25-09-2016 02:16

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 Czech literature. It was also thanks to Markéta that many Czech playwrights, banned back home, managed to have their work performed on stages in Canada during the 1970s and ‘80s. She has worked just as hard to promote interest in the rich legacy of German writing from what is now the Czech Republic.  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 and a veteran plane makes its last journey to the aviation museum –by road.  More

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Glass works by winners of the Stanislav Libenský award, as well as other finalists, on view at DOX

23-09-2016 14:19 | Jan Velinger

Natsuki Katsukawa - Micro World Specimens, photo: archive of Prague Gallery of Czech Glass The Stanislav Libenský Award, founded eight years ago, is an international competition recognizing outstanding works in glass by art college graduates. This year’s winners were announced just recently and their work (as well as that of other finalists) is on now on view in a must-see exhibition at Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. More

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Prague’s Nostitz Palace houses priceless collection of books

22-09-2016 15:38 | Daniela Lazarová

Nostitz Palace Library, photo: archive of National Museum One of the city’s most precious book collections is to be found in the Nostitz Palace Library in Prague’s Lesser Town. The Early Baroque building, former residence of the noble family of Nostitz-Rieneck, is now home to the Czech Ministry of Culture. The precious library within, which is only open to visitors on special occasions, is administered by the National Museum.  More

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One on One

Swapping beats for meatballs: How Tim “Bomb the Bass” Simenon came to run a Prague eatery

19-09-2016 14:05 | Ian Willoughby

Tim Simenon, photo: Ian Willoughby In 1988 Tim Simenon earned overnight fame when his first single as Bomb the Bass became an international hit. The dance musician and producer went on to release a host of Bomb the Bass albums, as well as producing the likes of Neneh Cherry and Depeche Mode and remixing tracks by David Bowie, Massive Attack and many more huge names. Today, believe it or not, Simenon is to be found behind the counter of Brixton Balls, a meatballs takeaway that he opened on Prague’s Korunní St. earlier this summer. More

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My Prague

My Prague – Mikoláš Růžička

17-09-2016 02:01 | Ian Willoughby

Mikoláš Růžička, photo: Ian Willoughby As one half of the award-winning duo Republic of Two and with his solo project Piano, Mikoláš Růžička is a well-known figure on the Prague music scene. A native of Bechyně in South Bohemia, the musician also has a day job teaching at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Our tour of “Mikoláš Růžička’s Prague” begins on Jiřího z Poděbrad square in front of Jože Plečnik’s modernist Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord.  More

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Business News

23-09-2016 14:49 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Round-up of business news this week: The government approved the draft budget for 2017; Foreign debt rose to over 3.350 trillion crowns in second quarter; Škoda Transportation completed the first part of a major German contract; Bělobrádek apologised...  More

More and more Czech firms selling wares through e-commerce giants

23-09-2016 14:35 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Czech Television Czech companies are beginning to sell products through major internet retailers like Amazon or China’s Alibaba. According to Czech Radio, domestic companies selling through international e-commerce retailers now number in the dozens.   More

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Current Affairs

Castle refuses apology in Peroutka case citing fear of flood of lawsuits

23-09-2016 13:39 | Ian Willoughby

Ferdinand Peroutka, photo: Czech Radio / archive of Slávka Peroutková A saga involving President Miloš Zeman and legendary Czech journalist Ferdinand Peroutka has taken another twist. The president’s office had faced a court order to apologise to Peroutka’s granddaughter over false accusations that he admired Hitler. However,...  More

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In Focus

Performance sheds new light on life and work of Gideon Klein

20-09-2016 16:04 | Ruth Fraňková

Terezín, photo: Denisa Tomanová Gideon Klein has been known mainly as a Czech Jewish composer who was interned in Terezín and later died in Auschwitz. A new international performance, which has its Czech premiere at the Prague Conservatory on Tuesday evening, wants to present Klein...  More

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Sunday Music Show

Young musicians offer new take on David Koller songs

18-09-2016 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

David Koller, photo: Pavol Frešo, CC BY 2.0 In today’s edition of Sunday Music Show, we’ll be listening to the songs by David Koller, the legendary singer, drummer and frontman for the rock group Lucie, interpreted by a new generation of Czech musicians. David Koller, who this year won three Anděl...  More

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