Culture this week: Take a large-scale look at how Prague lives

Plus: Watch a mime performance or an Oscar-nominated movie, listen to English classical music or a funk mix, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 29.01.2023 15:55:00 (updated on 29.01.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Face your fears|This week is your last chance to catch Don't be afraid, don't be afraid at Atrium na Žižkov until Feb. 4, which invites viewers to challenge the acquired reluctance to face their fears, by learning how to deal with and share them with loved ones. The interactive exhibition is based on the successful book of the same name, written by Milada Rezková, Lukáš Urbanek, and Jakub Kaše. 

Housing in Prague|The exhibition Prague tomorrow? Houses and apartments is at CAMP until April 30. The project explores issues affecting Prague residents, such as the affordability and availability of living space, through a large-scale projection, photo essay, and catalog (in Czech and English). Last but not least, the biggest sofa in the city, which is the size of the smallest Prague apartment, offers space for rest and reflection.

Digital design dreamscapes|A different take on housing comes through Casa Immaginaria. Living in a Dream, which is at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague until April 30. Czechia selected the project, which brings together several international artists involved in digital design, as its official entry for the 23rd Triennale of Design and Architecture in Milan.


Awards season darling|After In Bruges, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunite for the Banshees of Inisherin, which is at Kino Lucerna every day next week starting on Jan. 30. The dark comedy set in Ireland, which deals with friendship and toxic masculinity, is nominated for a whopping nine Academy Awards, including for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Taking the bull by its horns| Watch Colson Baker, better known as rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly struggle with his on-screen demons in a movie directed by Tim Sutton. "In the sign of the bull," which some say might be an instance of life imitating art, is at Kino Pilotů on Jan. 31, and also on Feb. 4.

February tradition|What better way to celebrate Groundhog Day, which falls on Feb. 2, than by heading to Kino Aero that evening to watch Bill Murray relive the same day on a never-ending loop in Groundhog Day? The movie is based on a popular North American tradition in Pennsylvania, involving the Punxsutawney Phil groundhog predicting whether spring will come early or late this year.

Queer cinema|The Queer Spring Cinema 2023 starts on Jan. 30 at the LGBT+ Community Center, with screenings every Monday evening until May 15. The English-friendly series of film evenings have voluntary admission fees, which are used for the operation of the LGBT+ Community Center. The first movie of the series is Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan's Matthias and Maxime, which talks about friendship, love, and living authentically.


Balzac on stage|The play Lost Illusions, based on the novel of the same name by French writer Honoré de Balzac, is at Divadlo Na zábradlí (with English subtitles) on Jan. 30. The plot follows the handsome, poor and ambitious character of Lucien Chardon, who moves to Paris in hope of becoming a poet, just to have a rude awakening about the realpolitik of the local art scene.

Best of mime|Experience "Radim Vizváry: Solo" in a language-barrier-free performance at the Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově on Jan. 31 at Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově. Vizvára, who won the 2016 Thália Award for this performance, is one of the most distinguished figures of European contemporary physical mime theatre. He has toured all over the world with his spectacles.


English classics|Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Cottis come together in a concert dedicated to English music at Rudolfinum on Jan. 30 called Benjamin plays Britten. The program includes Benjamin Britten's American Overture and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 13, and William Walton's Symphony No. 1 in B minor.

Synth sounds|Dark pop/new wave sensation Alison Lewis returns to Kasarna Karlín with her solo project Zanias on Jan. 30. The Australian-born performer, currently based in Berlin, is known as the voice of the bands Linea Aspera and Keluar. Czech artist Sára Vondrášková, known as Never Sol, will bring a touch of analog magic as the opening act.

Funk mix|Mommy Issues and Readymade Backsliders bring their eclectic sounds, which are a mix of funk, rock, folk, and French chanson at HYB4 Hudba on Feb. 2. The lively, fun and contagious spirit of both bands will make you want to get up and move your body to their rhythms.

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