Prague's Zbraslav district comes alive in October with the ZbrasLOVE festival

A month of events will revitalize the area near a school and kindergarten while making it safer by restricting car traffic. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 30.09.2022 11:24:00 (updated on 30.09.2022) Reading time: 3 minutes

Due to its location in the southernmost tip of Prague, Zbraslav is often overlooked. However, October brings a new reason to visit the district. The ZbrasLOVE festival, which starts today with a block party, will present a wide array of events throughout the month of October.

Visitors can look forward to, among other things, theater performances for the little ones, dance performances, art workshops for primary school students, the involvement of various artists and lecturers, public readings, and evening film screenings. A schedule for the first week can be found on the event website.

The lectures and readings are geared toward people with some Czech language skills, but many other events are suitable for anyone.

The block party starts today at 1 p.m. and will include a graffiti workshop, dance and musical performances from local students, and music from DJ Loop. Food and drink will be available.

Other highlights in the opening week are a workshop in making huge bubbles on the afternoon of Oct. 4 and a live jukebox plus table tennis and foosball on the afternoon of Oct. 7.

The events will take place on U Lékárny street, which will have traffic restrictions throughout the month. The goal of this project is to create a safer space between the local primary school, kindergarten, and school cafeteria, and at the same time to revive this area with an interesting program. The project is organized by Kreativní Praha and takes place in cooperation with the Prague–Zbraslav district.

Zbraslav Deputy Mayor Michaela Bernardová said the district had been considering closing the street to cars for a long time due to the presence of so many children.

“The festival should show how to meaningfully use this space and make it safer for everyone in the future," Bernardová said.

Local organizations will have the opportunity to use the festival to present their activities to local residents.

City Councilor Hana Třeštíková, responsible for culture and tourism, said these projects show that Prague is a creative and cultural place open to all forms of cooperation.

“Therefore, we deliberately focus on organizing local culture and the community. I believe that such support develops quality neighborly relations and supports the improvement of the everyday life of all Prague residents," she said.

The festival continues Kreativní Praha’s efforts to support community culture in locations outside the center of Prague. The group is also behind the annual project to place chairs and tables around Prague for public use.

All about Zbraslav

  • Nestled in the green Berounka Valley to the southwest of Prague is the district of Zbraslav. Zbraslav is centered around a fair-sized square with several shops and restaurants.
  • According to a new survey, apartments on the southwestern outskirts of Prague, specifically in Zbraslav and neighboring Radotín, are among the cheapest in the Czech capital.
  • Zbraslav Chateau was originally a Cistercian monastery founded by Wenceslas II in 1292. The monastery and the church of Our Lady with its royal tombs were destroyed by the Hussites in 1420. The complex of buildings was completed by František Maxmilián Kaňka.
  • Zbraslav is also the home to an ancient Celtic site. Traces of a significant Celtic settlement, known as the Zavist-Hradiště oppidum, were unearthed here by archeologists between 1963 and 1989.

“Just in the last year, we realized the monthly Candy Festival! in Prague's Uhříněves, participated in the revitalization of the tram loop area in Dlabačov, and participated in the design of the newly formed Smetanovo nábřeží,” Kreativní Praha director Petr Peřinka said.

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