This weekend in Prague: Sample world cultures at Ethnopiknik and sip tea in the sun

Plus: Exotic birds at the other Botanical Garden; a choice of tea, beer, or wine festivals; the overlooked comedy 'The World's End,' and more. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 18.08.2022 16:28:00 (updated on 18.08.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes


Visit Parallel Worlds at Galerie Fotografic until Oct. 1. The newly opened exhibition has photos by Jan Vranovský of unusual architecture in Japan that often has to make use of every available space.

Photo from Parallel Worlds by Jan Vranovský.
Photo from Parallel Worlds by Jan Vranovský.

The 83rd exhibition of exotic birds is at the Charles University Botanical Gardens until Aug. 28. Note that this is the Botanical Garden in Prague 2 on Na Slupi Street and not the one in Troja


Taste wine from the whole world on Střelecký ostrov on Aug. 19 and 20. Wines from New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Georgia, Sicily, France, Austria, Portugal, and Slovakia will be presented. There will also be some competitions, food, and entertainment.

The 14th Čajomír Fest and first Shisha Fest takes place at Výstaviště on Aug. 20 and 21. You can experience various aspects of tea and waterpipe culture. Tickets required.

Enjoy plant-based foods at the Veganské hody Praha at Café Na půl cesty in Central Park in Pankrác on Aug. 20. Over a dozen entities will have stands, and there will also be workshops.

One of the more popular small breweries, Pivovar Matuška celebrates its 13th birthday with a party at Dva kohouti in Karlín on Aug. 20. You can look forward to 17 types of beer plus a special birthday brew, as well as food and music.


Ingmar Bergman's classic film The Seventh Seal is at Edison Filmhub on Aug. 19 with English subtitles. The scene where the knight plays chess with death was parodied in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey."

The 2013 sci-fi comedy The World's End stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and three others who find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion. It lands at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 20.

Jim Jarmusch's weird western Dead Man stars Johnny Depp as a man who travels west for a job but instead has a series of strange misadventures. It is at Letni kino u Keplera on Aug. 20.

The original 1979 version of Mad Max roars into the summer cinema at Gabriel Loci on Aug. 21. This low-budget Australian film made a star out of Mel Gibson and launched a whole post-apocalyptic action genre.


Top artists meet with the Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio concert. their styles are different, so the show will be on the border of pop and jazz. They are at the summer stage of Vyšehrad on Aug. 21.

The benefit concert NeverMore 68 marks the 54th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Lenka Dusilová, Jaroslav Hutka, Hudba Praha, alternative rock band Nylon Jail, Ukrainian pop and r'n'b singer Birdsy, and Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes will perform at Výstaviště on Aug. 21

Czech Opera star Adam Plachetka will perform a concert for freedom on Aug. 21 at the summer stage at Museum Kampa. He will be accompanied by pianist David Švec.

One of the last big music festivals of the summer, Máchac takes place at Máchovo jezero on Aug. 19 and 20. Headliners include Paul Kalkbrenner, Afrojack, Cosmic Gate, and Anna.


You can choose between a 13 km and 30 km march across Prague to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Petřín Tower. Both routes start at náměstí Kinských at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20. The marches go to the Petřín Tower and then end at Císařský ostrov.


Magical Fountain, at the 130-year-old Křižík Fountain in Výstaviště on Aug. 19 and 20, goes back to the time of the industrial revolution and takes elements of the life of inventor František Křižík, who was behind the construction of the fountain and also helped to electrify Bohemia. The show uses new circus techniques, focusing on dance, acrobatics, and visual elements.

The 19th edition of the new circus festival Letní Letná runs to Aug. 31 at circus tents in Letná park. Many but not all of the events have no language barrier. Headline acts this year come from Sweden, Spain, France, New Zealand, the U.S., and Finland. There is also a side program dedicated to children.

Johann Le Guillerm presents 'Terces' at Letní Letná. Photo: Philippe Laurençon
Johann Le Guillerm presents 'Terces' at Letní Letná. Photo: Philippe Laurençon

Start the weekend with some laughs at Velvet Friday: Stand-Up Show in English at Pracovna on Aug. 19. The show also boasts live piano accompaniment.


Sample different non-European cultures at Etnopiknik at Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures on Aug. 20. Food stands will have exotic cuisine, and there will be dancers, music, and art workshops.

The Roman Day at Archeologický park Liboc on Aug. 20 features historical reenactments and gladiator games.

The St. Bartholomew's Pilgrimage has a merry-go-round, stands, a bouncy castle, a shooting gallery, and an entertainment program. It takes place in Prague 14 by the Church of St Bartholomew on Aug.20.

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