Compact archive May 7, 2007

Multiplex or a traditional cinema?

Traditional old cinemas are more and more replaced by multiplexes in Prague. There used to be almost 60 cinemas in various districts of the city, but those days are gone. There are only 12 classic cinemas left at the present.

New multiplexes with many screens are built mostly out of the centre of Prague, as a part of big shopping centres. They offer mostly commercial movies and their programs are very similar. On the other hand, there are alternative cinemas such as Aero or Svetozor, which screen quality movies and have a devoted audience.

However, many cinemas, that used to be an integral part of the cultural life in Prague, have disappeared: Alfa, Pariz, Hvezda, Jalta, Illusion and others. Luckily, there are still some good old cinemas left: for example the cinema Lucerna with a unique historical decoration, near the Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague.

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Japanese bonsai in the Prague Botanical Garden

If you are interested in Japanese culture, you can visit the Botanical Garden in Prague between 12th and 20th May 2007. There will be an exhibition of bonsai of important Czech and foreign growers. The exhibition will be accompanied by various program, introducing Japanese traditions and culture.

The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Japanese garden in the Prague Botanical Garden. You can also see stones suiseki there.

The accompanying program will include for example: a performance of the traditional Taiji exercising, Japanese music, arranging ikebana, preparing sushi and more.

The exhibition will take place in the Japanese garden, every day between 9 am and 7 pm. You can also buy a bonsai there. The Botanical Garden in Troja district is situated in Nadvorni Street 134, Prague 7. You can go to the metro station Nadrazi Holesovice, then by bus 112 to the stop “Zoologicka zahrada” or “Botanicka zahrada Troja”. Then just follow the signs, it will take 5 minutes on foot.

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Czechs are in the quarter-finals of the ice-hockey World Championship

World Championship in ice-hockey If you are in Prague at the moment, you may have noticed that many pubs and bars screen matches of the World Championship in ice-hockey, which takes place in Moscow at the moment. Ice-hockey is tremendously popular in the Czech Republic. People rushed to their televisions especially on yesterday evening: there was an important match Czech Republic – Canada and the Czech national team was threatened with elimination from the tournament.

It was a big drama: the Czechs needed at least a draw. Every time they scored, Canada always equalized soon. It was 3:3 two minutes before the end of the match and Canada played a power play. Luckily, the score stayed the same, so the Czech team is in the quarter-finals.

The Czech team will play against Sweden or Russia in the next round on Wednesday. So, maybe you will meet celebrating fans in the streets of Prague soon…

Book World Prague was very successful

About 30 000 people visited the international book fair Book World Prague, which ended yesterday. One of the reasons is that it was dedicated to the literature of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which met great interest of the public.

However, the biggest star of the fair was British author Wilbur Smith. He signed his books at the fair for three hours, there was a long queue of people hoping to get the autograph.

People also visited many readings and discussions. If you have missed them, you can still visit a meeting with Robert Fulghum: he will discuss and sign his books in the bookshop Luxor at the Wenceslas Square 41, today at 5 pm. The meeting will take place at the literary café in the 1st floor.

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Million Marihuana March in Prague

Hundreds of people demonstrated for legalizing marihuana in the centre of Prague on Saturday. They joined the international event Million Marihuana March, already for the tenth time. The demonstration started at the Old Town Square and then it moved to Letna Plateau.

There were about 1500 demonstrators, mostly young people, in the beginning. The march then went along the Parizska Street towards Letna. A car with a big joint on the roof was at the head of the demonstration.

More people joined the demonstration at the Letna Plateau, where they could dance and listen to music: there were three stages with live bands and DJs. The whole area was covered with marihuana smoke.

Demonstrators demanded especially using marihuana for medical purposes and differentiating between hard and soft drugs in the Czech legislation. There were no conflicts with the police.

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