Compact archive May 28, 2007

German writer Dagmar Geisler in Prague tomorrow

Wanda from the book cover If you or your children like children books by German writer and illustrator Dagmar Geisler, then you have a special opportunity to get an autograph from her. She will be available in the Palac knih Luxor in the upper part of Wenceslas Square tomorrow from 14:00.

Dagmar Geisler is known thanks to her popular illustrated books, in the Czech Republic especially thanks to Vanda – prisne tajne (orig. Wanda – Streng Geheim!) or Vandiny tajne zapisky (Wandas geheime Notizen).

The organizers promise not only an interesting meeting with the writer but also other surprises.

Scandinavian plane made an emergency landing in Prague

A plane of the Scandinavian Arlines company with 118 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Prague International Airport Ruzyne yesterday. The pilot sent an emergency signal after a smoke was reported from the cabin.

The plane landed safely at 16:25 local time, nobody was injured, said the spokeswoman of Prague International Airport Ruzyne Eva Krejci.

The mechanics checked the plane immediately after landing but they found only a minor defect. There was no fire on board. 20 minutes after landing the pilot cancelled the emergency state.

Demonstration rehearsal in Prague

According to the police, about 1,000 people came to the Wenceslas Square last Saturday to demonstrate against the possible U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic. From there the people marched towards Charles Bridge and Prague Castle accompanied with large banners and the sounds of sirens, whistles and yells.

The initiative Ne zakladnam has organized many demonstrations in and outside Prague. This one was, according to the organizers, the rehearsal before the visit of the U.S. president George W. Bush. Several demonstrations have been already announced for the time of his stay.

It’s said that during the president’s visit, more than ten thousand policemen will guard Prague, especially Prague 1, 6 and 8. Several street (such as from Evropska street to Vitezne namesti in Prague 6) will be closed.

Festival Farm 2007 in Prague

Yesterday a unique drumbeat of the South Korean Dulsori opened the five-day festival Farma 2007 in Svandovo theatre (Stefanikova 57) in Prague. The festival is held within the project ‘Search for Message’.

The theatre studio ‘Farma v jeskyni’ invited many world’s best artists whose performances are on the edge of theatre and other art genres. The festival will offer e.g. the performance ‘The codes of life” by Charlotta Ofverholm from Sweden or Odin Teatret from Denmark.

The festival will continue until 31st May. Besides Svandovo theatre, it takes place in the nearby studio in Preslova 9 street or the nearby area of Prague 5. For more info click here.


Old post cards in Jeruzalem's Synagogue in Prague

The Jeruzalem’s Synagogue in Jeruzalemska 7 street in Prague shows an exhibition of postcards depicting the life of Jewish people from the Central and Eastern Europe in the years 1883 – 1940.

More than 300 postcards come from private collections. The cards are divided into 20 categories according to their theme. Visitors can learn about the atmosphere of that time from photographs, painted or drawn pictures showing Jews during praying, working, holidays or weddings.

This exhibition will be held until 3rd October 2007. It is open daily except Saturdays and Jewish holidays. Jeruzalem’s Synagogue (also called the Jubilee Synagogue) is the youngest and the largest synagogue structure in the Prague Jewish Community.