Compact archive June 6, 2007

Prague Spring 2008 will be full of music stars

The international music festival Prague Spring has just ended but the organizers already know the interprets for the next year. One of the stars of Prague Spring 2008 will be British violist Nigel Kennedy.

Other musicians that will perform in Prague next year will be famous pianists Maurizio Pollini and Alfred Brendel, than Slovak singer Edita Gruberova. An extraordinary experience will also bring the BBC Symphony Orchestra directed by Jiri Belohlavka, also Halle orchestra from Manchester and Philharmonic Orchestra from Petersburg.

The festival 2008 will be open by Brno Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Petr Altrichter and ended by Budapest Festival Orchestra directed by Ivan Fischer.


Angelina Jolie - another baby from Prague?

Angelina Jolie with her adopted children Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are reportedly planning to adopt another child. Angelina has been in Prague to film her new movie Wanted. The Sun claim that Angelina has found an orphan that “would fit perfectly with the other kinds”. The orphan is said to be from a Catholic orphanage in the centre of Prague.

Her partner Brad Pitt was reportedly coming from Montreal to Prague to see the baby. However, as the MF DNES reports, no Czech institution dealing with adoption of Czech children by foreigners didn’t confirmed this information. According to Jan Outlik from Charita CR, there is no orphanage in the centre of Prague, what’s more the term “orphanage” is not used in the Czech Republic at the present.

Angelina Jolie have already adopted three children, a son from Cambodia, a daughter from Ethiopia and a son from Vietnam. Angelina and Brad have also a biological daughter.

Asian art in the House At the Stone Bell

the Stone Bell House in the Old Town Square All those who like Asian culture shouldn’t miss a new exhibition Many Colours of Asia (Mnoho barev Asie) in the Stone Bell House in the Old Town Square. It’s an international project whose aim is to introduce Asian culture and traditional art in Prague.

Visitors can see collections of jewelry, carpets, fine arts and photographs from Phillippines, Vietnam, India, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, China, Pakistan, Indonesia and Afghanistan.

The exhibition is accompanied with a festival of Asian cinematography, concerts and dance performances. The exhibition is open in the cellar of the Stone Bell House until 5th July 2007.


Action against pickpockets and prostitutues in Prague

More police officers can be seen in the centre of Prague in summer. The reason? The city tries to fight pickpocketing, false money from exchange bureaus, beggars and prostitution.

The city police will build three mobile booths in the Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and Kinsky Square to provide tourists with information or help. The policemen will be accompanied with young students who will help them with foreign languages.

The police officers will be also present in the busiest tram lines – no. 9 and 22 – to prevent pickpockets from stealing. They will also hand over leaflets showing the Czech currency.


George W. Bush lobbied in Prague for the radar base

George W. Bush and Vaclav Klaus, author Just before 18:00 yesterday American President George W. Bush left Prague and ended the two-day visit of the Czech Republic, the first country on his European tour this week.

Yesterday morning George W. Bush met President and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic at Prague Castle. At the later press conference he assured Czech people that he will talk with President of Russia Vladimir Putin about the U.S. radar bases in Eastern Europe and will tell him not to fear about it. Bush also stressed that he is “a strong supporter in changing their visa waiver policy” towards the Czech Republic. (Click here for the whole text of the Prague Castle speech)

In the afternoon President Bush met the leader of the opposition Jiri Paroubek whose party is not in favour of the radar base in the Czech Republic. In the afternoon George W. Bush gave a speech in Cernin Palace on the conference on Democracy and Security. The White House web pages bring the whole text of his speech. Click here to see pictures of President Bush in Prague.

Laura Bush was accompanied by the First Lady of the Czech Republic Livia Klausova. They saw the gardens of Prague Castle and the Strahov Monastery. They could admire several precious books about America there.

The transport in the city was without any serious problems. Several demonstrations took part in Prague, the most visible one was organized by the Greenpeace near Charles Bridge.