The best things to do in Prague this week, July 8–14

Zero Point and Za dveřmi present current theater trends, a new visual show premieres at the Křižík Fountain, and the French Market is at Kampa.

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Published on 08.07.2021 17:12 (updated on 13.07.2021)

Thursday, July 8

Magical Fountain premieres July 8 at the 130-year-old Křižík Fountain in Výstaviště at Holešovice. Magical Fountain goes back to the time of the industrial revolution and takes elements of the life of inventor František Křižík, who was behind the construction of the fountain and also helped to electrify Bohemia. The show uses new circus techniques, focusing on dance, acrobatics, and visual elements. There are no spoken words or song lyrics, so there is no language barrier. More information, including ticket details, is on the event website.

Za Dveřmi street theater festival starts July 8 and runs until July 15, with most events in front of the Industrial Palace in Výstaviště in Prague's Holešovice district. Over 35 performances are planned, with several foreign acts if they can manage to come. One highlight will be a show with a giant metallic puppet of a lion at Mariánské náměstí, the square in front of City Hall, on July 11 at 9 pm. Admission is voluntary. More details are on the festival website and Facebook page.

The Za dveřmi street theater festival will be at Výstaviště. (Photo: Za dveřmi)
The Za dveřmi street theater festival will be at Výstaviště. (Photo: Za dveřmi)

Friday, July 9

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Black Widow, one of the most highly anticipated films of last year, is finally hitting screens after months of delays due to the pandemic. The action blockbuster starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, is aimed at boosting the visibility of Marvel's female superheroes. Among the many places the film can be seen this weekend is Autokino Strahov on July 9 at 9:30 pm.

Lucerna Music Bar Open Air festival presents regular concerts outside the former icehouse Ledárny Braník in Prague 4. Electroswing fusion band MYDY, formerly known as Mydy Rabycad, will play July 9. Gates open at 5 pm and the music starts at 8 pm. There is a chill-out zone, plus refreshments. More info is on the festival website.

Prosecco and Wine Festival takes place July 9 from 3 pm to 10 pm and July 10 from noon to 10 pm at Žluté lázně, on the banks of the Vltava river. Street food vendors will also be present with international cuisine, and there will be DJs as well as live music. More info is on the Žluté lázně website and Facebook event page.

Nejen blešák: NEnosíš léto, a two-day not only flea market, takes place July 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm and July 10 from 10 am to 8 pm in the foyer Divadla Na zábradlí at Anenské náměstí 5. Clothing, décor and upcycling will be the main themes. Proceeds will go to benefit Farma Naděje, hnutí Duha and the Clean Ocean Project. More info is on the Facebook event page.

Saturday, July 10

Cider Fest 2021 takes place July 10 from 10 am to 8 pm at Smíchovská náplavka in Prague 5. In addition to 15 foreign and domestic ciders, there will be food stalls with international street food such as sausages, cheese, seafood, and other treats. Admission to the festival zone is free. More information is on the Facebook event page.

Coolife Freestyle Fest will take place on Prague's Smíchovská náplavka on July 10. The Czech freeskiing team and others will perform on a ramp in the middle of the Vltava. There will also be a fly board show and similar displays of aquatic acrobatics. Live music will be by Prago Union and Prague Conspiracy. The event starts at 11 am, and will also be live-streamed on TV station Prima Cool’s social networks. More information on the Facebook event page.

From a Dream and From Memory (Ze sna a z paměti), a family art workshop conducted primarily in Czech, starts the summer season at DOX. The workshop is dedicated to memories of what has never or not yet happened. People are invited to bring children and come to be inspired by the dream works of Siegfried Herz. The workshop includes a tour of the On Love exhibit. More info is on the DOX website and Facebook page.

Zero Point (Nultý bod) festival explores new trends in European theater. The festival starts July 10 and runs to July 15 at its main venue Studio Alta in the west wing of Invalidovna. There are also shows at Divadlo X10 in Prague’s New Town and on Rohanské nábřeží. Tickets are free, but reservations should be made due to capacity limits. Info is available on the festival website.

Sunday, July 11

Films on the roof Somehow seeing the horror film Lighthouse on the roof of Radost – once considered a skyscraper – seems fitting. The 2019 film starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson started out as an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story, though the final result bears little resemblance. The film will be shown July 11 at 9 pm at Radost, located at nám. Winstona Churchilla 1800/2 in Prague 3. More info at the Lucerna cinema website and Facebook event page.

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Monday, July 12

Tomáš Liška & Invisible World combine jazz, chamber music, and Southern European sounds. The group of two Czechs a Serb and a Turk will appear at Jazz Dock on July 12 at 9 pm at Jazz Dock as part of the Respect Festival

Iva Bittová will perform a commemorative concert for the Memorial of Silence (Památník ticha) July 12 at 6 pm in the courtyard of Veletržní palác. The event is dedicated to the memory of the final liquidation of the camp of families transported from Terezín to Auschwitz-Birkenau in what is now Poland. Entry is free. More information is on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 13

French Market on Kampa starts July 13, just before Bastille Day, and runs to July 18. While culinary delights and wines are the main attraction, there is also a daily roster of music and other events. The 2021 edition has a special floral theme called “marché aux fleurs,” highlighting colors and aromas. There is children’s entertainment from 11 am to 1 pm daily except for the opening day. More info is on the event website and Facebook page.

Delicacies at the French Markets at Kampa. (Photo: French Markets)
Delicacies at the French Markets at Kampa. (Photo: French Markets)

Wednesday, July 14

Laco Déczi a true jazz great, will accompany a special 100th-anniversary screening of Charlie Chaplin's classic comedy The Kid. The event is at Autokino Strahov on July 14, with the concert at 7:30 pm and the film at 9:30 pm. More information is on the Facebook event page. This is one of three Chaplin films to get a new soundtrack for Czech distribution this year.

Ongoing

If the possibly inclement weather sends you looking for something to do indoors, there is Viktor Pivovarov: Moscow Gothic at the Veletržní palác venue of the National Gallery Prague, assuming the filming of The Gray Man has finished in the area and the streets will be accessible. Pivovarov’s paintings bring together the metaphysical world with everyday reality. Over 200 works spanning 50 years are on display, including pieces he made in Moscow in the 1970s and later works from Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. The show runs till Nov. 21. more information is on the National Gallery website.

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