visitors will pay 25 CZK at the weekend and 10 CZK during the weekdays for the entrance fee. Children below 120 centimeters can go for free. Each attraction will cost between 20 CZK and 120 CZK. There will be probably one day a week when families can enjoy the attractions 50% cheaper.