Compact archive May 21, 2007

Kramar's villa will be open to the public

Kramar's villa in Prague Kramar’s villa, the residence of Czech prime ministers, will be exceptionally open on the first week in June on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the death of Karel Kramar, the first Czechoslovak prime minister.

Visitors will see the estate of Karel Kramar and his wife Nadezda. The most valuable item is Nadezda’s diamond necklace holding one of the biggest mounted diamonds in the central Europe.

The villa was built by Karel Kramar for his wife. During the communist era it was used as a accommodation for foreign delegations. It was rebuilt in 1991-93 and since 1998 it has served as a residence of Czech prime ministers. The present prime minister Mirek Topolanek uses the villa for meeting with his coalition partners.

The villa will be open from 1st June to 7th June 2007 daily from 10:00 to 18:00. As many visitors are expected, prior reservation are required on phone number +420 224 002 254 or at heldova.milada@vlada.cz.

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Beneficial run with a brick through Prague

Do you want to support people with mental handicap? We already informed you about Bue-a-brick action which is taking place in several places in Prague. To support this action, the civic association Portus Praha organizes “Run with a brick”.

What is it about? During the afternoon on 1st June (start at 12:45), you can take part in one of the runs from the street Na Prikope via Havirska street to the Estates Theatre and back (170 m). Of course, with a brick in your hand (weight 1,8 kg). For every participant in the finish, the two main sponsors will give 100 CZK and 50 CZK to charity. You can take part by your own or as a relay.

Companies can also participate. They can win not only the run but also the prize for the most original commentary as each group can have a commentator to promote the runners or the company. The registration fee for companies is 5000 CZK, of course given to charity.

Large demonstration against new reforms in Prague next month

More than 40,000 people are expected to demonstrate against the new reforms that the government introduced last April. The demonstration was announced by Milan Stech, the chairman of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions after the Saturday’s meeting of trade unions.

Trade unionists are not satisfied with the fact that the government didn’t discuss the reforms with them and didn’t take their suggestions into account. “If the government doesn’t change their attitude, we’ll make other steps,” said Stech.

The demonstration is planned to take place in Prague on 23rd June 2007. The confederation contains 33 trade unions with 610,000 members. How many people will participate is still not clear.

People and The Earth exhibition in Prague Old Town Hall

Prague Old Town Hall shows an exhibition of the best photographs that took part in the competition Stity Vilema Heckela. The main theme (and the name of the exhibition) is ‘People and The Earth 2007’ (Lide a Zeme 2007).

More than 300 pictures of Czech and Slovak authors are divided in three categories – rural and urban countryside, people and mountains, and people and the environment.

The photographs are displayed in the Cross Hall of the Old Town Hall until 30th June 2007. The exhibition is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 (on Monday from 11:00).

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Bambiriada 2007 - an event (not only) for children

The Bambiriada is an event that tries to point out to the organizations and association that take care of the free time of children. In Prague the 9th Bambiriada 2007 will take place on Strelecky and Detsky Islands from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th May 2007.

The motto of this year “All Different, All Equal” is borrowed from the European campaign for human rights, society diversity and cooperation of young people in social activities. Bambiriada 2007 takes place in 27 towns of the Czech Republic.

Everyone who takes part in Bambiriada can try sailing on boats on the Vltava, play many games, create something in the art workshop, sing karaoke, learn the first aid, play theatre and many other activities.

Groups of dancers, singers, and theatre performers can be visible also at Mustek at the bottom of Wenceslas Square. There will be a small train going from Mustek, via Jiraskuv most to Strelecky Island. Between Strelecky and Detsky Island you can go by a small ferry. There is a concert on Friday evening on Strelecky Island and on Saturday “Royal Route” game. Bambiriada is for free for everybody, Bambiriada tickets enables you a free (or cheaper) entrance to many museums in Prague.

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Finish Midnight Sun celebrations in Prague

Midnight Sun is one of the holidays in Finland which celebrates that the sun doesn’t set. To experience the atmosphere you don’t have to go to Finland but to Prague. Finlandia Vodka decided to bring the celebrations there as well.

Even though the sun will set here, you can learn Finish traditions connected with this holidays. One of the most important symbol of the celebrations will be a big bonfire. People can listen to Nordic traditional music, learn Nordic dances, watch fire effects and special projections, and drink vodka.

The celebrations will take place on Cisarska louka street nearby Smichov (metro line B Smichovske nadrazi) on Thursday 28th June 2007.

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Don't miss museums in Prague for free

National Museum in Prague About 5,000 people took advantage of the International Days of Museums and Galleries and visited several museums and galleries in Prague that were open for free last weekend. Most of the people visited the main building of the National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square.

One of the biggest attraction at this museum is the exhibition The Hunters of Mammoths that presents the prehistory in the Czech lands. Visitors could exceptionally take a photograph of the most precious item of the exhibition – The Venus of Dolni Vestonice. The museums offered a rich additional programme.

Another chance to visit museums and galleries in Prague for free will be on 16th June 2007 during the Museum Night. Museums and galleries will be open till late at night to create a special atmosphere.

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