Compact archive July 23, 2007

Prague Folklore Days

Prague Folklore Days Folklore ensembles will meet in Prague on the occasion of the Prague Folklore Days that will be held this Friday and Saturday in the Old Town Square and in front of the Palac Flora (metro green line Flora).

Twenty-seven ensembles from the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Latvia, Wales, England, the Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and France will introduce their traditional folklore music.

Prague Folklore Days will also present traditional folk costumes, the sounds of Spanish guitar, Welsh violins, French tambourine or tunes of bagpipes. On Saturday you can see the parade of all ensembles through the historical centre of Prague.

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Prague representatives are not in favour of cycle taxis

Cycletaxi in the Old Town Square Prague representatives plan to reduce the number of cycle taxis or at least the routes of these “rickshas” in the centre of Prague. According to them, the cycle taxis hold back car transportation in the city centre and make chaos.

The regulation shouldn’t apply to horse carriages that have a long tradition in the city and create a special atmospere. As the cycle taxis are owned by private companies, there is no way how to regulate them now.

Cycle taxis drive mostly between the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Namesti Republiky, Lesser Town and Andel. For 45 minutes you’ll pay 600 CZK, for 15 minutes 200 CZK.

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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers in Prague

John Mayall John Mayall, considered by many people to be the king of British blues, will perform in Prague tomorrow. Accompanied with the band The Bluesbreakers, he will introduce his newest album In The Palace Of The King, that was issued on 16th April.

John Mayall is the teacher and co-player of such musicians as Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones) or Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac). The concerts of John Mayall are big music events (not only) for lovers of blues.

The concert will take place in Prague hall Folimanka (Na Folimance 2 street, Prague 4) at 20:00 tomorrow. Tickets can be bought via Ticketpro for 935 CZK – 735 CZK.

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Intersteno Prague 2007

Intersteno Prague 2007 Prague hosts the 46th International Congress of Intersteno and World Championship in Information Processing 2007 (21st – 27th July 2007). Almost 600 participants from 31 countries are now in the University of Agriculture in Prague-Suchdol.

The federation Intersteno was founded in 1887, the championship was held in the Czech Republic for the first 44 years ago. It came back to Prague also thanks to good results of Czech participants in the previous years. Helena Matouskova from the Czech Republic is the record holder in speed typing – she can write 928 strokes per minute.

The competitors compete is several categories, such as real time transcription, speech capturing etc. The programme contains many trips to enjoy Prague and its surroundings, such guided tours in the old Prague, Prague Castle, Prague ZOO or Karlstejn. More information at www.intersteno.cz.

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Potter mania dominated Wenceslas Square in Prague

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book Hundreds of people gathered in Wenceslas Square last Saturday morning to buy the newest Harry Potter book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The sale of the book in English version (Czech translation will be ready at the beginning of the next year) started at 1 a.m. CET.

Fans of Harry Potter (many of them dressed in costumes) could meet on Friday evening in bookstore Kanzelsberger in the upper part of Wenceslas Square. They could meet there the Czech translator of Harry Potter books Pavel Medek.

The sale started in bookshops Kanzelsberger and NeoLuxor in Wenceslas Square on time. Benches and kerbs along the square were full of readers (both Czech and foreigners) who wanted to start reading as soon as possible.