Monday, 19 February 2018

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Barbara Day and the Velvet Philosophers

Radio Prague |
7 December 2009

Constantly harangued by Czechoslovakia’s secret police – the StB – visiting lecturers, including some of the world's most renowned philosophers, would meet secretly at private flats. Barbara Day's book, The Velvet Philosophers, recounts the details of how these underground seminars worked.

Exhibition of work by legendary illustrator/animator Jiří Trnka opens

Radio Prague |
11 December 2009

This week saw the opening of a new exhibition of some of the best work by one of former Czechoslovakia's most famous illustrators, painters as well as the father of Czech animated film, Jiří Trnka, who died in 1969.

The Christmas market

Radio Prague |
17 December 2009

Every year the start of Advent in late November sees the opening of traditional Christmas markets in the Czech capital. The one on Old Town Square has a history of more than a hundred years.

Italian artist brings art to travelers at Prague's main railway station

Radio Prague |
21 December 2009

Three years ago Prague's main railway station was not a nice place to be. A major reconstruction launched in 2006 is radically transforming the premises which now afford modern terminals, sales counters, boutiques and restaurants. Now the company Grandi Stazioni which is conducting the reconstruction has gone a step further – offering weary travelers some art as well.

The bells of Prague

Radio Prague |
28 December 2009

Looking down on the city, the spires and towers rise up, and of course many of them have bells inside.

Terezín

Prague.TV |
23 November 2009

Around 50 kilometers north of Prague, the memorial on the site of the Theresienstadt concentration camp offers a grim reminder of Nazi occupation.

A Czech shoe classic gets a makeover

Radio Prague |
27 November 2009

In 2007, Prague graphic design students Jan Kloss and Jakub Korouš updated the 1966 model of the classic Czech Botas sneaker for a school assignment. Little did they know that their chic version of the retro sneaker would be a huge hit.

Czech émigré shares emotional memories of fall of Berlin Wall

Radio Prague |
10 November 2009

World leaders past and present on Monday gathered in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The celebrations, which are expected to culminate with the toppling of a symbolic wall of dominoes, have attracted more than 100,000 people. One of them is Štepán Benda a Czech émigré who has lived in Berlin since 1968 when he emigrated from communist Czechoslovakia.

Student activists unveil 'present' for Velvet Revolution anniversary

Radio Prague |
11 November 2009

Onlookers applauded as a Prague-based student initiative unveiled a larger than life coil of excrement, sitting pretty on a giant gift box complete with a red ribbon, symbolizing the present they have received from Czech officials for the 20th anniversary of the student protests that triggered the collapse of communism in Czechoslovakia.

Dissident priest shepherded in revolution

Prague Post |
13 November 2009

Halík recalls surprise at how quickly things turned around.

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