Czech culture this week: Wine and beer festivals and epic Czech cinema

This week in Prague, Vinohrady's annual wine festival returns to Jiří z Poděbrad, beer flows at Prague Market, a Czech epic hits cinemas, and much more.

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Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 04.09.2022 19:00:00 (updated on 04.09.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

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World famous artist Petr Sís will be visiting the International School of Prague (ISP) in Nebušice and on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. will participate in an Evening with Petr Sís. It will feature a screening of the documentary film "Dreams About Stray Cats" followed by a Q&A. The event is free, but people should register online by Sept. 5.

Works by the young generation of graphic artists can be viewed at Galerie Hollar. the opening is Sept. 7 at 5 p.m., and the show runs to Oct. 2.

Igor Grimmich uses bold color and geometric forms in his fantasy-filled landscapes. His recent paintings are in a show called Užina at Galerie Art Concept in Mánes from Sept. 6 to Oct. 7.

Sustainable architecture in extreme conditions gets explored in Nordic Arctic at Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera from Sept. 9 to Oct. 30. The exhibition includes photos and models of realized buildings as well as projects.

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After a long wait, the epic film Medieval, also called "Jan Žižka," hits the screen. It stars Ben Foster as the Hussite leader and Sir Michael Caine in a supporting role. The film was written and directed by former stuntman and Olympic athlete Petr Jákl and made entirely in the Czech Republic. Be sure to look for the English-language version.

The Greek film Broadway plays with English subtitles at Edison Filmhub on Sept. 5 as part of the Movie Barf series. It will be followed by a Q&A with the director. The story involves a dancer who becomes involved with thieves in modern Athens.

Three days of Macedonian films with English subtitles take place at Edison Filmhub from Sept. 7 to 9.

Take your chances on a Blind Date with Aero on Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m. All you know about the film is that the screening is English-friendly. There's no risk, as you pay what you want after the film is over.

Ralph Fiennes leads the cast in David Hare's Straight Line Crazy, about developer Robert Moses, once the most powerful man in New York. It can be seen as part of the NT Live series at Kino Aero on Sept. 8.

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There are three English-language comedy events this week by Velvet Comedy. Monday Open Mic is at Ty kávo on Sept. 5, Velvet Comedy Show at Czech Inn Bar on Sept. 6, and Velvet Friday at Pracovna on Sept. 9.

Dvořák's opera Rusalka is at the historical building of the National Theatre on Sept. 9. The story is based on a classic Czech fairytale about a water sprite.

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Fall wine festivals are underway. Vinohradské vinobraní brings potent potables to náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad on Sept. 9 and 10. Beware of the burčák. The young wine is known to carry a mean hangover.

The Nomad Beer Festival features brews made by enthusiasts who don't have their own breweries. You can sample some of them at Pražská tržnice on Sept. 9 and 10. There is music on both days, as well as Czech, Slovak, and Indian food.

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Balkan brass band Fanfare Ciocărlia returns to Palác Akropolis on Sept. 5 and 6 for what they are calling a farewell tour. The band of Romani musicians has played over 3,000 concerts during their career.

Fanfare Ciocărlia. Courtesy photo.
Fanfare Ciocărlia. Courtesy photo.

The Prague Proms festival continues with Clarinet Factory at The Loop Jazz Club Hostivař on Sept. 6. They will play music from their latest album "Pipers" as well as past hits.

The Dvořákova Praha: International Music Festival starts with an out-of-town preview event on Sept. 4 and then moves to Prague's Rudolfinum on Sept. 8 with the Munich Philharmonic playing Dvořák's "From the New World." The festival runs to Sept. 25.

As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Smíchov joining Greater Prague, there is a free concert by funk band Monkey Business at Kinský Garden on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m.

London-based indie pop band Superorganism recently released "World Wide Pop," which earned a three-star review on Rolling Stone and five stars from the Skinny. They'll grace the stage at Lucerna Music Bar on Sept. 9.

Rapper, singer, producer, and designer Aries is touring to support his second album "Believe in Me, Who Believes in You." He will be at Rock Cafe on Sept. 7.

UK art pop band Low Island had some success with their 2021 album " If You Could Have It All Again." They will be at Cross Club on Sept. 9.

Russian feminist protest band Pussy Riot will come to MeetFactory on Sept. 8. The event will help raise money for rebuilding a school in Kyiv. Founding member Maria Alyokhina spent last year in prison for supporting a political opponent Vladimir Putin. She escaped house arrest disguised as a delivery person.

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