Compact archive June 26, 2007

Large service disruptions in Prague during the summer

Tram crossing Prague's bridge The Prague Public Transport Company announced at the press conference today that Prague dwellers and visitors can expect 6 large tram service disruptions during the summer due to maintenance of the rails.

One of the biggest service disruptions will be in Palackeho square from 18th July until the end of October. The rails between Strossmayerovo square and Cerny most will be repaired between 6th July and 22nd August, between Radosovicka street and nadrazi Hostivar from 5th July to 9th July and at the crossroads at Klarov and Letenska street (near Malostranska metro station) from 17th August to 3rd September. Stefanikuv Bridge keeps closed until 22nd August, and the crossroad at Albertov until 18th July.

The service disruptions will be also announced in a new information campaign in the form of leaflets. The leaflets will also inform how to use the public transport to get to interesting places in Prague.

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Maximum Photography in the gardens of Prague Castle

The Southern Gardens of Prague Castle have become the open-air gallery for the fourth time already. This year you can see 34 large-screen photographs by Ivan Pinkava.

This black-and-white photographs, made between 1990 – 2004 show Pinkava’s famous portraits and less well-known standstills. The exhibition called Salome focuses on the theme of a girl and the death.

The photographs are installed in the Paradise Garden (Rajska zahrada) and in the Garden on the Ramparts (zahrada Na Valech). They are on display until 14th September 2007 for free. The gardens are open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 in June and July, to 20:00 in August and 19:00 in September. The exhibition is organized besides the popular Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle.

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New version of the 2000 CZK banknote comes into circulation

The Czech National Bank introduced yesterday the new 2000 CZK banknote. The new 2007 version of the banknote will come into circulation on Monday 2nd July 2007. The existing versions remain valid.

The Czech National Bank, which is the only institution allowed to issue money in the Czech Republic, decided to improve the protection of the banknotes against counterfeiting. The last modification of this banknote was in 1999, thus 8 years ago.

The new version of the 2000 CZK banknote will contain more protective elements, such as a new protective strip that changes colours depending on the angle the light falls on the paper of the banknote.

The Czech National Bank plans to improve other banknotes in future years, as the Euro will be probably accepted as late as 2012. Read more about the person on the 2000 CZK banknote.

Narnia land is now in the Barrandov Studio in Prague

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Prague Barrandov Studio is busy now to create the perfect requisites for the American film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The film is being shot here from April to August and it costs over 100 million USD.

According to the director of Barrandov Studio, this film has been the biggest project there since Roman Polanski’s film Oliver Twist in 2004. The studios now contains a castle with a large courtyard and a big gate, towers and a drawbridge. The main stars of the film, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell will also shot in caves or in a wood with a waterfall and a small lake, all made in Barrandov studios.

About 110 people has been working on the requisites for more than 6 months. The Czech premiere of the film is planned for May 2008.

Also another Hollywood film is being shot in Prague now. It’s a new film Wanted with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.

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Prague Troja hosts the Slalom Racing World Cup 2007

Slalom racing in Prague The best water slalom racers are heading to Prague now to compete in the ICF Slalom Racing World Cup 2007. The first contest starts on Friday 29th June, the competition will continue the whole weekend.

There are 234 racers out of 36 countries registered for the competition. The World Cup will be broadcast by Czech television (CT4 and on Sunday on CT2). The entrance is for all spectators for free.

The biggest star of the competition is the Olympic winner Elena Kalinska from Slovakia, who will defend last year’s title. Among her rivals will be Stepanka Hilgertova, the most successful slalom racer in the Czech Republic. The main hopes of the Czech team rest on the duo Jaroslav Volf – Ondrej Stepanek.