Culture for August 2023: The best performances, art, and film in Czechia this month

A monthly round-up of must-see exhibits, live music, theater, and movies curated by staffers. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 04.08.2023 15:30:00 (updated on 10.08.2023) Reading time: 7 minutes


  • Resurrection by Czech-American painter Maxim Havlíček, aka MAXIM showcases 31 previously unseen artworks and interactive light installations and music. Opens Aug. 1 at Galerie 1.
  • Perspectives showcase the works of five young artists from the Art & Design Institute at the New Town Gallery. The exhibit opens Aug. 4.
  • Queers* Mystics* Ravers curated by Nela Klajbanová, utilizing an archive of drawings to create a stroboscopic animation runs through Aug. 6 at etc. gallery.
  • The Czech Architecture Award nominees are on display at a new panel exhibit near the Old Burgrave's House in Vyšehrad until Aug. 11. Read our full story here.
  • Photo Studio by Austrian conceptual artist Lisa Grosskopf creates fictitious photographic studios in former shop display windows that examine social norms, disrupting traditional gender roles, family concepts, and beauty ideals. Through Aug. 12.
  • World of Dreams: Salvador Dali and Joan Miro features the graphic works of two of the 20th century's leading art figures at Galerie Vltavín through Aug. 25.
  • Nymphae Perspicuae showcases the latest works of Czech painter Martin Krajce, characterized by energetic execution of figures and objects enhanced by layers of poured paint. Through Aug. 29.
  • Moje, moje dedicated to the renowned visual artist and educator Jiří Petrbok, is the inaugural exhibit at Prague's new contemporary art space Galerie Prostora. Through Aug. 31.
  • Excel showcases the works of 40 Prague residents who provide an authentic reflection of the vibrant creative processes within the artistic community of Pragovka. Through Sept. 16.
  • Cottages rediscovers the work of Architects František Cubra and Zdenek Pokorný famed for designing the Czechoslovak Pavilion for the EXPO 58 world exhibition. At Winternitz villa through Oct. 15.
  • 1939⁠–⁠2021: The End of the Black-and-White Era, which explores the polarities of the art of those times, continues at the National Gallery Prague's Trade Fair Palace. The part of the exhibition that includes the graphic cabinet lasts until Sept. 10.

Editor's pick|Opening in July, the exhibition Jan Glozar: Portraits at the Josef Sudek gallery captures unique individuals in Czech society during the 1980s. Glozar's photographs were accompanied by short authentic statements or descriptions, offering a glimpse into the lives of those he encountered. The collection features a diverse range of subjects, from an unhappy janitor to a proud collector of Karel Gott memorabilia.

Photo from Jan Glazer: Portraits at Josef Sudek Gallery through fall.
Photo from Jan Glazer: Portraits at Josef Sudek Gallery through fall.


  • Renfield, a campy Dracula allegory starring Nicolas Cage and Nicholas Hoult, is at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 5.
  • Triangle of Sadness, which earned its Swedish director Ruben Östlund the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes festival, is at CAMP on Aug. 8.
  • Elephant, a movie by Polish director Kamil Krawczycki telling a story about love and self-acceptance, is at Kino Atlas (with English subtitles) on Aug. 8.
  • Caravaggio's Shadow, a movie about the brilliant Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, is at DOX (with English subtitles) on Aug. 9.
  • Fight Club, the cultural phenomenon based on the Chuck Palahniuk book with the same title, is at Sunset Cinema on Aug. 10.
  • Silence of the Lambs, the psychological horror film starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, is at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 17.
  • Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington - 1st Night, which is a live broadcast of the Metallica concert, is at Kino Lucerna on Aug. 19.
  • The Unbalanced, the feature-length debut of renowned documentarian Zuzana Piussi is at Kino Atlas (with English subtitles) on Aug. 19.
  • Ghost in the Shell, the cult animation from Japanese director Mamoru Oshii, is at Kino Aero (with English subtitles) on Aug. 21.
  • The Search, the 1948 movie that earned Czech actor Ivan Jandl an Oscar for outstanding juvenile performance, is at the MFA garden on Aug. 22.
  • Stars at Noon, a drama-romance starring Joe Alwyn and Margaret Qualley, is at Edison Filmhub on Aug. 24.
  • Echoes of the Summer Film School brings a selection of the most representative titles from The Summer Film School festival to Kino Aero, including Bringing Up Baby on Aug. 25, and A Touch of Zen on Aug. 27 (both with English subtitles).

Editor's pick|A landmark moment in cinema history, the experimental 1929 Soviet silent documentary film Man with a Movie Camera is at Letní kino Kinská on Aug. 10. Directed by Dziga Vertov, the film takes the viewer on a humorous, kaleidoscopic ride through Soviet cities, and simultaneously draws parallels between the filmmaker and the factory worker while revealing the process of making the film.


  • Nave with music by Brian Eno and a space designed by Jiří Příhoda allows people to sit and relax to an endless loop of the composer’s ambient music. On Aug. 18–19, the gallery will be open for 24 hours for “A Night with Brian.” (He will not be present). Admission is free. Galerie Rudolfinum, daily except Mondays until Sept. 24.
  • Two Feet, an American singer, songwriter, and producer from New York City, has made a name for himself in electronic and alternative music with hits like I Feel Like I’m Drowning. He performs on Aug. 8 at Žluté lázně as part of the My Kind of Summer series.
  • The Weeknd brings his After Hours til Dawn Tour to Letiště Letňany. He recently announced that he plans to return to his birth name of Abel Tesfaye and reinvent his persona, so this might be the last chance to see The Weeknd as we now know him. The Aug. 6 show is sold out, but you can try your luck for a last-minute ticket.
  • The Prague Pride festival for LGBTQ+ rights includes several musical events. The opening on Aug. 7 at the Pride Village on Střelecký ostrov requires tickets, and a big multi-stage party at Letná after the Aug. 12 parade is free. There are other music and dance events planned throughout the festival. Read more in our article.
  • Charlie Cunningham, an English singer-songwriter, plays pop inspired by art rock, golden age jazz, and neoclassical compositions at the Concert Hall of the Prague Conservatory on Aug. 8.
  • The Aces, from the U.S. state of Utah, went on a voyage of introspection during the lockdown. They will play a free show at Cross Club in Aug. 15, but reservations are required.
  • NeverMore 68 commemorates the anniversary of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia with a free concert by I Love You Honey Bunny and other acts. Discussions and other events are mainly in Czech. Výstaviště Praha Holešovice on Aug. 21.
  • Conor Maynard first hit it big a little over a decade ago with the hit song Can't Say No. More recently, he appeared on Broadway in 2018–19 in the musical Kinky Boots, and this year he released his third album, +11 Hours. Aug. 25 at Žluté lázně as part of the My Kind of Summer series.
  • XVIII. Prague Gothic Treffen is the city's largest event for dark music. It will fill the Fuchs2 and Bike Jesus clubs on Štvanice Island on Aug. 25 and 26.
  • Sound Open Air brings electronic music to the lakeside. The daytime rave has deep house, tech house, and techno music. Headliners are Doctor Dru and Joyce Muniz. On the shore of Džbán in Divoká Šárka on Aug. 26.

Editor's pick|A free concert of film music played by the Prague Symphony includes highlights from Gladiator, The Sting, and Lawrence of Arabia. The evening opens with Vltava from Bedřich Smetana's cycle Má vlast (My Homeland) and also includes an overture by Verdi and Neapolitan songs. Wallenstein Garden on Aug. 30.

Concert in Wallenstein Garden. Photo: FOK
Concert in Wallenstein Garden. Photo: FOK


  • Letní Grébovka presents theatrical performances in the grotto in Havlíčkovy sady all month. The plays are in Czech, with the exception of Gramophone on Aug. 4.
  • Magic Fountain, an open-air performance with new circus and dance, reprises at the Křižík Fountain in Výstaviště Holešovice. Aug. 17, 18, 24, and 25.
  • Romeo and Juliet is staged in English with Czech surtitles as part of the annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. The tile roles of the star-crossed lovers will be played by Taylor Napier and Jessica Boone, both of whom also appear in the series The Wheel of Time, which is partly filmed in Czechia. In the courtyard of Liechtenstein Palace on Malostranské náměstí on Aug. 19.
  • Saadat Aitalieva and Loretta Lau perform two separate nonverbal pieces and will lead discussions. Aug. 22 at Studio Alta.
  • The Bartered Bride kicks off the fall season at the National Theatre. This staging of Bedřich Smetana’s opera by director Alice Nellis, which resets the action to modern times with high-rise paneláks in the background, has had a very mixed reaction from audiences. Performed in Czech with English surtitles on Aug. 25 and subsequent dates.

Editor's pick|A festival dedicated to new circus, Letní Letná is now in its 20th year. New circus relies on acrobatics and physical theater, without the use of trained animals. Czech and international groups will stage shows in circus tents and outdoors in Letná Park. Most of the shows are nonverbal and family-friendly, with the exception of some fairy tales aimed at young viewers. Runs Aug. 17–Sept. 3.

Tents at Letná. Photo: Letní Letná
Tents at Letná. Photo: Letní Letná
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