Compact archive June 1, 2007

Concerts of classical music in Prague this weekend

St Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square As the weather forecast promises a rainy weekend in Prague we bring a short review of concerts of classical music that will take place in unique concert halls or churches in Prague worth seeing.

On Saturday 2nd June villa Bertramka will offer compositions of Mozart and Beethoven (start 17:00), St Nicholas Church in Old Town Square will host beneficial concerts from 14:00 and 18:00, the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts organizes a concert (Bach, Eben, Stanley, Buxtehude) in the Lichtenstein Palace in Lesser Town Square (at 19:30). The Loreto will resound with organ mini concerts (at 15:00 and 15:30).

The concert of ‘F. Schubert: Ave Maria’ in the Church of St Francis in the Knights of the Cross Square will start On Saturday and Sunday at 20:00. ‘Music walks’ can be heard in the Fata Morgana greenhouse in Prague Botanical Garden (at 17:00) or in Troja Chateau (at 15:00). Besides these concerts you can visit one of the concert of the Prague music festival Prague Spring.


Restrictions during the visit of the American President

Hradcanske square The Czech Railways Company announces that due to the visit of American president George W. Bush the passengers travelling by train and later by bus Airport Express to the airport should expect delays on Monday afternoon and evening. The timetable of Czech Railways might change that day

Also flights from/to Prague via Prague International Airport Ruzyne might be delayed on Monday evening and Tuesday evening. During the landing/taking off of the Air Force One, the the air traffic will be interrupted. Passengers are, therefore, advised to come to the airport at least 90 minutes before the departure.

Evropska street leading to Prague Airport will be contemporary closed, the best way how to get to the airport is to go by metro yellow line B to the terminal Zlicin and than continue by bus no. 100.

Prague citizens living or working nearby the area of Prague Castle and Hradcanske namesti will be allowed to this area just after showing a document proving it. The Prague Castle and the nearby area will be closed for everybody else on Tuesday between 6:00 and 15:00.

The Czech Republic is a peaceful country

The magazine The Economist together with the Economist Intelligence Unit brought results of their Global Peace Index ranking 121 countries of the world from most peaceful to least peaceful.

The most peaceful country in the world is Norway followed by New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Japan. The least peaceful country is Iraq, a bit more peaceful are Sudan, Israel, Russia and Nigeria. See the complete list here.

The Czech Republic was ranked 13, which makes it one of the most peaceful countries of the world. The index took note of several factors – crime rates, prison population, trust between citizens, relations with neighbour states, arms sales, foreign troop deployments, and others.


Big demand for costumes from the Barrandov studio in Prague

Costumes in Barrondov film studio in Prague Many foreign films have been shot in the Barrandov Film Studio in Prague. Film makers cooperate with studio also in another way – to borrow something from the unique collection of 260,000 costumes, wigs and fashion accessories that the studio provides.

You can see Barrandov costumes and requisites in many films, such as Omen 666, La Vie en Rose (La Mome) and Eragon, or more recently Babylon A.D. or The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian shot in the Czech Republic.

80 ensembles of costumes for noble people are now borrowed for the film makers of the second season of the historical TV serial The Tudors presenting the life Henry VIII, the King of England and Ireland.

Roma festival Khamoro in the streets of Prague

A parade of Roma dancers and musicians from many countries walked through several places in Prague yesterday. It started in the lower part of the Wenceslas Square accompanied with the drumbeat, sounds of harmonica and and wind instruments. Passers-by could see young girls in colourful dress showing their traditional dances.

This event was a part of Roma festival Khamoro that is taking place in Prague right now. The evening programme will continue today in Roxy club (Dlouha 33 street). Visitors can listen to the traditional Roma music from Hungary, Serbia, Portugal and Macedonia.

The festival finishes on Saturday 2nd June with a gala concert of traditional Roma music from several countries in the Congress Centre in Prague (metro red line C, station Vysehrad). The start of the concert is at 20:00. Click here for more info.