Ahoj Monday! 5 tips for the week ahead in Czechia

A quick guide to start the week ahead with news and tips for Prague and Czech Republic.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 09.10.2023 07:30:00 (updated on 09.10.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

✔️ TIPS FOR THS WEEK

#1 Signal Festival lights up Prague

From October 12-15, Signal Festival will feature 20 light-based installations across various venues in Prague, the largest gallery zone in the event's history, as well as works by renowned Czech artist Jan Kalab and Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

A special ticket will grant spectators access to seven installations in the new gallery zone, including pieces by Spanish studio Playmodes and Norwegian-Portuguese collaborative Entangled Others.

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#2 Get inspired at Czech Innovation Week 2023

Immerse yourself in innovation at the eighth edition of the Czech Republic's biggest event dedicated to innovation and artificial intelligence. Czech Innovation Week takes place from October 9-15, with an Innovation Fair featuring dozens of projects in Prague as well as accompanying events across the country. Czech President Petr Pavel will kick off this year's Innovation Week on Monday night in Prague.

#3 Czech and Slovak Architecture in the spotlight at Prague Castle

The largest retrospective of architecture in Czechia and Slovakia in over 50 years, which takes place at the Prague Castle Riding School, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the establishment of both countries.

Featuring over 500 important architectural works, spanning from the late 19th century to the present, it will showcase the changing physical appearance of cities and landscapes over the past 150 years. The exhibition runs from October 10 through the end of November.

#4 Celebrate Czech freedom of speech on Samizdat Day

On October 12, 1988, underground publishers of material banned by the state (collectively known as samizdat) wrote an open letter condemning the imprisonment of Christian activist Ivan Polanský.

Earlier this year, the Czech government approved an amendment to celebrate October 12 as a culturally significant day honoring samizdat publishers. Samizdat Day is already celebrated as a culturally important date in Slovakia.

#5 Catch Bollywood films in Prague

The 20th edition of Prague's Indian Film Festival will take place at Kino Světozor from October 12 to 14, and includes screenings with both Czech and English subtitles.

This year's festival includes the 2023 Hindi legal drama Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway, about the real-life case surrounding an Indian family whose two children were taken away by Norway's Barnevernet social service.

Out of order: The Újezd-Petřín cableway in Prague will undergo routine autumn maintenance from Oct. 9 to Oct. 27, 2023, with operations resuming on Oct. 28. The maintenance includes replacing the towing rope, track inspections, electrical tests, and cleaning of various components. Typically, the cableway sees higher ridership in summer (250,000 per month) than winter (120,000 per month). Read more here.

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