Culture this week: Czech porcelain and Ukrainian design celebrate decorative arts

Plus: Day of Architecture, Be2Can film festival, the Sharks and Predators kick off the 2022-23 NHL season, and much more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 02.10.2022 16:28:00 (updated on 04.10.2022) Reading time: 5 minutes


The 21st annual Art Prague Fair is at Hrzánský palác (Celetná 12) from Oct. 3 to 8. Over 30 galleries will be selling contemporary art.

Several buildings will have guided tours (mostly in Czech) as part of the Day of Architecture festival until Oct. 6. There are also lectures and other events, also primarily in Czech.

Recent photos from the conflict in Ukraine shot by local photographer Antonio Cossa are at More Than a Thousand Words. It opens on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Tibet Open House (Školská 28) and runs to Oct. 8.

Designblok 2021. Photo:  Designblok.
Designblok 2021. Photo: Designblok.

The international design festival Designblok runs from Oct. 5 to 9 at Gabriel Loci and Uměleckoprůmyslové museum. Themes this year include Czech porcelain and designers from Ukraine, as well as the traditional focus on Czech designers.

A retrospective of photos by Pavel Nádvorník, who died in 1994 at age 32, opens at Atelier Josefa Sudka on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. and runs until Nov. 27.


Anime fans can see the 2001 Japanese film Metropolis on the big screen as part of an ongoing masters of animation series. It's at kino Aero on Oct. 3.

The Thai film Rhythm of the Divine, which promotes music and culture, has a free screening with English and Czech subtitles at kino Lucerna on Oct. 3. The screening is sponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy, Prague. Tickets can be reserved via email and picked up at the box office.

You have chance for a Blind Date at Aero on Oct 5. All we know is the film is English-friendly. There is no risk aside from lost time, as you can pay what you want when the film is over.

A multicultural comedy hit from Luxembourg has a free screening at Světozor on Oct. 5 thanks to that country's embassy. Sawah follows the misadventures of a DJ whose flight makes and emergency landing. He is trapped without his papers and mistaken for a refugee.

The Be2Can festival runs from Oct. 5 to 12 with screenings at Edison Filmhub, Lucerna, Atlas, Dlabačov, and other cinemas. The screenings at Edison Filmhub are mostly English-friendly. The festival presents mainly European films that were hits on the festival circuit.

The Spanish film festival La Pelicula runs from Oct. 6 to 8 at kino Světozor, with some films having English subtitles. One highlight is "The Emptiness and I" (Mi Vacio y Yo), about a trans woman embracing her identity.

David Cronenberg's bizarre 1996 car accident fetish film Crash is at Ponrepo on Oct. 7 as part of the lucid cinema series. James Spader and Holly Hunter star.


Young Czech and Ukrainian circus performers, brought together by the conflict, stage the new show Boom Vol. 2 at Jatka 78 until Oct. 5 and then several times in November. Read more in our story.

The annual 4+4 Days in Motion opens another abandoned space, Erpet Smíchov, from Oct. 5 to 16 for performances from international artists and more. Additional events are at Archa and Savarin Riding School.

The physical theater performance Commander takes place Oct. 5 and 6 at DOX. The performance grew out of Farm in the Cave's project to explore the online radicalization of youth.

Velvet Comedy has three different events intended to spur some laughter. Monday Open Mic at Ty kávo on Oct. 3, Velvet Comedy Show at Czech Inn Bar on Oct. 4, and Velvet Friday: Stand-Up Show at Pracovna on Oct. 7.

A nonverbal production at the New Stage of the National Theatre on Oct. 7–9 is aimed at children 4 years old and up. Paper Story (Zázrak (s)tvoření) combines mime, and contemporary dance with elements of acrobatics, puppetry, and animation.

Mozart's Don Giovanni is at the Estates Theatre on Oct. 5. Swedish-Norwegian stage director Alexander Mørk-Eidem and German conductor Karsten Januschke prepared this new interpretation. This is the first time in modern history that someone who is not Czech has been invited to stage the opera, which had its debut in Prague in 1787.

A new staging of Don Giovanni opens at the Estates Theatre. (Photo: ND/ Jan Pohribný)
'Don Giovanni' at the Estates Theatre. Photo: ND/ Jan Pohribný.


Sample not only food, tea, and coffee from the Indian subcontinent, but also try on a sari or turban and get a bindi at Zažij Indii 2022 at the pedestrian zone at Anděl on Oct. 5. The event is sponsored by the Indian Embassy.

A three-day festival with food (including roasted goose) and music called Břevnovské posvícení takes place at the grounds of the Břevnov monastery on Oct. 7–9. Admission is free but some bands would appreciate donations.

Try red, white, rosé, and orange wines from Italy at Vinobraní s cimbálovkou, at the cultural center Vzlet on Oct. 7.

Small family wineries are featured at Velká Říjnová Degustace (Great October Tasting), which will fill Střelecký ostrov on Oct. 7 and 8.


Two NHL teams – San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators – have games at O2 Arena on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8, plus an open practice on Oct. 6.


The planned Oct. 4 show by pop star Anastacia at O2 universum has been postponed due to her doctor's advice. No new date has been set, but tickets remain valid.

Seattle grunge band Mudhoney comes to Lucerna Music Bar on Oct. 4. The band, which takes its name from a 1965 B-movie, has been active since the late 1980s and still has three original members.

Rock for People presents Three Days Grace at Malá sportovní hala in Výstaviště on Oct. 5. The Canadian post-grunge band is on their "Explosions" tour.

Retro swing band Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers will play anything from their repertoire at "Make a Wish" (Račte si přát) on Oct. 5 at the large hall of the Municipal Library.

The touring show Simon and Garfunkel Story began in London's West End. It tells the story of the famed duo with musical impersonators and projections. Hear the hits at Forum Karlín on Oct. 6.

Electronic dance music group Parov Stelar slithers into Sportovní hala Fortuna (Tipsport) on Oct. 7 with their Venom Tour 22. The band has a new stage design, new visuals, and new songs.

Michael Jackson passed away in 2009 but you can hear his music with look-alike singer Sergio Cortes' Michael Jackson Tribute Show at Velký sál Lucerna on Oct. 7. Cortes is styled to look like Jackson from the classic "Thriller" era.

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