Compact archive October 29, 2007

Andalusia festival Nouba in Rudolfinum

andalucia evening prague Prague Philharmonic, conductor Michel Swierczewski
Anne-Sophie Schmidt – soprano
Ginesa Ortega Cortés – flamenco vocals
& musicians from Morocco and others

The Arab-Andalusian festival, Nouba, will be re-enacted here, joining together two opposite shores of the Mediterranean, and two traditions in music, “academic” and popular. The Rudolfinum will be decked with tones, colors, tastes Strings of Autumn - Nouba at the Rudolfinum and scents of old Andalusia.

Traditional Súfij music, Sefard songs Maurice Ravel or Manuel de Fall music, recitation of Maroqui poetry. All these under the baton of Michael Swierczewsky meet in the original project festival ‘Strings of Autumn’ in Rudolfinum, Prague.

30th October 2007, 19:30, Rudolfinum, Alsovo nabrezi 12, Prague 1. Tickets at Ticketpro.


Czech National Medal Ceremony in Prague

The ceremony takes place annually in Prague Castle on 28th of October, which is a national holiday celebrating the constitution of the independent Czechoslovak state, 28th October 1918.

24 people were awarded this year. From these we choose 5 for you;

Plk. Stanislav Hnelicka
Order of White Lion
The colonel belongs to great heroes of our foreign military of the WWII. He fought in the Middle East and the West Front. He participated on most of the dangerous missions of his column.

Marie Goretti Boltnar
Distinguished Service Medal
A member of Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Karel Boromejsky. She devoted her whole life to care of the sick, seniors, mentally and physically handicapped and victims of natural catastrophes. She has been in the order since her age of fiveteen.

Miroslav Fiedler
Distinguished Service Medal
Professor Fiedler is a world-wide recognized Czech mathematician, focusing on linear algebra and graph theory. His papers have gained exceptional reward. He has already been awarded for his international activity.

Plk. Jiri Formanek
T.G. Masaryk Medal
The colonel fought against the totalitarian regime in the former Czechoslovakia. He joined the news office against the communist regime. He established a news net on our territory. As a consequence, he was imprisoned and got 14 years in the worst communist prison.

Jiri Stivin
Distinguished Service Medal
A remarkable personality of the Czech music scene. He is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer and a pedagogue. He is an author of many works of various music areas.

What Badges and Medals are in the Czech Republic and why?


Badges and Medals of the Czech Republic

The main badges given in the Czech Republic are : Order of White Lion, T.G. Masaryk Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. Honored persons are chosen by the president. The ceremony takes place in Prague Castle on 28th of October, which is a national holiday celebrating the constitution of the independent Czechoslovak state, 28th October 1918.

MWP White Lion Medal The Czechoslovak Order of the White Lion and Medal of the White Lion :

The Medal is given for merit to the Czech state. The Order was established as an award for foreign citizens for merits for the (former) Czechoslovakia.

The Order of the White Lion was established in five classes. (The same person could have only one class or the Order of the White Lion. The Order of the White Lion is awarded in two divisions, civil (with two crossed palms above the badge) and military (two crossed Roman swords above the badge).

T.G.Masaryk Medal T.G. Masaryk Medal
The medal is given for persons who have contributed in a significant manner to humanity, human rights and democracy development.

Distinguished Service Medal Distinguished Service Medal
Medal given to personalities for merit for the state in business, science, technique, culture, arts, sports, education and schools, defense, state and citizens safety.

Those special medals are stamped on the unique machine from 1937, in a small workshop in Prague.


First debates of National Library Commission

blob team started to debate The National Library Team should solve the problems of the new NL construction. They held their first meeting in the residence of the Prague Mayor on Saturday morning. Vlastimil Jezek, National Library manager, have informed: “We have agreed on the sum of questions for the expert commission… the Team should finish their work until the Christmas.”

According to the Prague Mayor Pavel Bem, the possible construction on Prague Letna has five problems – property, municipal plan, adhering to the rules of the International architectonic competition, keeping with The National Institute for Heritage Preservation and construction money.

“There is one main task – to try to move Octopus on some other place. It could me moved on new grounds on Letna, or some other place in Prague.” Pavel Bem stated last week.


Cirque du Soleil performed 'Delirium' in Prague

cirque du soleil Cirque du Soleil (French for “Circus of the Sun”), an entertainment empire based in Montreal, Canada, performed in Prague this weekend. Sazka Arena hosted about eight thousands of people. The performed piece was Delirium; ‘a multifaceted event of unprecedented proportion featuring a state-of-the-art mix of music & stunning acrobatics infused with multimedia & awe-inspiring gigantic visuals.’

Cirque du Soleil ranks among so called ‘Cirque Nouveau / New Circus’, which is a theatre genre, connecting locomotive art, street theatre, dance, music, puppet shows and cirque (without animals).

No ring and no animals helped to make Cirque du Soleil the modern circus as it is described today. Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world and has its own central theme and storyline, which brings the audience into the performance by having no curtains. It is accompanied by continuous live music and performers changing the props. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s the Cirque expanded rapidly and went from one show with 73 employees in 1984 to currently 3,500 employees from over 40 countries, doing fifteen shows, touring every continent and having an estimated annual revenue exceeding $600 million USD.