This weekend in Prague: See Shakespeare in modern English at Prague Castle

Plus: Two festivals showcase Latin American culture, Grammy-winning vocalist Arooj Aftab comes to Archa, and 'Shutter Island' plays at Kasárna Karlín. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 04.08.2022 17:00:00 (updated on 04.08.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes


Two short-term exhibitions are ending at the Czech Museum of Music on Aug. 8. Composer Ervin Schulhoff followed the modern trends of the early 20th century. He died in the Holocaust and his work fell into obscurity but is now being rediscovered. Composer and military band leader Julius Fučík is remembered for his marches, but he also wrote more serious music.

A traveling panel exhibition on the Genocide of the Roma during World War II  has opened at the National Memorial at Vítkov and will run until Dec. 15.


The focus is on Latin America at the Colombian Gastronomy Festival, which takes place Aug. 6 at náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad. You can find food, Colombian coffee, other beverages, and handicrafts. There is also an accompanying cultural program.

Drink Prosecco on the Roof of Mánes on Aug. 6 from noon to 10 p.m. You can also sample antipasto and hear live music. The admission price includes a glass of prosecco.

Experience Latin American culture and cuisine at Sabor Latino Praha at náměstí Republiky until Aug. 7. You can dance to traditional music, have lunch and dinner, and shop for jewelry, clothes, and decor.

Fish, Mediterranean cuisine, exotic fruits, meat, and vegetarian delicacies can be found at the Fresh Food and Street Food festival at Smíchovská Náplavka on Aug. 6.

Learn to dance or show off your moves at the Swing Dance Hall and Brunch at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 7 from 10:30 a.m. There will be a chance for beginners to get some lessons. Families with children are welcome as well.


The new nature documentary Wild Prague (Planeta Praha) has some screenings with English subtitles at Bio Oko on Aug. 6 and 7 as well as on other dates. The film, also called "Planet Prague," showcases wildlife living in the city. Read more about the film in our story.

Martin Scorcese's psychological thriller Shutter Island screens at Kasárna Karlín on Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo star in a dark tale of a missing person at a psychiatric facility on an island.

You can dance on the roof of Arkády Pankrác on Aug. 6 from 3 p.m. and then watch a screening of the classic summer romance film Dirty Dancing at 6:30 p.m.

The classic film Forrest Gump will be at Gabriel Loci on Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. Tom Hanks stars as the title character who witnesses most of the key events of the 20th century from an innocent perspective.


Australian band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has been quite prolific, issuing 20 albums since 2012. You can hear their psychedelic garage rock at divadlo Archa on Aug. 5.

if you didn't make it to the Mácháč festival this year, or even if you did, you can catch the Mácháč Club Tour at Střelecký ostrov on Aug. 5. DJ Chris Sadler headlines.

American brass house band Too Many Zooz became famous when a video of a subway performance in New York went viral in 2014. The trio comes to Meetfactory on Aug. 6.

Berlin-based rapper Luciano has several hits on German, Austrian, and Swiss charts, with his 2022 single "Beautiful Girl" hitting number one in all three countries. He will be at Ledárny Open Air in Braník on Aug. 6.

Jazz and fusion guitarist Elon Turgeman and his group play jazz from four continents. He has appeared alongside many jazz greats, and will be at Jazz Dock on Aug. 7.

Pakistani vocalist and producer Arooj Aftab comes to divadlo Archa on Aug. 7. She won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Global Music Performance for her song "Mohabbat." Her album "Vulture Prince" earned four stars out of five from The Guardian.

Out-of-town festivals this weekend include the electronic dance music event Let It Roll at Letiště Milovice until Aug 6 and the rock fest Beseda u Bigbítu at Tasov u Veselí nad Moravou on Aug. 5 and 6.

The Think Twice conference has speakers appearing in person and virtually to discuss human rights in the 21st century. It takes place at Venuše ve Švehlovce on Aug. 6 and 7. The event is organized by Pirate Parties International.


Start your weekend with some laughs at Velvet Friday: Stand-Up Show in English, which features live piano music. It usually sells out, so advance tickets are recommended. The fun happens in the back room of Pracovna on Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The baroque-style grotto at Grébovka becomes a theater in August. Most of the plays will be in Czech but there is an English-language performance of Gramophone on Aug 5 and the nonverbal show "Buenos Aires, Final Destination!" on Aug. 15.

Shakespeare's bizarre comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be staged in English at the Royal Garden of Prague Castle on Aug. 6 and 7 as part of the annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. This production, performed by the Prague Shakespeare Company, features a new text in contemporary modern English by Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated storyteller Jeffrey Whitty. 

One of the forest creatures in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Photo: Kaja Curtis Photography.
One of the forest creatures in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Photo: Kaja Curtis Photography.

Take the family

The family-friendly festival Cihlafest takes place on Aug. 6 at Slapy, just south of Prague. There will be a free zone with music, workshops, and grilling. The evening performance by Cirk la Putyka requires a ticket. Funds raised by the project go to help people with mental disabilities.

A knights' tournament, historical dancing, magic, a fire show, and more are at the Battle of Mělník. The family-oriented event is at Hořínský park in Mělník, just north of Prague, on Aug. 6 starting at 2 p.m.

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