Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Lucerna Palace rooftop opens to public

Radio Prague |
18 August 2017

The roof of the Lucerna Palace in the centre of Prague has opened to the public. The project has been initiated by café owner and civic activist Ondřej Kobza, who rents the terraces from the building's owner Dagmar Havlová, sister-in-law of the late president Václav Havel.

Strong Czech economic growth surprises experts

Radio Prague |
18 August 2017

Czech economic growth was one of the strongest in Europe in the second quarter, confounding the experts who had bet on a weaker performance. But the latest figures are fuelling questions whether the economy is at its limits and could soon start to lose momentum.

Gay under Communism: Part 1

Radio Prague |
19 August 2017

Under Communism, being gay or lesbian was essentially taboo. Homosexuality was de-criminalized in the former Czechoslovakia from 1962, a lot earlier than in many west European countries, but attitudes did not change as a result.

Letní Letná festival of new circus kicks off

Radio Prague |
18 August 2017

Letní Letná, which brings some of the world's best contemporary circus acts to Prague, got underway for the 14th time at the city's Letná Plain on Thursday evening. Perhaps the biggest draw at this year's edition of the three-week festival are Cirque Alfonse, a troupe from Quebec.

Czechs improve prompt payment reputation

Radio Prague |
18 August 2017

Czechs have historically not had a stellar reputation as prompt payers. But that situation appears to be changing now.

Memories sought to give personal perspective on Czech history

Radio Prague |
17 August 2017

A travelling exhibition called the National Chronicle is now on display at the Václav Havel Square besides Prague's National Theatre. It presents the outcomes of a project carried out by the Charter 77 Foundation along with the National Museum in which seniors share their memories of the past in order to document and preserve the memory of the nation.

Leo Express enters German market

Radio Prague |
17 August 2017

Private Czech train and bus operator Leo Express has entered the German market, taking over the German long-distance operator Locomore, the daily iDnes reported on Wednesday, citing the German magazine Spiegel. Leo Express will operate a line between Berlin and Stuttgart in the southeast of Germany.

PM, high state prosecutor, testify before parliamentary commission

Radio Prague |
17 August 2017

Five people, including the prime minister and the high state prosecutor in Olomouc Ivo Ištvan, testified before a parliamentary commission on Tuesday on the subject of leaks from police files. The commission was called to investigate following the leak of internal police information in taped conversations between a journalist and ANO leader Andrej Babiš.

Prague exhibition spotlights iconic shoes of Manolo Blahnik

Radio Prague |
16 August 2017

An exhibition dedicated to the famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is now on display at Prague's Kampa Museum. Entitled Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, the exhibition explores the nearly 50-year-long career of the visionary designer.

Friendly guide maps Prague ethnic eateries

Radio Prague |
16 August 2017

A new project run by a team of foreigners living in Prague aims to map ethnic restaurants in the city. The Czech Friendly team pinpoints authentic family-run foreign restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks and present them through a printed map and a mobile app. It also collects the best authentic recipes and presents the life stories of the places' owners.

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