Czech culture this week: Theater in the grotto and stand-up in the beer garden

This week in Prague, stand-up comedy comes to Karlín's newest beer garden, Grébovka's grotto becomes a stage for drama, and much more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 31.07.2022 16:40:00 (updated on 31.07.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes


The Metro Full of Art project enters its third year with The Next Stop?, made up of site-specific objects at the Můstek and Muzeum metro stations. The works can be approached like a story, and there will be QR codes on the pieces. the show runs from Aug. 1 to 14.

The traveling panel exhibition Genocide of the Roma during World War II opens at National Monument at Vítkov on Aug 2 at 5 p.m. A free play (in Czech) called "Cikánský boxer" will also be performed at the opening. Aug. 2 is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. 

The new show Adriana Sarnová – Glue Tears opens at Galerie Vyšehrad on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. and runs to Sept. 11. The artist focuses on female identity and how it changes over time.


Take a chance on a Blind Date with Aero on Aug. 3 at 8:30 p.m. The film will be English-friendly, but that is all you will know going in. You can pay after the screening if you like the film, or even if you didn't.

Some classic Ingmar Bergman films are at Edison Film Hub. The Magician is on Aug. 2, Hour of the Wolf is on Aug. 4, and Wild Strawberries is on Aug. 5. All will have English subtitles.

Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest will be at Letni kino u Keplera on Aug. 4. Cary Grant stars as a man mistaken for a spy and pursued across the U.S. by enemy agents.

Insanely popular in the Czech Republic, the romantic comedy Love Actually will display its charms at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 4.


The baroque-style grotto at Grébovka becomes a theater in August. Most of the plays will be in Czech but there are English-language performances of "Gramophone" on Aug. 1 and 5, and the nonverbal show "Buenos Aires, Final Destination!" on Aug. 15.

Grotto near the vineyard in Grébovka. (iStock, Polina Shubkina)
Grotto near the vineyard in Grébovka. (iStock, Polina Shubkina)

River Rink Karlín on Aug. 2 hosts Drinks Over Troubled Water - The Comedy Show. The second part of the title is to clue you in, in case the jokes aren't obvious. The first beverage (Prosecco, beer, or soft drink) is free. Tickets can be bought in advance.


Manifesto Anděl has two events this week. On Aug. 2 there is an evening of English-language comedy. Pro tip: Don't laugh and drink at the same time. You can get some salsa dance lessons along with your food and drink at Tančírna na Andělu on Aug. 4.


Experience Latin American culture and cuisine at Sabor Latino Praha at náměstí Republiky on Aug. 4 to 7. You can dance to traditional music, have lunch and dinner, and shop for jewelry, clothes, and decor.


Aug. 1 (aka Dogust 1) is the universal birthday for shelter dogs who otherwise don't have one. If you have taken in a canine friend, this is the day to show your good boy or good girl you appreciate them.

Since 2007, Aug. 5 has been International Beer Day, though it has not yet caught on here much. Pubs tend to celebrate on St. Wenceslas Day on Sept. 28 instead.


The Summer Festivities of Early Music has two concerts this week. "Los caminos del agua" will take listeners on a musical voyage at Troja chateau on Aug. 1 and "Canto della Ninfa" had nature-inspired works at Sts. Simon and Jude Church on Aug. 4.

The cycle of Organ Concerts at St. Vitus Catherdral ends on Aug. 2 with a special concert with Jiří Houdek on trumpet and Pavel Svoboda playing the organ. Musical selections span from the 1700s up through the 20th century.

New Zealand techno-blues-dub band Fat Freddy's Drop will improvise at Open Air Ledárny Braník on Aug. 2. The group has six studio albums, four of which hit the number one spot in the native country.

The summer concert schedule continues at the Wallenstein Garden with the youth group Permoníček Most a Čmeláček Žatec on Aug 4 at 5 p.m. The concerts are under the auspices of the Czech Senate and are free.

The band Hard to Frame will be at the meadow near the pop-up bar Džungle BKAO in Výstaviště on Aug. 5 for a free concert. Children and pets are welcome, and there is space to have a picnic.

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