The best things to do in Prague this week, November 1–7

Prague Fringe is back for its 20th year, plus food festivals serve up goose, Bio Oko screens films from Brazil, and EU Space Programme enlightens us.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 01.11.2021 12:33 (updated on 01.11.2021) Reading time: 5 minutes

ART

Nov. 1–30|Dechem, a show of surrealistic photos by Martin Stranka, reopens at Mánes, after having been forced to close due to the pandemic. The works touch on nature and technology. Read more here.

Starting Nov. 5|Three shows open at Pragovka Gallery: Pavla Vachunová and Lukáš Homola’s Tyformy: Brnění, Anna Bürgermeisterová’s Preview of some troubles, and Duna’s Flat as pizza. The opening party is Nov. 4 at 6 pm. Read more here.

Nov. 6–25|Krásná práce showcases crafts made with traditional folk techniques. Objects are on display and for sale at Galerie 1. The opening party is Nov. 5 at 6 pm. Read more here.

Thru Dec. 30|Masters of Czech Painting – 30 Years of the Collection is at Galerie Kooperativy, with free admission. Paintings on display include works by Kupecký, Havránek, Mánes, Navrátil, Purkyně, Toyen, and Čapek. Read more here.

PERFORMANCE

Nov. 3|Grant Gallacher and Kristýna Haklová try out some jokes in English at Grant & Kristýna's show: Behind the Iron Kilt, at the punny coffee house Kavárna Ty kávo! Read more here.

Nov. 5|Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka, inspired by Czech fairytales as well as a Hans Christian Andersen story, is staged at the opulent State Opera, in Czech with English and German supertitles. Read more here.

Nov. 5–6 |Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing features Sarah Bentley (Nov. 6) and Mike Zaharczuk (Nov. 5) in alternating performances. It is described as a play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love. Performed in English at Divadlo Na Prádle. Read more here.

FOOD AND DRINK

Nov. 2–16|Sample some bubbly in Grand Jour de Champagne, which has tastings and masterclasses at several bars and eateries across Prague. Read more here.

Nov. 4|Czech and Moravian foods, with an emphasis on goose, will be at an early celebration of St. Martin called Svatomartinské posvícení at náměstí Brumlovka, in the Passerinvest complex in Prague 4. Read more here.

Nov. 6|Goose specialties ranging from roast goose to pancakes cooked in goose fat are featured in Goose Fest at Smíchovská Náplavka. Read more here.

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FILM

Nov. 1|The ongoing Movie Barf Monday screens the weird sci-fi film Last and First Men, plus a Q&A with producer Louise Johansen. The series runs at Edison Filmhub. Read more here.

Ikarie XB 1

Nov. 3–11|See films from the Visegrád countries in the 3kino festival, at two halls of the Municipal Library plus kino Atlas. One topic this year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Polish sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, with films like “Ikarie XB 1” and “Inquest of Pilot Pirx.” There is also a competition for new films. Most entries have Czech and English subtitles. Read more here.

Nov. 4–7|Kino Brazil returns to Bio Oko. The festival will present six films with Czech and English subtitles. The opening is “The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao” based on the bestselling novel by Martha Batalha. Read more here and here.

Nov. 4–11 | The Mezipatra Queer Film Festival runs at the Lucerna, Světozor, and Kino Pilotů cinemas, with side events at other venues. The opening is a block of shorts called Injection –Explosion – Destruction, for mature audiences. Read more here and here.

Nov. 4|The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with Eternals. It follows after the events of 2019’s “ Avengers: Endgame.” The $200 million film was directed by Chloé Zhao, whose previous credits include the Oscar-winning “Nomadland.”

FESTIVALS

Nov. 1–10|The Jazz On5 festival at Jazz Dock is back after two years with visiting guests including singer Kurt Elling, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and saxophonist Ben Wendel. Read more here.

Nov. 2–7|A special autumn edition of Prague Fringe offers 13 shows at three venues in Malá Strana. This is the festival’s 20th year and the first live show in 18 months. Read more here and in our story here.

Fringe Festival
Claire Parry in “Intolerable Side Effects,” part of Prague Fringe. (Photo: Claire Parry)

Nov. 2|The ongoing Strings of Autumn festival continues with Saul Williams and Kae Tempest at La Fabrika for an evening of music and poetry. Read more here.

Nov. 5–7|Cannafest, an international fair of cannabis and medicinal herbs, is back at PVA Expo in Prague’s Letňany district. Legal products will be for sale, plus there will be information panels and discussions. Read more here.

Nov. 5–13|Offbeat music can be found in the Alternativa festival, with shows at Divadlo Archa and Prague Market’s H11. Read more here.

Nov 6|The Musica Non Grata series, protesting against totalitarian regimes, continues with Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21, “Kaddish” at the historical building of the National Theatre.  Read more here.

LIVE MUSIC

Nov. 2|Funk, hip-hop, and jazz group Ghost-Note is headed by the percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth. The rotating lineup has veterans musicians from many top backing bands. They will be at Palác Akropolis. Read more here.

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Nov. 3|Kamil Střihavka & The Leaders! play their traditional November concert at Lucerna Music Bar, and tickets from last year’s postponed show are valid. Střihavka is known for playing in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” among other musicals, and being part of the group BSP. Read more here.

Nov. 5|Berlin-based collective Jazzanova is coming to MeetFactory with their combination of jazz, soul, electronic music, and hip-hop. Read more here.

Nov. 6|German producer and musician Paul Kalkbrenner comes to Forum Karlín with a new theatrical live show called Take Two, which has been developed over the past 18 months. Read more here.

Nov. 6|Hear some of the best of the Czech underground music culture at 20 Years of Guerilla Records at Divadlo Archa. The Plastic People Of The Universe New Generation and Kabaret Dr. Caligariho are among the scheduled acts. Read more here.

FAMILY FUN

Nov. 2|A traditional All-Souls Day Procession starts at Chodovská tvrz at 5 pm. Before that, children can participate in workshops to make lanterns. The procession will end at KC Mezi domy. Read more here.

Nov. 3|Hear Music from Movies and Fairy Tales, with selections from “Home Alone” and “Spongebob Squarepants” plus Czech favorites, at the Czech Museum of Music at Karmelitská 4 in Malá Strana. Read more here.

Nov. 4–6|A three-day open-air exhibition called EUSPA Open Space 2021 will acquaint people with the mission of the established EU Space Programme, with a focus on environmental protection and digital innovation. People can also find out about the Copernicus, EGNOS, Galileo, and GOVSATCOM programs. The exhibition is at Janovského 2, near Strossmayerovo náměstí. Read more here and here. The event is part of Czech Space Week.

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