Compact archive January 9, 2007

Festival Days of European Film

Days of European Film (Dny Evropskeho filmu) – that is the name of the film festival that will be held in the Czech Republic already for the 14th times. It presents the best films made by present and future member countries of the European Union.

The aim of this festival is to let people know what is new in the European cinematography. Every year visitors can see about fifty films of various genres. The festival is organized by embassies and culture institutes of the countries, by the city of Prague and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

The festival takes place in Prague (25th January – 4th February, cinemas Aero and Svetozor) and in Brno (5th – 13th). Tickets (for 90 CZK) can be reserved and bought in the box office of the cinemas. In Prague you can also visit the Marathon of European films (150 CZK), which is a show of 5 films during one night. For more information click here.

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Prague's concert of Joan Baez

During her Europe tour 2007, Joan Baez, the famous folk musician, is coming to the Czech Republic. She will perform in Prague’s Palac Lucerna on 2nd April. This American folk singer and songwriter is known for her individual vocal style. Many of her songs deal with social issues.

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences selected Joan Baez as one of the recipients of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, which is a special merit award given to performers, who have made lifelong contributions of outstanding artist significance to the field of recording.

Tickets (and e-tickets) for the concert are already on sale via Ticketpro for 895 CZK, 795 CZK and 695 CZK. The concert starts in Palac Lucerna (Stepanska 61) at 20:00.

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Better train services in Prague

Trains are the fastest public transport in Prague. However, the they are used only by around 100 000 travellers a day, while more than 2,7 million people use other means of transport in Prague. Czech Railways want to change it.

Management decided to renovate many railway stations in Prague, buy new trains, prolong some tracks and create new stations. Travelling will be convenient especially for people living or staying in the suburban areas of Prague.

Prague integrated transport ensures that you can use integral transfer or season tickets for travelling by metro, trams, city buses, funicular railway, suburban buses and also many trains in the city. The fare is based on the travel time and number of zones.

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Czech Fashion Wave in Prague's gallery

The gallery of fashion design, Studio LR, presents an exhibition called Czech Fashion Wave presenting selected designs that were introduced in New York’s fashion show Czech Bene Fashion 06 last November.

The designs were made by Czech fashion designers Hana Zarubova, Monika Drapalova, Denisa Nova and Libena Rochova. Libena Rochova’s collection, which stays in New York a bit longer, is presented by photographs of world’s famous photographer Jiri Turek.

The exhibition takes place in Studio LR in Malostranske nabrezi 1. It is open for free from Friday to Sunday (10:00 – 18:00) until 28th January 2007.

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Sudoku world's championship in Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, will host the world’s championship in sudoku this year. Masters of this popular puzzle will compete from 28th March to 1st April 2007.

Czech economist Jana Tylova (31), the winner of the first Sudoku world’s championship in Sudoku last year, will compete there against the best puzzle-solvers from about 30 countries. Last year 85 puzzle-solvers from 22 countries took part in the sudoku championship in Lucca, Italy.

The biggest asset to sudoku was the Japanese puzzle giant Nikoli, Inc. It also gave sudoku its current game. Thanks to Nikoli, sudoku’s appeared in the newspapers and became popular in Japan. In Europe, sudoku was first published on 12th November 2004 in The Times due to the efforts of Wayne Gould who developed a computer program to generate the puzzle.

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