Stay at home this weekend with Prague-themed podcasts, books, music, and films

A #stfh guide to what's streaming now as well as book and podcast picks for enthusiasts of Czech culture

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Written by Expats.cz
Published on 16.10.2020 12:55 (updated on 21.10.2020)

The closure of pubs, restaurants, and culture for the next few weeks and possibly longer may not bode well for your social life but it definitey offers a prime opportunity to catch up on reading, streaming, and listening.

Those who are looking for some weekend fun need look no further than our list of tips for Czech-themed entertainment to fill the hours with.

Podcasts

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Photo via iStock

Podcasting has come to the Czech Republic in a big way. Since we wrote this article featuring 8 essential podcasts for people who love Prague and the Czech Republic, even more have sprung up, including a series devoted to life in Prague under lockdown as well as the Prague Times podcast by Expats.cz contributor Derek Dewitt. The excellent podcast Strong Sense of Place isn't exclusive to Prague but it's inaugural episode features the Czech capital.

Books

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Photo via Expats.cz

This epic list of essential reads spans over a century of books to bring you 20 great novels set in Prague: a reading list that spans 130 years of literature. In case you haven't worked through the canon of Czech titles, the Magnesia Litera awards put together a timeless list of the 100 greatest Czech books of the century a few years back. Prague bookstores are still open and need your help. Here's how to support Prague's indie bookshops (add the ailing Globe Bookstore and Cafe to the list)!

Film

Photo via Mall.cz
Photo via Mall.cz

Česká filmová klasika, the YouTube channel of the National Film Archive streams a number of Czech films for free. While not all of them are English friendly, several have subtitles including Bila Nemoc, Krakatit, and Vražda ing. Čerta, and Panna a Netvor.

The Czech version of Netflix vastly improved their localization earlier this year, with more than a hundred new and classic Czech films (with English subtitles) joining the streaming platform along with new Czech audio and subtitle tracks for other movies and shows.

Moje Kino Live, Edison Online, and Aerovod's catalog lets you support Prague cinemas from home. This bank of 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. includes some Czech gems. The Emmy-nominated Marty is Dead can be streamed with English subtitles on Mall.TV.

Live stream of the week

A live streaming concert from the departure hall of the Bubny railway station, will take place October 16 to commemorate the Jewish transports which left for extermination camps from the station. From 5 pm the Facebook Monument of Silence will live stream drummer Jaroslav Kořán "drumming for Bubny". A gala concert of the Bennewitz Quartet will be broadcast on ČT art from 8:40 pm. 

Share your tips for what to stream, read, or listen to while staying home this weekend.