Compact archive August 7, 2007

Advertisement should disappear from Prague historical centre

Prague municipal authorities have abolish (with effect from 1st September 2007) large advertisements placed on buildings. The only exception will be promotional sheets that cover the construction works or maintenance, such as the statue of Jan Hus in the Old Town Square at the present.

Prague municipal authorities have also banned handing out flyers informing about various cultural events. The ban has been extended to prints that were registered at the Ministry of Culture as regular promotional press. Still, many people hand out flyers in the streets of Prague – illegally.

People can also get fined for promotional banners, for constructions with advertisement on their cars or for fly-posting. The ban, on the other hand, doesn’t apply to charity events, political parties and movements or events held by the city of Prague.

EasyJet to charge passengers for checked luggage

easyJet will charge checked luggage /photo The second biggest low cost air carrier in Europe easyJet will launch extra charges for checked luggage. From 1st October 2007 travellers will have to pay £2 per item when the luggage is checked online and £5 when it is checked at the airport. The weight of the luggage item is still restricted to 20 kgs. Hand luggage up to 55×40×20 cm will be still transported for free.

Easy Jet is not the only low-budget air carrier which new charges will effect travellers flying from/to Prague. Extra charges for luggage are also asked from Ryanair and Aer Lingus. On the other hand, neither SkyEurope nor Smart Wings (Travel Service) are planning to introduce these charges.


Prague public transport might be more expensive

Prague inhabitants and visitors should expect higher prices for the public transport services. According to Prague councilman for transport Radovan Steiner, the rise in price is inevitable.

More expensive tickets could be sold from the beginning of the year 2008 or from the second half of 2008. The price of the tickets shouldn’t jump too much, it should be just increased by the inflation.

The profits of the tickets cover now about one third of the costs of the Prague public transport. The rest is subsidized by the city of Prague, which is according to auditors who examined the business and financial record of Prague Public Transport Co., very uneconomical.


Prague Autumn 2007 festival

One of the most famous festivals of classical music held in the historical city of Prague, Prague Autumn, starts in about one month. The series of classical concerts performed by outstanding musicians have been held in the impressing hall of Prague’s Rudolfinum since 1991.

The festival provides a space to present radio symphonic orchestras. This year’s festival will be launched by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra with its conductor Bertrand de Billy. The festival will also present BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic or Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (for more information about the programme click here).

The festival is held under the auspices of the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus. The concert will take place in Dvorak’s Hall in Rudolfinum from 12th September to 1st October 2007. Tickets are already on sale in the main box office in Rudolfinum or via Ticketpro and Bohemia Ticket network.


History of the Jewish Museum library on exhibition

The library of the Jewish museum celebrated 100 years of its existence. On occasion of this event there will be a new exhibition presenting the history of this library.

The exhibition called “Hope is on the next page” (Nadeje je na dalsi strance) introduces through the stories and fate of libraries and other personalities connected with the library the history of this library as well as the Central Library of the Terezin Ghetto.

The exhibition will be open from 9th August until 21st October 2007 in the Gallery of Robert Guttman (U Stare skoly 3 street) in the Jewish quarter in Prague. The exhibition will be open every day (except Saturdays and Jewish holidays) from 9:00 to 18:00. For more information about the exhibition click here.