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20-12-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague In Magazine: Balloon mail for Baby Jesus, the town of Sušice saves a precious mobile nativity scene, Czech bears wide-awake for their traditional Christmas brunch and, when it comes to Christmas Czechs love all things Czech.  More

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Arts

Ghostly sculptures draw attention to dilapidated St. George’s church

19-12-2014 15:05 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television Earlier this year, Jakub Hadrava, a third-year student of sculpture at the University of West Bohemia, made international headlines with an unusual installation at St. George’s church, a dominant but dilapidated site located in Lukova in the picturesque Plzeň countryside. Consisting of more than a dozen life-sized ghostly figures – which the artist seated in the church’s pews. The work became a focal point for tourists from as close by as Germany and far off as Brazil. More

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Current Affairs

Czech government under public pressure to accept Syrian refugees

19-12-2014 15:04 | Jan Richter

Photo: DFID - UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 The Czech government has found itself under increased pressure over its recent refusal to accept refugees from Syria. A number of NGOs, churches and other groups have asked the cabinet to reverse its decision, and at least provide treatment to a group of wounded and ill Syrian children. More

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Panorama

Christmas exhibition in Bethlehem Chapel harks back to the old days

18-12-2014 15:56 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Bonsai servis Praha Among the many Christmas events underway in Prague at this time of year is an exhibition of nativity scenes and bells at Bethlehem Chapel in the city centre. Hidden deep in the bowels of the chapel, the exhibition is light years away from the bright lights and bustling city life above. Everything on display is hand made –from wood carved nativity scenes to Christmas decorations made of lace – and it transports visitors to the Christmases of days-gone-by.  More

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In Focus

Time right for generational change, says Trafačka founder Jan Kaláb

16-12-2014 15:52 | Ruth Fraňková

Trafačka, photo: ŠJů, CC BY-SA 3.0 After eight years of existence, the Trafačka art gallery in Prague is closing down, making way for a new housing development. Over the years, Trafačka, which is situated in a former transmission station in the Vysočany district, has become a respected centre for young artists and featured dozens of exhibitions and other events.  More

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One on One

Campaigner van Gemund planning legal action after detention prevents him from demonstrating against Zeman

15-12-2014 16:15 | Ian Willoughby

Otakar Van Gemund, photo: Ian Willoughby Otakar van Gemund was questioned by the police – and subsequently detained for two hours – while on his way to demonstrate against President Miloš Zeman in Prague on November 17. The anti-Vladimir Putin protester, who previously disrupted a news conference conducted by the Czech PM, says it was the second time that day the police had stopped him and checked his ID without offering a reason. More

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My Prague

My Prague – Jan P. Muchow

13-12-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Jan P. Muchow, photo: Ian Willoughby Leader of local indie pioneers The Ecstasy of St. Theresa and a successful composer of film scores, Jan P. Muchow is one of the most respected musicians and producers in the Czech Republic. He calls the now-hip Vršovice district home but works in the nearby Vinohrady. And we begin our tour of “Jan Muchow’s Prague” on the latter’s Jiřího z Poděbrad square, just around the corner from his relatively new studio.  More

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Business

Brno issues blanket ban on gambling machines

19-12-2014 15:25 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: Barbora Kmentová The Brno city council has issued a blanket ban on gaming machines as of next year. Councillors on Friday approved a new regulation banning gambling outlets in all 29 districts of the city. The ban was supported by 37 out of 55 councillors.   More

Business News

19-12-2014 15:22 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: European Commission In Business News this week: Czech agriculture shows record profit in 2014; state debt set to drop by 20 billion crowns; company owned by Finance Minister Babiš wins huge tender for logging and timber sale; Tatra Trucks posts profit of over 3.5 billion...  More

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Marketplace

Ozdoba CZ – traditional Czech producer of Christmas baubles

17-12-2014 15:15 | Jan Richter

Photo: Ozdoba CZ With Christmas just around the corner, a search is underway in many households’ attics or basements for ornaments that will – in due time – decorate the Christmas tree. In many families, trees will be adorned with the colourful glass globes, spikes,...  More

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Sports News

Sports News

15-12-2014 16:16 | Ian Willoughby

Czech Republic - Switzerland, photo: CTK In Sports News this Monday: Czechs come third at World Floorball Championships after turning around final game – coach Cepek is eyeing gold in two years’ time; hockey goalie Vokoun calls time on career at 38; and Sparta reportedly considering sacking...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Planety – A fresh, Silesian take on the late ‘80s indie guitar sound

14-12-2014 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Planety, photo: archive of Planety Led by singer-guitarist Ondřej Krochmalný, the Český Těšín-based band Planety received the Best New Act gong at the 2012 Vinyl awards for their debut LP Peklo, peklo, ráj. This year the indie outfit – influenced by the likes of Pixies, Sonic Youth and...  More

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Czech Life

Prague museum highlights cooking through the ages with gastro tours, workshops

13-12-2014 02:01 | Chris Johnstone

Photo: Barbora Vonderková One of Prague’s most recent new museums is dedicated to the art of cooking through the ages, with a particular look at the Czech contribution to cuisine. The museum features special themed tours and cooking workshops, which have been a big hit with...  More

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Letter from Prague

The Study Abroad Nightmare

13-12-2014 02:01 | Jelani Spencer-Joe

Prague, photo: CzechTourism When some people think of the word "nightmare", they think about a bad dream- I know I do. Usually, when I think about the word "nightmare", I imagine a recurring dream that I’ve had where I’m running away from something or someone in a dark alley and...  More

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