Czech culture this week: Prague concert celebrates 1989 Velvet Revolution

Plus: A new English-language staging of a Jára Cimrman play, an English-subtitled screening of a Václav Havel biopic, and much more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 13.11.2022 17:37:00 (updated on 22.11.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

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A new exhibition at Prague's House at the Golden Ring in cooperation with the Archaeological Museum in Wrocław is dedicated to the former medieval city's Nowy Targ square and will exhibit finds uncovered during archaeological research that revealed clothing, jewelry, artifacts, weapons, and more. Polish Wrocław is the historic capital of Silesia, founded by Czech prince Vratislav. Through Sept. 3, 2023.

The Beautiful Work (Krásná práce) project devoted to living folk crafts takes place at Gallery 1, until Nov. 26 when crafts on the verge of extinction will be displayed. This year the project has teamed up with students from the product design studio of four art schools to exhibit a unique collection created by the students together with the masters of traditional crafts. Workshops, guided tours, and a gift shop are planned.

The Beautiful Work project focus on endangered crafts.
The Beautiful Work project focus on endangered crafts.

Rooms (Pokoje) is an art show that exhibits a cross-section of contemporary art students from various universities around the world who over ten days will transform the empty rooms of a house in the center of Prague into an exhibition. Each of the studios is given a room, a theme, and the freedom to use the space in any way.


You can see recent Central European films with English subtitles at 3kinofest. Most screenings are at the Municipal Library until Nov. 18, but there is also a side program in the U Nováků passage and special screenings at 3KinoCentrále at V Jámě 1.

The new Slovak-Czech co-production Victim (Oběť) takes a topical look at a Ukrainian boy who claims he was assaulted by Roma in a Czech border town. But the truth may be more complicated. The film plays with English subtitles at Edison Filmhub on Nov. 14 and will be followed by a Q&A, mainly in Czech, with the director.

The Some Like it Czech series continues with the biopic Havel. The Czech film will have English subtitles and a (hopefully) humorous introduction at kino Aero on Nov. 16. The film looks at Havel's years as a dissident writer before the Velvet Revolution.

Catch a three-day Echoes of the Film Noir Festival at Lucerna from Nov. 17 to 19. The minifestival starts with "Fight Club" and also includes four classics from between 1945 and '62.

Two English-language films by Danish director Lars von Trier are at kino Aero on Nov 18 as part of the Legends series. Manderlay, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, is at 6 p.m. and Dancer in the Dark, starring Björk, is at 8:45 p.m.

A festival of documentary films about housing, architecture, and social sustainability, Město všech is at CAMP on Nov. 18 and 19. Both days end in afterparties.

The Movie Barf series presents The Menu. A couple goes to an exclusive restaurant on an island, and the food is a bit surprising. Find out why at Edison Filmhub on Nov. 18.


Czech-born composer Erwin Schulhoff was imprisoned by Nazis for his left-wing views and died of tuberculosis in 1942 at the age of 48, ending a promising career. His opera Flammen, based on the Don Juan story, has not been performed since 1932. A new staging by Spanish director Calixto Bieito is at the State Opera on Nov. 17 and 26.

The fifth Jara Cimrman play to be staged in English is Plum (Švestka). A dispute over who can harvest plums at a rural train station leads to some very dry humor. The play, at Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana on Nov. 18, uses the same props and sets as the original Czech production. The play was allegedly written by the fictitious Jara Cimrman and first performed in Czech in 1997.

The board game Clue spawned a 1985 movie, which has now been adapted into a play. Gregory Gudgeon, who has extensive stage and film experience from the UK, headlines the cast. Former UK Ambassador to the Czech Republic  Jan Thompson CMG OBE returns in a supporting role. Find out if Colonel Mustard did it in the library on Nov. 18, 19, 22, or 26 at Divadlo Na Prádle.


The world tour of Yamoto: the Drummers of Japan makes its way to the Prague Congress Center on Nov. 14. The taiko drummers have a new show called "Passion."

Australian punk band Press Club is touring to support their third album, "Endless Motion." Hear them at Chapeau Rouge on Nov. 15.

British singer soul Laura Mvula has earned two Ivor Novello Awards, among other honors. She comes to Roxy on Nov. 16. as part of Prague Sounds.

German synth-pop band Alphaville revisits their catalog of dance tunes at Lucerna' Velký sál on Nov. 16. Their hits include "Big in Japan" and "Forever Young."

Serbian blues singer and guitarist Ana Popovic rose to fame in the Netherlands and now is based in the U.S. Her most recent album is 2018's "Like It on Top." She'll be at Palác Akropolis on Nov. 16 as part of the ongoing Blue Night series.

Celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the Koncert pro budoucnost 2022 at Wenceslas Square on Nov. 17 starting at 4:30 p.m.Punk band Pussy Riot headlines. Ben Cristovao feat. David Koller, Lenka Dusilová Band, and Chinaski will also perform.

Czech funk band J.A.R. keeps up the tradition with a Nov. 17 show at Lucerna's Velký sál. They celebrate 33 years on the Czech music scene as well as the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

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