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Jakub König comes out of the Kittchen with...

Czech singer-songwriter Jakub König came to attention with the DIY project Kittchen and as frontman of the large band Zvíře jménem Podzim. He has now released Hvězdy (Stars), his first LP under his own name. The relatively upbeat eight-track...

Czech humour is something we can ‘all learn...

If you’re an Instagram user living in Prague, you may have scrolled past content by the account Just Czech Things, a profile with over 65k followers run by 32-year-old Arthur Kornienko. Originally from Russia, Kornienko is often mistaken as a...

Prague-based journalist detained in Russia

Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva has been detained in Russia and charged with failing to register as a foreign agent. The Prague-based editor at Radio Free Europe’s Tatar-Bashkir service faces up to five years in jail if she is found guilty by the...

NOS LADINS – WE LADINS | DISCOVERING ALTA...

It is the people who live there who make it an authentic place, rich in culture and traditions, which are handed down from generation to generation. The project Nos Ladins – We Ladins aims to bring tourists closer to the local traditions...

Holocaust survivor Erbenová: I’ve lost my...

Among those receiving an award at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday for promoting the good name of Czechia will be Holocaust survivor and writer Eva Erbenová. Aged 92, she arrived in the country last week on a government plane...

“It’s our responsibility to help”:...

An exhibition on Czech humanitarian aid and development cooperation was unveiled on the Dvořák embankment in Prague on Tuesday. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it aims to raise awareness of the different ways in which Czechia is...

Political scientist: Gov. will pay high...

Halfway through its term in office the Fiala administration has pushed through a package of austerity measures aimed at reducing the steep deficit in public finances. In order to do so, it had to break its election promise not to raise taxes...

Míla Furstová’s illustrations for Babička...

Czech Post recently released a special edition of stamps featuring illustrations from Božena Němcová’s novel The Grandmother (Babička) by the Czech-British artist Míla Furstová. The colourful etchings were originally created for the most recent...

Martin Dvořák: from regional mayor to the...

Martin Dvořák started making his mark on public life during the Velvet Revolution of 1989. As a young, obscure economist at a meat processing plant in Eastern Bohemia, he played a pivotal role in establishing the local branch of the Civic...

Drumming for Bubny: a protest against...

The annual event Drumming for Bubny, commemorating the victims of the first Nazi transport of Jews from Prague on October 16, 1941, will take place at the site of the Bubny railway station on Monday evening. Organized by the Memorial of...

Czech government’s austerity package gets...

The Fiala government has won approval for its austerity package in the Chamber of Deputies. The set of reforms, which aims to put a handbrake on the growing deficit in public finances, includes tax hikes, cuts in subsidies and lay-offs and will...

“Warning strike” calls for increased funding...

Professors and faculty members at universities across the country are taking part in a nationwide warning strike on Tuesday to protest against the underfunding of various faculties and the worsening conditions for academic staff. To learn more...

WINKLEIGH FEMALE Wombat TRAINING FOR SPECIAL...

The female common Winkleigh wombat at the Prague Zoo is training for abdominal examination these days. Leaning on a special gate reveals sensitive parts and builds mutual trust with the breeder. When she’s pregnant or has a baby in her...

A FEMALE CHEETAH INHABITED THE ENCLOSURE

Visitors to the Prague Zoo can observe a female cheetah in the enclosure these days. Nine-year-old Femi is most active in the morning these days. After the current cold nights, she likes to bask on the raised platform in the middle of her...

Vintage vehicles rally in Olomouc

On the 100th anniversary of the founding of what was originally a motorcycle club, the Central Moravian Automobile and Motorcycle Club organized a show of historic cars and motorcycles up to the year 1945 on the Olomouc square Horní náměstí at...

The world has changed and so must spas. How...

29 countries, 300 delegates, more than 40 buyers from all over the world. This is what the European Spa and Balneological Congress looked like. After more than 20 years, it was held in Karlovy Vary. Simultaneously with the congress, SPA-CE was...

Signal festival of light art to kick off...

The annual festival of digital and creative culture, also known as the Signal festival of light art will begin this Thursday across Prague, presenting four days of Czech and international artwork. To learn more about this year’s 11th edition, I...

Czech TV anchor Martin Řezníček speaks about...

Martin Řezníček is one of the anchors of the Czech Public Television flagship news program Události. He recently moderated a key debate in the Czech presidential election campaign. His firm and flawless performance angered one of the...

EP86: Petr Kratochvíl

Petr Kratochvíl on a new paper he co-authored which says Russia’s war on Ukraine is novel in that it is also a fight against gender and sexual equalities, with Moscow presenting itself as a defender of traditional values against the...

October 8, 1893: Náměstí Míru’s distinctive...

A spectacular ceremony accompanied the consecration of the Basilica of St. Ludmila in Prague’s Vinohrady district 130 years ago. Over 300 maidens dressed in white, the Hlahol singing club and thousands of ordinary citizens took part in the six...

“Culture is a service to the public”:...

Roughly 150 musicians took part in a public concert at Prague’s Main Railway Station on Sunday evening to raise awareness about the underfunding of culture in Czechia. The campaign, titled Let’s Not Let Culture Go Silent, is backed by two dozen...

“Kids should not feel alone”: Children’s...

A recent report from the National Institute of Mental Health in Czechia indicated that children and adolescents are suffering from anxiety and depression at staggeringly high rates, with close to 40 percent of secondary school goers affected...

Czech minister first foreign official to...

Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský was the first foreign dignitary to visit Israel in the wake of Saturday’s attack on the country by the Palestinian group Hamas. He assured President Yitzhak Herzog and his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen of...

Petr Kratochvíl on Russia’s targeting of...

Russia’s war on Ukraine is novel in that it is also a fight against gender and sexual equalities. That is the central thesis of a recent paper by Petr Kratochvíl and Míla O’Sullivan from Prague’s Institute of International Relations, who say...

Deputy minister: We support Israel in...

Senior officials in Prague have strongly condemned the Hamas attack on Israel that began on Saturday. President Petr Pavel called it a reprehensible terrorist act, while Prime Minister Petr Fiala said Czechia had always stood and will stand...

“It would be huge show of support for...

Following the Hamas attack on Israel, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala says moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is now a “desirable step”. This would break with previous policy of following the EU line – and Foreign Minister...

Rising opera star Patricia Burda Janečková...

Soprano Patricia Burda Janečková was one of the bright lights of the opera world. Her young life and promising career were tragically cut short by cancer to which she succumbed at the age of 25. She died on October 1, 2023. Born in Germany to...

A new fundraiser for psychological help for...

A new fundraiser for psychological aid to Ukrainian children was announced in connection with the second annual Crimean Platform Parliamentary Summit. It will be hosted by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, in...

Czechia to be honorary guest at 2026...

The Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the world’s most prestigious literary events, has announced Czechia as its honorary guest for the 2026 edition. How important will its participation be for the country’s literature and publishing houses? I...

The National Museum is exhibiting all 38...

On October 12, 2023, an architectural exhibition entitled Czech Pavilion EXPO 2025: Competition Proposals started in the National Museum. It is organized by the Office of the General Commissioner for EXPO 2025 in cooperation with the National...

Gočárovy mlýny

In the Pardubice region, they are betting on technology. After the train museum or the exhibition of old machines, people can experience the (old) new Automatic Gočár mills 234,000 people came to hotels, boarding houses and apartments in the...

Legislators from more than 40 countries are...

The parliamentary summit of the Crimean Platform will take place in Prague from October 23 to 24. It aims to raise awareness of the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea and its wider consequences. Over 40 representatives of legislative bodies...

Child specialists say behavioral problems in...

Learning difficulties, traumas and domestic violence –those are just some of the underlying causes of behavioral problems among schoolchildren. According to the Czech School Inspectorate, the number of children with behavioral problems has...

Scientists discover ancient Hebrew curses...

Academic articles are usually only read by a vanishingly small number of people, but a paper published in mid-May of this year in the journal Heritage Science has already become one of the world’s most-read scientific papers, with 36,000...

Czechia and its neighbours extending spot...

Czechia, Poland, Austria and Slovakia have announced they are extending the spot border checks introduced on October 4, by another 20 days. The measure, intended to curb the flow of illegal migrants along the Western Balkans route, has proved...

PAQ Research: Czechs’ fondness for beer...

Czechs know how to make good beer and enjoy it – consuming, on average, over 160 liters per person each year. And they have become increasingly fond of good wine, a fondness that is also driven by the fact that there is no excise tax on still...

Tomáš Baťa: the entrepreneur and...

The name ‘Zlín’ has been inextricably linked with businessman Tomáš Baťa ever since the beginning of the twentieth century – so much so that, despite the word bearing no resemblance to his name, the town was renamed in 1949 by the communist...

In the European Parliament, President Pavel...

President Petr Pavel, in a speech before members of the European Parliament on October 4, 2023, supported the expansion of the European Union to include the countries of the Western Balkans or the so-called Associated Trio (Ukraine, Moldova...

AN EXTRAORDINARY BREEDING OF SQUARE TURTLE...

Exactly four months ago, two scaly turtle hatchlings hatched in the Prague Zoo. These mushroom-eating reptiles were bred by the Prague Zoo as the first zoo in Europe. Both delicate cubs thrive and transform significantly.

Zlín Region

A region of enterprising people. This is where the Bata company was founded and today its shoes are famous the world over. It boasts the town of Kroměříž, with the most beautiful castle gardens in Czechia, and the pilgrimage site Velehrad. See...

Worlds apart? Book explores Karlovy Vary...

Today Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the region’s premier cinema showcase. But practically half of its long history took place under communism – and the event in that period is the subject of a new book, Proplétání světů...

More than 18% of university students on...

New data from the Czech Statistics Office show that one fifth of students on Czech campuses are internationals, and nearly half of those foreigners wish to stay on in Czechia after completing their studies. To understand these numbers and the...

“It’s an enormous honour” Becka McFadden on...

The Thália Awards are an annual ceremony that honours artists in the performing arts in Czechia. Awards are presented to both men and women in four categories – drama, opera, dance, and musical and operetta. This year, American-born performer...

The cult of St Wenceslas in music: St...

The cult of St Wenceslas is ever-present in Czechia, not least in the field of music. The best example of this is the St. Wenceslas Chorale. The Saint Wenceslas Chorale is a church hymn and one of the oldest known Czech songs, which is part of...

Churches dedicated to the Czech nation’s...

September 28 is St. Wenceslas Day, a state holiday marking the death of the nation’s patron saint. Many of the masses celebrated in his memory will take place in churches dedicated to St. Wenceslas. Wenceslas was born near Prague in 907...

October 1, 1873: Neo-Gothic completion of St...

Exactly 150 years ago, Prague Archbishop Bedřich Schwarzenberg laid the foundation stone for the completion of Prague’s famous St. Vitus Cathedral in neo-Gothic style. The Cathedral of St. Vitus, Wenceslas and Vojtech at Prague Castle, a...

Škoda unveils second generation Kodiaq in...

Škoda has unveiled its next generation SUV Kodiaq. At its world premiere in Berlin on Wednesday evening, the car manufacturer presented the new car’s design and technological enhancements in a never-used subway tunnel under Potsdam Square. The...

In the European Parliament, President Pavel...

President Petr Pavel, in a speech before members of the European Parliament on October 4, 2023, supported the expansion of the European Union to include the countries of the Western Balkans or the so-called Associated Trio (Ukraine, Moldova...

Enough rubbish: Prague waste prevention...

September seems to have unofficially been sustainability month in Czechia, with Zero Waste Week, European Sustainable Development Week and Czech Radio’s “Don’t Bin it! 7 Days for the Planet” all taking place within that period. While many of...

Prague tram converted into bistro near...

What could be more Czech than drinking beer on an old tram? At Prague’s Bistro Točna, owner Jan Řídký and his business partner have turned a historical tram stop into a thriving business frequented by locals and tourists alike. I spoke with him...

Gočár-designed mill reopens in Pardubice...

Pardubice’s Automatic Mills (Automatické mlýny) building – one of the most famous works by the pioneering Czech architect and designer Josef Gočár – has just been reopened as a multifunctional public space following a CZK 900 million renovation...

Czech theatre companies pen open letter to...

Just one month after private firms such as Vodafone and Skoda wrote an open letter to Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala calling for marriage equality, Czech theatres across the country followed suit. The Goose on a String theatre in Brno, is one...

Nature captured in glass: Installation by...

Lasvit, Czechia’s leading exporter of luxury glass and light installations, is one of three prominent design entities currently being showcased at Sketch, a high-end dining establishment in West London. Michelin-starred Sketch in London’s posh...

Koněprusy Caves first in Europe to have 3D...

The Koněprusy Caves, the largest known cave system in Bohemia, are the first in Europe to have a digital map. It was created by a team of scientists using 3D scanning. A special camera allowed them to access places that have never been mapped...

Czech PM: Bolder steps needed to resolve...

On his way to the European Political Community summit in Granada on Thursday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said bolder steps were needed to resolve the growing problem of illegal migration in Europe. Czechia, Austria, Poland and Slovakia...

Heaven on Earth: interwar hits performed by...

In today’s edition of Sunday Music Show we‘ll be listening to a new CD created jointly by opera singer Adam Plachetka and jazz and swing musician Ondřej Havelka and his band Melody Makers. Called Nebe na Zemi, or Heaven on Earth, it mainly...

New Czech film centres on play by Ukrainian...

Heathens, a new Czech film set for release next week, centres on the play of the same name by Hanna Yablonska. She was a young Ukraine-born playwright who was killed in a suicide bombing at a Moscow airport. The black and white movie Heathens...

Czech café in Brussels honours architect...

A temporary gallery has opened in Brussels to celebrate architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, who was born in Moravia and rose to fame in Vienna. Over the next six weeks, visitors to Café Hoffmann can sit on chairs based on his designs and...

“Give the blood that you want to receive”:...

The Prague City Council recently approved the awarding of a free annual pass for the city’s public transport system, worth CZK 3,650, to volunteer blood donors who have donated at least 80 times. According to the Czech Red Cross there are...

“A great friend and colleague”: Tributes...

Tributes have been pouring in for Daniel Anýž, the Czech journalist and commentator who died on Saturday at the age of 59. Mr Anýž, who served as a Washington correspondent and was known as an expert on US affairs, worked for a number of Czech...

AN EXTRAORDINARY BREEDING OF SQUARE TURTLE...

Exactly four months ago, two scaly turtle hatchlings hatched in the Prague Zoo. These mushroom-eating reptiles were bred by the Prague Zoo as the first zoo in Europe. Both delicate cubs thrive and transform significantly. “They slowly...

Veteran cars ordered to undergo vehicle...

The authorities have tightened the rules for the roughly 45,000 veteran and vintage cars in Czechia. As of September 2023, they are required to undergo a classic vehicle inspection every five years and will be entered into the national car...

Discover the beauty of South Moravia

South Moravia is a region of wine, beautiful UNESCO-listed castles and the Moravian metropolis Brno. Check out some of its beautiful landmarks in our photo gallery. Source: CzechTourism

President Petr Pavel and Eva Pavlova ended...

President Petr Pavel and First Lady Eva Pavlova ended a two-day trip to the South Moravian Region today. During the visit, the president met with representatives of the region and Brno, held discussions with representatives of technology...

Czech intelligence chief says Russian agent...

The head of the Czech Counterintelligence Service (BIS) Michal Koudelka on Monday highlighted the activities of Russian agents in the country in connection with the war in Ukraine. He said efforts to disseminate Kremlin propaganda in Czechia...

Prague ranked second best solo travel...

Just trailing Tokyo, Japan, Czechia’s capital city has been ranked the second best destination in the world for solo travellers by travel operator Planet Cruise. The ranking was based on safety, accommodation costs, available attractions, and...

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra to close...

The Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, currently taking place in the capital’s Rudolfinum concert hall, will have its closing concert on Monday evening – and it will be performed by none other than Czech Radio’s own symphony orchestra...

Singers Plachetka and Havelka team up on CD...

Opera singer Adam Plachetka has teamed up with jazz and swing specialist Ondřej Havelka and his band Melody Makers on a unique new CD. Nebe na Zemi, or Heaven on Earth, mainly features classic interwar songs composed by Jaroslav Ježek and the...

Czech consul general in New York: We are...

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic based in New York City has jurisdiction over ten states across the eastern part of the United States. On a visit to Prague, Consul General Arnošt Kareš spoke with Amelia Mola Schmidt about the work he...

EC President Von der Leyen praises Czech...

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, addressed Czech entrepreneurs and business owners at a Green Deal summit in Prague on Tuesday, telling them the potential of Czech industry to be a European leader in the green...

Entomologist Kateřina Sam on the...

Entomologist Kateřina Sam is on the 2023 Forbes list of top Czech female scientists. She has been working on an experimental study aimed at mapping the interdependence of birds and insects and how their disappearance may affect the landscape...

Karel Čapek Memorial marks 60 years

The Karel Čapek Memorial, at the famous Czech writer’s former home in Central Bohemia, is this weekend celebrating 60 years of existence. Karel Čapek and his wife Olga received the villa in Stará Huť as a wedding present. They fell in love with...

“It’s just a piece of fabric!” Czech...

Vlasta Černý and his wife Michaela describe themselves as an “almost” normal heterosexual couple. However, when the two of them step outside, they almost never fail to attract attention because of Vlasta’s weakness for women’s dresses. The...

Designblok marks 25 years – and returns to...

Czechia’s premier event in its field, Designblok, is about to take place for the 25th time. The showcase runs from October 4 to October 8 at a number of top Prague venues, including the city’s Trade Fair Palace and, for the first time in years...

Small Czech town holds bread festival

The small town Město Touškov in Western Bohemia held its fifth annual festival of bread at the weekend. In addition to baking bread in the parish oven, the program included a presentation of a hospice project and a small farmers’ market. Baker...

World Record Holder from Prague Zoo

I preferred not to talk too much about it, not to jinx it and waited patiently until Saturday. Then I went to congratulate Pieta with a handful of mealworms. Pieta is our aardvark female. Last Saturday, on September 16, 2023, she reached age of...

Scientists make “Celtic beer” using analysis...

Czech scientists, together with a small experimental brewer, have come up with the country’s first “Celtic beer”. Called TauriALE, the recreation of the ancient alcoholic beverage was achieved using laboratory analysis of pollen from an early...

Czech archaeologists rediscover famous tomb...

Czech Egyptologists working between the pyramid fields of Abusir and Saqqara have announced a major discovery. They have located and explored a lost tomb that belonged to an ancient Egyptian official called Ptahshepses, who lived during the...

THE GREEN ROOF AT THE DJ RESERVATION WON!

The results of the Green Roof competition, which has a ten-year tradition, were solemnly announced yesterday at the Great World of Technology in Ostrava-Vítkovice. The winner of the competition was the green roof on the new gorilla pavilion...

WORLD GORILLA DAY AND CELEBRATION OF 60...

On Saturday, September 23, the Prague Zoo will celebrate World Gorilla Day together with the 60th anniversary of the breeding of these largest primates in the world. Visitors can look forward to an extraordinary program in both pavilions – in...

5th year of the Olga Havel Foundation...

On Tuesday, September 12, the Olga Havlova Foundation Goodwill Run charity race took place for the fifth time in the Hvězda nature reserve in Prague 6. More than 500 male and female runners took part in it, thanks to which they managed to...

Czech scientists develop miniature “weather...

Czech scientists have developed a small weather station for space. The gadget tracks streams of charged particles moving in space and the first is already in orbit. Differently charged particles, which scientists call “space weather”, stream...

Ostrožská Lhota named Village of the Year

The village of Ostrožská Lhota in the Zlín region has been named “Village of the Year” for 2023, ahead of Hrádek from Moravia-Silesia and Dolní Poustevna from the Ústí nad Labem region. The winner was announced this past weekend at a folk...

Working towards doing things together: New...

Martin Tlapa will begin his new posting as Czech ambassador to Canada in Ottawa on September 25th. The agenda items he wishes to tackle during his posting range from boosting tourism and student movement between the two nations, driving further...

Painter and engraver Max Švabinský born 150...

Valuable paintings, stained glass windows in Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral, the first official portrait of President T. G. Masaryk and a series of postage stamps – these are just some of the works by Max Švabinský, one of the most important...

Windows of St. Vitus Cathedral Imperial...

The Prague Castle Administration has prepared a new exhibition called Windows of the St. Vitus Cathedral, which will present the craftsmanship of breathtaking stained glass windows in large-format photographs. Visitors will thus be able to view...

In a speech at the UN General Assembly...

On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, President Petr Pavel delivered a speech in the general debate of the UN General Assembly. In it, he criticized Russia for violating the UN Charter and international law in connection with its invasion of Ukraine...

Yvonne Přenosilová: Singing star whose...

Yvonne Přenosilová, a popular 1960s Czechoslovak singing star who later became a radio presenter, sadly passed away last week. The dark-haired Yvonne Přenosilová appeared as a teenage singer in Miloš Foman’s 1963 film Audition and a couple of...

Czech ambassador to NATO: The alliance is...

At the end of the summer, Czech diplomats stationed around the world traditionally come back to Prague for a week of consultations about their individual agendas and global affairs. This year the meeting was inevitably overshadowed by the war...

US F-35 Lightning II aircraft at NATO Days...

Tens of thousands of people attended the annual NATO Days at Ostrava’s Mošnov Airport at the weekend. The big attraction this year were US F-35 Lightning II aircraft piloted by the US Air Force Demo Team. Source:ČTK

Mikulov brings together history, wine, art...

Nestled at the foot of the Pálava Mountains in the south of Moravia, the picturesque town of Mikulov is one of Czechia’s most attractive destinations. While the town is best known for its wine cellars and historical monuments including an old...

Czech women amongst those drafted in...

The newly established Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) held its first inaugural player draft this past Monday, where the six teams set to play in January 2024 selected their top player picks. Among them were Czech women who will head...