Culture this week: Czech Dance Platform and a concert for earthquake victims

Plus: A retrospective showcases Josef Mánes, One World documentary film festival concludes, and a music and light show is at the Planetarium. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 26.03.2023 14:25:00 (updated on 26.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Photos|Winners of a nationwide photo contest will be on display at the New Town Hall (Novoměstská radnice) from March 29 to April 13.

Czech master|The career of one of the most important Czech artists of the 19th century is explored in Josef Mánes: Man ⁠–⁠ Artist ⁠–⁠ Legend. It opens at the Waldstein Riding School on March 31 and runs until July 16.

Banner of the Řip Singers Association by Josef Mánes. Photo: National Gallery
Banner of the Řip Singers Association by Josef Mánes. Photo: National Gallery Prague


Film festival|The 25th edition of the One World festival of human rights takes place until March 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, the energy crisis, climate change, and social insecurities have affected them.

Double trouble|See two films from Quentin Tarantino at kino Aero on March 27: the rather obscure "Four Rooms" and his magnum opus "Pulp Fiction."

Lon Chaney in 'Phantom of the Opera.' Photo: Pubic domain
Lon Chaney in 'Phantom of the Opera.' Photo: Pubic domain

International Theater Day|Three English-friendly films celebrate the stage on March 27 at Edison Filmhub. The day starts with the classic 1925 version of "Phantom of the Opera" and then offers Ingmar Bergman's "Stardust and Tinsel" and the recent French tragedy "Forever Young." A fourth film, "On Tour," doesn't have English subtitles.

Blockbuster|The action and fantasy film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, starring Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez, goes into wide release at multiplexes and other cinemas on March 30.


Fairy tale|A new production of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella reprises at the National Theatre on March 30. This staging uses modern sets by French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest and choreography by the award-winning Jean-Christophe Maillot.

Dance|The annual Czech Dance Platform runs from March 30 to April 2 with performances at DOX, Ponec. Alfred ve dvoře, Jatka 78, Vzlet, Čítárna Unijazz, and othr venues.

'The Act' Photo: Facebook, Cimrman English Theatre
'The Act' Photo: Facebook, Cimrman English Theatre

Cultural comedy|Plays allegedly by the luckless Jára Cimrman are deeply embedded in modern Czech culture. The Cimrman English Theatre presents The Act at Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana on March 31. They perform in English using props and costumes from the original versions. These shows usually sell out in advance but sometimes last-minute tickets are available.

New circus|Losers Cirque Company premieres a new piece called Nespoutaní (Unbound) at Divadlo Bravo! on March 31. It is described as a dance acrobatic collage about overcoming fear, breaking through barriers, and finding inner freedom. 

Controversial staging|Bedřich Smetana's classic Czech opera The Bartered Bride has been transposed to a high-rise housing estate by stage director Alice Nellis. See what the fuss is about at the National Theatre on March 31.

The Bartered Bride. Photo: National Theatre.
The Bartered Bride. Photo: National Theatre.


Last chance|The Prague Planetarium will soon close for long-term renovations. Before that happens, you can see projected stars with illustrations by Petr Nikl and hear live didgeridoo music from Ondřej Smeykal in a show called Hatchery in the Planetarium on March 27.

Support|The charity concert SOS Syria and Turkey will raise money for earthquake victims. The bands Prague Modal Music Ensemble, Roksan Mandel Trio, ILÆY ft. Ochepovsky a Hauser, Shum Davar, Nondo, and Pink Concrete will perform at Palác Akropolis on March 29. People can choose how much they want to pay for a ticket and also donate via QR code or by purchasing items at the solidarity market.

Swedish rock|Hear an evening of post-metal bands headlined by Sweden's Cult of Luna at Roxy on March 29.

Electronica|German composer, producer, and artist Pantha du Prince comes to Palác Akropolis with his recent album “Garden Gaia” on March 30. This latest work is part of an ongoing 10-year project to show “humans as nature.” 


Cuisine and culture|Daily events, workshops, and entertainment are at French week runs at Manifesto Anděl from March 27 to April 1. Space is limited for some workshops, so people should book online in advance.

Ribbons decorate a tree at the Eater Market in Old Town Square. Photo: Raymond Johnston
Ribbons decorate a tree at the Eater Market in Old Town Square. Photo: Raymond Johnston

Markets|Celebrate Easter at special markets across the city, which will be open for the most part until April 16. you can buy food as well as colored eggs and seasonal items. See our list here.

Cider|The 10th annual festival of cider and apple products takes place at Pragovka on March 28.

Pivo|Try various brews at Prague Beer Fest, which runs from March 31 to April 1 at Hall 13 at Pražská tržnice in Holešovice.

Family fun

Fun fair|The large fun fair Matějská pouť runs till April 10 at Výstaviště in Holešovice. You will find over 100 attractions including one of the largest carousels in Europe. Entry from Tuesday to Friday is free, while it is CZK 30 and Saturday and Sunday. It is closed Mondays except for school trips.

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