Czech culture this week: Feast on St. Martin's goose and wine

Plus: the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival returns to Prague cinemas, Christmas lights illuminate Žluté lázně, and much more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 06.11.2022 17:49:00 (updated on 10.11.2022) Reading time: 5 minutes


Are you interested in film posters? In that case, you are likely to enjoy exhibitions by Terry posters, the biggest Czech shop with film posters, that pay tribute to legendary artists like Zdeněk Ziegler, Zdeněk Seydl and Jaroslav Fišer. Four exhibitions decorate the foyer of selected cinemas, such as Prague 's Bio Oko, kino Aero, and Světozor, and Brno's Univerzitní kino Scala.

Come to Rudolfinum on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. to experience the Voices improvisation for the "Sound Cloud" exhibition. Sound artist, sculptor and musician Martin Janíček will present his works that bring together sound, object and space in a program accompanying the larger exhibition "fragilités" (fragilities). The admission to the event and the exhibition is free.

The Moldovan painter Alexander Tinei presents his works in the exhibition "Funny Games" at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, which is his largest solo exhibition to date. His works are "fragments of a magnificent mosaic of human life," and focus on the human body. The exhibition starts on Nov. 4 and runs until March 19, 2023.


You have a rare chance to see recent Central European films with English subtitles at 3kinofest. The name this year is a bit misleading as most screenings are at the Municipal Library from Nov. 9 to 18, but there is also a side program in the U Nováků passage and special screenings at 3KinoCentrále at V Jámě 1.

The 23rd edition of the Mezipatra Queer Film Festival runs until Nov. 10 in various venues in Prague including Lucerna, Světozor, Edison, and Pilotů cinemas. All films will be screened in their original language with Czech or English subtitles. Related events take place in clubs and galleries.

The ninth Aussie and Kiwi Film Fest showcases films from Down Under at kino Lucerna on Nov. 11–14. The festival opens with "Whina," a biopic about Dame Whina Cooper, who fought for Maori rights.

The film archives at Ponrepo is showing three classic Czech films with English subtitles. The Assassination (Atentát) on Nov. 8 delves into the mission to kill Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. The Joke (Žert) on Nov. 9 is based on a Milan Kundera novel. The 1968 film was banned shortly after its release. Věra Chytilová's Daisies (Sedmikrásky) on Nov. 11 is a surrealist Czech new wave film from 1966.

Emilia Clarke stars in a West End production of The Seagull, part of the NT Live series. The updated retelling of the Chekhov play can be seen at Aero on Nov. 9.

Sergei Eisenstein's first feature Strike plays with live musical accompaniment at Edison Filmhub on Nov. 11. The film, which has strong pro-Soviet themes, is a stylistic landmark for its rapid editing and other innovative techniques.


The Jazz On5 festival at Jazz Dock is underway and runs until Nov. 9. Concerts this week include sax player Joe Lovano, singer Gretchen Parlato, and the band The Bad Plus. Read our original story here.

Acid jazz band Freak Power with Ashley Slater brings its retro London sound to Rock Cafe on Nov. 8.

Berg Orchestra and guests perform Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's minimalist opera Three Tales! at divadlo Archa on Nov. 9. The work, which premiered 20 years ago, tells the tale of the 20th century in three acts.

Psychedelic rock band The Comet is Coming orbits its way into MeetFactory on Nov. 10. their most recent album"Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam" earned four out of five stars from music magazine NME.

Toronto-based indie pop band Tallies has a new album, " Patina." Hear highlights from that and their earlier work at Chapeau Rouge on Nov. 10. Entry is free, but you should reserve a spot.

The rescheduled concert Lucie v opeře, with the Czech superstar band staging a rock show accompanied by an orchestra, finally will take place on Nov. 10 at O2 Arena after two years of delays.


Sometimes you are in a hurry and want to squeeze in a live play in between an early dinner and binge-watching Netflix at home. A special five-actor version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet hits all the plot's main points in 70 minutes. See it whiz past at Divadlo Na Prádle on Nov. 7 and 8.

It's not based on the animated cartoon. Bryony Lavery's award-winning 1998 play Frozen is about a girl who disappeared, her mother's search for her, and the life of the person responsible. The drama unfolds in English at Divadlo Na Prádle on Nov. 9 and 10. The play has adult themes and language.

The Prague Harman Street Players present a new original English language play A Sucker Born Every Minute on Nov. 11, and 12 at The Fitzgerald. The plot involves a scam artist in Kentucky around the time of World War II.

Ukrainian Theatre Yellow & Blue in partnership with Prague Shakespeare Company and Divadlo Na Prádle presents Waiting for the H, with "H" standing for human. The fully original show is inspired by Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot." It is performed in Ukrainian and English at Divadlo Na Prádle on Nov. 11.

UK stand-up comics Sarah Keyworth, Emmanuel Sonubi, and Funmbi Omotayo headline The Comedy Store in Prague! The laughs unfold at Lucerna Music Bar on Nov. 11.


The first real wine from the new harvest is released on Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m., which is also St. Martin's Day. Restaurants across the country will offer a special holiday meal of roasted goose paired with the new wine. Unlike rival early wine Beaujolais nouveau, St. Martin's Day comes in red, white, and rosé, and can be made from different types of grapes. Large public celebrations this year will mostly be on Nov. 12, including at the National Museum of Agriculture and náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad. A list of restaurants with special St. Martin's Day menus can be found here.

Michelin Star-winning chef Patrik Jaroš will bring a truffle-based seven-course menu to Trezor Špork at Červený Jelen on November 9 and 10 during the latest Marek & Friends event, during which acclaimed chefs collaborate with the venue's Marek Fichtner. If you can't make it during the week, Červený Jelen is also offering a special St. Martin's Day menu from November 11.


A fairy-tale land is brought to life through light and sound at Lumina Park Prague, a 1.5-kilometer walk through Prague's Džbán park illuminated with a variety of effects inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Presented last year in Polish cities, this is the debut for Lumina Park in Prague, which will light up winter nights through February.

You can get into the holiday spirit at another light attraction, as Christmas-themed sculptures using 400,000 LED lights decorate Prague's Žluté lázně recreation area during Světla vyprávějí (Lights Tell the Story). The event runs nightly from 4:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. through the Christmas season.

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