Compact archive July 20, 2007

Cool down in tunnels underneath Prague

Are you fed up with the hot weather during your stay in Prague? Visit the underground tunnel in Lobkowicz garden. You can get there when you walk from the funical railway stop called Nebozizek in the direction of Petrin steps.

The tunnel contains photographies by Vladimir Vojir and his colleagues speleologists showing the underground spaces underneath Petrin Hill, Prague Castle or Strahov Monastery. Take a sweater with you as the average temperature in the tunnel is 10˚C (50˚F).

This weekend you can also visit the longest tunnel under Petrin. 80 meter out of 365 meters are open to the public. The excursion to the tunnel will be possible for groups of maxium 12 people. Other underground corridors are open beneath Vysehrad.

'Ecology Through a Lens' competition in Prague

The 4th photography competition organized by the international organization UNEP and the Minister of Environment Martin Bursik comes slowly to an end. Until 20th August 2007 you can register your pictures connected with excessive consumption of energy and the protection of energy resources.

There have already been almost 750 photographs registered for the competition so far. The winner will get valuable prizes and a unique opportunity to present his/her pictures in the large-scale photography exhibition in Ovocny trh in the centre of Prague.

The pictures can be registered via www.ekologievobjektivu.cz. The winner will be awarded at the gala evening in Prague’s theatre Hybernia on 6th September 2007. From the mid October the exhibition will be also displayed at Prague International Airport Ruzyne.

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The Rolling Stones in Brno already this Sunday

The Rolling Stones The legend of rock-and-roll music, British band The Rolling Stones will perform this Sunday 22nd July in the Exhibition Ground in Brno. The concert will be a part of their A Bigger Bang European Tour that started in Italy on 11th July. Their concert in Brno will start at 20:30, after the performance of the British band The Charlatans.

It will be already the fifth concert of The Rolling Stones in the Czech Republic. All the previous concerts (in 1990, 1995, 1998 and 2003) were held in Prague. Their first concert in the Czech Republic took place in Prague stadium Strahov. The concert was not only a great music event but also a symbol of changes in the political system of the country.

The second performance of The Rolling Stone, again in the Strahov stadium, was visited by a record number of people. 130,000 fans enjoyed the show of this legendary band on 5th August 1995.

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More tourists in Prague monuments this year

Astronomical Tower on the Old Town Hall Tower Much more tourists visited Prague monuments administrated by the Prague Information Service (which belongs to the city of Prague) in the first sex months of this year than in the same period last year. From January to June 572,800 people visited these monuments, which is by 110,200 more than in 2006.

The visit rate of the Powder Tower increased by 150%, also thanks to a new exhibition presenting the life of people in the medieval times. The most popular building administrated by the Prague Information Services was the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square in the centre of Prague. The Old Town Hall offers many permanent and contemporary exhbitions as well a nice view of Prague from the Old Town Hall Tower.

More and more tourists also plan the journey to Prague via tourist guides on internet or use the servises of information centres.

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Andy Warhol's prints in Kampa Museum in Prague

Twenty works of art of Andy Warhol, the cultural idol and the most famous representative of pop-art, can be seen these days in the gallery of Kampa Museum in Sovovy Mlyny near the Vltava river.

The exhibition presents Warhol’s prints concerning disasters. Many of those prints were made at the beginning of the 1960s when Warhol was fascinated with death and obsessed with “fifteen minutes of fame”. His works also depict famous people, such as Marilyn Monroe in bright colours or Jackie Kennedy shortly before and after the assassination of Kennedy.

The exhibition called “Disaster Relics: Selected Prints” will be held until 30th September 2007. The gallery is open daily between 10:00 and 18:00.

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