The 10 best things to do in Prague this week: February 17–23

This week sees a scrumptious run up to Fat Thursday with events devoted to pork and donuts as well as the opening of several major festivals

Katrina Modrá

Written by Katrina Modrá Published on 15.02.2020 17:30:26 (updated on 15.02.2020) Reading time: 2 minutes

David Shrigley: Fond Memories of a Giant Bug
Now through April 11, Jiri Svestka Gallery
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David Shrigley is a contemporary British artist, presenting his first solo exhibition, drawings that combine dark sarcasm and anxiety with absurdist humor, in the Czech Republic.

La Pelicula Film Festival
February 18, Kino Světozor
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La Película runs February 18–23 and will present films from Spain and countries where Spanish is a predominant language. Many but not all of the films will have English subtitles in addition to Czech. Read our full article on the festival here.

La Pelicula Film Festival kicks off February 18 (photo of Abakadabra via Facebook @LaPeliculaCZ)

February 19, Jazz Dock
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Austrian avant-garde pop group 5K HD brings their unusual atmospheric sound, a blend of catchy pop and experimental music, to Prague as a part of Colours Selection. They will present their new album.

Mala Inventura festival
February 20, multiple venues
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This annual festival presents the best theatrical groups, established projects of both Czech and foreign artists active on the Prague independent scene, as well as talented new artists. 

Citywide Fat Thursday
February 20, mutliple venues
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In the spirit of pre-Lenten gluttony, a number of Prague restaurants will be offering Fat-Thursday specials: free desserts, appetizers, bottomless soups, or an extra helping for no extra charge. Participating restaurants include the newly opened Big Smokers.

February 21, Lucerna Music Bar
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Pitchfork describes Algiers as a mixing “the soul-powered activism of early ’70s Motown with the proto-punk fury of the MC5, the synth primitivism of Suicide, and the Biblically charged drama of the Bad Seeds.” The group brings their unique sound to Prague in support of their latest album.

Big Smokers will participate in this year’s Fat Thursday festival

The Vagina Monologues, 1st Premiere
February 21, Kasárna Karlín
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Described as “a series of monologues meant to showcase the wide range of experiences than can stem from being a woman or simply having a vagina (as these two concepts are not always related),” the show tackles themes of sexual freedom, body positivity, rape culture, self-acceptance, and other right-now issues. Another performance takes place on February 28.

Screening of “Dcera”
February 22, Cross Club
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This animated short written and directed by FAMU student Daria Kashcheeva was nominated for an Oscar for best animated short. Though it didn’t take home the statuette it’s still worth catching this tale of a daughter recalling a difficult childhood moment when she shared her experience with an injured bird with her Father.

Still image from Daughter via Maur Film
Oscar-nominated short “Dcera” will screen at Cross Club (still image from via Maur Film)

Pork Feast 2020
February 22, Naplavka
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‘Tis the season to to enjoy pig-sticking specialties; more than 40 stalls with classic pig-slaughter specialties including roasted knee, pork belly, greaves, shredded pork, and much more converge on Prague’s Smíchov riverbank.

Spectaculare Festival 2020
February 23, multiple venues
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A performance of “A Winged Victory for the Sullen” at the Church of the Saviour opens this festival which attracts some fo the top names from the world of electronic, ambient, experimental jazz and contemporary music. An  accompanying program features film screenings, scenic dances, and theatrical performances. The festival runs through April 18.

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