Compact archive June 20, 2007

The National Library design acclaimed in the UK

The controversial octopus design of the future National Library in Prague has won an award at the Summer Exhibition in London. This traditional show of contemporary art is organized by British Royal Academy of Arts.

The design by Jan Kaplicky and his Future Systems atelier has won the most important award in the architecture category, “A. J. Bovis Award”. The jury appreciated the technical perfection of the future building, as well as its extraordinary appearance.

The design of the National Library in Prague has been discussed a lot in the Czech Republic, even president Vaclav Klaus expressed his reservations about the design.


Festival of Argentine tango in Prague

Tango Alchemie is an international festival of Argentine tango, which takes place in Prague between 21st and 24th June. The organizers try to connect the festival with the mystical atmosphere of Prague – they say that alchemy is something that happens in tango, too.

The idea is that tango symbolizes the connection of male and female element, which is inspired by alchemist philosophy. The festival will be held at several places in Prague: at Slovansky island, in the Cerna labut café, Michna Palace and Gröbovka.

The festival is accompanied by a photography exhibition in the Michna Palace and by workshops. You can register for them and see the complete programme here.


Rain damaged a theater and a cinema in Prague

The Theater at Dlouha Street (Divadlo v Dlouhe) and Atlas cinema in Prague are out of operation at the present time. The reason is the heavy rain at the end of the last week, which flooded both venues.

The Theater at Dlouha Street was damaged by water, which got in through the roof. The theater had to cancel the nearest performances, including some of the Nine Gates festival. It could be back in order at the end of this week.

The situation in the Atlas cinema (Sokolovska Street 1) is worse, there will be probably no screenings till the beginning of July. Even telephones don´t work in the cinema. The café is closed too, but it should open next week.

United Islands of Prague starts tomorrow

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If you are in Prague these days, don´t miss the music festival United Islands of Prague, which starts on 21st June and continues till Saturday 23rd. Especially the Saturday programme, with 6 different stages on the islands on the river Vltava, will be interesting.

The festival starts on Thursday with concerts in numerous music clubs in Prague, all of them with free entry. On Saturday, the festival moves to the islands – the Strelecky, Slovansky, Detsky islands and the riverside Janackovo nabrezi. The admission is free, except Manes at the Slovansky island (100,- CZK).

Every island will belong to a different music style:
Strelecky island – main stage, ethno and folk stage
Slovansky island – jazz and blues stage
Detsky island – hip hop stage
Manes – fusion and experiment stage
Janackovo nabrezi – Filter Talents Stage

United Islands of Prague gives a chance to not so famous, but nevertheless interesting bands and musicians. This year, there will be for example Socalled Orchestra, Warren Suicide, All Stars Grey or Mr. Review among the performing bands. As for the Czech bands, you can hear P.S.H., Monika Naceva, Sunflower Caravan and others. Learn more about the festival here.


Photographs with a flavour of faraway countries

House at the Golden Ring An interesting photography exhibition starts today in the House at the Golden Ring near the Old Town Square in Prague. There is a retrospective of Bohumil Krcil – an exile Czech photographer, whose works captured atmosphere of several different countries around the world.

Krcil´s photographs document for example Afghanistan before the invasion of the Soviets, life in the Indian part of Himalayas with its hashish culture, or Manhattan of the ´80s. His New York photographs “Say No to Drugs” were well known around the USA.

You can also see Krcil´s correspondence and two documentaries about him at the exhibition. It is organized by City Gallery Prague and it will last till 16th September 2007. The admission is 80,- CZK, reduced 40,- CZK.