Compact archive November 2, 2007

Come to Prague to see Tour de Ski competition

2006 competition hradcanske namesti praha Like the last year, there are going to be ski competitions in Prague. The square closest to Prague castle, Hradcanske namesti, will be hidden under snow cover. According to the organizers, the only thing that needs to be solved is how to transport 2 000 cubic meters of artificial snow, which represents approximately 500 trucks.

Why in the very Prague center? Katerina Neumann, the chairwoman of the organizing committee says: “There is not a nicer place in Prague. The TV pictures going to the world will be fabulous.”

The idea is, on 30th of December 2007 Hradcanske namesti will be covered in snow to became the setting for the Tour de Ski competition. Sport in streets became a hit of the world’s metropolises. And a way, how to present the city as a modern and lively place, that can entertain not just its citizens, but visitors form all around the world.

City councillor for culture and heritage, Milan Richter, comments: “I am glad for such events in Prague. I’m not such a sport fan to go to watch skiing competitions somewhere in mountains, but if it will be in the center, I’ll be glad to come.”

Milan Richter is not the sole person who enjoys it. Those races are common i.e. in Oslo, Paris or Stockholm. And as in those cities, in Prague there won’t be just sports, we can look forward to other entertainment, like concerts, performances and programme for children.


Spectacular show BHARATI in Prague

bharati cast is numerous ‘Bharati’ is a musical extravaganza, a delectable composite mix of the varied dances, music and folk traditions of India. Over the space of 90 minutes, the audience is guided through a brief but scintillating sampling of India’s rich diversity. Though just a glimpse, the selections hint at the hidden treasures of this vast and enchanting land; its regional, linguistic, historical and philosophical diversity; its myriad peoples, life-styles and traditions.

Music, dance and performance traditions have shaped the ‘collective consciousness’ of the Indian diaspora worldwide, and kept India alive in its collective imagination.

Heroes and heroines of Indian tales usually undergo trials and tribulations before being reunited with each other. Veils of illusion that obscure and cloud truth and recognition, miraculously lift to bring about greater clarity of vision to unite the lovers. The songs are not random but establish the mood, set the tone, and offer insights into the mental states of the protagonists, thus moving the plot forward.

The instruments used are Sitar, Shehnai, Santoor, Sarangi, Bansuri and Harmonium. The bow section from Rajasthan includes 6 Rajasthani violins and swirling Indian variations of violin and Tanpura. The Persian influences on Indian music that began in the reign of the Mughal emperor Akbar, are noteworthy e.g., the Santoor, a 100-stringed instrument, originally from Persia. The percussion instruments used are Tabla, Dholak, Dhol, Daff, Kanjira, Matka, Ghunghroo, Chati, Pakhawaj, Majira.

The undoubtly fascinating show travels the world as a special representative of India culture and tradition, representing richness of the country on the international scene.

The group is formed from the most talented artists of India. Undoubtedly, the visitors of Bharati will enjoy something special, which has never been possible to experience in Europe before.

Bharati 18th November 2007, Congress centre, Trida 5. Kvetna 65, Prague

Shop for tickets here but hurry, there are not many left.


Free Internet in Prague

cats and humans can surf in some prague parts for free Did you know that we, Prague citizens, who live in Prague 5, 9 and 13, can connect to the Internet by wi-fi for free?

This is one of the ways, how Prague City Hall really improves the quality of life.

In a few months, the other city part, Prague 4, is going to be connected too. Prague 4 council have agreed on conditions of the competition, according to which the provider is going to be chosen. The net construction should start in February, and it should be finished in June 2008.

“To establish fast connection to information is in accord to strategic aims of ‘Cesta k e-Praze’ (The way to e-Prague). The conception offering services to citizens and overall modernization of the capital.” Pavel Bem comments.

Prague City hall sees the project in wider context, where the Czech Republic as a regular member of the EU participates on the Lisbon project, which wants to make Europe the most dynamic economy until 2010, with reinforced social solidarity, able of durable development. The way how to reach those goals is an economy based on knowledge.

The ultimate goal is free Internet in the whole Prague.

ADULT. go to Prague

adult. go to prague november ADULT. is a band from Detroit, US that integrates vocals with drum machines, analog synths and electronic/punk elements. While popular in their home city of Detroit, they are also very popular in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Raw, raw, raw
Czech Karel Vesely from EX comments them like this:

“Their synthesizer riffs resemble three-chord songs by The Ramones and Nicola roars to the microphone… ADULT. Is a punk group for people who weren’t alive in 70’s. Their debut album Anxiety Always was so brutal and raw, it flushed all the synthpop dreamers back to their graves.”

And you can hear them in Prague club Bordo, Vinohradska 40, on 5th November 2007.

Fascination of light exhibition in Prague

The unique interactive travelling exhibition has come to Prague. It is called “Fascination of Light – Light for Schools”. The exhibition was developed in Germany three years ago. It joins initiative between organisations and associations from research, industry and the media.

This exhibition is a part of the European campaign and travels through several European cities with the support of the European Commission.

If you have kids interested in technologies and their use in everyday life, or if you just like lasers, this could be the exhibition for you. The complete info is here.