Compact archive March 5, 2007

Exhibitions in Prague devoted to motorcycles soon

Motorcycles, motorcycle accessories and clothes are the main items of the 11th international exhibition MOTOCYKL 2007 which is held from 8th to 11th March 2007 in Prague’s exhibition ground. At the same time and place, you can visit 2nd BOHEMIA CUSTOM 2007 which focuses on rebuilding and building of motorcycles, airbrush and accessories.

Bohemia Custom 2007 will offer a competition where you can see modified motorbikes and evaluate them in several disciplines. You can also see an outside race of motorbikes, which is held on Saturday from 12:00. For more information click here.

There are regular buses no. 5, 12, 14, 15, and 17 going from Nadrazi Holesovice (metro red line C) to Vystaviste Holesovice, as well as irregular bus line 751. The interval of this line will be adjusted according to the transport demands.


George Michael to perform on Prague stadium

George Michael announced the dates of his European tour and one of the cities he plans to visit is Prague. George Michael will perform on the football stadium of Evzen Rosicky in Prague-Strahov on 2nd June 2007.

His concert tour follows his tour “25 live” from last year that was seen by about 650,000 people from 11 countries. The tickets were sold out in several minutes. This concert will offer the best hits of his 25-year-long music career. George Michael is the most played artist in English radios in last 20 years.

Tickets will be available from 7th March 2007 for 1,000 – 4,850 CZK. George Michael will also perform in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece, Slovakia and Hungary.


The winning design of the National Library in Prague amazes

Source: National Library in Prague The extraordinary design of the new building of National Library in Prague, that comes from Jan Kaplicky and his studio Future Systems, is considered to be one of the most original designs nowadays. Prague may join other metropolises that are decorated with modern designs of famous architects.

Some people compare the design to a purple octopus. The new building will have 9 floors, but the biggest part, the storage space, will be under the ground. It will able to contain more than 10 million books. The construction of the new building will start in 2009, the estimated costs are 2 billion Czech crowns.

The studio of Jan Kaplicky will get 160,000 euros for the winning design. Jan Kaplicky said that he wants to develop a special floor decking so that no steps could be heard. Click here if you are interested to see more pictures of the winning project.


Shakira enchanted Prague

Thirty years old Shakira, who lives in America but was born in Colombia, performed last Saturday for the first time in front of the Czech audience. She visited Prague during her European tour Oral Fixation.

About 12,000 people could hear about 16 songs during her 90-minute performance. Shakira made crowds of people dance on her rhythmic songs. According to many critics, Shakira didn’t copy big shows based on light or pyrotechnical effects, but was able to attract her audience by her temperament, charisma and dance performances.

Another star that will visit Prague presently is Lionel Richie whose concert is scheduled for this Friday in Prague Sazka Arena. Tickets are still available.


No entrance fee to St Vitus Cathedral from this Wednesday?

The Prague Castle Administrative is prepared to take over the ownership of St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle and stop immediatelly collecting the entrance fee. According to the spokesman Petr Hajek, visitors will not have to pay the entrance fee to visit St Vitus Cathedral from this Wednesday.

The Prague Castle Administrative and the representatives of the Church will meet tomorrow. Cardinal Miroslav Vlk, however, see this meeting as a starting point for discussion about the date and other conditions of the transfer.

The Czech state and the Church have been litigating for the cathedral for many years. The Church started to collect the entrance fee last year and St Vitus cathedral was no longer the part of Prague Castle tours. The only change that visitors should notice soon will be no entrance fee for St Vitus Cathedral.