01-10-2016 19:12

Czech Life

Exhibition marks 40 years in the life of Prague’s biggest housing estate

01-10-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Jižní město, photo: Barbora Němcová It is exactly forty years since the first inhabitants started moving into the Czech Republic’s biggest housing estate, Jižní Město in the south of Prague. The local Chodovská tvrz gallery is marking this anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to the history of the district and to the everyday life of its inhabitants. Called Jižní město: From Utopia to Reality, it features large-scale models of the prefabricated houses, audio recordings, as well as art objects reflecting life at the so-called “Jižák”.  More

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Current Affairs

Prime minister appeals to UK’s Theresa May to take action in face of attacks on foreigners

30-09-2016 15:43 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Public Domain Recent attacks against foreign nationals, including the murder of a Czech businessman in London, have led Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka to appeal to his British counterpart, Theresa May, to take action to ensure such crimes aren’t repeated. While the murder is not believed to have been hate-related, other attacks in the post-Brexit climate have been. On Friday, it was even suggested that if the situation were to worsen, Czech police officers could be sent over to help.  More

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Joshua Bell helps Czech Philharmonic launch 121st season

30-09-2016 15:57 | Ruth Fraňková

Joshua Bell, photo: archive of Czech Philharmonic The Czech Philharmonic launched its new season on Thursday night with a concert at Prague’s Rudolfinum featuring the world-renowned US violinist Joshua Bell, who performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. The orchestra, which is to perform the same concert again on Friday, has also marked the new season – its 121st – with the release of two special albums.  More

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Animal rights activists hope public opinion will push lawmakers to approve ban on fur farms

29-09-2016 12:49 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of the NGO Freedom for Animals Deputies in the lower house are set to debate a bill that would ban fur farming in the Czech Republic. A petition in favour of such a move has been signed by 50 deputies across the political spectrum, but a seminar preceding the debate revealed that it still has many opponents.  More

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Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav - a place of pilgrimage

28-09-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Church of St. Wenceslas, photo: Hana Němečková, CC BY-SA 4.0 September 28 is the Feast Day of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. The son of a duke, Wenceslas ruled the country from 922, when he was 15, to his untimely death at the hands of his brother Boleslav on September 28, 935. The day is celebrated as 'Czech Statehood day', and is a public holiday.  More

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One on One

František Janouch, part 1: My work with Charter Foundation like wartime solidarity when dad was in concentration camps

26-09-2016 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

František Janouch, photo: Petra Čechová A nuclear scientist, František Janouch is perhaps best-known for the Charter 77 Foundation, which he set up in exile in Sweden to provide dissidents in his native Czechoslovakia with financial support and technical equipment in the latter years of the communist regime. In this the first half of a two-part interview, Mr. Janouch – who turned 85 last week – recalls the war, his years in the Communist Party, his forced emigration and the beginnings of the Charter 77 Foundation.  More

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Business News

30-09-2016 16:10 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Business round-up for this week: Czech National Bank to keep interventions against Czech crown; Czech competition agency approved acquisition of Čedok by Polish Itaka; SkyToll files official complaint over extended contract with Kapsch; Production of...  More

Škoda Auto to present upgraded Octavia at the start of 2017

30-09-2016 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Škoda Octavia, photo: Škoda Auto Czech carmaker Škoda Auto is likely to present the new, modernised version of its third-generation Škoda Octavia already at the beginning of next year, the Czech News Agency reported on Friday, citing sources from within the company.   More


In Focus

St Andrews commemorates Czech Hussite emissary burned at stake for heresy

27-09-2016 15:42 | Ruth Fraňková

Plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař in St Andrews, photo: archive of Czech Foreign Ministry A plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař, a Czech scholar and Hussite emissary from Bohemia, was recently unveiled in St Andrews in Scotland, close to the spot in Market Street where he was burned at the stake for heresy in 1433. The university master was...  More

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24-09-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková In Magazine: To shave or not to shave? Firefighters lobby against the no-beards rule. Wine-makers in Moravia celebrate the ancient tradition of young girls crushing grapes with their bare feet. Nationwide celebrations of Czech beer are in full swing...  More

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Czech Books

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz: of unknown origin in a strange wood without leaves

24-09-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz, photo: David Vaughan This year’s George Theiner Prize, which honours people who have helped to promote Czech literature abroad, went to Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz. At the University of British Columbia she has devoted decades to promoting, translating and writing about modern...  More

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