Czech culture this week: Summer circus and Prague Pride

This week in Prague, acrobats and entertainers come to Letná, Prague Pride returns in full, and the Czech capital marks 20 years since the 2022 floods. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 07.08.2022 18:16:00 (updated on 07.08.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes


The exhibition The Next Stop?, which presents art in the Můstek and Muzeum metro stops, ends on Aug. 14. Works by over 40 artists explore ideas of utopian and naive worlds.

A photographic exhibition commemorates 20 Years Since the Flood (20 let od povodní). the panels, which will be at Kampa park from Aug. 9 to Sept. 22, will show before and after shots of the areas hit by the 2002 flood.


Alex Garland's disturbing new horror film Men is followed by a discussion as part of the Movie Barf series. It unfolds at Edison Filmhub on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. The story involves a woman who recently experienced trauma trying to vacation in a small town. She experiences harassment and strange events there.

In anticipation of the new Vltava Philharmonic hall. the architectural outreach center CAMP is screening Whiplash. The drama about a drum student and his tyrannical teacher drops its beats at CAMP's summer cinema on Aug. 9 at 9 p.m.

The musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch is at Edison Filmhub on Aug. 10 at 4:30 p.m. as part of Prague Pride. It will be followed by a discussion. The film won the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.

Ian McKellen stars in King Lear, which was recorded in 2019 at London’s West End. The limited run production played to rave reviews. It is presented at Kino Aero on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. as part of the NT Live cycle.

The ongoing summer with Harrison Ford continues with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at Bio Oko on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. This installment also features Sean Connery in a plot involving the Holy Grail.

Jim Jarmusch's cult film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is at the summer cinema at DOX on Aug. 11 at 9:30 p.m. A modern-day hitman, played by Forest Whitaker, tries to live by the ancient code of the samurai.

The classic 1978 version of Superman unleashes its superpowers at Letni kino u Keplera on Aug. 12 at 9 p.m. Aside from Christopher Reeve in the title role, you can see Marlon Brando as Jor-El, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane.


The 19th edition of the new circus festival Letní Letná runs from Aug. 11 to 31 at circus tents in Letná park. Many but not all of the events have no language barrier. Headline acts this year come from Sweden, Spain, France, New Zealand, the U.S., and Finland. There is also a side program dedicated to children.

Johann Le Guillerm presents 'Terces' at Letní Letná. Photo: Philippe Laurençon
Johann Le Guillerm presents 'Terces' at Letní Letná. Photo: Philippe Laurençon

Velvet comedy has two open-mic events this week. Monday Open Mic aptly is on Monday, Aug. 8 at Ty kávo and Kontakt Comedy Night is on Aug. 11 at Kontakt Bar Prague.

Get a side of laughs with your food and drink. The stand-up comedy night at Manifesto Anděl on Aug, 9 presents Bianca Cristovao. The Czech-American comic is now based in Los Angeles and recently appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."


As part of a campaign to make better conditions for farm animals, especially chickens, there is a picnic at Karlovo náměstí on Aug 8 starting at 6 p.m. Some plant-based food will be available, and the organizers ask that if you bring food to share it should also be plant-based.

Exotic food and drinks, plus clothes and accessories can be had at Etnofest in front of hall 36 at the Prague Market in Holešovice on Aug, 11, starting at 9 a.m.

The ninth edition of Prague Drinks Wine (Praha pije víno) will offer wines from over 50 vintners from across Central and Eastern Europe. It takes place at the New Town Hall on Aug, 12 and 13.


The annual Prague Pride festival is back with a full schedule. It runs from Aug. 8 to 14, with events at the Pride Village and Pride House on Střelecký ostrov, as well as other locations across the city. The Rainbow Parade takes place Aug. 13 on a new car-free route.

Astronomy fans can look forward to the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 11 and 12. You can look for a shooting star and make a wish. A good astronomy app can help you find the constellation Perseus, which is the epicenter of the shower. Visibility is best away from city lights.


Listen to music and participate in sports at The Most Fest, from Aug. 11 to 14 at Jezero Most (Most Lake) just outside the city of Most in the Ústí nad Labem Region. Headline music acts include Lucie Bílá and Arakain, Monkey Business, Beatles cover band the Backwards, Eddie Stoilow, and Richard Müller.

Reggae band Julian Marley & the Uprising comes to Lucerna Music Bar on Aug. 11. Julian is the son of superstar Bob Marley. Julian has released four albums since 1996, with "As I Am" from 2019 being the most recent. He is also involved in philanthropic activities. Along with his brother Ziggy, he runs a music label to support young artists.

Czech funk band J.A.R. will energize Ledárny Open Air in Braník on Aug. 11. The band is releasing a new album in the fall called "Jezus Kristus Neexistus" and is likely to play some new music.

Israeli singer and songwriter Noga Erez creates electronic music influenced by alternative rock and hip hop. Her second album "Kids," released in 2021, earned four out of five stars on AllMusic. She comes to Rock Cafe on Aug. 11.

Czech rap group PSH is currently composed of rapper Orion, rapper and artist Vladimir 518, and DJ Mike Trafik. The trio comes to Ledárny Open Air in Braník on Aug. 12.

New Orleans jazz group Ghalia Volt Band comes to Jazz Dock on Aug. 12. Ghaila Volt was born in Belgium, but relocated to the U.S. in 2014. After several years of playing for others, she started her own band in 2020.

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