Compact archive May 11, 2007

62nd Prague Spring starts tomorrow

Prague Spring 2007 One of the most famous music festivals in Prague, Prague Spring, starts this weekend. The 62nd Prague Spring 2007 will be launched by Smetana’s My Country (Ma Vlast) conducted by Zdenek Macal in the Prague’s Municipal House.

The festival will offer tens of music performances, especially of classical music. One of the highlights will be San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra accompanied with baritone Thomas Hampson, the concerts of the viola da gamba player Jordi Savall or trumpeter Alison Balsom.

The competition of young conductors and horn players started several days ago. The final will be held on 13th and 14th May. More information about the festival can be found on the official web pages here.

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17,000 runners in the streets of Prague this weekend

As we wrote yesterday, Prague will host Volkswagen Marathon Prague plus several other runs in the historical city of Prague. 7,650 boxes of oranges and 15,360 bottles of mineral waters are already prepared for more than 17,000 runners. The registration is still possible today for Saturday’s runs, until tomorrow for Sunday’s marathon. Trained runners only are recommended for the marathon.

The transportation in the city will be restricted a great deal. Especially in the city centre. It might resemble the situation after the big floods in the Czech capital in 2002. 69 streets will be closed and 12 tram lines and 2 bus lines will be diverted from their normal routes.

The tram restrictions on Saturday will only affect trams no. 17 and 18 between 14:00 and 18:00. On Sunday the situation will be much more complicated. Several Drivers of cars should also pay attention to streets where parking will be temporarily prohibited. If their vehicle is removed, they should call the telephone number 156 or 158. Other information about road restrictions in Prague can be obtained on 800 177 242.

Besides the sport events, there will be additional programmes on the Old Town Square and the Prague’s Exhibition Ground.

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Romano Prodi to visit Prague

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will come to Prague this Monday to meet the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus and both representatives of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

On his one-day stay he will also have a meeting with the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. It is expected that their main topic for discussion will concern the future of the European Union and the Euroconstitution.

Prodi visited the Czech Republic 11 years ago as a Prime Minister. Then he used to meet Czech politicians as a chairman of the European Commission. During his chairmanship the European Union grew by 10 new member states, including the Czech Republic.

Are Czech people f**king a**holes?

Bijou Phillips American actress Bijou Phillips spent some time in the Czech Republic to shoot in Hostel 2 directed by Eli Roth. She expressed her opinion to the June’s issue of Stuff Magazine: “The people in the Czech Republic are f**king a**holes. Every person from every country that has gone to the Czech Republic thinks the people there are a**holes.” She was indignant by the behaviour of a shopping assistant who told her to leave the shop selling clothes with a cigarette in her hand.

NY Daily News got a statement from the spokesperson from the Czech Embassy in Washington that “it’s an interesting observation and we surely respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I, personally, haven’t observed [Czech] people to be a**holes, nor have I noticed people who think that about them. But we can only encourage people to go there and see for themselves.”

In contrast to the actress, the director Eli Roth admires Prague very much. “Prague was one of the only major cities not bombed in World War II, so it still has all the architecture and old buildings from 500 years ago. It’s filled with cobblestone streets, beautiful girls and bars that go all night. The people are great, and I pretty much kept my entire crew intact from the first film, so it felt like making a movie with my friends. We had a blast making the first “Hostel,” and I was eager to get back and get shooting.” (cited from www.mtv.com) (read more)

Gucci is coming to Parizska street in Prague

The number of luxurious shops in the prestigious street Parizska in the centre of Prague (leading from Old Town Square to Cechuv Bridge) will increased by another seller of luxurious good, Italian fashion house Gucci. As Czech Business Weekly informed, the shop is planned to be open at the beginning of 2008.

Gucci has no shops in former Eastern bloc countries yet. This year the first shop in this area will be open in Budapest. Prague’s Art Nouveau building in Parizska street no.9, where Gucci will be located, is now being restored. Gucci will share the building together with Carollinum, a company distributing several luxury brands.

Parizska street belongs to the finest and the most expensive shopping street in the Czech Republic. Other brands in this streets are Cartier, which opened its outlet in Prague last March, Burberry, Prada or Tod’s.