Culture this week: Julius Caesar at the Estates and a Žižkov block party

Plus: Bazaar Festival brings movement to Prague stages, films at One World festival talk human rights, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 19.03.2023 14:03:00 (updated on 20.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Street art| Come and admire the latest work of street artist ChemiS at the Myslbek Shopping Gallery until Sep. 30. Called "After us, the flood," the artwork, which was mostly created with spray paints, warns of the consequences of global warming and rising sea levels. ChemiS is best known as the author of a mural featuring a young girl taking shelter under a Ukrainian flag.

Chemis in front of his work
Chemis in front of his work "After us, the flood"


Covid redux|The Great Nothing (Velké nic) is at Kino Aero on March 23 (with English subtitles). A tragicomic documentary on the coronavirus pandemic, the movie is based on stories of how people from different areas of Czechia dealt with the pandemic, as well as bizarre images of the crisis, resulting in an absurdly funny report about our society.

Witch hunt|The video recording of Arthur Miller's play Witches of Salem, performed at the British National Theater, is at Kino Aero (with English subtitles) on March 22. Starring Erin Doherty and Brendan Cowell, the modern production of the play is a parable about power, abuse, and speaking out.

Film festival|The 25th edition of the One World festival of human rights takes place from March 22 to 30 at Lucerna, the French Institute, Ponrepo, Evald, Atlas, Bio Oko, the Municipal Library, and other venues. Films will ask people to reflect on how the Russian invasion of Ukraine, energy crisis, climate change, and social insecurities have affected them. Viewers have a chance to see 75 documentaries and 10 virtual reality films.


Seasonal joy|Spitfire Company's dance production F*cking Beautiful Spring is at Divadlo Ponec on March 20. Inspired by "endless listening to the El Niño oratorio of the American composer John Adams, the rap verses of Kae Tempest, and the musical ritual of the Shortparis group from the St. Petersburg underground," the performance is realized with the help of a binaural effect for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Ides of March|The premiere production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is at The Estates Theater on March 21, made by the Prague Shakespeare Company in association with Národní divadlo. Directed by Guy Roberts, who also stars as Cassius, the play has an all-star cast that includes Jan Thompson as Julius Caesar, Jessica Boone as Octavius Caesar, Elissa Levitt as Brutus, Jovanna Hepburn as Marc Antony, just to name a few.

Back to the Golden Age|A play capturing the rise and fall of Pavel Juráček is at Divadlo Na Zábradlí (with English subtitles) on March 22The Golden Sixties, or Diary of Pavel J. follows entries from diaries that Juráček, a director, screenwriter, and signatory of Charta 77 kept for more than a decade (between 1959 and 1974), which document his times, creative struggles, and the Czechoslovak Golden Age of cinema.

Original drama|The Prague Harman Street Players present "They're Listening," a new drama with dark comedic overtones that premieres at The Fitzgerald in Karlín on March 24 and 25. Assassins have come for a man's rich father-in-law before, but this time it is different.

Theater and dance|The ninth edition of the Bazaar Festival takes place from March 23 to 26 on various theater stages in Prague, with performances united by the theme of care. "Let's take care," it urges audiences, while also asking: Can we take enough care of ourselves? Or do we just need to always have everything in our hands and under control at all costs?


Latino hip hop|The U.S. band Delinquent Habits is at Lucerna Music Bar on March 21, under the direction of Funk the Juice, plus support acts MVP, Procentee, Ghost and also Funk the Juice DJs. The band, which has been compared to Cypress Hill, has sold millions of records worldwide in its three decades of existence.

Spring clubbing|The music festival Žižkovská noc returns on its traditional spring dates of March 24 and 25, with 20 stages all over Žižkov, over 250 bands/DJs from all over the world, and many afterparties. Celebrate neighborhood spirit and have fun under the banner of Love for Žižkov never dies!

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