Culture this week: A spectacular Prague festival and modern art at DOX

Plus: Watch classic Czech films with English subtitles, go to see The Damned in concert, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 12.03.2023 14:35:00 (updated on 12.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Artistic diary|Starting on March 10 and until August 20, Krištof Kintera's new exhibition How Can I Help You? is at DOX. His three-dimensional works of uniform format that are similar collages or assemblages, which he considers "drawings," are part of an installation on three floors made of found and "consumed objects and materials of our everyday existence.

Perspectives on reality|The exhibition Shifted Realities opens on March 16 at Rudolfinum, where you can visit it until June 11. A selection of contemporary works, it explores boundaries between the digital and the physical with Ed Atkins, explores new visions of social equality with Marwa Arsanios, pushes the boundaries of perception with Zach Blas, confronts inner worlds and the environment with Adela Babanová, expands the range of possible personal identities with Paul Maheke, or searches for common languages with Leslie Thornton.


Czech films| Catch Věra Chytilová's iconic comedy Daisies (Sedmikrásky), which is part of the Made in Czechoslovakia series, on March 13 at Kino Lucerna. Another masterpiece of Czechoslovak cinema, Miloš Forman's Firemen's Ball (Hoří, má panenko) is on March 15 at Kino Aero as part of the Some Like it Czech series.

Bulgarian films|The 15th edition of the Bulgarian Film Festival takes place at Kino Lucerna between March 16 and 19. Come see some of the most interesting Bulgarian films made last year (in the original version with English and Czech subtitles), linked by this year's theme, which is rebellion.


St. Patrick's Day|Celebrate Ireland's national saint between March throughout the Prague city center with St. Patrick’s Festival. The festival venues include four lively Irish pubs that serve traditional Irish pub food and drinks, to the sound of live Irish music and the beat of traditional dances, plus sport on TV and karaoke.

Audiovisual feast|The Spectaculare festival starts on March 10, a symbolic date that marks its 10th edition, and runs until April 14. Bringing together music, art, cinema, video mapping, photography, and workshops with foreign artists (most of them English-friendly), the festival takes place in locations across the city that range from cinemas to the Prague Planetarium or the Klementinum.

Spirited away|The 13th edition of the Prague Spirit Festival takes place between March 16 and 19 in the multifunctional center Space Žitná 7 and on Novotné lávka. Its goal is to bring the public closer to traditional and contemporary trends in the field of yoga and its philosophy of understanding through workshops, music, dance, or visual art.

St. Patrick's Festival


Celtic punk| The Cloverhearts will play at the Vagon Club in Prague on March 14 as part of their St. Patrick’s Tour. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Celtic punkers, who will be joined by like-minded spirits Foggy Dude, hailing from Strahov, and Pilsen punkers Cheers!

Punk legends|Pioneers of punk and gothic culture, with a history spanning five decades, The Damned will perform at Meet Factory on March 16. Led by frontman Dave Vanian, the band wrote music history by being the first British band to officially release a single, a full-length album, and tour the U.S.

Jazz concert|The Kristina Barta Quartet will perform at the Chodov Fortress on March 16. The concert sees internationally renowned pianist Kristina Barta join tenor Jure Pukl, plus Peter Korman on tenor saxophone, Peter Korman on double bass, and Marek Urbanek on drums as part of the Jazz Meets World concert series.


Visual poem|The dance performance Land of Body is at The New Stage on March 16. A celebration of the human body seen as a metaphor for landscape, the production uses myths and rituals to convey the relationship between humans and nature. Additionally, this poetic production combines pantomime, physical theatre, classical dance and breakdance, and ground and air acrobatics with film technology. 

Forbidden love|Giuseppe Verdi's Aida is at The State Opera on March 17. Set in Ancient Egypt, which comes to life thanks to theatrical sceneries created by Egyptian painter Hafíz Abdel Farghali, the opera tells the story of Aida, the enslaved daughter of the Ethiopian king Amonasro, who finds herself torn between love for her homeland and for Egyptian warrior Radames.

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