Culture this week: See the Bohemian crown jewels at Prague Castle

Plus: watch Scandinavian films, listen to jazz greats or Czech alternative rock, and enjoy a Shakespeare comedy.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 15.01.2023 14:12:00 (updated on 15.01.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Primal charm|Kateřina Černá: Chronicled Dreams is at Museum Kampa between Jan. 17 and Mar. 12. The artist weaves a dreamlike reality and the pure mystery of the feminine world, and sprinkles it with touches of Prague in works that combine visual art and literary text.

Crown jewels|The Bohemian Crown Jewels will be on display at Prague Castle between Jan. 17 and 21 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Czech statehood. These consist in the crown of St. Wenceslas, the royal scepter, the royal orb, the coronation cross, and the coronation vestments. On this occasion, the skull of St. Wenceslas will also be on display in the St. Wenceslas Chapel of the St. Vitus cathedral.


Tarantino masterpiece| Watch Quentin Tarantino’s iconic “Pulp Fiction” on Jan. 19 at Christmas Story. The self-referential movie tells several intertwined stories of crimes taking place in LA. Christmas Story is a new project of the organizers of the Sunset cinema summer cinema, and offers visitors a Christmas-themed cinema with a secret entrance.

No actors and dogs allowed| Another LA-themed movie, “Babylon” is at Bio Oko on Jan. 20. With a star-studded cast that includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Tobey Maguire, this is an ode to silent-era Hollywood on the brink of change that the Guardian praised for its “wild, event-movie gigantism.”

Scandinavian films|The ninth edition of the Scandi Film Festival, a showcase of contemporary films from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland, is coming to Czech cinemas between Jan. 18 and 25. Over 34 cinemas across the country, including Prague's Edison Filmhub and Cinema City Slovanský dům. Read more in our story.


Shakespeare classic|William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is at The Estates Theater on Jan. 17 (with English surtitles). The story of love and deception is one of the Bard of Avon's most frequently staged plays, in no small part due to its humorous tone, and characters that bring a timeless take on relationships and being single.

Witty history| Europeana plays (with English subtitles) on Jan. 19 at Divadlo Na zábradlí. The play, which uses dry humor to explore 20th century history, is based on the book "Europeana" by Patrik Ouředník, which won the Most Interesting Book Award in 2001 in the public survey of the Lidové Noviny newspaper.

Poem in movement|Land of Body is at Lanterna Magika on Jan. 19 and 20. The self-professed "celebration of beauty and life" brings together "cutting-edge film technologies, classical and contemporary dance, physical theatre, hand to hand and aerial acrobatics" in a visual poem that celebrates the human body as a metaphor for landscape.


Queen of jazz| Enjoy a tribute paid to Ella Fitzgerald, sang by the mistress of classical jazz and scat Elena Sonenshine on Jan. 17 and 20, as well as later dates, at Reduta Jazz Club. Sonenshine will play a selection from Lady Ella’s repertoire together with an experienced quartet of jazz professionals.

Punk’s not dead|U.K. Subs will play at Rock Café in Prague on Jan. 17. Formed in 1976, the band, which is one of the earliest in the first wave of British punk, has been active for more than four decades, thanks to vocalist and original member Charlie Harper. The band is supported by Nasty Rumours, which hails from Switzerland.

Modern jazz|Italian-born and New York-based jazz guitarist Pasquale Grasso is at Jazz Dock on Jan. 19. Through a lineup of standards, ballads, and the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Charlie Parker, Grasso showcases “his sweeping abilities in the most intimate possible setting.”

Alternative Czech rock|Listen to Acid Row, Madhouse Express and Science Killer on Jan. 20 at Meet Factory. Prominent bands of the Czech alternative scene, Acid Row and Madhouse Express have collaborated in the past, and will soon record a joint single. Their guest Science Killer will bring touches of shoegaze and noise rock.

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