Compact archive August 23, 2007

Roisin Murphy in Roxy club

Roisin Murphy will perform in Prague's Roxy Roisin Murphy known especially as a singer from music band Moloko will come to Prague. Her concert in Roxy club (Dlouha 33 street) will present songs from her latest album Overpowered.

Her European tour will start at the end of August and will include such cities as St Petersburg, Zagreb, Paris, Warsaw, Rome or Copenhagen. Prague audience can look forward to her on 2nd November 2007.

Together with Mark Brydon they issued under the name Moloko four successful albums. In summer 2005 she issued together with Matthew Herbert her first solo album Ruby Blue.


Zimbambwian sculptor in action in Prague

Zimbabwian sculptor Lovemora Bonjisi in Prague Prague hosts one of the most talented artists from Zimbabwe who is called, at his age of 22, the Michalangelo of Africa. Lovemore Bonjisi came to Prague to present his statues and to create one statue in front of the visitors of Botanical Garden in Prague-Troja.

Anybody who comes to Botanical Gardens from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th August (12:00 – 18:00) and from Wednesday 29th August to 2nd September can see him working on his new statue.

Czech Radio Leonardo has prepare a special multimedia internet broadcast showing how the stone changes its shape into art. You can watch it at Lovemore Bonjisi statues are part of the exhibition The Statue of Zimbabwe that shows about 150 statues in the outdoor exhibition area of the Botanical Garden. The exhibition will take until 16th September (daily 9:00 – 19:00).


The oldest rental house in Prague will get new flats

The oldest rental house in Prague, Palac Platyz, will be reconstructed. This house from the times of the reign of Charles IV is situated between Narodni trida street and Uhelny trh. The house should help bring residents back to the city centre.

The city of Prague will invest 54 million CZK to reconstruct the house. It’s of great historical value, however, there are several insensitive extensions from the 1980’s there. One of the most valuable part of the house are original ceiling paintings in Renaissance styles.

There will be 10 new modern flats created in the house with the average size of 100 square meters. The price of the flats will be set in a competition. All passages through the house will be open during the whole reconstruction that should take a year.

International folklore festival in Prague

The 4th international folklore festival Prazsky Jarmark 2007 will host artists from the whole Europe, Ecuador and China. More than 1,200 people from 25 groups from the world will show their traditional clothes, dances, music or handcrafts in the centre of Prague from 28th August to 2nd September 2007.

Prague’s audience can also see traditional Chinese dragons in the centre of Prague, as there will be a march of people in folk costumes through the city that will start in the Old Town Square on 29th August at 14:00.

The daily programme will be divided into two blocks. The first one is devoted to children (14:00 – 15:45), the second one will offer the main programme (16:00 – 22:00).

Those who want to take part in this festival in a more active way can try one of the handicrafts themselves at one of the workshops in Ovocny trh (near Celetna street).


Prague Castle in Photographs 1939 - 1989

Prague Castle in Photographs / Already the third (and so far the last) part of photography exhibition connected with Prague Castle is displayed from today in the Terezian Wing of Old Royal Palace at Prague Castle. This time the photographs concentrate on period between 1939 and 1989.

Documentary photographs are shown besides art photographs by several Czech authors, such as Josef Sudek, Karel Hajek, Karel Pricka or Alexandr Paul. Several photographs were not allowed to be shown in the communist regime, that’s why several photographs are presented to Czech audience for the first time.

The last part of the collection of photographs presents the time of World War II and the communist regime at Prague Castle. The exhibition will be open until 6th January 2008.