Compact archive March 20, 2007

Prague concerts in spring 2007

On 2th April you can look forward to folk musician Joan Baez in Palac Lucerna. German teenage group Tokio Hotel will fill Prague’s Sazka Arena on 3rd April. Fans of Faithless should not miss their concert in T-Mobile Arena on 10th April. The date 13th April is reserved for Roger Waters from Pink Floyd in Sazka Arena and British DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold in T-Mobile Arena. Lovers of Glenn Miller Orchestra melodies should not miss one of the two concerts of this world famous orchestra. Their concerts are held on 28th April in Prague Municipal House and on 29th April in Lucerna Music Bar.

Bryan Ferry will perform for the first time in Prague on 14th May in Prague Lucerna Music Bar. George Michael’s performance in Prague can be seen in Strahov stadium on 2nd June. Linkin Park comes to Prague Sazka Arena on 12th June. Fans of Marilyn Manson can look forward to his concert in Prague Trade Fair Palace on 13th June. Concert of Laurie Anderson is planned for 14th June in Prague Congress centre. Famous Genesis with Phil Collins can be heard in Prague Strahov stadium on 20th June. And finally Prague Congress centre will be full of fans of Tori Amos on 21st June.

Febiofest starts this Thursday

Febiofest, the international show of film, television and video, starts this Thursday. Almost 20,000 tickets have been already sold during the first three days of the ticket sale. Visitors can look forward to many celebrities and 272 films from 60 countries all over the world.

Among celebrities coming to Prague are Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski, Italian director Mario Monicelli, or French director Bruno Dumont. Febiofest will present also films by Sydney Pollack, Sofia Coppola, Lars von Trier, or Robert de Niro.

The opening ceremony will started with Otar Ioseliani’s latest film Autumn Gardens. Film by Marc Forster Stranger Than Fiction will be presented there many days before its official premiere.

Febiofest in Prague is held in Village Cinema at Andel from 22th to 30th March 2007. Then it continues in 10 other cities in the Czech Republic.


River bank wall near Charles Bridge will be reconstructed

There are many river bank walls by Vltava River in Prague which are regularly reconstructed. One of them awaits its reconstruction this year. It will be the river bank wall at Knights of the Cross Square near Charles Bridge. Estimated costs are 12 million CZK.

The wall is 20 meter long and 11.8 meters high. It was built in 1847-48 and a careful observer can notice a stone sculpture depicting ‘Bradac Head’ which used to serve as a water level indicator.

The reconstruction of Charles Bridge has been postponed again. Even though the start was planned for March 2007, the Prague councilmen have not chosen the company that will be responsible for the reconstruction yet.

Several Prague tunnels will be closed at night

If you plan to drive in Prague at night these days, you should be aware of the fact that several tunnels in Prague will be closed due to spring maintenance, when the walls of the tunnels are washed and technical devices checked.

First of them will be Strahovsky tunnel which will be closed from the direction of Brevnov to Smichov from 20th to 26th March (23:00 – 5:00) and from the direction of Smichov to Brevnov from 26th March to 1st April (23:00 – 5:00).

Other tunnels, such as Mrazovka in Prague-Smichov, Letensky tunnel, Tesnovky tunnel near Hilton hotel and Zlichovsky tunnel, will follow soon.


Linkin Park will perform in Prague

Six members of American band Linkin Park are right now finishing their latest album in a studio to be prepared to set out to Europe on the tour. Linkin Park will perform in Prague as well, namely on 12th June 2007 in Sazka Arena.

Linkin Park is a group of young and energetic musicians whose music is a blend of many genres, such as rock, metal, hip hop, etc. More than 10 million records of their album Meteora (2003) have been sold so far, their newest album Minutes to Midnight will be released on 14th May 2007.

Tickets for Linkin Park’s concert in Prague are available from today via Sazka terminals and via internet portal The prices vary between 1,595 CZK and 895 CZK.


Police focus on enforcement of speed limits on Czech roads

Police of the Czech Republic has launched another action called Krystof to increase the safety on the roads and fine errant drivers. A large number of policemen focus especially on the enforcement of speed limits and technical conditions of vehicles.

Last ‘Krystof’ was in January and it took only one day. The policemen focused especially on alcohol behind the wheel and cyclist and their equipment. Even though the action was ceased in several district due to bad weather before its planned end, 1,700 policemen gave 2,000 fines in one day.

All together drivers had to pay 1,3 million CZK on fines. This time the amount is expected to be bigger, because the action will take 5 days, until Friday night, all over the country. On Monday, when the action started, policemen fined 439 drivers in Prague, mostly for speeding.