Compact archive June 18, 2007

Prostitutes leave the streets of Prague

Less and less prostitutes can be seen on the streets of Prague in the centre of the city. It’s caused by a new city edict that prohibits offering erotic services on the streets of Prague and by more frequent police controls.

Nevertheless, the prostitutes didn’t disappear from the city centre totally, they are more in night clubs, the number of which is still rising. There are 24 night clubs that can be found just in the Wenceslas Square and its neighbourhood. The clubs are visited by about 2600 people daily, especially by tourists. Six out of ten prostitutes are of Czech nationality, but there are also many women from Bulgaria, Ukraine or former states of the Soviet Union.

The police control night clubs in Prague about 10 times a week. They focus mainly on illegal immigrants and whether no alcohol is served to people under age.


The National Theatre in Prague might perform Havel's latest play

Ex-president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel The National Theatre in Prague is dealing now with the ex-president Vaclav Havel about his newest play called Odchazeni (Leaving). Havel finished the play during his 4-month stay in the USA.

Even though the story of the play is not known yet, it’s said that it might have a King Lear theme and it might show the problems that occur when leaving power.

The director of the play could be David Radok and one of the main characters Jan Triska, who acted in several Hollywood movies (People vs. Larry Flynt, Ronin..). If everything goes all right, Vaclav Havel’s latest play might be on the programme of the National Theatre in June 2008.

Sabotage of the Czech TV broadcast

A group of people sabotaged the broadcast of the Czech TV channel CT2 on Sunday morning during the programme Panorama showing scenes of various Czech scenery online.

Astonished viewers could see a nuclear mushroom cloud spreading over Krkonose for a few seconds. There was an internet address of the group Zhotoven at the bottom of the screen. Members of Zhotoven connected their laptop with a TV camera at Cerny Dvur at Krkonose Mountains.

The Czech TV announced that they would take action against the group for trespassing and a hoax that scared thousands of people. That’s been the first time that the broadcast of the Czech TV was tampered.

The Prague Museum Night attracted a record number of visitors

The Rudolfinum The 4th Prague Museum Night held last Saturday was very successful. Not only did it offer a record number of institutions but it also attracted a record number of visitors – 171,000, which is 11,000 more than the last year.

Among the most popular museums and galleries were the main building of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square (about 28,700 visitors) and the newly opened Museum of Charles Bridge. The National Museum attracts besides its permanent exhibitions also to the contemporary exhibition The Hunters of Mammoths. To enter the Museum of Charles Bridge people didn’t mind to wait in a queue that stretched to the Old Town Bridge Tower.

Among other popular institutions were the Riding School of Prague Castle, Queen Anne’s Summer Palace, Clementinum, the Rudolfinum, or the Spanish Synagogue. The transportation between the institutions was provided for free by eight bus lines.

Ruth Ellen Gruber presents her book in Prague today

Jewish Town Hall Ruth Ellen Gruber, the author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe will present this illustrated book in the Jewish Museum in Prague at 18:00 today.

The book summarizes almost 20 years of Gruber’s exploration of Jewish heritage in cities, towns and remote villages in eastern and central Europe. The presentation will be given in English with Czech interpretation. The entrance fee is 20 CZK.

The presentation will take place in the Education and Cultural Centre (Maiselova 15 street) of the Jewish Museum situated in the heart of former Jewish quarter across from the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery.